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The Big Pictures: Movie critic Michael Clark highlights upcoming films for the holiday season

Considering this is the last month of the first decade of the 21st century, Hollywood's final chunk of 2009 offerings are, to be kind, not all that initially impressive. With two or three exceptions, there's nothing that really pops out as traditional Oscar bait, and in a year that will yield 10 Best Picture nominees, that's not good. On the upside, there were lots of late summer and early fall titles that will more than qualify for awards consideration in the coming months. As always, all opening dates are subject to change.

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