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For, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015

A few major “holiday movies” have trickled in; they opened on Wednesday. So here’s hoping at least some of them are good. Maybe even Oscar contenders.

“The Good Dinosaur” (PG). The latest from Pixar/Disney is the story of a dinosaur and his little boy (shades of Mr. Peabody and Sherman) in an alternate universe where the meteor that destroyed the prehistoric behemoths missed the Earth and humans came to live along side them. Given that it’s Pixar, hopes are high. Voice cast members include Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Steve Zahn and John Ratzenberger.

“Brooklyn” (PG-13). This is one of the best-reviewed movies of the year, the story of a young Irishwoman who immigrate to New York in the 1950s and falls in love with an Italian fella, despite being homesick. Then, when she is called back home for a family emergency, she is wooed by an Irish fella. Decisions, decisions. Saoirse  Ronan stars, with support from Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.

“Creed” (PG-13). Rocky becomes Mickey (fans will understand) in this latest entry in Sylvester Stallone’s iconic film series about the hapless boxer. This one shows Rocky Balboa as retired until he agrees to train Adonis Johnson Creed (Michael B. Jordan) the son of his old nemesis-turned-pal Apollo Creed. Phylicia Rashad co-stars.

“Trumbo” (R). This drama laced with acerbic comedy stars Byan Cranston as Oscar-winning Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted during the McCarthy Hearings. Co-stars include Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., Elle Fnning and John Goodman.

“Victor Frankenstein” (PG-13). This reboot of the oft-filmed “Frankenstein” story is told from the point of view of the good doctor’s assistant Igor, played by Daniel Radcliffe. James McAvoy co-stars as the title character.

“Legend” (R). Tom Hardy stars as both the twin Kray brothers, one a sophisticate and the other a raging psychopath, mobsters who ruled London with an iron fist in the 1960s. Co-stars include Emily Browning, Paul Bettany and Chazz Palminteri.