The Debt (R)
Past and present (late ’90s) tell the story of three Israeli agents (Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, and Helen Mirren) who tried to bring a Nazi criminal to justice. They reunite when their efforts became the subject of a book.
Dolphin Tale (PG)
The true, inspirational yet sappy story of Winter, a dolphin whose damaged tail was replaced by a prosthetic one. In the process, the life of the 11-year-old boy (Nathan Gamble) who discovered him changes for the better. With Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr., Kris Kristofferson.
Stunt driver by day, getaway driver by night, Driver (Ryan Gosling) gets caught up with serious gangsters. After he falls in love with an underworld character’s wife (Carey Mulligan), he goes into high gear in her defense. With Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman.
The Help (PG-13)
Skeeter (Emma Stone) creates a stir when she interviews the maids of Jackson, Mississippi, in 1961, for a book about what domestic work was like for southern African Americans. She chronicals brutal and poignant truths about discrimination. A brilliant cast: Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Ahna O’Reilly, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, and Cicely Tyson. Wow.
Killer Elite (R)
No good guys here. Ruthless hired killer Danny (Jason Statham) comes out of retirement to rescue his mentor (Robert De Niro) who’s been kidnapped by an Arabian sheik. For his release, Danny must kill the three former SAS soldiers that killed the sheik’s sons. But the soldiers are protected by a special agent (Clive Owen), part of an organization dedicated to protecting SAS officers from retaliation by their enemies.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13)
A thriller about man’s attempt to dominate nature that builds on the 1968 “Planet of the Apes,” and reveals just why who finally gets what. Scientist Will (James Franco) experiments on a chimp to create a drug that repairs brain cells. He uses the chimp’s super brainy baby in an attempt to rescue his father (John Lithgow) from advancing dementia.
Two Irish Catholic brothers (Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy) on hard times resort to competing in no-holds-barred martial arts combat. Each also has demons to fight, mainly due to their father (Nick Nolte), a recovering alcoholic whose drinking destroyed the family.