New this week
The Best Man Holiday | After nearly 15 years apart, the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited. R. Starring: Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs and Regina Hall. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
About Time | When Tim Lake is 21, his father tells him a secret: The men in their family can travel through time. Although he can’t change history, Tim resolves to improve his life by getting a girlfriend. R. Starring: Tom Hughes, Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams. Critic’s rating: n/a
Thor: The Dark World | Thor, the Mighty Avenger, battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. PG-13. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
Twelve Years a Slave | In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one owner, he also found unexpected kindness from another, as he struggled continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. R. Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. Critic’s rating: 3.5 stars.
Ender’s Game | In the near future, a hostile alien race has attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham, all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer. PG-13. Starring: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield and Ben Kingsley. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Free Birds | Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the holiday menu for good. PG. Starring: Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.
Last Vegas | Aging pals Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam have been best friends since childhood. When Billy finally proposes to his much-younger girlfriend, all four friends go to Las Vegas to celebrate the end of Billy’s longtime bachelorhood and relive their glory days. PG-13. Starring: Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
The Counselor | A successful lawyer gets in over his head when he decides to dabble in the drug trade only to realize just how dangerous a situation he’s gotten himself into. R. Starring: Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem. Critic’s rating: 1 star.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa | 86 year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with his 8 year-old grandson Billy. Along the way, Irving will introduce Billy to people, places and situations that give new meaning to the term child-rearing. R. Starring: Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Carrie (2013) | A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. R. Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore and Gabriella Wilde. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
Escape Plan | Ray Breslin, the world’s foremost authority on structural security, agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called “The Tomb.” But when he is wrongly imprisoned, he must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built. R. Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Caviezel. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Enough Said | A divorced and single parent, Eva spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter’s impending departure for college. She meets Albert – a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. PG-13. Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini and Catherine Keener. Critic’s rating: 4 stars.
I’m in Love with a Church Girl | Cars. Good looks. Mansions. Money. Women. Miles Montego has it all. Including a past. He was king of the streets as a high-level drug trafficker, and although he has tried to move on, the DEA isn’t convinced. Miles is still rolling with his old friends and colleagues, and the feds are certain he has not fully-retired from his criminal past. PG. Starring: Adrienne Bailon, Jeff “Ja Rule” Atkins and Michael Madsen. Critic’s rating: n/a
Captain Phillips | This film focuses on the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. PG-13. Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi and Catherine Keener. Critic’s rating: 3.5 stars.
Gravity 3D | Dr. Ryan Stone is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. Her commander is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky, helming his last flight before retirement. Then, on a routine space walk, disaster strikes – the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Ryan and Matt stranded in deep space with no link to Earth and no hope of rescue. As their fear turns to panic, they realize that the only way home may be to venture further into space. PG-13. Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Ed Harris. Critic’s rating: 3.5 stars.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 | Inventor Flint Lockwood thought he saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention – a machine that turned water into food causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But Flint soon learns that his invention survived and is now creating food-animals. PG. Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris and James Caan. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Rush | The exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed – handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Niki Lauda. Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die. R. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl and Olivia Wilde. Critic’s rating: 3.5 stars.
Insidious: Chapter 2 | A terrifying sequel to the acclaimed horror film, which follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. PG-13. Starring: Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson and Barbara Hershey. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler | This film tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. PG-13. Starring: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and Cuba Gooding Jr. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.