Reel Picks


The Adventures of Tintin (PG)

Steven Spielberg’s animated adaptation of the Belgian action-adventure comic strip about Tintin, the boy reporter who teams up with Captain Haddock, bounding around and searching for lost treasure in nonstop action.

Arthur Christmas (PG)

The people who brought us Wallace & Gromit created this clever animated Christmas tale about Santa’s klutzy youngest son who at the last minute discovers an undelivered bicycle and takes matters into his own hands. All sorts of good surprises.

Hugo (PG)

Martin Scorsese’s animated, melodramatic version of the award-winning children’s book set in Paris in 1931. Twelve-year-old Hugo keeps all the clocks ticking in the train station with the help of a mysterious mechanical man. With his friend Isabelle, Hugo finds the spare parts needed to keep Hugo going.

J. Edgar (R)

Director Clint Eastwood presents the inner turmoil of the man who founded the FBI, served 8 presidents and was consumed by ambition, power, the perceived threat of communism, and his own homosexuality. As J. Edgar Hoover, dictating his memoirs in a series of flashbacks that span almost 50 years, Leonardo DiCaprio’s portrayal surpasses the material. Judi Dench plays his domineering mother; Armie Hammer, his constant companion Clyde Tolson; and Naomi Watts, his loyal secretary.

My Week with Marilyn (R)

A character study of a self-destructive Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) in 1956 when she made “The Prince and the Showgirl” in England with a miserably annoyed Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh). When Monroe’s new husband, playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott), left, she spent a week with 23-year-old Colin Clark, a production assistant. With Judi Dench.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (PG-13)

Best yet. Against an international backdrop, a blacklisted IMF team has to stop World War III. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) penetrates the Kremlin, hangs from the world’s tallest building, and escapes from a Russian prison while things explode. Tom Wilkinson, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner. Super crash-dash excitement.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13)

No subtle deductions here. It’s 1891 and Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Watson (Jude Law) are fighting their way across Europe to stop a string of bombings — the work of Moriarty (Jared Harris). With Stephen Fry as Holmes’ brother Mycroft, and Rachel McAdams.

The Muppets (PG)

Walter and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) uncover oilman Tex Richman’s (Chris Cooper) plan to destroy the Muppet Theater. Kermit reunites The Muppets to stage a fundraising telethon.