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Fantastic Mr. Fox Rain, Ninja Assassin, Viggo Mortensen, The Road, Zac Efron, Me and Orson Welles

Fox Searchlight; Warner Bros. Pictures; Dimension Films; Freestyle Releasing

Do you like ninjas and talking animals? Or do you prefer Zac Efron and Viggo Mortensen? Oh, or maybe you're into old guys like John Travolta, because who isn't, right? Well, then this is the weekend for you.

Obviously, a certain vampire movie still looms large over the megaplex, but there's a ton of new stuff in theaters, none featuring the sparkly undead.

Here's our handy rundown of what's out, and what's good:

Ninja Assassin
Korean pop star Rain stars, but unless you're a huge fan and need see him shirtless and covered in blood, skip this CGI-splattered mess. Shoulda been a video game.
Grade: C-

Fantastic Mr. Fox
Director Wes Anderson (Rushmore, some stuff that's not as good as Rushmore), George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray turn Roald Dahl's book into a stop-motion feature that's weird and fantastic. Goes wide this week.
Grade: A

Old Dogs
Travolta and Robin Williams stink up the place in this aggressively unfunny "family" flick about...aw, forget what it's about. Bad Dogs! Bad!
Grade: D-

The Road
This postapocalyptic Viggo-and-son road trip is so true to the (grim and great) Cormac McCarthy novel, you might wish the world had ended.
Grade: A-

Me and Orson Welles
Zac Efron proves he's kinda leading man material in a quirky true-life romance from director Richard Linklater.

The Princess and the Frog
It's open in a (lucky) few cities now, and goes wide Dec. 11. And gotta say, this return to old-fashioned 2-D Disney animation and fairy tales will be a classic by the time you finish reading this sentence.
Grade: A

Also, plenty of flicks still in theaters and worth checking out:

Twilight Saga: New Moon
It's either terrible or pretty OK or even genius, depending on how much Cullen Kool-Aid you drank.
Grade: C+

2012
Kablooey!
Grade: B

Precious
For real, it's everything Oprah says it is.
Grade: A

The Blind Side
Wanna cry a lot and then feel good about yourself? Join Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw and a true-life tale that'll tug on every heartstring in your tiny black hole of a chest.
Grade: B+

Oh, and almost forgot:

The Rock invades another planet. Penélope Cruz is gorgeous. And Nic Cage goes crazy and meditates on an iguana.

So what's it gonna be?

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