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
‘Silver Linings Playbook'
R2:02 3 ½ stars
This adaptation of the Matthew Quick novel stars Bradley Cooper as Pat, a young man desperate to reconnect with his estranged wife after being released from a psychiatric hospital. Jennifer Lawrence plays the mysterious woman who is willing to help him. Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles and Chris Tucker co-star. (Language and some sexual content/nudity) BM
PG-132:23 3 ½ stars
James Bond (Daniel Craig) faces a rogue agent (Javier Bardem) bent on taking down MI6. (Intense violent scenes throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking) DK
PG-131:31 2 stars
Back in 2008, “Taken” propelled Irish actor Liam Neeson (“Schindler's List”) to unlikely action hero status in the role of a retired CIA agent who uses his skills to save his kidnapped daughter (Maggie Grace). Neeson, 60, returns in the sequel, in which he and his wife (Famke Janssen) are taken hostage by a kidnapper who clearly has a greater sense of vengeance than wisdom. (Intense sequences of violence and action and some sensuality) WIRE
‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn —
PG-131:56 3 stars
In the final installment of the popular vampire series based on Stephanie Meyer's books, Bella and Edward (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson) must protect daughter Renesmee as the Cullens face down the Volturi. (Sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity) BM
PG1:48 3 ½ stars
Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly), the villain of a Donkey Kong-like arcade game, tries to become a hero in this computer-animated film set in the world of video games. (Some rude humor and mild action/violence) GL
PG-131:41 2 stars
Tyler Perry stars in the reboot of the film franchise based on James Patterson's series of novels about the titular homicide detective/psychologist. (Violence including disturbing images, sexual content, language, drug references, and nudity) SD
PG1:40 3 ½ stars
Pixar's animation wizards look back to ancient times for the story of courageous and impetuous Scottish princess Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer who defies a venerable custom and inadvertently causes chaos in the kingdom of her parents, King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). (Some scary action and rude humor) BM
‘Finding Nemo 3-D'
G1:40 4 stars
The Disney/Pixar classic about a young clown fish's adventure away from his coral reef and his father's long search for him gets a new 3-D treatment. The new “Toy Story”-based short film “Partysaurus Rex” precedes “Nemo.” WIRE
PG-131:30 2 stars
Victoria Justice (“Victorious”) and Jane Levy (“Suburgatory”) star as teenagers whose big Halloween party plans are scuttled by unforeseen circumstances. (Crude and suggestive material, partying and language) WIRE
‘Ice Age: Continental Drift'
PG1:34 2 ½ stars
Saber-toothed squirrel Scrat's pursuit of an acorn has world-changing consequences in this sequel, featuring the voices of Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Denis Leary and Muskogee native Ester Dean. (Mild rude humor and action/peril) WIRE
R1:58 4 stars
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Joe in this sci-fi action-thriller in which time travel is possible, but illegal. When criminal organizations want to make someone disappear, their targets are sent back to the past, where they encounter specialized assassins known as “loopers.” Joe is a successful looper until one day he finds himself staring into the face of his next target — himself, 30 years older. Bruce Willis plays the older Joe. (Strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug content) GL
‘The Man with the Iron Fists'
R1:36 Not screened for press
The directorial debut from Wu-Tang Clan leader and “Kill Bill” composer RZA hews close to his longtime martial arts fixation: a 19th-century weapons maker known as the Blacksmith (played by the director) must come to the aid of his Chinese village. The film also stars Lucy Liu, Russell Crowe, Pam Grier and Jamie Chung. (Bloody violence, strong sexuality, language and brief drug use)
‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green'
PG1:44 3 ½ stars
In this Disney fantasy, Cindy Green (Jennifer Garner) and Jim Green (Joel Edgerton), a childless couple unable to conceive, bury all their wishes for a baby in a box in their backyard. After a stormy night, they wake up to find a boy named Timothy (CJ Adams) on their doorstep, but he is not quite what he appears to be. (Mild thematic elements and brief language) BM
‘Paranormal Activity 4'
R1:35 2 stars
The popular found-footage horror franchise continues. (Language and some violence/terror) WIRE
PG1:33 3 stars
Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) can see and talk to ghosts, which makes him useful where witch hunts took place 300 years before. (Scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language) BM
PG-131:52 3 ½ stars
Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (“Up in the Air”) stars as a college freshman who gets talked into joining her school's all-girl singing group in this musical comedy co-starring Brittany Snow, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Elizabeth Banks and Muskogee native Ester Dean. (Sexual material, language and drug references) GL
‘Silent Hill: Revelation'
R1:34 Not screened for press
After the disappearance of her father, a young woman is drawn into an alternate reality in this sequel to the 2006 horror film. (Violence and disturbing images, some language and brief nudity)
R1:50 2 ½ stars
Ethan Hawke plays a true crime writer who moves his family into a house where a mass murder took place. (Disturbing violent images and some terror) BM
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
‘The Bride Wore Black'
Not rated1:473 ½ stars
In Francois Truffault's revenge drama, a bride (Jeanne Moreau) takes revenge for the killing of her husband. (5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday)
Not rated1:16Not screened for press
One of the most anarchic films of all time, Czech director Vera Chytilova's 1966 absurdist farce follows the misadventures of two brash young women. (8 p.m. Friday and Saturday)
Not rated1:50Not screened for press
Shirley Clarke's 1962 cinema verite drama focuses on a group of drug-addicted jazz musicians waiting for their drug dealer to show up. (2 p.m. Sunday)
Not rated1:20Not screened for press
This collaborative omnibus movie about our solar system is intended for all ages. (8 p.m. Friday and Saturday)
Dome Theater, Science Museum Oklahoma
Not rated0:43— (Not screened for press.) Narrated by Bill Paxton, the film follows “Storm Chasers” star Sean Casey and the scientists of VORTEX2, the largest tornado research project ever assembled.
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