Get ready for awards season: Here come the fall movies

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Fall films may bring box office bonanzas and Oscar glory

With dinosaurs out of the way, watch out for "Steve Jobs"

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The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and the dinosaurs are being put out to pasture.

Is it time for awards season yet?

It’s always time for awards season!

If summer is blockbuster season, when computer-generated fireballs and costumed crusaders keep ticket sales clicking, then fall is preparation for awards season, when the movie studios roll out their prestige offerings. (And then the new year begins and the season of pretty gowns and dapper tuxedos actually begins.)

It’s not that the studios are against mindless popcorn films or that thoughtful films don’t exist during the summer: “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Inside Out,” among others over the past three months, gave moviegoers as much to think about as to not think about.

But the fall and holiday releases are intended to garner both critical praise and box office gold. They imply that scripts and acting still matter as much as the amazing stunts that play so well internationally.

This fall brings a number of highly anticipated offerings. Among them:

“Steve Jobs”: The biopic about the Apple co-founder has earned plaudits from reviewers – including the other co-founder, Steve Wozniak. “I felt like I was actually watching Steve Jobs,” Woz told Deadline. Look for star Michael Fassbender to be talked up for Osss-cah.

“Bridge of Spies”: “Bridge” has big names galore: director Steven Spielberg, star Tom Hanks, and co-screenwriters Ethan and Joel Coen. The movie concerns the 1960 U-2 spy plane affair and the events that led to the exchange of captured U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers and Soviet spy Rudolf Abel, played by Mark Rylance.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”: Sure, it’ll make gobs of money, but there was a time when well-made adventure flicks were taken seriously by the Oscars. The original “Star Wars” was nominated for best picture, as was “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Of course, all fans care about is that the new film is better than Nos. I, II, III and perhaps VI.

Throw in the new James Bond, another pair of Jennifer Lawrence films and perhaps a sleeper or two, and it looks like the fall will be as enriched by good movies as the summer was for popcorn flicks. For moviegoers as omnivorous as certain dinosaurs, that’s good news for the coming months.