Reel picks: More on movies playing this week


A Dangerous Method (R)

A story built around the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud and the birth of 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 (George Clooney) tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident. Directed by Alexander Payne, and with Shailene Woodley and Amara Mille. Nominated for five Oscars, including best picture and best actor (Clooney).

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (PG-13)

Nine-year-old Oskar, an inventor, letter writer, and amateur detective, finds a key in a vase in a closet a couple of years after his father died in 9/11. He searches New York City for the lock that matches the mysterious key left behind by his father. Starring Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock

The Grey (R)

In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggles to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Liam Neeson leads the unruly group battling mortal injuries and merciless weather, and a vicious pack of rogue wolves on the hunt. Also stars Dermot Mulroney and Frank Grillo.

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.

The Iron Lady (PG-13)

An unvarnished biographical study of the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power. It is another star turn for Meryl Streep with support from Jim Broadbent and Richard E. Grant. Nominated for two Oscars including best performance by an actress in a leading role, Streep.

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.