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November 22, 2011

The Artist

By John Lopez | Films

Courtesy The Weinstein Company

Hollywood has saved its best for last this year. A rich selection of high quality films opens in theaters this Thanksgiving, making postprandial multiplex-hopping this weekend’s can’t miss cultural event. Here are recommendations for movies you must see, once you’ve loosened the belt a notch or two.

In The Artist, French director Michel Hazanavicius dazzled Cannes’s perpetually critical audiences with a story about a silent-movie star who falls in a love with a rising starlet just as his career is eclipsed by the talkies. Remarkably, The Artist is itself a silent film in striking black and white shot on the back lots of old Hollywood studios. However, don’t let that scare you off. Hazanavicius captures all the beauty of silent cinema in this absolute charmer while constructing a movie that feels fun, breezy and modern. It might even leave you yearning to check out some old Chaplin classics after you leave the theater.