Every year, the shift into cooler weather comes alongside a shift into a cooler box office lineup: fewer billion-dollar blockbusters, fewer on-screen explosions, and a general trend toward less slashing, crashing action and more intense emotional action. The one thing that really heats up at the box office during the fall and winter season is the awards race: the last quarter of the year is a time for Oscar-bait projects and intense awards campaigning. So today, we start The Verge’s four-part fall movie preview, which will look ahead at the next four months of cinema — from serious dramas to holiday family films, with plenty of stops in the middle for one-off supervillains and space monsters. This isn’t a comprehensive list of releases….
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