Reel Picks: More on movies playing this week


Amour (PG-13)

Anne, one half of an elegant elderly couple, both retired music professors, suffers two strokes that paralyze her right side. Georges copes the best he can. His stoic acceptance elicits praise from onlookers, but he and their daughter are suffering. Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert.

Argo (R)

A piece of recent history dramatized with real-time acting rather than special effects. In 1980, a joint CIA-Canadian secret operation headed for revolutionary Iran to rescue six American diplomatic personnel. 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.

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.

Mama (PG-13)

Two young girls are left stranded in a creepy cabin in the woods after a family tragedy. They are found intact five years later and credit their survival to a mysterious mother figure. As their reluctant new guardian (Chastain) soon discovers, this protective entity has a murderous case of separation anxiety. Not for the squeamish. Starring Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier.

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 a mental institution and moves back in with his parents hoping to reconcile with his former wife. He meets a girl with problems of her own. High marks from most reviewers and many Oscar nominations. Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro.