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Fall movie photos: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,’ ‘Annie’ among December releases
First Published Sep 04 2014 10:25 am • Last Updated Sep 04 2014 11:03 am

There are 80 movies expected to open in Salt Lake City-area theaters this fall, moving into the holiday season. Here’s the list, with photos, of the movies opening in December. (Release dates are tentative.)

Dec. 5

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The Pyramid » American archaeologists in Egypt dig up a strange pyramid, one with dark and deadly secrets, in this horror thriller.

Dec. 12

Exodus: Gods and Kings » Ridley Scott ("Blade Runner," "Alien") directs this lavish telling of the story of Moses (Christian Bale) and his battle of wills with the pharaoh Rhamses (Joel Edgerton, shaving his head à la Yul Brynner). Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley and John Turturro also star.

Inherent Vice » Paul Thomas Anderson ("The Master") takes Hollywood’s first crack at adapting a Thomas Pynchon novel with this tale of a pot-smoking detective (Joaquin Phoenix) investigating the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend (Katherine Waterston) and her current lover (Eric Roberts), a shady real-estate developer. Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Benicio Del Toro and Owen Wilson also star.

Dec. 17

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies » The third and final chapter in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, the precursor to "The Lord of the Rings," centers on brave Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the effort to bring down the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch).

Dec. 19

Annie » The classic musical based on "Little Orphan Annie" is updated, with the plucky Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis, from "Beasts of the Southern Wild") outsmarting the nasty Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) and warming the heart of a New York tycoon (Jamie Foxx).

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb » Ben Stiller returns as museum guard Larry, this time on a globe-hopping adventure to save the magic that makes museum exhibits come alive.

Dec. 25

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 » In this comedy sequel, Nick (Craig Robinson) and Jacob (Clark Duke) must go back in time again to save Lou (Rob Corddry), now "the father of the Internet," who has been shot by a mystery assassin.

The Interview » The comedy that may set off World War III — as TV journalist Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer, Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen), get a chance to interview Kim Jong-un, prompting the CIA to recruit them to assassinate the North Korean dictator.

Into the Woods » Rob Marshall ("Chicago") directs this adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s dark deconstruction of familiar fairy tales — with an all-star cast that includes Meryl Streep as the Witch, Johnny Depp as the Wolf and Anna Kendrick as Cinderella.

Paddington » The beloved stuffed bear gets his own adventure, mixing animation and live-action. Ben Whishaw (Q from "Skyfall") provides the bear’s voice. The human cast includes Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville and Peter Capaldi ("Doctor Who").

Unbroken » Angelina Jolie directs this biopic of Louis Zamperini (played by Jack O’Connell), an Olympic runner who became a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II.

Wild » Reese Witherspoon portrays Cheryl Strayed in this adaptation of Strayed’s memoir about battling grief and heroin to hike 1,100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail from California to Washington state. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée ("Dallas Buyers Club").

December to be determined

Big Eyes » Tim Burton directs this biography of painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), famous for her portraits of people with freakishly huge eyes, and her legal battles with her husband (Christoph Waltz) over credit for her work.

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