Reel Picks: More on movies playing this week


21 Jump Street (R)

Loosely based on the 1980s TV show. A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a drug ring that is supplying students with synthetic drugs. A lot of laughs. Gets good reviews from critics and movie-goers alike. Stars Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube.

A Separation (PG-13)

This Iranian film, a critical and popular success, now banned in Iran, won this year’s best foreign language Academy Award. A married couple is faced with a difficult decision, to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s. Directed and written by Asghar Farhadi, starring Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami, and Sareh Bayat.

Dr. Seuss The Lorax (PG)

From the Dr. Seuss book about pollution and environmental damage. A boy tries to win the affection of the girl of his dreams and must discover the story of The Lorax, the grumpy, charming creature who fights to protect his world. An animated film for six-year-olds and over, including adults. Starring the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, and Danny DeVito.

Mirror Mirror (PG)

A very funny fantasy with real human actors, based on the Brothers Grimm story, “Snow White.” An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven clever rebels to win back her birthright. Stars Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, and Armie Hammer

This Means War (PG-13)

Two best friends and top CIA operatives, determined to win the heart of a sexy blonde bombshell, turn their secret-agent skills against each other, blind to the trail of wreckage they leave in their wake. Not a critics’ favorite, but a crowd-pleasing action film. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy.

Wrath of the Titans (PG-13)

A sci-fi drama of epic proportions involving many of our favorite Greek gods, Zeus, Hades, Perseus, and Poseidon, dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion as they struggle for supremacy with the Titans. New release. Stars Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Danny Huston and Ralph Fiennes as Hades.