Reel Picks: More on movies playing this week


Being Flynn (R)

Based on a true story, the film follows Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) who is shocked to have his eccentric and long-absent father, Jonathan (Robert De Niro), reach out to him. The father is a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Sensing trouble in his own life, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out yet again to his dad. Strong characters, strong acting, mixed reviews. Stars: Paul Dano, Robert De Niro, and Julianne Moore

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.

The Hunger Games (PG-13)

The much-anticipated action-oriented adaptation of Suzanne Collins’s young adult novel by the same name. Set in a dystopian future where the income gap is greater than ever, 24 youths fight to the death every year in a televised spectacle designed to entertain the rich and give the poor enough hope to quell any further unrest. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. This film is a critical and commercial success.

Jeff, Who Lives at Home (R)

A comedy starring Jason Segel (“The Muppets,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) who brings his slacker nerd charm to the title character. A wrong number and an infomercial conspire to send Jeff, who may smoke a bit too much pot, on a quest for signs from the universe, that involve helping his obnoxious brother Pat (Ed Helms, “Cedar Rapids”) discover his wife Linda (Judy Greer, “The Descendants”) in an adulterous affair. A majority of reviewers liked this film.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG-13)

Adapted from Paul Torday’s satiric novel, it is a comedy with some romance. A fisheries expert is hired to help realize a sheik’s vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert. It has received good reviews. Starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Amr Waked. Directed by Lasse Hallström (“Chocolat”) and Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (“The Full Monty,” “Slumdog Millionaire”).