Edgar Wright

As the Toronto International Film Festival gets underway, a historically bad movie summer gives way to a cautiously promising fall

As the Toronto International Film Festival gets underway, a historically bad movie summer gives way to a cautiously promising fall

Have you heard? Hollywood just suffered a historically bad summer, with the U.S. box office plummeting by 16 percent compared with last year. Attendance hit a 25-year low. This past Labor Day weekend was the worst in two decades and served as an appropriate capper to what all agreed was a season of dismal underperformers and outright duds.

When the sad history of the Summer of '17 is written, special mention will surely be made of misbegotten enterprises such as "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" and "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," two notably lame attempts at mining popular source material - medieval folk legend and a comic book, respectively -...

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