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 non-stop action.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G)

A cruise ship, mischief, and a shipwreck. The animated film features the world’s most celebrated squeakers, starring David Cross, Jenny Slate, Matthew Gray Gubler, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate.

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 (PG-13)

A biographical drama based on the life and career of former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, and Naomi Watts. Directed by Clint Eastwood.

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.

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.

My Week with Marilyn (R)

Written by Adrian Hodges, directed by Simon Curtis, the film is based on two memoirs by Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), a young man who, in 1956, became Laurence Olivier’s assistant when Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) was directing and acting in a film version of “The Prince and the Showgirl” with Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams). Clark strikes up a brief friendship with Marilyn. Williams has been mentioned as an Oscar candidate for this role.

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’s brother Mycroft, Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams.

War Horse (PG-13)

Produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, it’s an epic adventure, A tale of loyalty, hope, and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War. With Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch. Has been nominated for the Golden Globe best picture of the year award.

We Bought a Zoo (PG)

Based on a true story, a widowed father buys a dilapidated zoo in hopes of making a fresh start. Directed by Cameron Crowe. Starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson. Icelandic musician Jón Þór “Jónsi” Birgisson, the lead singer of the band Sigur Rós, composed the music.