The fall movie season in Washington begins Sept. 27, when Woody Allen's strictly serious "Interiors" and Satyajit Ray's "The Middleman" begin. John Guillermin's all-star version of the Agatha Christie whodunit, "Death on the Nile," opens Sept. 29, with Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot.
The first week in October offers five major openings: "Days of Heaven," a highly touted 70mm epic from Terrence Malick, director of "Badlands"; Robert Altman's ensemble social comedy "A Wedding"; Franklin Schaffner's film version of "The Boys from Brazil"; "Goin' South" with Jack Nicholson; "The Big Fix" with Richard Dreyfuss; and "Someone is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe" with George Segal and Jacqueline Bisset.
The next week hits late in the month, starting Oct. 25, with Alan Pakula's "Comes a Horseman," starring Jane Fonda, James Caan and Jason Robards. Oct. 27 brings "The Wiz," "Midnight Express," "Bloodbrothers" and, tentatively, "Girlfriends."
Coming in early November: Sylvester Stallone's "Paradise Alley" on the 3rd, and Richard Attenborough's film version of William Goldman's thriller "Magic" on the 8th. Most promising: Ralph Bakshi's animated production of Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" and a romantic melodrama called "Slow Dancing in the Big City" from John G. Avildsen, the director of "Rocky," both on the 15th.
Among others to look for: Stanley Donen's "Movie Movie," Ingmar Bergman's "Autumn Sonata" with Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann, "Agatha" with Vanessa Redgrave and Dustin Hoffman.