New in Theaters - December 2, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011 - 5:41pm

NEW YORK, NY (FOX44) Award season is in the air, with films that want to be considered returning to theaters near you.

From George Clooney and Ryan gosling's political drama "Ides of March" to Brad Pitt's passion project "Moneyball." Both are being re-released in more than 1000-locations, giving audiences a second chance to see what they may have missed. The family drama "The Descendants" is also expanding to more theaters this week and getting best actor buzz for star George Clooney, following a husband's struggle to cope with his wife's secrets after an accident puts her in a coma. Plus the Woody Allen flick "Midnight in Paris" is making a small push to get more eyeballs to see the time-jumping romantic comedy with its own re-release.

But those getting an early start on the Oscars race do have plenty of competition, like a fanged franchise gripping to the top spot at the box office. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1" managing a two week run at #1 thanks to loyal fans of Bella, Edward, and Jacob. And there's also Kermit, Fozzy, and Miss Piggy. As "The Muppets" entertain in the #2 spot with their family-friendly sing-a-long.

And there are a few Indies looking to break into the mix too, like Michael Fassbender in the risqué "Shame". Tilda Swinton in "We Need to Talk about Kevin", as a mother trying to grasp the gravity of her son's evils and a re-telling of William Shakespeare’s "Coriolanus" courtesy of Ralph Fiennes who directs and stars. Indies, franchises, and Oscar-hopefuls are all waiting for you at the movies.

In New York, Ashley Dvorkin, FOX News.

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