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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 11/22/2012

‘Life of Pi’ and more Thanksgiving movies

Suraj Sharma and a Bengal tiger known as Richard Parker in “Life of Pi.” (Twentieth Century Fox - TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX)
Wondering which movies to see this weekend, once you come out of your food coma? Take the whole family to see “Life of Pi” or “Rise of the Guardians,” or go revel in the absurdity that is “Red Dawn” with your out-of-town friends. Here’s what the Post’s critics had to say about this week’s new releases:

Life of Pi” (PG) “Still, ‘Life of Pi’ is spellbinding while it lasts. Lee’s film can be appreciated as many things -- a post-Darwinian meditation on coexistence as the key to survival, a reflection on the spiritual nature of suffering and transcendence, a beguiling bait-and-switch on the vagaries of belief itself. Mostly, though, ‘Life of Pi’ is a trip — in every transporting, liberating, mind-bending sense of the word.” — Ann Hornaday

Rise of the Guardians” (PG) “It might sound fluffy, but it’s not. Like fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, parts of ‘Rise of the Guardians’ cast strong shadows. But there are laughs, too. Baldwin, who does a surprisingly credible Russian accent, makes an appealing, if unusually unjolly, Santa, with Jackman’s Aussie-accented, boomerang-wielding Easter Bunny providing much of the comic relief.”

— Michael O’Sullivan

Hitchcock” (PG-13) “For all his creepy tendencies, Hitchcock is portrayed mostly sympathetically in ‘Hitchcock,’ in which Sir Anthony Hopkins plays the corpulent British auteur with a combination of hauteur and playfulness.” — Ann Hornaday

Red Dawn” (PG-13) “There’s good news and bad news about ‘Red Dawn,’ a remake of the 1984 action film about high school kids from the American heartland forced to become guerrilla warriors when their small town is invaded by foreign troops. I’m happy to report that the amped-up retread, which substitutes North Korean soldiers for the original Soviet bad guys — and a steely Chris Hemsworth for a cheesy Patrick Swayze — is a big improvement. The bad news is: That’s not saying much.” — Michael O’Sullivan

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