Games, James & Mazes

FALL MOVIE PREVIEW — Summer’s over. But who says there aren’t any more big movies?

By Connie Geraghty, Staff Writer

Now that the summer season of superheroes and remakes is over, this fall promises to bring about new editions and conclusions to some of your favorite franchises.

There are a few blockbuster films coming out this season but none are set to be bigger than the latest installment of the James Bond franchise, “Spectre.” With Daniel Craig back as Agent 007 for the fourth time, anticipation is running high for the follow up to 2012’s billion-dollar-grossing, award-winning “Skyfall.”

This film’s new villain is Franz Oberhauser played by the impeccable Christoph Waltz who, just like everyone else who worked on this film, is keeping tight-lipped on the details of his character and just what kind of havoc he’ll be imposing. Oberhauser does admit in the trailer, “It was me, James, the author of all of your pain.” Ooh, psych! Expect fancy cars, explosions, lots of near misses and a healthy dose of classy espionage when “Spectre” hits theaters Nov. 6.

“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” is the second film based on James Dashner’s post-apocalyptic young-adult series “The Maze Runner.” Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and the rest of the Galders who narrowly escaped the maze in the first one are running around, searching for answers.

While they think they’ve eluded the rest of WCKD’s tests, they quickly find out that nothing is that simple in a world where the flare, a brain deteriorating virus, thrives. Thomas and his friends must navigate through the dangers lurking outside the maze walls, forced to survive in the Scorch, a barren desert overrun with “cranks” (victims who’ve lost all their humanity to the flare). “Maze Runner: Scorch Trials” opens Sept. 18.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” brings the conclusion to Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) rebellion against the corrupt capitol of Panem. At the end of “Mockingjay Part 1,” we saw Katniss as she’s never been before, ready to wage a full-out war against President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and put innocent lives in danger if it means freedom. With a semi-brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) back at her side, there is nothing holding her back from that final confrontation with the man who led her world to ruin.

On Nov. 20, millions of film fans and book readers (armed with tissues) will flock to the theaters to witness the revolution’s final battle.

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