Reel Picks


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.

Broken City (R)

A political crime drama about an ex-cop who is now a struggling private eye in New York who has been double-crossed and sets out to set things straight. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones

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.

Gangster Squad (R)

Take post-World War II Los Angeles, turn up the noir, drop a ruthless gangster who runs the city into the mix, and let a secret crew of police officers try to take him down. Starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone.

The Impossible (PG-13)

Based on the true story of a husband and wife and their three children who take a vacation to a new resort in Thailand for Christmas and their encounter with the 2004 tsunami. Starring Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, and Tom Holland.

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.

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 (Oscar-nominated for Best Actor), Sally Field, and David Strathairn.

Parker (R)

In this story from a book by crime novelist Donald E. Westlake a thief changes his identity and seeks to even the score when he is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Starring Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis.

Silver Linings Playbook (R)

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

Zero Dark Thirty (R)

The story of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 as it tracks down al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after a ten-year hunt in May of 2011. Directed by academy award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow. Starring Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, and Chris Pratt.