Movies, movies and more movies

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Tis the season for movies, with several blockbusters headed to theaters and some classics returning for one-night only runs. Even adventure seekers with a penchant for winter sports have a film all to their own, which will feature exotic locations, top-notch athletes and impressive feats of skill (see trailer above).

The fun begins with the Avon Theatre’s 50th anniversary screening of John Huston’s “The Misfits,” Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The final film of Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, it also starred Eli Wallach, Montgomery Clift and Thelma Ritter. The Avon screening will be hosted by film critic Nick Schager of Stamford.

The Avon also is the place for “The Muppet Movie,” which will have three screenings, beginning on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 17, as part of the movie house’s cult classic series. But, if you miss this showing, come back Nov. 19 or 20, when it will be shown at noon, both days. It’s a good time to brush up on your knowledge of the many creatures that make up the Muppet universe, since a remake of the 1979 film, starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams, will be released nationwide on Nov. 23.

Friday, Nov. 18, brings skiers and snowboarders to the Palace Theatre in Stamford for one night with Warren Miller’s “…Like There’s No Tomorrow,” and vampires and werewolves to theaters around the world, when “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1″ is released.

Miller’s film will feature three New England natives, Ben Wheeler, a 37-year-old professional skier from Bridgton, Maine; Seth Wescott, a 35-year-old Olympic snowboard from Carrabassett Valley, Maine; and Colby West, a 26-year-old pro skier from Canterbury, N.H. The film also features the first time in the 62-year history of this winter sports film series that it filmed in Tuckerman Ravine in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Pro skiers Ted Davenport and Hugo Harrisson bring their skills to the popular slope.

But this is just the start of a strong slate of film releases — some large, some small — that will continue through year’s end.

Personally, I’m looking forward to Martin Scorsese‘s “Hugo,” which comes out Nov. 23 (see trailer below) and is based on Brian Selznick’s award-winning graphic novel, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.”

What movie are you looking forward to seeing?

Christina Hennessy

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