Reel Picks: More about movies playing this week


A Dangerous Method (R)

A story built around the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud that gives birth to psychoanalysis. Directed by David Cronenberg and starring Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen. Both Fassbender, as Jung, and Mortensen, as Freud, have won several best acting awards for their performances.

The Descendants (R)

A land baron tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident. Directed by Alexander Payne, and starring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller. Nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Clooney).

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, eclectic, tattooed Lisbeth Salander, who lends her considerable skills to the hunt. With Christopher Plummer. Directed by David Fincher (“The Social Network,” “Fight Club”).

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.