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This film image released by 20th Century Fox shows Suraj Sharmas Pi Patel scene from 'Life Pi.' (AP Photo/20th Century

This film image released by 20th Century Fox shows Suraj Sharma as Pi Patel in a scene from "Life of Pi." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox)

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Updated: November 26, 2012 4:22PM



New movies

Life of Pi

Critic’s rating: 4 stars

Rated: PG for emotional thematic content, peril and scary action.

Length: 2 hr., 5 min.

Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irfan Khan, Tabu, Rafe Spall and Gérard Depardieu.

The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan and a Bengal tiger after a shipwrecked sends them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

Rise of the
Guardians

Critic’s rating: 3 stars

Rated: PG for thematic content and scary action.

Length: 1 hr., 37 min.

Voices: Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher and Dakota Goyo.

When an evil spirit called Pitch becomes bent upon taking over the world by inspiring fear in the hearts of kids everywhere, a group of our greatest heroes — Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost — band together for the first time.

Red Dawn

Critic’s rating: 11/2 stars

Rated: PG-13 for language, war violence and action.

Length: 1 hr., 33 min.

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

A city in Washington state awakens to the
surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky — shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation.

Silver Linings
Playbook

Critic’s rating: 31/2 stars

Rated: R for sexuality, nudity and language.

Length: 2 hr., 2 min.

Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker.

Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat Solitano has lost everything — his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain.

Ongoing movies

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Critic’s rating: 21/2 stars

Rated: PG-13 for violence including disturbing images, sexuality and nudity.

Length: 1 hr., 56 min.

Stars: Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz and Nikki Reed.

Bella awakes — as a vampire — from her life-threatening labor, and her newborn daughter, Renesmee, proves to be very special indeed. While Bella adjusts to her new state of being, Renesmee experiences accelerated growth.

Lincoln

Critic’s rating: 4 stars

Rated: PG-13 for war violence, images of carnage and language.

Length: 2 hr., 29 min.

Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Blake Nelson, Jackie Earle Haley and Jared Harris.

In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, President Abraham Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery.

Skyfall

Critic’s rating: 4 stars

Rated: PG-13 for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking

Length: 2 hrs., 23 min.

Stars: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney

James Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Flight

Critic’s rating: 4 stars

Rated: R for action, drug and alcohol abuse, language and sexuality/nudity.

Length: 2 hr., 18 min.

Stars: Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Geraghty, Tamar Tunie and Nadine Velazquez.

Troubling questions arise after a veteran pilot makes a miracle landing after a mid-air catastrophe.

Wreck-It Ralph

Critic’s rating: 3 stars

Rated: PG for rude humor and action/violence.

Length: 1 hr., 41 min.

Voices of: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling, Joe Lo Truglio, Ed O’Neill and Dennis Haysbert.

Arcade-game character Wreck-It Ralph is tired of always being the “bad guy” and losing to his “good guy” opponent, Fix-It Felix.

The Man with the Iron Fists

Critic’s rating: Not reviewed

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

Length: 1 hr., 36 min.

Stars: Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, RZA, Cung Le and Byron Mann.

In 19th-century China, a stranger settles in a jungle village and becomes its blacksmith. Radical tribal factions force him to fashion elaborate tools of destruction, and the clans’ conflict soon erupts into a full war.

Cloud Atlas

Critic’s rating: 4 stars

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

Length: 2 hr., 52 min.

Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Weaving and Susan Sarandon.

“Cloud Atlas” explores how the actions and consequences of individuals impact one another throughout the past, present and future. Each member of the ensemble appears in multiple roles.

Silent Hill:
Revelation 3-D

Critic’s rating: Not reviewed

Rated: R for violence, disturbing images, nudity and language.

Length: 1 hr., 35 min.

Stars: Adelaide Clemens, Sean Bean, Kit Harington and Carrie-Anne Moss.

A girl and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand. On the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by horrific nightmares and the disappearance of her father, she discovers she’s not who she thinks she is.

Alex Cross

Critic’s rating: 2 stars

Rated: PG-13 for violence, nudity, disturbing images, language, drug references and sexuality.

Length: 1 hr., 42 min.

Stars: Tyler Perry, Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols and Cecily Tyson.

Alex Cross works as a detective/psychologist for the Detroit Police Department along with his lifelong friend, Tommy Kane, and detective Monica Ashe.

Paranormal
Activity 4

Critic’s rating: Not reviewed

Rated: R for language and violence/terror.

Length: 1 hr., 35 min.

Stars: Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton and Matt Shively.

It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witnesses strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in.

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 and 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.

Argo

Critic’s rating: 4 stars

Rated: R for language and violent images.

Length: 2 hrs.

Stars: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston and 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.

Sinister

Critic’s rating: 3 stars

Rated: R for terror and disturbing violent images.

Length: 1 hr., 49 min.

Stars: Ethan Hawke, James Ransome and 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.

The Sessions

Critic’s rating: 3½ stars

Rated: R for nudity, sexual situations and clinical sexual terminology.

Length: 1 hr., 35 min.

Stars: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks.

Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, this movie tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined — at age 38 — to lose his virginity.

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: 3 stars

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

Length: 1 hr., 32 min.

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

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.

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.

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.



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