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'
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:
Retired CIA agents reassemble for their own survival after the agency marks them for death. Read More
Mountaineer Aron Ralston must make an agonizing choice after his arm becomes pinned by a boulder. Read More
The paintings of a girl, supposedly 8 years old, lead a filmmaker's brother on an unusual odyssey. Read More
Kidnapped by Iraqi insurgents, a civilian trucker awakes in a coffin with a lighter and cell phone. Read More
The escape of a little white lie teaches a clean-cut teen to use the rumor mill for personal gain. Read More
Three people set out on a search for the truth after death touches their lives in different ways. Read More
The impact of Allen Ginsberg's landmark poem unfolds, as a court battle wages to ban the book. Read More
Valerie Plame and her husband face the fallout when her cover is blown as a covert CIA agent. Read More
An inmate (Edward Norton) tries to convince a parole officer (Robert De Niro) to set him free. Read More
Two men must stop an unmanned, runaway train before it crashes and spills its toxic cargo. Read More
A bank robber looks for a way out of his criminal life after he falls for a former hostage. Read More
A high-strung man (Robert Downey Jr.) takes a road trip with an annoying stranger. Read More