Reel Picks


50/50 (R)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Adam) and Seth Rogen (big-hearted Kyle) star as best friends whose lives are changed by a malignant spinal tumor that comes with a 50/50 survival rate. Inspired by a true story, it uses humor to tell of friendship, transformation, and what really matters in life. With Bryce Dallas Howard (a truly rotten girlfriend), and Anjelica Huston (the overprotective mother).

Contagion (PG-13)

A chilling medical thriller about a global pandemic that starts innocently enough with Beth (Gwyneth Paltrow) feeling ill after returning from a business meeting in Hong Kong. And the nightmare begins. With Matt Damon as her husband, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Ehle, and Jude Law playing a reporter whose website spreads fear almost as fast as the virus. Grab a can of disinfectant.

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 Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr., Kris Kristofferson.

Footloose (PG-13)

Remake of the 1984 classic that Kevin Bacon is still dancing to. Ren (Kenny Wormald) is the rebel transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where dancing is outlawed. He has the beat, the moves, and the youth vote along with the love of the minister’s (Dennis Quaid) wild daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough). Miles Teller (“Rabbit Hole”) plays Chris Penn’s role of the sidekick.

Moneyball (PG-13)

In the 2002 season, after 11 losses, the Oakland Athletics set an American League record with a 20-game winning streak. The man responsible: Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), the Oakland Athletics general manager who, against all dictates. He uses a recruiting technique based on theories of recent Yale grad, Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), who came up with a statistical cost-benefit analysis of baseball players. Philip Seymour Hoffman as team manager, Art Howe. Homerun.