Film distributors are a lot like nature and pack rats: They abhor a vacuum.
August used to be the dog days of cinema. It was a hot and distracted time. Many moviegoers were on vacation. Critics too. Why release a movie that has any kind of ambition at such a time?
So the month’s film calendar usually looked something like this: A couple of high-profile studio movies early in the month, which then petered out into some lower-end genre or action movies later. Works of any prestige value, like the kind that come to Sundance, couldn’t be found in abundance.
Then 2017 happened.
This August has been a strange time for so many reasons. Cinema, it turns out, is no...