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Holiday movies: 42 titles to watch this season

42 titles » Everything from prestigious award contenders to action-packed popcorn movies is on tap during the movie world’s Oscar season.

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"The Guilt Trip" » A comedy about an inventor (Seth Rogen) who goes on a road trip to sell his latest creation — with his mother (Barbra Streisand) along for the ride.

"Monsters Inc. 3D" » Pixar’s 2001 adventure of monsters scaring kids to power their world returns in a 3-D conversion ahead of next summer’s prequel, "Monsters University."

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Dec. 21

"Any Day Now" » A gay couple (Alan Cumming, Garrett Dillahunt) in the ’70s fight for custody of the abandoned teen with Down syndrome who comes to live with them.

"Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D" » The theatrical circus troupe combines elements from its Vegas stage shows to tell the story of lovers searching for each other across time and space, with help of director Andrew Adamson ("Shrek") and producer James Cameron ("Avatar").

"Jack Reacher" » Author Lee Child’s creation, a tough military-police investigator, hits the screen — portrayed by Tom Cruise.

"The Other Son" » Two young men, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, discover they were switched at birth in this French-made drama.

"This Is 40" » The married couple from "Knocked Up," Pete and Debbie (Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann), take center stage in director Judd Apatow’s look at turning the big four-oh.

Dec. 25

"Django Unchained" » Quentin Tarantino takes on the Western with this action tale of an ex-slave (Jamie Foxx) seeking to free his beloved (Kerry Washington) from a nasty plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).

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"Les Misérables" » Director Tom Hooper ("The King’s Speech") adapts the musical version of Victor Hugo’s novel set amid the Paris uprising of 1832, of the ex-convict Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) and his pursuer, Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe). The cast includes Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

"Parental Guidance" » Billy Crystal and Bette Midler play a couple assigned by their daughter (Marisa Tomei) to watch the grandkids and to adjust to the children’s overscheduled lives.

Dec. 28

"Simon & the Oaks" » This Swedish drama follows the lives of two boys, one of them Jewish, who meet in school in 1939.

Jan. 4

"The House I Live In" » Eugene Jarecki’s Sundance-winning documentary, a personal and detailed look at the failures of 40 years of America’s war on drugs.

"Hyde Park on Hudson" » Bill Murray plays Franklin Roosevelt, playing host to King George VI (Samuel West) and Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) in 1939 while engaging in an affair with a distant cousin (Laura Linney).

"Texas Chainsaw 3D" » A young woman discovers her inheritance includes a secret in this revisit to the horror franchise.

Jan. 11

"Barbara" » A drama set in East Germany in the 1980s, as a Berlin doctor (Nina Hoss) is banished to a rural town.

"Brooklyn Castle" » A Brooklyn middle-school chess team achieves national prominence, while the school battles budget problems, in this documentary.

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