The 30 most exciting fall films to keep your eye on

Don’t book your autumn without making room for these promising fall films—the best of Hollywood, the art house and beyond.

  • Fall films: Killing Them Softly

  • Fall films: Paranormal Activity 4

  • Fall films: Cloud Atlas

  • Fall films: The Sessions

  • Fall films: Flight

Fall films: Killing Them Softly

Brad Pitt in Killing Them Softly

Killing Them Softly

Riding a glorious wave of midcareer maturity, Brad Pitt offers yet another understated performance in this chatty gangster drama, as a mob enforcer tasked with cleaning up the loose ends of a backroom poker game gone bad. (Oct 19)

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4, from Paramount Pictures.

Paranormal Activity 4

We’re not in the habit of shouting out to fourth installments, but this horror franchise has kept the quality control improbably high via clever rethinkings of the original conceit. On opening night, that’ll be us, watching through our fingers. (Oct 19)

Cloud Atlas

Even if we hadn’t seen that mesmerizing six-minute trailer, we’d still be eager to catch this star-studded adaptation of David Mitchell’s titanic, centuries-spanning novel. Here’s hoping codirectors Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis take our breath away. (Oct 26)

The Sessions

Even those trapped in iron lungs hope to get it on one day: Ailing John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone) gathers his team of supporters—a therapist and a priest—and puts them to work finding him a devirginizer. Sympathetic and unusual, this Sundance drama is attracting awards buzz. (Oct 26)


It’s about time Robert Zemeckis (Cast Away) returned to live action. This story of a self-pitying pilot (Denzel Washington) who safely crash-lands a malfunctioning airliner appears to play to the filmmaker’s talent for intertwining intimate drama with staggering spectacle. (Nov 2)