Hyped flicks hit the screen this holiday season

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Thanksgiving weekend traditionally kicks-off the holiday season.

In Hollywood, it also kicks off the second movie season. Summer is where you usually find the big blockbusters, but with time off work and family get-togethers, the holiday movie season packs a punch as well.

Raphael Seth has a look now at some of the films we can expect to see in theaters between now and New Years.

Harry Potter isn't the only one hoping to conjure some box office magic this holiday season.  Disney does Rapunzel with Mandy Moore and Zach Levi in the animated tale "Tangled."

Other family releases include the third entrant in the Chronicles of Narnia series "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader."

Hang onto your pic nic baskets in December when an animated Yogi Bear roams theaters.

And Jack Black takes on the biggest role of his career in the reboot of "Gulliver's Travels."

Moving on to romance, look for Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway in "Love and Other Drugs."

Average Joe Johnny Depp is seduced by the mysterious Angelina Jolie for reasons known only to her in "The Tourist."

And Paul Rudd tries to steal Owen Wilson's girl in "How Do You Know."

Need some action? Dwayne Johnson makes a list and then kills everybody on it in "Faster."

Twenty-eight years after the original, "Tron" gets a sequel with a digital Jeff Bridges and better special effects.

And looking ahead to January, Seth Rogen is a vigilante for justice with cool toys in "The Green Hornet."

The drama category, Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is brought to the digital age by director Julie Taymor.

A remake from the 20th century finds Jeff Bridges again onscreen as Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit."

And "Blue Valentine" follows Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams through the challenges of contemporary marriage.

In the dancing and laughing category that I just made up, Cher and Christina Aguilera put on a show in "Burlesque."

Natalie Portman gets a little "too" into character as a prima ballerina in "Black Swan."

And Robert DeNiro's circle of trust includes two new members in the Ben Stiller comedy "Little Fockers."

That's the holiday box office preview, Raphael Seth, NBC News.

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