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'Rise of the Guardians,' 'Life of Pi' and 'Red Dawn' reviewed by Mr. Moviefone

11/22/2012 by 'Mr. Moviefone' Russ Leatherman

This Thanksgiving weekend there's a lot on our plate so let's carve this turkey as classics and computer magic come together in "Rise of the Guardians."

When an evil spirit threatens to take over the world, it's up to Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Sandman, Jack Frost, and the Tooth Fairy to save it and keep imagination alive for children everywhere.

The Reel Deal: Packed with action, it looks great. It might take you and the tykes a few minutes to get used to Santa Claus with tats and a thumb ring, but once you do, you'll enjoy the ride. I'm in.

The quest for a new life turns into the ultimate survival tale in "Life of Pi."

Pi and his family are taking their zoo animals to America when his ship is hit by a horrible storm. But the real adventure begins when he's stranded at sea with an orangutan, a hyena, and a Bengal tiger.

The Reel Deal: A great story and an amazing looking adventure, I could have used 20 minutes less of time lost at sea with Pi, but the rest is very well done. I'm in.

Nothing says Thanksgiving like an invasion in "Red Dawn."

When foreign troops seize control, one group of unlikely heroes escapes. Hiding out in the woods, they train to become the ultimate fighters in order to take back their freedom.

The Reel Deal: A lot of people are asking me, "the new 'Red Dawn' or the old 'Red Dawn?'" I say how about no "Red Dawn." I'm out.

In limited release, the incomparable Anthony Hopkins leads an all-star cast to play one of the most influential filmmakers in history in "Hitchcock."

For all your show times, tickets, my Six Second Reviews and so much more, go to America's favorite movie guide, Moviefone.com, or you can call 1-800-777-FILM. If you want to drop me a note it's MrMoviefone@aol.com or Facebook.com/mrmoviefone.

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