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5 Reasons to Go to the Movies This Weekend

It's going to be a quiet weekend for movie openings after the big Thanksgiving push, but here are five movies you should definitely check out.

5 Movies to See This Weekend (Dec. 2)

"The Muppets"

Who: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper — and all your Muppet favorites! What: With the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon. The felt puppet revival premiered to a solid $29.2 million last weekend and should hold its own this weekend, giving reigning box office champ "Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1" a run for its money.

"Hugo"

Who: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee; directed by Martin Scorsese What: Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. The fantastical film just picked up the Best Picture of the year award from the National Board of Review — giving it some serious Oscar buzz.

"The Artist"

Who: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman and James Cromwell; directed by Michel Hazanavicius What: This black and white silent throwback (yes, it's a silent film!) centers on a 1920s silent movie star George Valentin (Dujardin), who wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, while he sparks with Peppy Miller (Bejo), a young dancer set for a big break. Hollywood.com box office expert Paul Degarabedian told "Extra," "I think everyone should see 'The Artist.' It falls into an independent film specialized category. It's in black & white, a silent film — and there's even a dog that could win an Academy Award. It's an uplifting, great movie, incredible filmmaking."

"Shame"

Who: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan; directed by Steve McQueen What: Brandon's carefully cultivated private life in Manhattan — which allows him to indulge his sexual addiction — is disrupted when his sister Cissy arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay. As another Oscar bait film and performance by Fassbender, the actor told "Extra" this about his character's issues: "Its like any addiction... the temptation's always there, it doesn't just cease to be, and I think that's what we see... where he's accepted it and he needs help."

"The Descendants"

Who: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Judy Greer; directed by Alexander Payne. What: A land baron living in Hawaii tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident. Clooney (Best Actor), Woodley (Best Supporting Actress) and Payne (Best Screenplay) also recently earned top awards from the National Board of Review, setting "The Descendants" on track to becoming a major Oscar contender.

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