"Baby Driver"

Baby (Ansel Elgort, right) charms Debora (Lily James) at her work in “Baby Driver.”

I'm trying to avoid wind and wave metaphors these days, but there are a bunch of movies leaving town by Thursday to make room for horror feature "It," "Home Again" and "True To The Day" — six by my count.

Granted, several were marquee fillers — though the lack of film titles on local marquees for months now suggest that phrase is dead — brought back from earlier runs and others had been here for several weeks. Anyway, if you want to see "Baby Driver," "The Big Sick," "Megan Leavey," "Cars 3," "Good Time" and "Nut Job 2," the clock is ticking.

The close of this summer's movie season brought a measure of hand-wringing about the worst box office results in, oh, about 10 years, but buried within that news was a note that several of the (predicted) blockbusters that bombed here did well overseas. International box office has driven Hollywood for several years now, so one bad summer is hardly reason to change studio appetite for big tent-pole movies. Or maybe I'm just jaded in my old age.

We've had many stories of unsung heroes in the days after Hurricane Harvey's landfall, but if you need another dose of inspiration in these turbulent times, the Independent Movie Monday at the Waco Hippodrome has scheduled the documentary "The Man In The Red Bandana" for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11. It's about New York equities trader Welles Remy Crowther, trained as a volunteer firefighter, who's believed to have rescued more than a dozen people from a burning World Trade Center on 9/11 before losing his life in its collapse.


Tribune-Herald entertainment editor