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In this film publicity image released by Disney, muppet character Walter, left, and Jason Segel are shown with the muppet characters in a scene from "The Muppets." (AP Photo/Disney Enterprises, Patrick Wymore)
Friday movie roundup: Catch up on 2011's best

Imagine you're a Hollywood studio executive, and you have to plan for a holiday weekend.

You know that your movie will make the bulk of its money on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You also know on this particular weekend, your potential audience will be partying on Friday, partying harder on Saturday, and recovering from hangovers on Sunday -- all activities that don't involve buying movie tickets.

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What do you do? You punt.

That's what Hollywood has done this New Year's Eve weekend, as no new movies are being released in theaters.

You could, if you're not engaged in the champagne-fueled revelries of saying goodbye to 2011, catch up on the better movies of 2011 that are still in theaters.

If you do, you may be seeing a lot of matinees, since three of the best are rated PG.

"The Muppets," the lively and unabashedly nostalgic return of Jim Henson's beloved felt-and-fur characters.

"Hugo," Martin Scorsese's fond and technically astonishing 3D adventure, about a mechanically inclined boy and an old master of illusion.

"Arthur Christmas," the charming and funny holiday adventure about the son of Santa Claus having to save Christmas for one little girl.

Also, be sure to check out "War Horse," "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and "The Descendants."

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