The fall television and movie seasons are finally upon us. And that means we can sigh with relief: this summer's lackluster movie run has, let's hope, ended. But that also means there's a lot to choose from at the theaters and on our televisions. Below, four of our regular critics—Brett McCracken, Kenneth R. Morefield, Jackson Cuidon, and Alissa Wilkinson—weighed in on five of the movies and television shows they're anticipating as the weather cools and the busy season begins.

Brett McCracken

Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (in theaters October 4). The teaming of Alfonso Cuarón, in his first directorial effort since 2006's Children of Men, and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life) makes me think this film will be full of long, extraordinarily beautiful shots. Oh, and terrifying. I mean, have you seen that trailer?

12 Years a Slave, directedby Steve McQueen (in theaters October 18). With his films Hunger (2008) and Shame (2011), Steve McQueen has established himself as one of cinema's most provocative and interesting new voices. That alone makes me excited to see his latest. The impressive cast—Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Alfre Woodard, Brad Pitt and more—only makes me anticipate it more.

Inside Llewyn Davis, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (in theaters December 20). The Coen Brothers are on a hot streak and their latest looks to impress once again. A tale of the halcyon days of the nascent folk music scene in 1960s Greenwich Village, Inside promises to have a soundtrack to match its cinematic prestige.

Captain Phillips, directed by Paul Greengrass (in theaters October 11). The last time Greengrass tackled a ripped-from-the-headlines ...

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