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John Goodman (left) Alan Arkstar “Argo” about American hostage crisis Iran 1979.  | GK Films/ Warner Bros. Pictures.

John Goodman (left) and Alan Arkin star in “Argo,” about the American hostage crisis in Iran in 1979. | GK Films/ Warner Bros. Pictures.

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Updated: November 13, 2012 6:10AM



New movies

Argo

Critic’s rating: 4 stars

Rated: R for language and some violent images.

Length: 2 hrs.

Stars: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Taylor Schilling

Amid the chaos of Iranian revolutionaries storming the U.S. embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979, taking 52 Americans hostage, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge with the Canadian ambassador.

Here Comes
the Boom

Critic’s rating: 2½ stars

Rated: PG for rude humor, language and bouts of MMA sports violence.

Length: 1 hr., 45 min.

Stars: Kevin James, Henry Winkler, Salma Hayek, Greg Germann, Joe Rogan

A high school biology teacher moonlights as a mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to save the school’s music program.

Sinister

Critic’s rating: 3 stars

Rated: R for some terror and disturbing violent images.

Length: 1 hr., 49 min.

Stars: Ethan Hawke, James Ransome, Vincent D’Onofrio

Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.

Seven Psychopaths

Critic’s rating: 3½ stars

Rated: R for strong violence, bloody images, pervasive language, sexuality/nudity, some drug use.

Length: 1 hr., 51 min.

Stars: Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Olga Kurylenko, Tom Waits, Abby Cornish

A writer has a catchy title for a screenplay but no story to go with it. His friends kidnap a gangster’s dog and the ensuing events provide fodder for the script.

Atlas Shrugged: Part 2

Critic’s rating: Not reviewed

Rated: PG-13 for brief language.

Length: 1 hr., 52 min.

Stars: Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe, Esai Morales, Patrick Fabian, Kim Rhodes, D.B. Sweeney, Richard T. Jones

The global economy is on the brink of collapse. Brilliant creators, from artists to industrialists, continue to mysteriously disappear.

Ongoing movies

Frankenweenie

Critic’s rating: 3 stars

Rated: PG for thematic elements, scary images and action.

Length: 1 hr., 27 min.

Stars: Charlie Tahan, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau and Winona Ryder.

After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life — with a few minor adjustments.

Taken 2

Critic’s rating: Not reviewed

Rated: PG-13 for violence, action and sexuality.

Length: 1 hr., 32 min.

Stars: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen.

In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.

Pitch Perfect

Critic’s rating: 2 stars

Rated: PG-13 for sexuality, language and drug references.

Length: 1 hr., 52 min.

Stars: Anna Kendrick, Britany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson and Alexis Knapp.

College student Beca doesn’t want to be part of a clique, but that’s exactly where she finds herself after arriving at her new school.

Hotel Transylvania 3-D

Critic’s rating: Not reviewed

Rated: PG for scary images, action and rude humor.

Length: 1 hr., 31 min.

Stars: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez.

When monsters want to get away from it all, they go to Count Dracula’s Hotel Transylvania, a resort where they can be themselves.

Won’t Back Down

Critic’s rating: Not reviewed

Rated: PG for thematic elements and language.

Length: 2 hr., 1 min.

Stars: Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lance Reddick, Rosie Perez and Holly Hunter.

Two determined mothers will stop at nothing to transform their children’s failing inner city school.

Looper

Critic’s rating: 3½ stars

Rated: R for violence, drug content, sexuality, nudity and language.

Length: 1 hr., 59 min.

Stars: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo and Jeff Daniels.

In this futuristic action thriller, time travel will be invented — but it will be illegal and only available on the black market.

Perks of Being a
Wallflower

Critic’s rating: 3½ stars

Rated: PG-13 for mature material, drug and alcohol use, sexuality including references, and a fight — all involving teens.

Length: 1 hr., 43 min.

Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Melanie Lynskey, Paul Rudd and Mae Whitman.

Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, this movie is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up.

End of Watch

Critic’s rating: 4 stars

Rated: R for violence, disturbing images, drug use, and language including sexual references.

Length: 1 hr., 49 min.

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick and Natalie Martinez.

Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel, during a routine traffic stop.

Trouble with
the Curve

Critic’s rating: 3 stars

Rated: PG-13 for language, sexual references, thematic material and smoking.

Length: 1 hr., 51 min.

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, John Goodman, Laura Dern and Justin Timberlake, Tom Dreesen and Ed Lauter.

An aging baseball scout takes his daughter along for one last recruiting trip.

Dredd 3-D

Critic’s rating: Not reviewed

Rated: R for violence, language, drug use and sexuality.

Length: 1 hr., 35 min.

Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey and Rachel Wood.

In a violent, futuristic city where police are omnipotent, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals a reality-altering drug.

House at the End
of the Street

Critic’s rating: Not reviewed

Rated: PG-13 for for violence, thematic elements, language, teen partying and drug use.

Length: 1 hr., 41 min.

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot and Gil Bellows.

A mother and daughter living in a new town move next door to a home where a girl murdered her parents. The daughter befriends the surviving son
and learns the story isn’t over.

The Master

Critic’s rating: 21/2 stars

Rated: R for sexual reference, nudity and languages.

Length: 2 hr., 18 min.

Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Christopher Evan Welch.

Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future — until he is tantalized by the Cause and its charismatic leader.

Finding Nemo 3-D

Critic’s rating: 4 stars

Rated: G, suitable for children 5 and up.

Length: 1 hr., 40 min.

Stars: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres and Alexander Gould.

This underwater adventure follows the comedic and momentous journey of an overly protective clownfish named Marlin and his son Nemo.

Last Ounce of
Courage

Critic’s rating: Not reviewed

Rated: PG for thematic elements and war images.

Length: 1 hr., 41 min.

Stars: Marshall R. Teague, Jennifer O’Neill and Fred Williamson.

A grieving father is inspired by his grandson to take a stand for faith and freedom against a tide of apathy and vanishing liberty.



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