For moviegoers, autumn traditionally signals a return to serious drama and relatively weighty subject matter after the popcorn-flavored fare of summer. And while we certainly have a decent slate of rock-solid dramas to look forward to this year (including 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps', 'Stone' and 'Fair Game'), there's also a variety of other offerings: Two very different comedies starring Zach Galifianakis, romantic comedies, thrillers with and without action, and films that may or may not be documentaries, to round things out.

Though no major theme dominates the season, a few minor ones are evident, namely directorial Afflecks (Casey's debut and Ben's return), movies involving Facebook, and, as previously noted, questionable docs. Plus James Franco -- virtually a theme in himself these days -- taking on two demanding roles.

Here, in order of release date, are 20 fall movies we're really looking forward to:
Red
PG-132010
Based on 38 critics

Retired CIA agents reassemble for their own survival after the agency marks them for death. Read More

127 Hours
R2010
Based on 38 critics

Mountaineer Aron Ralston must make an agonizing choice after his arm becomes pinned by a boulder. Read More

Love and Other Drugs
R2010
Based on 38 critics

A pharmaceutical salesman (Jake Gyllenhaal) begins a relationship with a Parkinson's patient. Read More

Catfish
PG-132010
Based on 29 critics

The paintings of a girl, supposedly 8 years old, lead a filmmaker's brother on an unusual odyssey. Read More

Buried
R2010
Based on 29 critics

Kidnapped by Iraqi insurgents, a civilian trucker awakes in a coffin with a lighter and cell phone. Read More

Easy A
PG-132010
Based on 35 critics

The escape of a little white lie teaches a clean-cut teen to use the rumor mill for personal gain. Read More

The Social Network
PG-132010
Based on 42 critics

Legal and personal complications follow the founding of popular website Facebook. Read More

Hereafter
PG-132010
Based on 42 critics

Three people set out on a search for the truth after death touches their lives in different ways. Read More

Howl
R2010
Based on 24 critics

The impact of Allen Ginsberg's landmark poem unfolds, as a court battle wages to ban the book. Read More

Fair Game
PG-132010
Based on 35 critics

Valerie Plame and her husband face the fallout when her cover is blown as a covert CIA agent. Read More

Stone
R2010
Based on 27 critics

An inmate (Edward Norton) tries to convince a parole officer (Robert De Niro) to set him free. Read More

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
PG-132010
Based on 42 critics

Harry, Ron and Hermione set out to destroy the Horcruxes, the secrets to Voldemort's power. Read More

Morning Glory
PG-132010
Based on 38 critics

A producer (Rachel McAdams) tries to revitalize a struggling morning-news program. Read More

Welcome to the Rileys
R2010
Based on 30 critics

Seeking refuge in New Orleans, a salesman becomes a surrogate father to an underage stripper. Read More

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
PG-132010
Based on 39 critics

Master manipulator Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) emerges from prison with a new agenda. Read More

Unstoppable
PG-132010
Based on 34 critics

Two men must stop an unmanned, runaway train before it crashes and spills its toxic cargo. Read More

The Town
R2010
Based on 42 critics

A bank robber looks for a way out of his criminal life after he falls for a former hostage. Read More

Due Date
R2010
Based on 39 critics

A high-strung man (Robert Downey Jr.) takes a road trip with an annoying stranger. Read More

It's Kind of a Funny Story
PG-132010
Based on 33 critics

A depressed teenager becomes a patient in the adult ward of a psychiatric hospital. Read More

I'm Still Here
R2010
Based on 33 critics

Joaquin Phoenix announces his intention to retire from acting and pursue a music career. Read More

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