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8 to watch: This holiday season's movies wrapped up

By Grace Wong for CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Several big film releases are slated for the end of the year
  • Check out our interactive of high-profile movies
  • There are films to suit every mood this holiday season
  • iReport: Share your views on the latest or upcoming box-office releases

London, England (CNN) -- There's something for everyone at the movies this holiday season, from a musical with Daniel Day-Lewis to James Cameron's first feature since "Titanic."

Some of the most anticipated movies of 2009 will be released this winter, as studios aim to take advantage of the holiday crowds and slip in Oscar hopefuls ahead of awards season.

Recent releases like Disney's modern interpretation of the traditional Charles Dickens tale "A Christmas Carol" have already started to build up the holiday mood.

Other upcoming highlights include big-budget 3D epic "Avatar," which is due to be released December 18 worldwide, and Peter Jackson's film adaptation of Alice Sebold's heart-wrenching novel "The Lovely Bones."

Christmas falls on a Friday this year, and will usher in Rob Marshall's musical "Nine," with an all-star cast Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Sophia Loren.

Guy Ritchie's take on timeless sleuth, "Sherlock Holmes," starring Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law will be hitting U.S. cinemas the same day.

Check out our interactive for a round-up of movies that are gaining attention this holiday season.