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Spying the season's offerings

Take a look at our 2012 Holiday Movie Preview.

November 03, 2012
  • “Red Dawn,” with Josh Peck, left, Josh Hutcherson and Chris Hemsworth, sees the light of day.
“Red Dawn,” with Josh Peck, left, Josh Hutcherson and Chris… (Ron Phillips / FilmDistrict )

The 2012 Holiday Movie Preview is a broad snapshot of films opening through early January. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change.

Nov. 9

Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

A documentary about the influential 1980s skateboarding crew known as Bones Brigade, whose members included Stacy Peralta and Tony Hawk. Directed by Peralta. The Film Sales Company

The Comedy

An aging Brooklyn hipster on the cusp of inheriting his father's estate grows weary of his aimless, sheltered life. With Tim Heidecker, Kate Lyn Sheil and Eric Wareheim. Written by Rick Alverson, Robert Donne and Colm O'Leary. Directed by Alverson. Tribeca Film

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Dangerous Liaisons

In this 1930s Shanghai-set adaptation of the Choderlos de Laclos novel, an inveterate womanizer tries to seduce a chaste humanitarian while matching wits with an aging socialite. With Jang Dong-kun, Ziyi Zhang and Cecilia Cheung. Written by Geling Yan. Directed by Jin-ho Hur. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Well Go USA


During his tumultuous final months in office, President Abraham Lincoln strives to end the Civil War, unite the nation and abolish slavery. With Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Written by Tony Kushner. Directed by Steven Spielberg. DreamWorks Pictures

Nature Calls

A scout leader trying to reinvigorate his dwindling troop pressures the boys at his newly adopted nephew's slumber party to join him on a madcap weekend camping trip. With Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle and Maura Tierney. Written and directed by Todd Rohal. Magnolia Pictures

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   A Royal Affair

In 18th century Denmark, the queen of the mad King Christian VII and his enlightened royal physician engage in a passionate affair while trying to change the nation. With Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander and Mikkel Boe Folsgaard. Written by Rasmus Heisterberg and Nikolaj Arcel. Directed by Arcel. Magnolia Pictures

Shady Lady

A documentary-drama about the World War II bomber the Shady Lady, which flew a mission from Australia deep into enemy territory in Borneo and survived a harrowing return trip. With Ross Neuenfeldt, Gregory Kanter and Jim Alexander. Written by Tristan Loraine and Viv Young. Directed by Loraine. Fact Not Fiction Films


MI6 secret agent James Bond's loyalty to his superior, M, is tested when her past comes back to haunt her and their agency comes under attack. With Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes. Written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. Directed by Sam Mendes. Columbia Pictures/MGM


After their paths cross at a yard sale, a 21-year-old aspiring actress tries to befriend an abrasive elderly widow. With Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson and Stella Maeve. Written by Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch. Directed by Baker. Music Box Films

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This documentary about energy sources and consumption explores current trends and challenges as well as what the future may hold. Directed by Harry Lynch. Arcos Films

Nov. 13

Jab Tak Hai Jaan

A love story about a soldier grappling with his past and his relationship with a captivating woman. With Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma. Written by Aditya Chopra and Devika Bhagat. Directed by Yash Chopra. In Hindi with English subtitles. Yash Raj Films

Nov. 15


In 1942, an acclaimed but fading American box office star reflects on his life and career while rehearsing for a backer's audition to raise money for a revival of "Richard III." With Christopher Plummer and John Plumpis. Written and directed by Erik Canuel. By Experience / Image Entertainment

Nov. 16

Anna Karenina

In late 19th century Russia, the young wife of a stiff aristocrat enters into a scandalous affair that has ruinous consequences. With Keira Knightley, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jude Law and Matthew Macfadyen. Written by Tom Stoppard. Directed by Joe Wright. Focus Features

Cafe de Flore

In 1960s Paris, a working-class woman devotes herself to her disabled young son when her husband abandons them both; in present-day Montreal, a divorcee struggles to get her life back together two years after divorcing her longtime love, a successful DJ. With Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent and Hélène Florent. Written and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Adopt Films


An agoraphobic single father teams up with a vigilante priest to protect his young daughter from a gang of twisted children. With Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo and Wunmi Mosaku. Written and directed by Ciaran Foy. Cinedigm

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