New this week
Life of Pi | The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwrecked sends them adrift in the Pacific Ocean. PG. Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irfan Khan and Tabu.
Red Dawn | A city in Washington state awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky, the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. PG-13. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck and Josh Hutcherson.
Rise of the Guardians | 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, determined to stand in Pitch’s way. PG. Starring: Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman and Jude Law.
The Central Park Five | Documentary Filmmakers examine a 1989 case of five teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of raping a woman. After they had spent from six to 13 years in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime. Directors: Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns.
Hitchcock | Following his great success with “North by Northwest,” director Alfred Hitchcock makes a daring choice for his next project: an adaptation of Robert Bloch’s novel “Psycho.” When the studio refuses to back the picture, Hitchcock decides to pay for it himself in exchange for a percentage of the profits. His wife, Alma Reville, has serious reservations about the film but supports him nonetheless. PG-13. Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson.
Rust and Bone | A bouncer rescues a woman from a barroom brawl, and their relationship evolves into love after she loses both her legs in a marine park accident. R. Starring: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts and Armand Verdure.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 | 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. PG-13. Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.
Silver Linings Playbook | After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. R. Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro.
Skyfall | 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. PG-13. Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes.
Lincoln | As the Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. PG-13. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and David Straithairn.
Flight | Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane. R. Starring Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly and John Goodman.
The Man with the Iron Fists | In 19th-century China, a stranger settles in a jungle village and becomes its blacksmith. Radical tribal factions force him to fashion elaborate tools of destruction, and the clans’ conflict soon erupts into a full war. R. Starring: Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu and RZA.
Wreck-It Ralph | Arcade-game character Wreck-It Ralph is tired of always being the bad guy and losing to his good guy opponent, Fix-It Felix. Finally, after decades of seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides to take matters into his own hands. PG. Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer.
Chasing Mavericks | When 15-year-old surfing phenomenon Jay Moriarty discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, actually exists near his California home, he becomes determined to conquer it. PG. Starring: John Weston, Gerard Butler and Elisabeth Shue.
Cloud Atlas | Explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. R. Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Jim Broadbent.
Fun Size | A young girl’s popularity is in jeopardy when she is forced to track down her kid brother instead of going to the party of the year. Yet her kid brother shows her what popularity is all about and her rush to find her brother with her nerd neighbor shows her that popularity might not be exactly what she really wants. PG-13. Starring: Victoria Justice, Thomas Mann and Chelsea Handler.
Silent Hill: Revelation | Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand. Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by horrific nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she’s not who she thinks she is. R. Starring: Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington and Radha Mitchell.
Alex Cross | Alex Cross works as a detective/psychologist for the Detroit Police Department along with his lifelong friend, Tommy Kane and detective Monica Ashe. Cross’ latest case puts him on a collision course with Picasso, a serial killer whose target is multinational industrialist Giles Mercier. PG-13. Starring: Tyler Perry, Edward Burns and Matthew Fox.
Paranormal Activity 4 | Frightening occurrences appear to center around a creepy neighbor boy. R. Starring: Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton and Matt Shively.
Argo | On Nov. 4, 1979, Iranian revolutionaries storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. Amid the chaos, six Americans manage to find refuge with the Canadian ambassador. The government calls on extractor Tony Mendez to rescue them. Mendez’s plan: to pose as a Hollywood film producer scouting locations in Iran and use the refugees as his “crew.” R. Starring: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin and John Goodman.
Here Comes the Boom | A high school biology teacher moonlights as a mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to save the school’s music program. PG. Starring: Kevin James, Henry Winkler and Salma Hayek.
Sinister | Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity. R. Starring: Ethan Hawke, James Ransone and Vincent D’Onofrio.
Taken 2 | 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. PG-13. Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen.
Pitch Perfect | College student Beca knows she does not want to be part of a clique, but that’s exactly where she finds herself after arriving at her new school. Thrust in among mean gals, nice gals and just plain weird gals, Beca finds that the only thing they have in common is how well they sing together. PG-13. Starring: Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin and Ben Platt.
Looper | In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe, is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good … until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self for assassination. R. Starring: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt.
Hotel Transylvania | Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. PG. Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Fran Drescher.