Reel Picks

Reel Picks

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Abduction (PG-13)

Nathan’s (Taylor Lautner) therapist (Sigourney Weaver) tells him not to worry about sometimes feeling as if he’s living the wrong life, but when he and his schoolmate (Lily Collins, daughter of Phil Collins) research missing kids they discover he’s making sense. Suddenly he’s on the run with bomb threats, people getting shot, double-crosses, CIA agents (Alfred Molina), terriorists, and mysteries like why isn’t this movie more exciting?

Contagion (PG-13)

A chilling medical thriller about a global pandemic that starts innocently enough with Beth (Gwyneth Paltrow) feeling ill after returning from a business meeting in Hong Kong. And the nightmare begins. With Matt Damon as her husband, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Ehle, and Jude Law playing a reporter whose website spreads fear almost as fast as the virus. Grab a can of disinfectant.

The Debt (R)

Past and present (late ’90s) tell the story of three Israeli agents (Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, and Helen Mirren) who tried to bring a Nazi criminal to justice. They reunite when their efforts became the subject of a book.

Dolphin Tale (PG)

The true, inspirational yet sappy story of Winter, a dolphin whose damaged tail was replaced by a prosthetic one. In the process, the life of the 11-year-old boy (Nathan Gamble) who discovered him changes for the better. With Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr., Kris Kristofferson.

Drive (R)

Stunt driver by day, getaway driver by night, Driver (Ryan Gosling) gets caught up with serious gangsters. After he falls in love with underworld character’s wife (Carey Mulligan), he goes into high gear in her defense. With Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman.

The Help (PG-13)

Skeeter (Emma Stone) creates a stir when she interviews the maids of Jackson, Mississippi in 1961, for a book about what domestic work was like for African-Americans working as domestics in the South. She chronicles brutal and poignant truths about discrimination. A brilliant cast: Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Ahna O’Reilly, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, and Cicely Tyson. Wow.

The Whistleblower (R)

Rachel Weisz plays a Nebraskan police officer who takes a job with the United Nations Gender Affairs Office investigating rape, domestic abuse, and sex trafficking in post-war Bosnia. It is an exposé of human cruelty, with scenes of rape and torture. Despite her good intensions, our heroine becomes regarded as a nuisance.