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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.

Muppets just make everything better. When a nefarious Texas oilman aims to tear down the bankrupt Muppet studios in search of oil, Kermit gathers the gang together for one final telethon to save their legacy. However, does the Muppets’ sincere humor still fly in our cynical world? Simply put, yes. Writer and star Jason Segel brings his genuine adoration for Jim Henson’s legendary creations to a family friendly film that introduces the joys of being green to a whole new generation. That’s not to say there aren’t laughs for the non–Happy Meal set. We’ll just say this: Chris Cooper’s gangster-rap tap dance number.

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