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Holiday Movie Guide, 2014-15

By Jeff Boudreaux

Horrible Bosses 2 – The entire cast of the first film, save for Colin Farrell’s Bobby (deceased), returns for this sequel directed by Seth Gordon. The boys played by Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day kidnap the son (Chris Pine) of an unscrupulous investor (Christoph Waltz). Co-starring Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx.  Opening everywhere Nov. 26.

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The Penguins of Madagascar – In this spin-off of the popular Madagascar series, everyone’s favorite birds who can’t fly are recruited by an organization of animal secret agents to thwart Dr. Octavious Brine (John Malkovich) who is bent on world destruction. Featuring the talents of Benedict Cumberbatch and Ken Jeong (The Hangover trilogy, Community). Nov. 26.

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Wild – Reese Witherspoon decides to venture into the wilderness after personal tragedy. Can she survive where Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) couldn’t? We’ll find out Dec. 5. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club).

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Top Five – Chris Rock directs and stars in this semi-biographical comedy. Rosario Dawson co-stars as a journalist/love interest. Featuring Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, and a host of cameos. Dec. 5.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings – Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton star as Moses and Ramses, respectively, in this epic re-telling of the Old Testament story. Directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator) and co-starring Ben Kingsley and Sigourney Weaver. Opening in 3-D, Dec.12.

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The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies – The much-anticipated final chapter in director Peter Jackson’s second trilogy based on the timeless works of J.R.R. Tolkien hits cinemas in IMAX and 3-D Dec. 17. Starring Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, and Ian McKellan.

In Photos: The eight main characters of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” PR Photos

In Photos: The eight main characters of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” PR Photos

 

Annie – Director Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits) helms this contemporary adaptation of the Broadway hit based on the classic comic strip by Harold Gray.  Jamie Foxx stars as the “Daddy Warbucks-like” Benjamin Stacks. Co-starring Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz and Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) as the title character. Opens Dec. 19.

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – Ben Stiller returns to this popular series where he undertakes a dangerous quest to save his magical friends. Co-starring Ricky Gervais, Ben Kingsley, Owen Wilson and features one of the last performances by the legendary Robin Williams. Dec. 19.

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Big Eyes – Tim Burton directs the true story of painter Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), popular throughout the 1950’s and ‘60’s. Co-starring Amy Adams and Jason Schwartzman and opening on Christmas Day.

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The Interview – Part-time comedy duo James Franco and Seth Rogen team up for this farce about a talk show host and his producer who are pressured by the CIA to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Co-starring Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex). Dec. 25.

 Seth Rogen (right) with James Franco in The Interview Photograph: Ed Araquel/AP

Seth Rogen (right) with James Franco in The Interview Photograph: Ed Araquel/AP

 

Into the Woods – In this Disney musical based on stories by the Brothers Grimm, a baker and his wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt) must contend with an evil witch (Meryl Streep). Directed by Rob Marshall (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and co-starring Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, and Johnny Depp. Dec. 25.

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Unbroken – Angelina Jolie directs this inspiring true story of WWII hero and Olympian Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who survived for nearly three years in a Japanese POW camp. Dec. 25

Angelina Jolie with Louis Zamperini, the subject of her new film Unbroken. Photo: AP/Universal Pictures Photograph: AP/Universal Pictures/AP

Angelina Jolie with Louis Zamperini, the subject of her new film Unbroken. Photo: AP/Universal Pictures Photograph: AP/Universal Pictures/AP

 

A Most Violent Year – J.C. Chandor (Margin Call, All is Lost) directs this drama about an immigrant couple struggling to survive in crime-ridden New York City. Starring Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Jessica Chastain, and Albert Brooks.  Opening Dec. 30.

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The Woman in Black: Angel of Death – In this follow-up to the 2012 film starring Daniel Radcliffe, the title ghost targets a group of London schoolchildren. From the legendary horror production company Hammer Films. Opens Jan. 2.

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Taken 3 – Liam Neeson returns as the iconic vigilante Bryan Mills who must battle the mob while evading the police who ridiculously suspect him of his wife’s (Famke Janssen) murder. Oliver Megaton directs. Opens Jan. 9.

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