8 December 2012 11:15 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The hectic holidays are almost upon us, which means it's the perfect time of year to head to the movies - provided you don't get stuck with the cinematic equivalent of a fruitcake. So arm yourself with this handy watch this/skip that weekend movie guide before your Aunt Mildred suggests a Red Dawn/Killing Them Softly double feature. (Seriously, don't even entertain that idea.) Watch This: LincolnDaniel Day-Lewis could win another Oscar playing Lincoln, so you might as well get in on the conversation - especially since his Great Emancipator is so shrewd and funny. (Even so, James Spader »

- PEOPLE Movie Critic Alynda Wheat

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