Summer is behind us, and the fall movie season is showing signs of comparative maturity.
It's a time for serious drama, as the studios gear up for a tough Oscar campaign. There are stories of survival, in outer space in Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" and on the open sea in the Robert Redford-starring drama "All Is Lost." There are the true-life ordeals of a pre-Civil War black man in "12 Years a Slave" and a 21st-century victim of Somali pirates in "Captain Phillips." There are adaptations of Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" and Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations."