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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty | Walter Mitty, an employee at Life magazine, spends day after monotonous day developing photos for the publication. To escape the tedium, Walter inhabits a world of exciting daydreams in which he is the undeniable hero. PG. Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Patton Oswalt and Shirley MacLaine.
47 Ronin | After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. PG-13. Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada and Tadanobu Asano.
Justin Bieber’s Believe | Captures 19-year-old Justin Bieber unfiltered and brutally honest. In brand new interviews with Bieber, the movie reveals long-awaited answers to questions about his passion to make music, relationships and coming of age in the spotlight. PG. Starring: Justin Bieber, Scooter Braun and Pattie Mallette.
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Grudge Match | Pittsburgh boxers Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp shared a fierce rivalry back in the 1980s. Each had scored a victory in two matches, but on the eve of their decisive third bout, Henry suddenly announced his retirement, effectively ending both boxers’ careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr. makes Billy and Henry an offer they can’t refuse: Return to the ring and settle the score once and for all. PG-13. Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro and Kim Basinger.
The Wolf of Wall Street | While still in his 20s, Belfort founds his own firm, Stratton Oakmont. Together with his trusted lieutenant and a merry band of brokers, Belfort makes a huge fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. However, while Belfort and his cronies partake in a hedonistic brew of sex, drugs and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his empire of excess. R. Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Jean Dujardin.
Walking with Dinosaurs | This family adventure story centers on an underdog dino as it triumphs to become a hero for the ages. PG. Starring: John Leguizamo, Justin Long and Tiya Sircar. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues | With the 1970s behind him, San Diego’s top-rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to the news desk. Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone, weather man Brick Tamland, man on the street Brian Fantana and sports guy Champ Kind, all of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy … while taking the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. PG-13. Starring: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
American Hustle | A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. R. Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams. Critic’s rating: 3.5 stars.
Saving Mr. Banks | When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise – one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. PG-13. Starring: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks and Colin Farrell. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug | Having survived the first part of their unsettling journey, Bilbo Baggins and his companions continue east. More dangers await them, including the skin-changer Beorn and the giant spiders of Milkwood. PG-13. Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas | Madea gets coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas, but the biggest surprise is what they’ll find when they arrive. PG-13. Starring: Tyler Perry, Kathy Najimy and Chad Michael Murray.
Out of the Furnace | Russell Baze has a rough life: He works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell’s brother Rodney returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. The police fail to crack the case so – with nothing left to lose – Russell takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on the line to seek justice for his brother. R. Starring: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Zoe Saldana. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
The Book Thief | A young girl living with foster parents in Nazi Germany begins collecting forbidden books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee hiding in her home. PG-13. Starring: Sophie Nelisse, Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
Frozen (2013) | Anna teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa. PG. Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
Homefront | Hoping to escape from his troubled past, former DEA agent Phil Broker moves to a seemingly quiet backwater town in the bayou with his daughter. However, he finds anything but quiet there, for the town is riddled with drugs and violence. R. Starring: Jason Statham, James Franco and Kate Bosworth. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Philomena | An elderly Irish woman as a teenager gave birth while she was working at a convent. The Catholic Church had the child adopted, and now, decades later, Philomena is introduced to Martin Sixsmith, onetime government spokesperson who is now working as a freelance journalist. Martin agrees to help Philomena look for her son, and the trail takes them to the United States, and brings them face-to-face with some long-buried secrets. PG-13. Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan and Sophie Kennedy Clark. Critic’s rating: 3.5 stars.
Delivery Man | An aging slacker and former sperm donor discovers that he is the biological father of 533 children, and that 142 of them have filed a lawsuit to learn his true identity. PG-13. Starring: Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders and Chris Pratt. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark take a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts, and President Snow plots their downfall during preparations for The Quarter Quell, which only occurs every 25 years in celebration of the Capitol’s victory over the districts. PG-13. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.