'Lady Bird' (Nov. 10th)
Is it possible that the breakthrough director of fall will not be dude? Yes – and her name is Greta Gerwig. The 34-year-old actress has co-written films with Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, Mistress America) and co-directed the indie movie Nights and Weekends with Joe Swanberg. But she's out there solo with this luminous, beautiful story of a Sacramento high school senior named Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) who wants to go to college in New York. The NorCal native/writer/director gets the details right, from sharply funny dialogue and not-a-false–note direction to knockout performances from Laurie Metcalf and Tracy Letts as Lady Bird's parents, as well as Lucas Hedges and Timothée Chalamet as the complicated boys in her life. It's a dream of a debut.