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Alex Cross. Starring Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox and Rachel Nichols. A detective is told that a member of his family has been murdered. He vows to track down the killer. 101 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for for violence including disturbing images, sexual content, language, drug references and nudity.)
the apparition. Starring Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan and Tom Felton. A malevolent entity feeds on a couple’s fear. 82 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for terror/frightening images and some sensuality.)
arbitrage. Starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth and Brit Marling. A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. 100 minutes. (Rated R for language, brief violent images and drug use.) 3 1/2 stars
Argo. Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston and Alan Arkin in Affleck’s movie based on the true story of Americans smuggled out of Iran during the Iran Hostage crisis by CIA operatives posing as a film crew. 120 minutes. (Rated R for language and some disturbing violence.) 3 1/2 stars
Atlas Shrugged: part 2. Starring Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe and Esai Morales. With the global economy on the brink of collapse, Dagny Taggart discovers what might be the answer to a mounting energy crisis and races against the clock to save the world. 112 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for brief language.)
THE BOURNE LEGACY. Starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton. A black ops soldier in the Jason Bourne mold is on the run and joined by the scientist who might be able to save his life. 135 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for violence and action sequences.) 3 1/2 stars
BRAVE. The voices of Kelly McDonald, Emmma Thompson and Billy Connolly star in Pixar’s latest cartoon, about a Scottish tomboy who would rather shoot her bow and arrow better than any boy than marry any one of her doofus suitors. 100 minutes. (Rated G.) 3 stars
THE CAMPAIGN. Starring Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis. A narcissistic congressman and a bumbling everyman face off in an election for a small district in North Carolina. 85 minutes. (Rated R for language, partial nudity, sexual content.) 1 star
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Christopher Nolan’s epic end to his trilogy Batman prequel in which the dark knight saves Gotham from vicious anarchists with a nuclear bomb. 164 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for violence, torture and intense, unremitting gloom.) 3 1/2 stars
DETROPIA. Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. A documentary considers the collapse of Detroit through artfully rendered images and the eyes of several residents. 90 minutes. (Not rated, but PG equivalent for subject matter.) 3 stars
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS. Starring Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Peyton List and Steve Zahn. The third film based on Jeff Kinney’s popular books finds young Greg getting into more trouble on his summer vacation. 94 minutes. (Rated PG for some rude humor.)
end of watch. Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick and America Ferrera and David Ayer’s ultra-tough film about two accidental super cops on the streets of South Central Los Angeles who run afoul of Mexican drug cartels. 109 minutes. (Rated R strong violence, some disturbing images, pervasive language including sexual references, and some drug use.) 3 1/2 stars
THE EXPENDABLES 2. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Terry Crews. The Expendables seek vengeance after one of their own is killed. 102 minutes. (Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and brief sexuality.)
EXTRATERRESTRIAL. Starring Michelle Jenner, Carlos Areces, Julián Villagrán and Raúl Cimas. A man wakes up next to a beautiful woman and falls in love – on the day aliens are invading. 102 minutes. (In Spanish, with English subtitles. No rating, but PG-13 equivalent for brief nudity, violence and profanity.) 3 1/2 stars
FINDING NEMO 3-d. With the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe and Geoffrey Rush. A 3-D re-release of the Pixar animated classic about a father and son fish trying to find their way back to each other. 100 minutes (Rated G for no offensive material). 4 stars
Frankenweenie. The voices of Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau and Winona Ryder in Tim Burton’s full-length version of the 1984 half-hour short that almost got him thrown out of the business. 87 minutes. (Rated PG for scary images and action.) 4 stars
Here Comes the Boom. Starring Kevin James, Henry Winkler and Salma Hayek. A schlubby 42-year-old high school biology teacher becomes a mixed marial arts fighter to raise money to save the music program at his school. 105 minutes. (Rated PG for sports violence, some rude humor and language.) 3 stars
Hotel transylvania. The voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, David Spade and Steve Buscemi in animated feature about an overprotective Dracula throwing a 118th birthday party for the daughter he wants to protect from those horrible, cruel, disgusting humans. 91 minutes. (Rated PG for a couple strong scares, rude humor and a bit of kiddy-center yuck.) 3 stars
house at the end of the street. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot and Gil Bellows. A mother and daughter move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. When the daughter befriends the surviving son, she learns the story is far from over. 101 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and terror, thematic elements, language, some teen partying and brief drug material.)
ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT. The voices of Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Wanda Sykes and Denis Leary in latest addition to the prehistoric saga. 94 minutes. (Rated PG for intense geological activity and cruel ostracism among prehistoric creatures.) 3 stars
looper. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and Jeff Daniels in Rian Johnson’s much-praised sci-fi action number about a future assassin who’s hired to kill the older version of himself. 118 minutes. (Rated R for strong violence and language.) 3 1/2 stars
the master. Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams in Paul Thomas Anderson’s acclaimed tale of the strange bond between an American cult prophet after World War II and the violent, sex-obsessed, alcoholic war veteran who becomes his enforcer and alter ego. 137 minutes. (Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity and language.) 4 stars
THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN. Starring Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton and CJ Adams. A boy mysteriously appears after a childless couple buries a box in their yard with wishes for an infant. 104 minutes. (Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language.)
Paranormal Activity 4. Starring Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton and Matt Shively. It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in. 95 minutes. (Rated R for language and some violence/terror.)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. 103 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, drug and alcohol use, sexual content and fighting.)
Pitch perfect. Starring Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp and Rebel Wilson. A female college a cappella group gets desperate trying to take the championship away from the guys. Directed by Jason Moore. 112 minutes (PG-13 for language and sexual humor). 3 stars
the possession. Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport and Natasha Calis. A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. 91 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences.)
premium rush. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon and Dania Ramirez. A bike messenger tries to elude a desperate thief on his tail. 91 minutes (Rated PG-13 for some violence, language and intense action sequences.) 3 stars
Searching For Sugar Man. Starring Dennis Coffey, Stephen Segerman, Mike Theodore and the family of Sixto Rodriguez. The music of a forgotten American singer-songwriter from the 1970s has made him a superstar in South Africa, though no one in the U.S. knows it. 85 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for language, but is generally unoffensive in almost every way.) 3 1/2 stars
Seven Psychopaths. Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Tom Waits and Harry Dean Stanton in Martin McDonagh’s lunatic fantasy about an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who assembles some psychotics and killers to help him out of his writer’s block. 120 minutes. (Rated R for language, sex and a lot of bloody violence.) 3 stars
Sinister. Starring Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Fred Dalton Thompson and James Ransone. Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how family was murdered in his new home, but his discoveries put his family in danger. 110 minutes. (Rated R for disturbing violent images and some terror.)
taken 2. Starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Sherbedgia and Luke Grimes. 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. 92 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action and some sensuality.)
TED. Starring Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Joel McHale. In this first film from “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, an 8-year-old boy wishes for his teddy bear to come to life and must still cope with that wish 25 years later when the teddy bear is a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking friend. 106 minutes. (Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language and some drug use.) 2 stars
trouble with the curve. Starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake. A curmudgeonly old baseball scout who is loosing his eyesight gets unexpected help from his estranged daughter when his job is in jeopardy. 111 minutes (Rated PG-13 for language, sexual conversation and smoking.) 2 stars
Won’t Back down. Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Lance Reddick and Rosie Perez. Determined mothers will stop at nothing to transform their children’s failing inner city school. 121 minutes. (Rated PG for thematic elements and language.)