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Christoph Waltz Jamie Foxx star QuentTarantino's 'Django Unchained.'

Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx star in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained."

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Updated: February 5, 2013 6:05AM



New movies

Promised Land

Critic’s rating: 3 stars

Rated: R for language

Length: 1 hr., 40 min.

Stars: Matt Damon, Hal Holbrook, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt

Corporate salespeople arrive in a small town to secure drilling rights for their natural-gas company.

Ongoing movies

Les Misérables

Critic’s rating: 21/2 stars

Rated: PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements.

Length: 2 hr., 38 min.

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Samantha Barks, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter.

Set during 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells a story of broken dreams and love, passion, sacrifice and redemption — a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

The Guilt Trip

Critic’s rating: 2 stars

Rated: PG-13 for language and risque material.

Length: 1 hr., 33 min.

Stars: Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen, Brett Cullen, Colin Hanks, Nora Dunn and Kathy Najimy.

Before embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime road trip, a man visits his overbearing mother and caves in under pressure to take her along for the ride.

Django Unchained

Critic’s rating: 4 stars

Rated: R for graphic violence, a vicious fight, language and nudity.

Length: 2 hr., 5 min.

Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Dennis Christopher and Don Johnson.

Prior to the Civil War, Django is a slave whose history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with a German-born bounty hunter.

Parental Guidance

Critic’s rating: Not reviewed

Rated: PG-13 for rude humor.

Length: 1 hr., 45 min.

Stars: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott and Bailee Madison.

Grandparents agree to baby-sit their grandkids when their parents go away for work.

This is 40

Critic’s rating: 21/2 stars

Rated: R for language, crude humor, sexuality and drug material.

Length: 2 hrs., 14 min.

Stars: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Megan Fox, Albert Brooks and Chris O’Dowd.

As Pete struggles to keep his record label afloat, he and his wife, Debbie, navigate a three-week course of sex and romance, career victories and financial hardships, aging parents and maturing children.

Jack Reacher

Critic’s rating: 2 stars

Rated: PG-13 for violence, drug material and language.

Length: 2 hr., 10 min.

Stars: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Werner Herzog, Richard Jenkins and David Oyelowo.

An ex-military investigator knows a trained military sniper accused of killing five people never should have missed the target with the sixth shot fired.

Monsters, Inc. 3-D

Critic’s rating: 3 stars

Rated: G

Length: 1 hr., 32 min.

Voices by: John Goodman, Billy Crystal and Mary Gibbs.

After two “Toy Story” films and “A Bug’s Life,” the award-winning computer animation company Pixar delves into the realm of monsters.

The Hobbit: An
Unexpected Journey

Critic’s rating: 2 stars

Rated: PG-13 for fantasy action violence and frightening images.

Length: 2 hr., 49 min.

Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis and Elijah Wood.

An unexpected journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug.

Hitchcock

Critic’s rating: 3 stars

Rated: PG-13 for violent images, sexuality and thematic material.

Length: 1 hr., 38 min.

Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel and James D’Arcy.

Director Alfred Hitchcock makes a daring choice for his next project: an adaptation of Robert Bloch’s novel “Psycho.”

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 who finds himself with a hyena, zebra, orangutan and a tiger after a shipwreck sends them adrift.

Silver Linings
Playbook

Critic’s rating: 3½ 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. A man has lost everything — his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his parents after spending eight months in a state institution.

Anna Karenina

Critic’s rating: 2½ stars

Rated: R for sexuality and violence.

Length: 2 hr., 10 min.

Stars: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Matthew MacFadyen and Domhnall Gleeson.

Adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel, the story explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to all around her.

Red Dawn

Critic’s rating: 1½ 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 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.

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Critic’s rating: 2½ 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.

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.

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 and 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.

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.

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.



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