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‘Into the Woods,’ ‘Big Eyes,’ ‘Unbroken’ among holiday releases

This Christmas, you have your choice of a musical, a dark drama, a historical tale you’d never believe was true, a historical tale you’d really never believe was true and a historical tale you’d absolutely, positively never believe was true.

 
Steve Carell wrestles with greatness in ‘Foxcatcher’

His performance as billionaire John du Pont in the dark, true-crime drama would be hilarious if it weren’t leading to such a catastrophic ending.

 
Holy Moses! ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ could have been so much better

The trailers cut up the movie’s one scene of warfare (in which Moses and Ramses defeat the Hittites at the Battle of Kadesh), Ramses’ pursuit of the Hebrews and the parting of the Red Sea (portrayed with more tornadoes than ever before) to make the biblical tale look downright action-packed. It isn’t.

 
Size matters when it comes to Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’

The next two months will unleash a torrent of high-profile movies, but writer-director Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” is guaranteed to be the biggest of them all. Literally.

 
Surprises are earned in twisty, turny ‘Gone Girl’

In the hands of novelist/screenwriter Gillian Flynn and director David Fincher, “Gone Girl’ is so full of first-rate shockers the fact that its oft-maligned co-star Tyler Perry is actually quite good barely cracks the top five.

 
Washington at his charismatic best in ‘The Equalizer’

For one of the most head-scratching choices for a TV adaptation in recent memory — Honestly, what’s next? Vin Diesel in a gritty reboot of “The Father Dowling Mysteries”? — “The Equalizer” is immensely appealing and so much more entertaining than you’d expect.

 
‘This Is Where I Leave You’ a dysfunctional-family dramedy

Movie has assembled one of the most likable casts in recent memory. But it’s awfully easy to get distracted as actor after actor from some of the past decade’s buzziest TV shows turns up in thinly drawn roles.

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