There's a reason we love fall. Pop culture junkies like us have an ongoing love affair with the season of changing leaves and crisp temperatures because it's the beginning of Serious Movie Season. Get ready for the heady.
Among the prestigious pictures we can look forward to: a Cold War spy thriller from Steven Spielberg, a Victorian ghost story from Guillermo del Toro, and Angelina Jolie directing herself and her real-life husband, Mr. Pitt. Oh, yeah — and a new Star Wars movie.
Even better, this fall is packed with movies of substance that tackle issues important to women — from the right to vote to a lesbian couple battling homophobia to violence against women, and more. We've given a special shout-out to the movies that feature major roles for the female portion of humanity.
The following slideshow is not meant to be a comprehensive list of every single film hitting theaters from September 1 to December 31 — there are approximately zillions — but rather, our carefully considered guide to what we think you'll be most excited to see, discuss, and form your own opinions about. So, take these in, and check back here for Esther Zuckerman's analysis of the Oscar race. Awards season begins now.