What's Unavoidable, Unmissable and Uncovered This Fall

The books, the people, the movies, the TV shows you won't want—or be able—to miss this season

After the burly ho-hummery of summer blockbusters, the autumn arts season is supposed to offer innovation, cerebration, the thrill of threat. Not so much this year. From heroes (James Bond) to villains (the murderous Dr. Crippen), everything new is old again. The first single from the fall CD by Beyoncé says it all: Deja Vu. Seen this, heard that. And, if it's any good, happy to feel it again.

Any changes are baby steps. Best-selling sportsman Michael Lewis (Moneyball) shifts from baseball to college football. In The Departed, Martin Scorsese moves from the gangs of New York to the Boston mob....

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