Reel Picks: More about movies playing this week
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The Guilt Trip (PG-13)
In this comedy, Seth Rogen plays an inventor who is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime. He makes the mistake of stopping at his mother's, played by Barbra Streisand. She tags along for the ride.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG-13)
Adapted from the first of the Hobbit books by J.R.R. Tolkein, directed by Peter Jackson. Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug. This story preceded "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, and Richard Armitage.
Jack Reacher (PG-13)
An ex-military investigator, Tom Cruise, knows that a military sniper who never missed would not have committed the multiple homicide. He goes after the twisted mind that set him up. An action mystery with a lot of Tom Cruise. Also starring Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, and Werner Herzog.
Life of Pi (PG)
Based on the bestselling novel by Yann Martel, directed by Ang Lee. A young man survives a disaster at sea only to develop a connection with another survivor, a fearsome Bengal tiger. Starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, and Adil Hussain.
During the final four months of his life, America's 16th president struggles with the Civil War while he works to pass the 13th Amendment. Directed by Steven Spielberg, screenplay by Tony Kushner, from a book by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, who's already getting Oscar buzz; Sally Field, and David Strathairn.
Monsters, Inc. 3D (G)
A 3D release of the 2001 hit. A gigantic corporation captures the screams of little children and turns them into energy, but then kids aren't scared anymore, a problem. From Pixar Animation Studios, an exciting adventure with a sweet, happy ending, with the voices of John Goodman and Billy Crystal.
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.
Wreck-It Ralph (PG)
A Disney animated film about a very large guy, a video game villain, who just wants to fit in while wreaking havoc to the arcade where he lives. Starring the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch.