Reel Picks: More on movies playing this week


The Guilt Trip (PG-13)

In this comedy, Seth Rogen plays an inventor who is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime. He makes the mistake of stopping at his mother’s house, played by Barbra Streisand. She tags along for the ride.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG-13)

Adapted from the first of the Hobbit books by J.R.R. Tolkien, directed by Peter Jackson. Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug. This story preceded “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, and Richard Armitage.

Hyde Park on Hudson (R)

This is the story of one of FDR’s more minor love affairs with his distant cousin Margaret Stuckley, played by Laura Linney. Bill Murray plays FDR. It has opened to mixed reviews. It is centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King George VI, the first British monarch to enter the United States, and his wife visited upstate New York. Also starring Olivia Williams.

Jack Reacher (PG-13)

An ex-military investigator, Tom Cruise, knows that a military sniper who never missed would not have committed a multiple homicide. He goes after the twisted mind that set him up. An action mystery with a lot of Tom Cruise. Also starring Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, and Werner Herzog.

Life of Pi (PG)

Based on the bestselling novel by Yann Martel, directed by Ang Lee. A young man survives a disaster at sea only to develop a connection with another survivor, a fearsome Bengal tiger. Starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, and Adil Hussain.

Lincoln (PG-13)

During the final four months of his life, America’s 16th president struggles with the Civil War while he works to pass the 13th Amendment. Directed by Steven Spielberg, screenplay by Tony Kushner, from a book by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, who’s already getting Oscar buzz; Sally Field, and David Strathairn.

Monsters, Inc. 3D (G)

A 3D release of the 2001 hit. A gigantic corporation captures the screams of little children and turns them into energy, but then kids aren’t scared anymore, a problem. From Pixar Animation Studios, an exciting adventure with a sweet, happy ending, with the voices of John Goodman and Billy Crystal.

Promised Land (R)

Matt Damon plays a natural gas company salesman buying fracking rights from mostly unknowing land owners. He experiences life-changing events after the seemingly safe natural gas extracting process begins to ruin farmland and relationships. Directed by Gus Van Sant and written by and starring John Krasinski and Matt Damon, also starring Frances McDormand and Hal Holbrook.