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Check out all the films that will keep us in theaters until Christmas

Shaun Harrison
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1 of 27 Darren Michaels/Warner Bros. Pictures

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 4 Six years have passed since Harold (John Cho) and Kumar's (Kal Penn) last raunchy and raucous adventure, and the two friends are now living very different lives. But when Kumar shows up at Harold's house during the holidays and accidentally burns down Harold's father-in-law's beloved Christmas tree, the duo sets out on a journey through New York City to find the perfect replacement. Neil Patrick Harris reprises his role as a fictionalized version of himself.
2 of 27 David Lee/Universal Pictures

Tower Heist

Premieres: Nov. 4 Rush Hour director Brett Ratner returns to the action comedy genre with this caper film starring Ben Stiller as the leader of a group of employees (including Matthew Broderick, Gabourey Sidibe and Casey Affleck) at an exclusive apartment building. When they lose their pensions in a Ponzi scheme orchestrated by the building's richest resident (Alan Alda), the group enlists the help of an ex-con (Eddie Murphy) to steal their money back.
3 of 27 Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros. Pictures

J. Edgar

Premieres: Nov. 9 Leonardo DiCaprio stars in this Clint Eastwood-directed biopic of J. Edgar Hoover, America's top law enforcement official for five decades. The movie follows Hoover from his childhood (Judi Dench plays his mother) through his rise to power and the creation of the FBI. The real draw, however, may be to see what kind of comment the film makes on Hoover's private life, including his reported gay relationship with his protege, Clyde Tolson (The Social Network's Armie Hammer).
4 of 27 Christian Geisnaes/Magnolia Pictures

Melancholia

Premieres: Nov. 11 Written and directed by Lars von Trier, this science fiction drama stars Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg as sisters Justine and Claire. Their already strained relationship is tested even further when, on the day of Justine's wedding, Earth faces the danger of colliding with a rogue planet. Dunst's performance earned her the best actress award at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
5 of 27 Columbia Pictures

Jack and Jill

Premieres: Nov. 11 Two Adam Sandlers for the price of one! Sandler stars in this comedy as Jack, a suburban family man who leads a quiet life with his wife (Katie Holmes) and kids. Sandler also stars as Jill, Jack's needy and passive-aggressive twin sister who shows up each Thanksgiving and turns Jack's life upside down by refusing to leave.
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Premieres: Nov. 4 Sorry, Twi-hards, the beginning of the end is here. This film covers roughly the first half of the final novel, which includes the highly anticipated wedding of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Patinson) as well as their even more highly anticipated honeymoon.
7 of 27 Merie Wallace/Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Descendants

Premieres: Nov. 18 The latest film from director Alexander Payne (Sideways, About Schmidt) stars George Clooney as a Hawaiian land baron who learns that his wife (Patricia Hastie) has been having an affair. With his wife now in a coma after a boating accident, Clooney's character tries to reconnect with his daughters (Secret Life of the American Teenager's Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller) as the trio sets out to confront the other man (Matthew Lillard).
8 of 27 Patrick Wymore/ Walt Disney Pictures

The Muppets

Premieres: Nov. 23 After a 12-year absence from the big screen, it's time once again to play the music and light the lights. How I Met Your Mother's Jason Segel stars as Gary, a lifelong Muppet fan who, after learning that an oil magnate (Chris Cooper) plans to destroy the Muppet Theater, reunites Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang in an effort to save it. Amy Adams also stars as Gary's girlfriend.
9 of 27 Jaap Buitendijk/Paramount Pictures

Hugo

Premieres: Nov. 23 Goodfellas this isn't. Martin Scorsese makes his first 3D film with this adaptation of Brian Selznick's novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, about an orphan boy (Asa Butterfield) who lives in a Paris train station with a robot he inherited from his late father. Ben Kingsley also stars as the automaton's creator, while Sacha Baron Cohen plays a goofy station inspector who threatens Hugo's secret.
10 of 27 Sony Pictures Classics

A Dangerous Method

Premieres: Nov. 23 Directed by David Cronenberg, this historical film tells the story of the turbulent relationship between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Keira Knightley also stars as Sabina Spielrein, the troubled young woman who comes between the two men.
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Sleeping Beauty

Premieres: Dec. 2 Don't take the kids! This is not to be confused with the fairy tale. It stars Emily Browning as a college girl who sells her sedated (sleeping, get it?) body for sex in Austrialian novelist-turned-filmmaker Julia Leigh's first film. OK, you see the literary allegory. In this TV season of Grimm and Once Upon a Time, this might be for you. And did we say don't take the kids?
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Premieres: Dec. 9 Gary Oldman, a formidable actor going all the way back to Sid and Nancy and Prick Up Your Ears, plays George Smiley in this adaptation of the classic John le Carre novel. Colin Firth and Tom Hardy co-star in this tale of Cold War espionage, directed by Tomas Alfredson, who gave us the well-regarded Let the Right One In.
13 of 27 Andrew Schwartz/Warner Bros. Pictures

New Year's Eve

Premieres: Dec. 9 It's a holiday that doesn't have a lot of films based around it, really (unless you want to count tangential references like in When Harry Met Sally… or Boogie Nights). Garry Marshall looks like he's using the same formula as he did in his last film Valentine's Day: interlocking stories with an all-star cast — this time, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl, Sofia Vergara, Robert De Niro and Zac Efron.
14 of 27 Paramount Pictures

Young Adult

Premieres: Dec. 9 The title alludes to the genre that Charlize Theron's character, a writer, specializes in. But her story is not for impressionable minds. She decides she's going to head back to Minnesota to make a romance happen with an old flame. Problem is: He's married with children now. Director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody, who gave us Juno, reunite for this — maybe you should let that be your guide.
15 of 27 20th Century Fox

The Sitter

Premieres: Dec. 9 Still want to see the fat Jonah Hill? Here ya go. He plays a suspended college student reduced to babysitting and, of course, the kids are all he can handle. This just might be the mindless stuff you need amidst all the holiday hustle and bustle. And, hey, if you loved Adventures in Babysitting or Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead — again, here ya go.
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The Iron Lady

Premieres: Dec. 16 The protean and supremely talented Meryl Steep fills the title role in this biopic of longtime British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The two-time Oscar winner has been nominated 16 times. This performance should make it 17. Phyllida Lloyd is directing. Hopefully, Lloyd'll do better than Mamma Mia! The ever wonderful Jim Broadbent plays Denis Thatcher, the man behind the iron.
17 of 27 20th Century Fox

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked

Premieres: Dec. 16 These rambunctious 'munks have been delighting fans going back to the earliest baby boomers. This sequel to The Squeakquel shows off the enduring appeal of these irrepressible little guys, who end up on a deserted island — but find they have company.
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Premieres: Dec. 16 Elementary, dear what's-your-name: The super sleuth and Watson, played by Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, respectively, made a lot of money a couple years ago, so they're back. Sure, maybe Arthur Conan Doyle is spinning in his grave because of how they've tarted up his characters and stories, but audiences found them a blast.
19 of 27 Sony Pictures Classics

Carnage

Premieres: Dec. 16 Roman Polanski, though exiled and still reviled by some, keeps making small, great movies well into his 70s — The Ghost Writer being just the latest example. Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz star in this adaptation of Yasmina Reza's one-act play, which was Americanized for Broadway and well-received.
20 of 27 Baldur Bragason/Sony Pictures

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Premieres: Dec. 21 You've read the book, seen the original film, heard about it, or read about it. Plus, David Fincher is directing. To say this film is highly anticipated fails to capture it. Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara star.
21 of 27 Paramount Pictures

Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol

Premieres: Dec. 21 Back for a fourth time, Tom Cruise stars as Ethan Hunt, although this time he has to cope with the shutdown of the IMF because it's suspected in a bombing at the Kremlin. Jeremy Renner, who's in line to take over the franchise's lead, co-stars along with Paula Patton. Maybe the biggest reason to see this, however, is checking out the direction of Brad Bird, who gave us the wonderful animated films, The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille.
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The Adventures of Tintin

Premieres: Dec. 21 The first of two Steven Spielberg movies this season, it brings the Belgian cartoon character, who's been huge in Europe for decades, to American audiences. The beloved, intrepid youthful reporter seems primed to make the leap across the pond.
23 of 27 20th Century Fox

We Bought a Zoo

Premieres: Dec. 23 Cameron Crowe, who knows how to do heartwarming (see, Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous), makes a comeback with the story of a father (Matt Damon) who moves his family to the country to renovate a careworn zoo. Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church co-star.
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In the Land of Blood and Honey

Premieres: Dec. 23 Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, this is the movie that you read about when she had to make nice with Bosnian officials about the script's contents. If you're an idolater of Brangelina, this is a must-see. And like it or not, it's going to get lots of attention.
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The Darkest Hour

Premieres: Dec. 25 Nothing says Christmas like people trying to survive the aftermath of an alien invasion. Kidding! The genre may seem a little played out, given how V and The Event never found a big audience, but hope springs eternal that director Chris Gorak will offer a fresh spin in this movie starring Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby.
26 of 27 Andrew Cooper/ DreamWorks Pictures

War Horse

Premieres: Dec. 25 Steven Spielberg — back again this season! — directs this adaptation of the Tony-winning play of a boy and his horse. Set during World War I, it's a love story of separation and reunion, starring Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson and David Thewlis.
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Premieres: Dec. 25 A 9/11-based film in which daddy dies might not seem like the happiest Christmastime fare; yet, Stephen Daldry's adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel winds up as a life-affirming tale. At the center of the story is Teen Jeopardy champ Thomas Horn, making his movie debut. Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock co-star as his parents.