6. "Anna Karenina" (Nov. 16)
"Anna Karenina" was adapted by Tom Stoppard and helmed by Joe Wright, who also directed Keira Knightley in 2007's "Atonement." Knightley's performance in 2008's little-seen "The Duchess" tells me she's best in roles that require her to wear corsets and great hats. This adaptation of the Russian novel has both.
7. "The Waiting Room" (Nov. 30)
Filmmaker Peter Nicks captured the goings-on at the ER in Oakland, Calif.'s Highland Hospital, a public facility that is the community's safety net when it comes to medical care. Highland's staff struggles to balance emergencies with those patients who go to the ER because they have no other means of seeing a doctor.
8. "Life of Pi" (Nov. 21)
Full disclosure: I cannot get through "Life of Pi," the 2001 Booker Prize-winning novel by Yann Martel. I've tried three times and have always been out before page 80. No matter: Director Ang Lee's films are some of the most visually interesting out there, and he shot the "Pi" adaptation in 3-D. Moving 3-D from the multiplex to the art house is an admirable challenge to accept.
9. "End of Watch" (Sept. 21)
I already consider this - the one film on this list I've actually seen - one of fall's best movies. David Ayer, who wrote 2001's "Training Day," directs "End of Watch," which hinges on a conceit with major cheese potential: Jake Gyllenhaal's character, a Los Angeles police officer, films everything he and his partner (Michael Pena) do, ostensibly for a filmmaking class. Ayer makes it work, bringing the full scope of a cop's life, from hours of boredom to seconds of terror, to the audience in an experience that's more intense than anything in recent memory.
10. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" (Nov. 16)
You know what the best thing about "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" is? After this, there won't be any more "Twilight" films.