Reel Picks: More on movies playing this week


Argo (R)

A piece of recent history dramatized with real-time acting rather than special effects. In 1980, there was a joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to rescue six American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. Starring Ben Affleck, who also directs; Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin.

Flight (R)

An action-packed mystery in which a seasoned airline pilot attains hero status after miraculously crash-landing a big jet and saving nearly everyone on board. Questions arise about the hero. Starring Nadine Velazquez, Denzel Washington in a bravura performance, and Carter Cabassa.

Rise of the Guardians (PG)

A Dreamworks animated film about the Immortal Guardians: Jack Frost, Santa Claus, the Sandman and the Easter bunny who team up to protect Earth from an evil spirit. Starring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher.

Skyfall (PG-13)

007, James Bond, is back. As MI6 comes under attack, both from within and without, Bond must track down and destroy the threats, no matter how personal the cost. Starring Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney, Judi Dench.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (PG-13)

In the fifth and last film in the series, Bella is enjoying her new life and new powers after the birth of their daughter and her change to an immortal. Soon, however, their family bliss is threatened by a new menace, in perhaps the most complex of the movies. Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner.