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With time off from work, family and friends in town, and cooler weather, the holidays always offer a great chance to enjoy a movie or two, from romantic comedies to action movies to typical family films. Here are some of this season’s new releases.

Black Swan (Dec. 10)
This thriller stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as rival ballerinas vying for the lead role in Swan Lake. The trailer shows Portman’s character seemingly going insane due to the immense pressure of being a ballerina — or is it because Kunis’ character is stalking her? You will have to watch the film to find out.

The Tourist (Dec. 10)
If the pairing of Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp isn’t enough to make you see this film, the trailer will certainly make you curious. Jolie and Depp play Elise and Frank, who meet on a train to Venice. The seemingly accidental meeting turns a nice vacation into a horror trip for Depp, who gets hunted and almost killed without having a clue as to why. Jolie and Depp have great chemistry, which is just one of many reasons this movie could be a great adventure.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Dec. 10)
The third installment in the Chronicles of Narnia series, this film is perfect for tweens and teens who need a distraction until Christmas day is finally here. This time around, only two of the siblings, Lucy and Edmund, return to Narnia. They bring their cousin along for the adventure and are reunited with Prince Caspian. Once again, the fate of Narnia lies in their hands.

TRON: Legacy (Dec. 17)
Already heavily marketed, this sci-fi action film is the sequel to TRON, a 1982 Disney film. The new movie features legendary actor Jeff Bridges, relative newcomer Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde from “House, MD.” Bridges plays father Kevin Flynn, who was pulled into his computer program 20 years ago. Searching for him, his son Sam gets pulled in, as well, and father and son fight a war to survive and potentially return to their own world.

Little Fockers (Dec. 24)
The sequel to “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers” features the same actors who made us laugh in the previous films — Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner and Barbra Streisand — with some new additions, including Jessica Alba and Laura Dern. The film’s premise is that family life is hard, especially with an ex-spy father-in-law who cannot stay out of your private life.

These are just some of the many movies opening in theatres this month. Others include “The Tempest,” “Yogi Bear,” “How Do You Know,” “Rabbit Hole” and “True Grit.” Enjoy the holidays and, hopefully, some good cinematic entertainment!

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