Reel Picks


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.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (R)

The much-anticipated American film version of the book of the same name. Starring Englishman Daniel Craig (the most recent James Bond) as Swedish journalist Mikael Blomkvist, who attempts to solve a 40-year-old murder, and the young American actress Rooney Mara as the young, eclectically tattooed Lisbeth Salander, who lends her considerable skills to the hunt. With Christopher Plummer. Directed by David Fincher (“The Social Network,” “Fight Club”).

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.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R)

The most recent adaptation of the best-selling 1974 British classic spy novel by John le Carré. In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley (Gary Oldham) is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet mole within MI6. Also stars John Hurt, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch. Directed by Tomas Alfredson.

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. 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.

Young Adult (R)

Directed by Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air,” “Juno”) and starring Charlize Theron and Patrick Wilson. In this sometimes funny examination of prolonged adolescence, Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature, returns to her small hometown to relive the glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart. Things turns a little more serious when returning home proves more difficult and Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate who hasn’t quite gotten over high school either.