27 movies you have to see this holiday season

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“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.”
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We’re now officially into the Oscar bait season.

In November and December the movies that the studios feel have the best chance at Academy Awards are brought out on a weekly basis. But along with dramatic works from the likes of Quentin Tarantino and David O. Russell, there are also big budget titles like “Spectre,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

In short, it’s a fun time of the year.

Here are 27 titles you shouldn’t miss this holiday season.


“Brooklyn” is about an an Irish immigrant caught in a love triangle.

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Fox Searchlight

Release Date: November 4

Saoirse Ronan (“Hanna”) gives a powerful performance as an Irish immigrant who, in dealing with the loneliness of living in 1950s Brooklyn, begins a romance, but soon finds herself having to choose between a man in the new world and a man in her homeland.


“The Peanuts Movie” features the whole lovable gang and Charlie Brown is smitten with a new girl.

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Peanuts Movie

Release Date: November 6

The lovable Peanuts gang embark on their greatest adventure yet as Charlie Brown is smitten with the new girl who just moved into the neighborhood and Snoopy takes on his nemesis, the Red Baron.


“Spectre” is Daniel Craig’s fourth James Bond movie.

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Jonathan Olley/MGM

Release Date: November 6

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond for the fourth time. In this edition, 007 faces the diabolical organization, SPECTRE, with Christoph Waltz playing its leader, Franz Oberhauser, who has history with Bond.


“Spotlight” follows The Boston Globe’s investigative reporting division as it uncovers child molestation within local Catholic churches.

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Open Road

Release Date: November 6

Considered a shoe-in for a Best Picture Oscar nomination, this ensemble drama follows The Boston Globe’s investigative reporting division, Spotlight, as it uncovers the child molestation within the local Catholic Archdiocese. The film highlights incredible performances from Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Shreiber, John Slattery, and more.


“Trumbo” is about 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was famously blacklisted by Hollywood.

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TIFF

Release Date: November 6

Bryan Cranston plays 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was famously blacklisted by Hollywood after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee during their investigation of Communist influences in the movie industry. Trumbo would go on to win two Oscars for Best Screenplay under pseudonyms.


“The 33” is based on the 2010 mining disaster which left 33 miners trapped underground in Chile for 69 days.

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Release Date: November 13

Based on the 2010 mining disaster which left 33 miners trapped underground in Chile for 69 days, Antonio Banderas leads the ensemble cast in the retelling of this inspiring story of perseverance.


“By the Sea” stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as a couple whose marriage is disintegrating.

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Universal

Release Date: November 13

Directed by Angelina Jolie, she and her husband Brad Pitt star as a couple whose marriage is disintegrating as they travel the French countryside, set in the 1970s.


“Carol” is about two women who begin a relationship that society thinks is wrong.

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The Weinstein Company

Release Date: November 20

The latest look at love from Todd Haynes (“Far From Heaven,” “I’m Not Here”) is set in 1950s New York and stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women who begin a relationship that society deems wrong. Blanchett and Mara give incredible performances as their characters struggle to find better lives.


“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” is the final installment of the series that put Jennifer Lawrence on the map.

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Murray Close/Lionsgate

Release Date: November 20

The final installment of “The Hunger Games” franchise, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) inspires many to join her in liberating war-torn Panem.


“Legend” is about two of the most feared gangsters in Great Britain in the 1960s.

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Universal

Release Date: November 20

Tom Hardy stars as both notorious London gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie Kray, who in the 1960s were the most feared gangsters in Great Britain.


“The Night Before” stars Seth Rogen who plans an extreme night out with his two best friends on Christmas eve.

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Columbia Pictures

Release Date: November 20

Three lifelong friends (played by Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie) embark on their traditional Christmas Eve night out. But when they realize this might be their last hurrah, the trio decides to seek out the mother of all holiday parties.


“Creed” follows Apollo Creed’s son who becomes a boxer, just like his dad.

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Warner Bros.

Release Date: November 25

Giving the “Rocky” franchise a shot in the arm, Michael B. Jordan plays Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis Johnson, who follows his father’s footsteps by becoming a boxer. But to get to the next level, Johnson finds himself being trained by his father’s old rival/friend, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone).


“The Good Dinosaur” is the latest from Pixar and imagines what the world would be like if dinosaurs hadn’t gone extinct.

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Disney/Pixar

Release Date: November 27

The latest film from Pixar looks at a world where dinosaurs never became extinct, as we follow an Apatosaurus and a cave boy on a grand journey.


“The Danish Girl” is the story of transgender pioneer, Lili Elbe.

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TIFF

Release Date: November 27

Eddie Redmayne follows up his Best Actor Oscar-winning performance as Stephen Hawking in last year’s “The Theory of Everything” with another top-notch performance as transgender pioneer Lili Elbe. The film looks at Elbe’s relationship with follow artist Gerda Wegener, played by Alicia Vikander, who is quickly becoming one of the top young actresses in Hollywood.


“Killing Them Safely” examines the Taser craze in US law enforcement.

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Christinne Muschi/Reuters

Release Date: November 27

Director Nick Berardini looks at the creation of the Taser craze in US law enforcement, which was sold as a game changer in how to serve and protect without using deadly force but has led to a climbing death toll.


“The Big Short” stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt as the group of outsiders who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse in the mid 2000s.

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Release Date: December 11

Based on the book by Michael Lewis of the same title, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt star as the group of outsiders who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse in the mid 2000s. The film’s director is an unlikely choice: Adam McKay, who is known best for directing Will Ferrell comedies like “Anchorman” and “Talladega Nights.”


“In the Heart of the Sea” is the true story of a whaling ship in the 1820s that is split in half by a sperm whale.

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Warner Bros.

Release Date: December 11

Ron Howard’s latest film looks at the true story of a whaling ship in the 1820s that is split in half by a sperm whale, leading the shipwrecked crew at sea for 90 days (and must do unspeakable acts to survive). Cast includes Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, and Brendan Gleeson.


“Sisters” stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who play grown siblings who decide to throw a final house party at their childhood home.

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Universal Pictures

Release Date: December 18

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler play grown sisters who decide to throw a final house party at their childhood home, which their parents are about to sell. Fey plays Katie, the childish one. Poehler is Maura, who is more uptight and is divorced. Co-stars include Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Samantha Bee, John Cena, and Ja Rule.


“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” takes place thirty years after “Return of the Jedi.”

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Disney

Release Date: December 18

The saga finally continues with director J.J. Abrams at the helm as we check in on the Rebels and the Empire thirty years after “Return of the Jedi.”


“45 Years” looks at a couple in the week leading up to their 45th wedding anniversary when they receive shocking news that will test their relationship.

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Sundance Selects

Release Date: December 23

With standout performances by its leads Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, we follow a couple in the week leading up to their 45th wedding anniversary when they receive shocking news that will test their relationship like nothing else ever has.


“Where To Invade Next” is a Michael Moore documentary that’s an eye-opening glimpse at what other countries can offer the US.

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TIFF

Release Date: December 23

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore takes an eye-opening glimpse at what other countries can offer the US. From universal healthcare to better school lunches, Moore uses his unique brand of comedy to show that, with a little more effort ,we can have many of the things that other parts of the world see as obvious rights.


“Concussion” is about a doctor who first notices a correlation between brain trauma and football players, and his battle with the NFL.

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Columbia Pictures

Release Date: December 25

Will Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the first to discover football-related brain trauma in a pro athlete. When Dr. Omalu attempts to alert the public of his findings, the NFL does everything they can to suppress what he knows.


“Daddy’s Home” is a Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy about a step-dad and the biological dad.

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Release Date: December 25

After starring in the 2010 comedy “The Other Guys,” Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg reteam for a new comedy. Ferrell plays the button-down stepfather who strives to be a role model for his wife’s two children, Wahlberg is the freeloading biological father. The two begin to go too far for the kids’ affection.


“The Hateful Eight” features a group of bounty hunters who find shelter at a lodge during a blizzard. The lodge houses betrayal and deception.

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Andrew Cooper/The Weinstein Company

Release Date: December 25

Quentin Tarantino’s latest film is set in post-Civil War Wyoming during a blizzard as a group of bounty hunters find shelter at a lodge leading to betrayal and deception, Tarantino style. Cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins.


“Joy” is a family story about a single mother who launches a business dynasty.

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20th Century Fox

Release Date: December 25

Director David O. Russell follows a family over four generations, highlighted by Jennifer Lawrence, who stars as a single mother who launches a business dynasty. The film also stars Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper.


“Point Break” is about a young FBI agent who infiltrates a group of extreme sports athletes who are suspected of pulling off corporate heists.

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Warner Bros.

Release Date: December 25

A reboot of the classic 1991 movie of the same title, in this version a young FBI agent infiltrates a group of extreme sports athletes who are suspected of pulling off corporate heists.


“The Revenant” stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a frontiersman who has been left for dead after a bear mauling.

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20th Century FOX

Release Date: December 25

Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a frontiersman who has been left for dead after a bear mauling. Surviving the incident, he becomes obsessed with having revenge on the people who turned their backs on him. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s next film after a Best Director Oscar win for “Birdman” last year (and Best Picture for the film), expect a unforgiving look at vengeance.