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Hollywood holiday film fare Films featuring the Muppets, Sherlock Holmes and Tintin are among those coming to area theaters.

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at 11:10 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 4:37 p.m.

How is it the holidays already? Wasn’t it just summer?

Well, the box office will still be hot, as Hollywood rolls out its holiday treats. Here is a look at what’s coming to area theaters through the end of the year (release dates and titles are subject to change).

Thursday

“Like Crazy” – This Sundance Film Festival award-winner follows a British college student (Felicity Jones) who falls for an American student (Anton Yelchin, who is actually Russian, but never mind), only to be separated from him when she’s banned from the United States after overstaying her visa.

Friday

“The Muppets” – Waka, waka, waka, as Fozzie the Bear would say! He, Kermit, Miss Piggy and the whole gang return for a new big-screen adventure, this time reuniting to put on a show to save their old theater from being demolished. Human pals Jason Segel and Amy Adams help.

“Arthur Christmas” – Family-friendly animated comedy taking place on Christmas night at the North Pole, where Santa’s youngest son schemes to use his father’s high-tech operation for an urgent mission of his own.

“Hugo” – Director Martin Scorsese embraces 3-D technology with this tale set in 1930s Paris, following an orphan boy who lives in the walls of a train station and gets wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and a robot. O-kay.

Dec. 2

“The Skin I Live In” – Imaginative director Pedro Almodovar reunites with Antonio Banderas, who stars as a brilliant plastic surgeon who creates a synthetic skin that can withstand any kind of damage. So he decides to test it out on a woman he’s obsessed with.

Dec. 9

“New Year’s Eve” – Probably the most aptly titled film of the season, as the lives of several couples and singles in New York City intertwine over the course of – you guessed it – New Year’s Eve.

“The Sitter” – Comedy following a suspended college student (Jonah Hill) living back at home with his single mom, who gets talked into babysitting the wild kids next door.

“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” – Adaptation of John Le Carre’s seminal Cold War best-seller, about a spy hunt within the highest echelons of the British Secret Intelligence Service. With Gary Oldman and Colin Firth.

“Take Shelter” – Indie drama about a man (Michael Shannon) plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions who fears he may be going insane.

“Young Adult” – Charlize Theron stars as Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). But things get messy (they always do) when she forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt), who hasn’t quite gotten over high school, either.

Dec. 16

“Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” – The high-pitched Chipmunks and Chipettes go on a cruise and accidentally go overboard, ending up marooned on a tropical island.

“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” – Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law return as Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson, respectively, who this time join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris).

Dec. 21

“The Adventures of Tintin” – Steven Spielberg directs this computer-animated tale based on the beloved books following Tintin (voice of Jamie Bell) and Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), who set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship.

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – Director David Fincher helms the American version of the films based on the wildly popular novels, with Daniel Craig as journalist Mikael Blomkvist, who is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing 40 years by young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Mara Rooney).

“Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol” – Probably the most overpunctuated title of the season, with Tom Cruise returning as Ethan Hunt, who takes a new team on a new (impossible) mission.

Dec. 23

“The Darkest Hour” – Set in Russia, this film focuses on a group of young adults struggling to survive after an alien invasion. With Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby.

“We Bought a Zoo” – Matt Damon stars as a father who moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and reopen a struggling zoo. Based on the memoir by Benjamin Mee.

Dec. 25

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” – A young boy (Thomas Horn) is convinced that his father (Tom Hanks), who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Sandra Bullock), he hits the streets looking for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father’s closet.

“War Horse” – Workaholic Steven Spielberg also directed this drama that follows a young man named Albert (newcomer Jeremy Irvine) who travels to France during World War I to rescue his beloved horse.

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