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THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE — Jennifer Lawrence slaps on the mockingjay pin again for the second adaptation of Suzanne Collins’s megahit dystopian trilogy. As co-champion of a televised fight to the death between children called The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen has become a powerful symbol for the oppressed masses — and a threat to the dictator who oppresses them. Director Francis Lawrence has a tough job with Catching Fire. If he fails to rein in the novel’s most incredulous moments, it’ll be tough to watch. If he does, it’ll be as impressive as the first. (11/22)
NEBRASKA — Director Alexander Payne makes some of the finest, smartest comedies out there. Let’s hope Nebraska continues the trend with this road-trip film about a father and son driving across the Midwest. Bruce Dern and Will Forte star. (11/22)
BLACK NATIVITY — A contemporary retelling of Langston Hughes’s celebrated play comes to the big screen. Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson star. (11/27)
GRACE OF MONACO — Sometimes, it’s worth knowing more than one detail about a movie before seeing it. Nicole Kidman is playing Grace Kelly. This is not one of those times. (11/27)
OLDBOY — For reasons unknown, Spike Lee decided to remake Park Chan-wook’s masterpiece a decade after it first debuted. Why? Good question. (11/27)
MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM — A biography of Nelson Mandela, based on the South African president’s memoirs about his early life, education and the 27 years he spent in prison during apartheid. Idris Elba stars. (11/29)
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