Weekend Movie Preview: December 2, 2011

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It is a quiet weekend at the movies this first weekend of December, but it allows audiences to discover a bevy of brilliance that has been released in the last few weeks including The Muppets. Two smaller films make their debut this week, Shame and Answers to Nothing.

The Muppets Cast

Shame: Michael Fassbender astounds in Shame, the story of a sex addict and his efforts to live a normal life, despite his crippling cross to bear. Steve McQueen directs the powerful piece of work that is as gripping as a film can be. Be sure to read our Shame review to delve deeper into this masterpiece.

Answers to Nothing: Dane Cook leads an ensemble cast including Elizabeth Mitchell and Julie Benz that follows a group of Los Angeles residents as they grapple with lives in various states of disarray.

Already in theaters:

Hugo: Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece has already been awarded Best Film by the National Board of Review and is the must see of the holiday season for families and audiences of all ages. The story of an orphan living in a Paris train station will astound and reinforce your love of all things movies. Our Hugo review is a don’t miss!

My Week with Marilyn: Michelle Williams is Marilyn Monroe in so many ways. The film covers what happened when Monroe went to England to film The Prince and the Showgirl with Sir Laurence Olivier. Colin Clark was a young Brit charged with being Monroe’s assistant during the filming and the film centers on his experiences. It features an all-star cast including Julia Ormond and Dame Judi Dench. Movie Fanatic's My Week with Marilyn review takes you further.

The Artist: Recently named Best Picture by the New York Film Critics, The Artist is a black-and-white, silent film that has captivated audiences since it debuted at Cannes. Consider The Artist a front-runner to receive a Best Picture nomination for its story about a fading silent movie star. Don’t miss our The Artist review.

The Muppets: Jason Segel has brought The Muppets back for a new generation and fans of the original alike. What is not to love about this picture? Nothing, as we state in our The Muppets review.

Arthur Christmas: The story of the Santa Claus family has never been so much fun or looked so vibrant. Aardman Animation and Sony Pictures Animation have answered the question: How does Santa deliver six billion presents in one evening? Visit our Arthur Christmas review to find more.

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