While it has technically been fall for more than a week, the calendar flipping to October signals that summer has truly come and gone. The weather may be cooler and the days shorter, but for movie buffs, it's the best time of year. Autumn is often when studios begin releasing so-called "Oscar bait" - frontrunners for many of the big Academy Awards - and this year is no different.
One of the season's most well-received movies has already hit theaters. Enough Said, which was released Sept. 18, stars the late James Gandolfini, whose death earlier this year shocked many movie and TV fans across the country. In one of his last films, he stars alongside former Seinfeld actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Though it has elements of a romantic comedy, critics have lauded its charming and bittersweet tone. Don't be surprised to see this film in the pool of nominees come Oscar season.
The long-awaited Princess Diana biopic starring Naomi Watts hits the big screen Nov. 1. Aptly titled Diana, the film is helmed by director Oliver Hirschbiegel. Although the jury is still out on the movie's critical reception, it stars a two time Best Actress nominee in Watts, so it is likely worth a view for fans of the The People's Princess.
Robert Redford is undoubtedly one of Hollywood's most famous active seniors, and he's back in the Oscar race once again with All Is Lost, which hits theaters Oct. 25. The largely diagloue-less movie follows Redford's character's struggle to survive alone at sea, and has been hailed as one of the 77-year-old actor's best performances.