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New Movie Reviews: 'Hugo,' 'The Muppets,' 'My Week With Marilyn' Hitting Theaters

Jaap Buitendijk
"Hugo"

What is THR's critical take on the Thanksgiving weekend's new films?

Moviegoers can feast on plenty of options at theaters over the Thanksgiving weekend, with several high-profile movies opening Wednesday.

Director Martin Scorsesse's Hugo tackles a new genre -- the family movie -- Hugo, his 3D adaptation of Brian Selznick's 2007 novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. The Paramount film stars Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield, Jude Law and Chloe Grace Moretz in the story about an orphan (Butterfield) in 1930s Paris who sets out to find the truth about a mysterious device his dead father (Law) left behind.

PHOTOS: Martin Scorsese on Set

Disney's family comedy The Muppets, starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams, returns to the big screen for the first time since 1999. The James Bobin-directed musical- comedy, which finds the Muppets reuniting to save their old theater from an oil tycoon (Chris Cooper), also stars Rashida Jones.

Michelle Williams plays the sensual and insecure Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis’ biographical drama My Week With Marilyn. Adrian Hodges’ screenplay is based on two memoirs by Colin Clark, The Prince and The Showgirl and Me, and another confessional volume that gives the film its title. The cast also includes Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Emma Watson, Judi Dench and Dominic Cooper.

James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and Bill Nighy lead the voice cast of the animated feature Arthur Christmas, directed by Sarah Smith and Barry Cook. The movie tells the story of the heroic journey by Santa’s youngest son upon discovering an undelivered present.

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David Cronenberg's film A Dangerous Method, starring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender, played to acclaim at the Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York festivals. The movie explores Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung's falling-out over a beautiful hysterical patient  played by Knightley.

Director Oren Moverman and crime novelist James Ellroy movie Rampart is about LAPD's scandal-plagued Rampart division, where dirty cops deals with drug dealers, undocumented aliens and all sorts of citizens. The cast includes Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright and Ned Beatty.

And The Artist, a silent movie about Hollywood’s silent movie days, hits theaters Friday. The black-and-white French feature, written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius, is set in the 1920s and stars Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo and John Goodman.

PHOTOS: The Making of 'My Week With Marilyn'

Read what The Hollywood Reporter's film critics have to say about all the films opening this weekend, and find out how they are expected to perform at the box office.

Hugo
The dazzling family friendly film opens Nov. 23 via Paramount. Click here to read Todd McCarthy's review.

My Week with Marilyn
Simon Curtis' biographical drama co-stars Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne and Judi Dench. Click here to read David Rooney's review.

The Muppets
Jim Henson's cultural mainstays return to the big screen for the first time since 1999 in the James Bobin-directed musical comedy. Click here to read Todd McCarthy's review.

Arthur Christmas
James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and Bill Nighy lead the voice cast of the animated feature, which begins with Santa's youngest son discovering an undelivered gift. Click here to read Michael Rechtshaffen's review.

A Dangerous Method
David Cronenberg's film, which stars Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender, explores Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung's falling-out over a beautiful, sexually hysterical patient. Click here to read Todd McCarthy's review.

The Artist
This black-and-white French silent feature set in 1920s Hollywood employs an enjoyable conceit, writes Todd McCarthy.
Click here to read Todd McCarthy's review.

Rampart
Director Oren Moverman and crime novelist James Ellroy dig deep into the scandal-plagued LAPD to find the baddest, dirtiest cop of them all. Click here to read Kirk Honeycutt's review.

Also opening this weekend is the foreign film Desi Boyz.