Fall movies bring out something different in the minds of Hollywood studio execs. Besides making money, this is the season that makes the suits want to be loved. By Oscar, specifically. Of the more than 100 movies opening between now and New Year's Eve, the chosen ones are those with art as well as commerce on their agendas.
With that in mind, I've picked a dozen fall movies that I believe have the right stuff. I've also added five with a bad vibe — let's face it, crap doesn't take a holiday, even during Oscar season. Here are the golden dozen that deserve your attention.