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Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Everybody who gets to participate in it, at least: the rest of us are getting on with our working days and eating less-than-festive dinners. My experience of Turkey Day comes mostly through the movies, so I'm interested to hear if you have any go-to Thanksgiving movies that make the holiday complete. "The Ice Storm" comes first to mind for me, though it's hardly celebratory. Tim Grierson makes a solid case for "Hannah and Her Sisters," which is one of my favorite movies, period. Woody Allen's film, he writes, "recognizes that life is never perfect but that sometimes we can cobble together enough happiness to keep going... there are reasons to be thankful all around us, if only we’ll stop and appreciate them." What films give you that feeling? [IFC]
While we're talking Thanksgiving viewing, Katey Rich looks at this week's holiday releases, and breaks down who should be seeing what. [Cinema Blend]
From "Moonrise Kingdom" to "The Master," Todd McCarhy round up the film music that stood out for him in 2012. [Hollywood Reporter]
Meanwhile, Sasha Stone meets Ang Lee, whom she calls one of the five most influential directors of the last 20 years. I'm a fan, but I'm not sure of that. [Awards Daily]
Still on "Life of Pi," Oli Lyttelton surveys the Best Visual Effects race and wonders if Ang Lee's film has it wrapped up. [The Playlist]
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