Reel Picks: More on movies playing this week
Hope Springs (PG-13)
A middle-aged couple married for 31 years face sexual reality in an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship. Starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Elisabeth Shue, and Steve Carell, turning in stellar comic performances.
End of Watch (R)
This film is a riveting action thriller that puts audiences at the center of the chase and a police drama that celebrates the value of friendship and the unsung efforts of police officers when they try to keep the rest of us free from violence and evil. Both reviewers and audiences have liked this film. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, and Anna Kendrick.
A black-and-white suspenseful and heartwarming stop-action animated feature from Disney directed by Tim Burton. Loosely based on Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein," a young boy devises an experiment that brings his beloved dog Sparky back to life, opening a sometimes frightening can of worms. Most reviewers give this a thumbs up. Starring the voices of Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, and Martin Short.
The Intouchables (R)
Based on a true story, an affluent quadriplegic hires a young Parisian petty criminal as his caregiver. The two form a bond that changes both their lives. This is an irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust, and human possibility that has broken box office records all over Europe. Highly rated by reviewers and audiences. In French with subtitles. Starring François Cluzet, Omar Sy, and Anne Le Ny.