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Is August no longer filled with Hollywood's dog days?
Is August no longer filled with Hollywood's dog days?

T.S. Eliot deemed April the cruelest month in his poem “The Waste Land,” but, when it comes to movies, August can be pretty brutal too. This month has long had a reputation as a kind of cinematic island of misfit toys stranded between the shiny blockbusters of the earlier summer and the prestigious awards bait of the fall. For film lovers, it can feel, along with the pre-Oscar doldrums of January, like its own kind of wasteland. Conventional thinking has long held that August is generally a slow time for moviegoing: Kids are at sleep-away camp; families are off on trips; parents are minding household budgets in anticipation of back-to-school shopping; and audiences as a whole...

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