New this week
Lone Survivor | Tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. R. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
The Legend of Hercules | Betrayed by his stepfather, the king, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. PG-13. Starring: Kellan Lutz, Scott Adkins and Liam McIntyre. Critic’s rating: n/a.
August: Osage County | Tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. R. Starring: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Juliette Lewis. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
Her | A sensitive and soulful man earns a living by writing personal letters for other people. Left heartbroken after a long love affair ends, Theodore becomes fascinated with a new operating system which reportedly develops into an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. R. Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson. Critic’s rating: n/a.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones | Family and friends try to save a young man who seems to be a magnet for malevolent supernatural forces. R. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom | The remarkable life of South African revolutionary, president and world icon Nelson Mandela takes center stage. PG-13. Starring: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris and Tony Kgoroge. Critic’s rating: 3.5 stars.
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. Critic’s rating: 4 stars.
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. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.
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. Critic’s rating: n/a.
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. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
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. R. Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Jean Dujardin. Critic’s rating: 4 stars.
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.
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.
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.