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Most of the summer blockbusters have come and gone, and September clears the deck for what is traditionally Hollywood's serious season. Most Oscar-worthy films are neatly packed into the calendar's fourth quarter. But before we put away the summer of 2011, let's examine a not-so-great and not-so-terrible season at the movies.
These are, literally and figuratively, the annual dog days, when the mercury rises and studios satisfy contractual obligations to their unloved stepchildren--movies they made (or bought), then thought twice about and decided to dispose of as quietly as possible during those two weeks of the year when most of the industry are on vacation.
This year marks the release of yet another historic sequel, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. How better to celebrate this bit of moviegoing good fortune than to link every summer 2008 film to the immortal Mr. Harrison Ford?
A Hollywood tailor made crowd-pleaser, “Saving Mr. Banks” utilizes as much fantasy as fact in the telling of Walt Disney’s tenacious efforts to transform “Mary Poppins” into a movie — with the necessary approval of its popular children’s-book author.