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October 14, 2011

Eight must-see films to close out 2011

It's that time of the year, when all the films that are either designed to draw in big holiday bucks or win big 2012 awards get released. And those in love with cinema have dozens of options at the theater.

It’s not that there are more films than usual. It’s just that there are more good films, more films worthy of distinct attention from movie fans and critics alike.

Here are eight movies you'll want to be sure to catch this holiday season:

“The Rum Diary” (Oct. 28)

Johnny Depp has been trying to get “The Rum Diary” off the ground for more than a decade, and this fall it’s finally coming to theaters. Based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel, Depp stars as a freelance journalist who gets fed up with 1950s America and moves to Puerto Rico to work for a newspaper there. The result is a booze-soaked romp with women, cars and chaos, just like Hunter S. Thompson intended.

“J. Edgar” (Nov. 9)

I make a point of seeing as many Clint Eastwood films as I possibly can, but I’m making a special effort to not miss this one. A biopic of the legendary FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Hoover himself, and features a supporting cast that includes Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Lea Thompson and Armie Hammer. Clint Eastwood making movies about deep mythological corners of American history is always a treat, and this one should be no different.

“Hugo” (Nov. 23)

Martin Scorsese is best known for making films about gangsters, but this fall he turns his lens on a film for children for the first time, adapting Brian Selznick’s acclaimed novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” the story of a young homeless orphan who embarks on an extraordinary adventure. What’s more, Scorsese shot the film in 3D, his first experiment with that format, and if anyone can find a way to do it right, it’s him.

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