By Joe Ostrica

Several movies will be battling to get the attention of Oscar voters over the next several weeks as awards contenders are released during the holiday season. In between Oscar fare from directors like Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie will be comedies trying to tickle funny bones of filmgoers who want to see some lighter fare. Below are some of the bigger titles coming out between now and the end of the year. Note: release dates are subject to change.

“Horrible Bosses 2” reunites the funny team of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as a bumbling trio who attempts to open a new business venture. When their idea is stolen by Christoph Waltz (of “Django Unchained” fame), the gang comes up with a bad idea involving kidnapping. Also returning for seconds are Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx. (Nov. 26)

“Wild” stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in this adaptation of the memoir “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” which follows Strayed's 1,100-mile solo hike as a way to recover from a recent tragedy. Witherspoon and supporting actress Laura Dern are receiving heavy Oscar buzz for their performances in this drama. (Dec. 19)

“Exodus: Gods and Kings” stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Rhamses in this Biblical epic from director Ridley Scott. You can expect a lot of visual effects and CGI overload as Scott brings the deadly plagues to life in the story of Moses leading 60,000 slaves to an escape from Egypt. (Dec. 12)

“Inherent Vice” reunites filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (“Boogie Nights,” “There Will Be Blood”) with actor Joaquin Phoenix, the star of Anderson's “The Master.” This comedy crime drama, set in 1970, is based on Thomas Pynchon's novel, and follows Los Angeles detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Phoenix) as he investigates the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend. The all-star cast includes Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Owen Wilson and Martin Short. (Dec. 12)

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