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November 27, 2013

Joy to the Cinema!

(Continued)

Don’t forget about guaranteed blockbusters like the sequels to “The Hobbit,” “The Hunger Games” and Will Ferrell’s “Anchorman,” all of which look like opportunities for the studios to print money. It’s going to be a busy holiday season.

This week

‘BLACK NATIVITY’

A contemporary adaptation of the Langston Hughes musical. With Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson.

‘FROZEN’

Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Syosset’s Idina Menzel (Broadway’s “Wicked”) provide voices in Disney’s animated adventure about a kingdom trapped in eternal winter.

‘HOMEFRONT’

This action flick certainly has an attention-grabbing cast: Jason Statham as a drug- enforcement agent, James Franco as a meth kingpin and Winona Ryder as his girlfriend.

‘OLDBOY’

Suddenly and inexplicably, a man is released from 20 years in captivity. Spike Lee’s reinterpretation of the 2003 South Korean hit features Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley and Elizabeth Olsen.

‘MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM’

The life of South African revolutionary-turned-president Nelson Mandela (Idris Elba). Naomie Harris (“Skyfall”) plays his wife, Winnie.

Dec. 6:

‘INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS’

A struggling songwriter (Oscar Isaac) navigates New York City’s folk scene during the 1960s. Directed and written by the Coen brothers. With Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake.

‘OUT OF THE FURNACE’

In a depressed Rust Belt town, two brothers (Christian Bale, Casey Affleck) turn to crime. Directed and co-written by Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”).

Dec. 13:

‘AMERICAN HUSTLE’

Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams star in a drama about frauds, feds and political power brokers. With Jeremy Renner. Directed by David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook”).

‘THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG’

The second in Peter Jackson’s fantasy trilogy. With Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan and Orlando Bloom. In regular and high-frame formats, and in 3-D.

‘SAVING MR. BANKS’

A Disney film starring Tom Hanks as Walt himself. It’s about his struggle to make the 1964 film “Mary Poppins,” based on the novel by P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson).

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