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Ratings are by Gene Triplett, George Lang, Brandy McDonnell, Matthew Price, Dennis King and Sandi Davis. Ratings are based on a four-star system: 1 star (poor), 2 stars (fair), 3 stars (should see), 4 stars (must see).
‘Bullet to the Head'
R 1:31 See review
‘Stand Up Guys'
R1:33 See review
PG-131:37 See review
R2:00 4 stars
Ben Affleck directed and stars in this dramatization of the CIA's mission to rescue six Americans from Tehran during the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1980. (Language and some violent images) GL
R1:49 2 ½ stars
An ex-cop (Mark Wahlberg) is hired by a big city mayor (Russell Crowe) to spy on his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). (Pervasive language, some sexual content and violence) WIRE
R 2:45 4 stars
Director Quentin Tarantino takes his blood-splashing mayhem to new heights in this epic revenge tale about a former slave (Jamie Foxx) who becomes a bounty hunter and cuts a wide swath of carnage in search of his long-missing wife (Kerry Washington). (Strong language and explicit violence throughout) GT
R 1:53 2 stars
Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin play a pair of Los Angeles police detectives leading a small secret squad of cops trying to take down ruthless mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) in this crime drama set in 1949 L.A. (Strong violence and language) GL
‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters'
R 1:28 1 ½ stars
Fifteen years after their incident at the gingerbread house, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have grown up into fearsome witch hunters. (Strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity and language) WIRE
‘A Haunted House'
R 1:20 Not screened for press
A married couple (co-writer Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins) move into a dream home but soon learn a demon also resides there in this spoof of “Paranormal Activity” and other found-footage thrillers. (Crude and sexual content, language and some drug use)
‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'
PG-13 2:46 2 ½ stars
“Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson returns to Middle-Earth for the first of three planned films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's novel “The Hobbit,” plus 125 pages of appendices the author included at the end of his LOTR capper “Return of the King.” (extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence and frightening images) DK
PG-13 1:47 3 ½ stars
In this fact-based drama, Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor play tourists trying to keep themselves and their three young sons alive in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people on Dec. 26, 2004. (Intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity) GT
PG-13 2:10 3 stars
Tom Cruise takes on the military policeman of Lee Childs' procedural novels in this adaptation directed by Christopher McQuarrie. (Violence, language and some drug material) BM
‘The Last Stand'
R 1:47 3 stars
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a small-town Arizona sheriff fighting off a drug cartel with the aid of a ragtag band of misfits. (Strong bloody violence throughout and language) WIRE
PG-132:37 3 ½ stars
Director Tom Hooper (“The King's Speech”) takes on the pop-operatic stage adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic, starring Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman. (Suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic content) BM
‘Life of Pi'
PG 2:07 4 stars
Director Ang Lee (“Brokeback Mountain,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) brings Yann Martel's best-selling literary novel to the big screen in stunning 3-D, chronicling the journey of a young man who survives a sea disaster and finds a bond with a fellow survivor, a Bengal tiger. Irrfan Khan, Suraj Sharma and Rafe Spall star in the film. (Emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril) GT
PG-13 2:29 3 ½ stars
Daniel Day-Lewis transforms into President Abraham Lincoln in director Steven Spielberg's epic biographical drama featuring Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, Jared Harris as Ulysses S. Grant and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Todd Lincoln. Tony Kushner (“Angels in America”) wrote the screenplay based in part on a book by Doris Kearns Goodwin. (An intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language) GL