Reel Picks


Django Unchained (R)

A slave-turned-bounty hunter, helped by his mentor, embarks on a mission to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. Directed and written by Quentin Tarantino. Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Les Miserables (PG-13)

The musical based on the 19th-century French historical novel by Victor Hugo is brought to film. Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cosette, changing their lives forever. Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried.

Lincoln (PG-13)

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.

Parental Guidance (PG)

Artie and Diane Decker find themselves in charge of their three high-tech 21st century grandchildren, when their daughter must leave for a week. Grandma and Grandpa, baffled, bring on the old-school parenting. Starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott

Silver Linings Playbook (R)

Adapted the movie from Matthew Quick’s 2008 novel, a former teacher returns from time in a mental institution on a plea bargain, moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. He meets a mysterious girl with problems of her own. Gets high marks from most reviewers. Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro as the father.

This is 40 (R)

A low-key but funny comedy, an almost sequel to “Knocked Up.” Pete and Debbie turn 40, triggering a midlife crisis that they don’t know how to have. Directed and written by Judd Apatow. Starring Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, and Maude Apatow.

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.