Reel Picks: More on movies playing this week


Frankenweenie (PG)

A suspenseful and heartwarming black-and-white, 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.

Fun Size (PG-13)

Looper (R)

A suspenseful, mind-bending action thriller. The mob, 30 years in the future, sends people to be eliminated back in time so the looper can do them in. The looper encounters himself from the future, loop de loop. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt. This one has gotten positive reviews from most reviewers.

The Master (R)

Joaquin Phoenix is a mentally deranged drunk Navy veteran who falls into the thrall of a charismatic cult leader (think L. Ron Hubbard). Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, and Price Carson.

Paranormal Activity 4 (R)

This is the fourth installment in the popular horror franchise. It is a spooky new spoof on the demon genre. A suburban family witnesses strange events when a woman and a mysterious child move in to a newly inherited home. Starring Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton, and Matt Shively.

Seven Psychopaths (R)

An A-list cast including Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, and Christopher Walken star in this comedy about a screenwriter who gets caught up in his friends’ criminal but comedic lives.

Trouble with the Curve (PG-13)

A touching dramatic comedy about an aged and nearly infirm baseball scout and his daughter who tries to overcome her issues with him in order to help him on his last recruiting trip. Starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman. If you like Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams, you’ll like this film.