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).
PG-131:38 See review
‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'
PG-132:46 See review
R2:10 2 ½ stars
Director Joe Wright reunites with his “Pride and Prejudice” and “Atonement” star, Keira Knightley, in this high-concept adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's tragic novel. (Sexuality and violence) GL
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
R1:21 Not screened for press
In this sequel to 2009's “The Collector,” Arkin (Josh Stewart) is blackmailed into tracking down the villain from the original film and rescuing one of his fellow victims. (Strong bloody violence, grisly images, language and brief nudity)
R2:19 3 ½ stars
Denzel Washington plays an alcoholic pilot struggling with the aftereffects of a crash landing in this satirical drama from director Robert Zemeckis (“Cast Away”) (Drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence) GL
‘Here Comes the Boom'
PG1:45 2 ½ stars
Kevin James plays a high school teacher who becomes a mixed martial arts fighter. (Bouts of MMA sports violence, some rude humor and language) MP
PG1:31 2 ½ stars
Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of “Dexter's Laboratory,” directs this animated film about a hotel run by Dracula (voice of Adam Sandler) as a place to relax and kick back. But when a regular guy stumbles upon the hotel and falls for Dracula's daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez), Dracula may not be relaxed anymore. Steve Buscemi, Kevin James and Fran Drescher are among the stars also lending their voices to the family comedy. (Some rude humor, action and scary images) GT
‘Killing Them Softly'
R1:40 2 stars
Mob enforcer Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) investigates a heist that took place during a Mafia-run poker game. Directed by Andrew Dominik (“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”), the crime drama includes performances from Mob-pedigreed actors including James Gandolfini and Vincent Curatola of “The Sopranos” and Ray Liotta of “Goodfellas.” (Violence, sexual references, pervasive language and some drug use). WIRE
‘Life of Pi'
PG2:07 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-132:29 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 biography by Doris Kearns Goodwin. (An intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language) GL
‘Playing For Keeps'
PG-131:35 Not screened for press
George, a former athlete played by Gerard Butler, tries to get his life back together by coaching his son's soccer team but soon finds the gorgeous mothers on the sidelines (Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Judy Greer) are becoming a distraction. (Some sexual situations, language and a brief intense image)
PG-131:33 2 stars
Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) and Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”) lead the cast of this remake of the 1984 Cold War melodrama about teenagers fighting an invading Soviet army. This time, it's the North Korean forces that get a taste of Wolverine retribution, with Adrianne Palicki (“Friday Night Lights”) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Watchmen”) co-starring in this long-shelved feature. (Sequences of intense war violence and action, and for language) GL
‘Rise of the Guardians'
PG1:37 3 stars
North, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy and Sandman enlist Jack Frost to help them wage battle against Pitch the Nightmare King in a DreamWorks Animation film based on William Joyce's “The Guardians of Childhood” series. The voice talent for this epic holiday film includes Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Isla Fisher, Jude Law and Hugh Jackman. (Thematic elements and some mildly scary action) GL