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What to See and What to Skip in Theaters Over the Long Holiday Weekend

With Christmas comes the big holiday movie weekend, and this year's is no exception with six awards contenders hitting theaters. On December 25, "The Wolf of Wall Street," "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and "Lone Survivor" go wide, while "The Invisible Woman" gets a limited release. Friday, "August: Osage County" and "Labor Day" hit NY/LA.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 26, 2013 12:42 AM
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This Weekend: Don't Miss 'Her,' 'The Past' and 'The Selfish Giant'; 'Anchorman 2' Also Arrives

An eclectic array of intimate indies and a raucous mainstream comedy hit theaters this weekend, from Spike Jonze's cri-de-coeur "Her" to Asghar Farhadi's can't-miss "The Past" and, yes, the "Anchorman" sequel. Trailers below.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 19, 2013 3:21 PM
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This Weekend, Head to 'Out of the Furnace' and 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Two of the year's big awards contenders arrive in theaters this weekend: the Coens' heavenly folk music tragicomedy "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Scott Cooper's hardboiled noir "Out of the Furnace." More low-key releases are Penn & Teller's art doc "Tim's Vermeer" and Ulrich Seidl's refreshingly "Hope"-ful final installment in his "Paradise" trilogy.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 5, 2013 4:03 PM
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This Holiday Weekend, See Musicals 'Black Nativity' and 'Frozen'

From Langston Hughes adaptation "Black Nativity" to Disney's animated musical comedy "Frozen," there is plenty of family fare to see this holiday weekend, which is light on awards contenders. Starring an acclaimed Idris Elba, the Nelson Mandela biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" also opens, as does Spike Lee's beefed up "Oldboy" remake.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • November 27, 2013 5:01 PM
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Five Films to See This Weekend: 'Hunger Games,' Dench Oscar Bid 'Philomena,' Drug War Doc 'Narco Cultura' & More

Something for everyone this weekend. While most audiences will surely flock to the new "Hunger Games" film, Oscar hopeful "Philomena" arrives in select cities after its sweep through the festival circuit, and the new Vince Vaughn vehicle "Delivery Man" gets a wide release. Doc lovers, head to "Narco Cultura" if not "Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?"
  • By TOH!
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  • November 21, 2013 4:24 PM
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This Weekend: See 'Nebraska' and 'The Great Beauty,' While 'Best Man Holiday,' LaBeouf's 'Charlie Countryman' Also Hit Theaters

A few treats to choose from this weekend as two Oscar -- Payne's "Nebraska" and Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty" -- hopefuls hit theaters. Critics advise you to skip LaBeouf vehicle "Charlie Countryman." Check out our weekend roundup here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • November 14, 2013 4:07 PM
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This Weekend: See Blanchett in Allen's 'Blue Jasmine,' 'The To Do List,' Critics Split on Middling 'The Wolverine' and More

Woody Allen's latest "Blue Jasmine," with a marvelous performance by Cate Blanchett hits theaters this weekend, along with To's "Drug War," "The To Do List" and the latest superhero reboot "The Wolverine," which has critics split.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 26, 2013 11:41 AM
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This Weekend: See Harrowing 'The Act of Killing,' 'Blackfish,' 'Only God Forgives,' Skip 'RED 2'

This is a very strong weekend for indies. Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing" is an artful examination of genocide in Indonesia; Gabriela Cowperthwaite's "Blackfish" centers on the lethal consequences of SeaWorld's captivity of orca whales; and Andrew Bujalski's latest, "Computer Chess," is a 1980s-set period piece following a group of awkward nerds at a chess convention.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 19, 2013 1:03 PM
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This Weekend: Head to 'Pacific Rim,' 'Fruitvale Station,' 'The Hunt,' Skip 'Grown-Ups 2'

This weekend, Guillermo del Toro's monster sci-fi epic "Pacific Rim" crashes into theaters, with "Fruitvale Station" and "The Hunt" making more modest debuts in limited release. TOH! recommends all three.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 12, 2013 2:57 PM
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Weekend Preview: Delightful 'Much Ado About Nothing,' Unfunny 'Internship' and More

Joss Whedon's jazzy, black-and-white version of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" is going down smooth as silk with reviewers. The film, which Whedon shot at his Santa Monica home in a 12-day period before "Avengers" post-production began, is easily the critical winner for the weekend.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 7, 2013 3:01 PM
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