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A sneak peek at the five big holiday movies you cannot miss: From The Hobbit to Les Miserables

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The Hobbit opens Friday
Lincoln movie
Daniel Day-Lewis plays the title role in Lincoln Photo courtesy of Touchstone Pictures

On a recent edition of Great Day Houston, host Deborah Duncan and CultureMap contributor Joe Leydon discussed a number of big-budget holiday movies that will soon be on Houston screens. They previewed:

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opening in theaters Friday
  • The re-release of Monsters Inc. in 3-D, opening Dec. 19
  • Jack Reachera new thriller starring Tom Cruise, which opens Dec. 21
  • This Is 40a comedy from director Judd Apatow that follows a couple (Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd) from Apatow's hit Knocked Up as reach a milestone age, also opening Dec. 21
  • Les Miserables, the big-screen adaptation of the Broadway hit, which opens Christmas Day

The duo also talked about Lincoln, which has garnered raves for performances by Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. The Steven Spielberg drama details President Abraham Lincoln's fight to get the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which would ban slavery, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in 1864.

The movie is in theaters now and expected to remain through the holidays as the Oscar race heats up.

See the spirited discussion between Deborah and Joe:

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