By Tony Rutherford
Spring and summer have been super-ific and pet-tastic. On one hand, a cluster of superhero ("Batman v. Superman," "Suicide Squad," "Captain America Civil War") and on the other, cuddly pets and cute creatures ("The Secret Life of Pets," "Zootopia," "Finding Dory") Now, cinemas put away their spandex (temporarily) for a fall season that boasts drama.
Remember the jet that a few years ago landed intact in the Hudson River? Tom Hanks stars as US Airways Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, whose skills brought the failing jet to a watery landing. Arriving Sept. 9 from immortal director Clint Eastwood, "Sully" used the Alexa Imax camera to capture the heroic rescue. Hanks has gradually become the go-to actor to portray based-on-real-life contemporary characters, such as attorney James Donovan ("Bridge of Spies), astronaut Jim Lovell ("Apollo 13"), Captain Richard Phillips ("Captain Phillips"), Andrew Beckett who represents in part attorneys Geoffrey Bowers and Clarence B. Cain ("Philadelphia"), Walt Disney ("Saving Mr. Banks"), and a victim of 9/11 ("Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close").
The following week, an edge of reality director Oliver Stone ("World Trade Center," "Platoon," "J.F.K.,") brings to life the drama of National Security Agent Edward Snowden who leaked thousands of pages of classified documents. "Snowden" comes to the screen Sept. 16 and may offer insight into his motivations which have labeled him a traitor at worst and a whistleblower at best. Joseph Gordon-Levitt from "The Dark Knight Rises" and Philippe Petit from "The Walk" stars.
Based on the tragic 2010 Mississippi Delta oil rig explosion that polluted waters for nearly 90 days and cost the lives of eleven workers, Mark Wahlberg re-teams with "Lone Survivor" director Peter Berg to tell a story of survival and heartbreak. John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O'Brien and Kate Hudson co-star in the film which opens Sept. 30.
Ironically, the film shot in Louisiana qualified for millions of dollars of tax credits for creating jobs and economic development. However, as charities beg for funds for besieged flood victims, the state will be paying the producers nearly $40 million dollars in credits. The disaster film has been recommended for portraying steps that would prevent future environmental disasters.