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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published December 14, 2012 at 1:47 a.m.

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68 ALEX CROSS, PG-13 Tyler Perry takes on the role of the title homicide detective/psychologist, who may have met his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). (101 minutes)

88 ANNA KARENINA, R This latest adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s epic 19th-century Russian novel (script by Tom Stoppard) features Keira Knightley as the title debutante in an unhappy marriage with a much older man, who finds new romance with a dashing young count. (130 minutes)

89 ARGO, R Ben Affleck directs and plays a CIA rescue specialist who concocts (with Alan Arkin and John Goodman) a cockeyed plot to create a fake movie as a way of rescuing six Americans who escaped the 1979 Iranian takeover of the American embassy and subsequent 444-day hostage crisis. Based on supposedly recently declassified documents. (120 minutes)

84 BRAVE, PG A courageous young Scottish princess (voice of Kelly Macdonald) inadvertently unleashes chaos in the kingdom while battling tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts and finding the meaning of true bravery. Animated. (100 minutes)

86 CHASING MAVERICKS, PG Based on the true story of surfing icon Jay Moriarty, involving a young man’s quest to surf Northern California’s most dangerous wave, and the local legend who takes him under his wing. (117 minutes)

87 CLOUD ATLAS, R A soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. (172 minutes)

74 THE COLLECTION, R A wealthy father (Christopher McDonald) hires a group of mercenaries to rescue his daughter (Emma Fitzpatrick) from The Collector, a serial killer who has kidnapped her and taken her to an abandoned hotel he’s transformed into his own private maze of torture and death. (81 minutes)

88 END OF WATCH, R Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena play young cops patrolling the meanest streets of south-central Los Angeles. (109 minutes)

90 FINDING NEMO 3D, G Disney adds an extra dimension to the tale of animated and overly protective clownfish Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and fuzzy-minded fish Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), on a quest to rescue Marlin’s short-finned son Nemo (voice of Alexander Gould) after a fishing boat separates them in the Great Barrier Reef. (104 minutes)

89 THE FLAT, not rated A documentary by Arnon Goldfinger, based on what happened when his family came together to clean out the Tel Aviv, Israel, apartment of his grandmother, who died at the age of 98 and had lived there for more than 70 years. What they found: an incredible story about the friendship between the grandfather, a Zionist and Jewish lawyer, and a Nazi commander. (97 minutes)

86 FLIGHT, R Denzel Washington plays a commercial airline pilot who pulls off a heroic feat of flying in a damaged plane, saving 98 lives, but whose behavior on the night before the flight comes under intense scrutiny. (139 minutes)

73 FUN SIZE, PG-13 Victoria Justice plays a sarcastic teenager forced to take her little brother trick-or-treating, who must then recruit a trio of friends to find him when he disappears into a sea of trick-or-treaters. (90 minutes)

85 HERE COMES THE BOOM, PG A former collegiate wrestler (Kevin James) is now a 40-something, apathetic biology teacher in a failing high school who begins, as cutbacks threaten to cancel the music program and lay off its teacher (Henry Winkler), to raise money by moonlighting as a mixed-martial-arts fighter. (105 minutes)

74 HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET, PG-13 A recent divorcee (Elisabeth Shue) seeking a fresh start and her daughter (Jennifer Lawrence) find the small-town house of their dreams, which, of course, also houses a chilling secret. (101 minutes)

70 ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT, PG Squirrelly Scrat’s nutty, timeworn pursuit of the accursed acorn triggers a continental cataclysm, in the midst of which Manny, Diego and Sid encounter a ragtag menagerie of characters determined to stop them from returning home.Animated. (94 minutes)

88 KILLING THEM SOFTLY, R A professional enforcer (Brad Pitt) investigates a heist during a high stakes, mob-protected poker game. (97 minutes)

88 LIFE OF PI, PG A young man who survives a tragic disaster at sea forms an amazing and unexpected connection with the ship’s only other survivor - a Bengal tiger. (127 minutes)

90 LINCOLN, PG-13 Director Steven Spielberg’s take on the tumultuous final months in office of the 16th president (Daniel Day-Lewis). (120 minutes)

88 LOOPER, R In the not too distant future, time travel is real but illegal and available only on the black market, and the mob uses it to get rid of folks they don’t like by sending them 30 years into the past, where hired gun Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is waiting. Then the mob decides to close the loop and sends back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis). (118 minutes)

78 THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS, R RZA plays a Chinese village blacksmith forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction, but who becomes the savior of his adopted people when he learns to channel an ancient energy to transform himself into a human weapon. (96 minutes)

78 THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN, PG A happily married couple (Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton), dreaming about what their someday-child will be like, find a youngster (C.J. Adams) on their doorstep bearing some unexpected gifts. (125 minutes)

81 PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4, R More paranormal activity has been occurring since the new neighbors moved in next door. (88 minutes)

88 PARANORMAN, PG Misunderstood Norman (voice of Kodi Smit-McPhee) is the only available ghoul whisperer when his small town comes under siege by zombies. Stop-motion animated. (93 minutes)

89 PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, PG-13 Logan Lerman plays a high-school freshman whose social prospects are limited by the recent death of a friend and an even more recent breakdown of sorts, until he befriends a charismatic, openly gay senior (Ezra Miller) and his stepsister (Emma Watson). (103 minutes)

81 PITCH PERFECT, PG-13 Anna Kendrick plays a college kid who finds herself in the midst of an unpopular group of misfit girls with one thing in common: how well they sing together. So of course they set forth to conquer the cutthroat world of college a cappella groups. (112 minutes)

67 PLAYING FOR KEEPS, PG-13 Gerard Butler plays a charming, down-on-his-luck former soccer star who, looking for a way to rebuild his relationship with his son, gets roped into coaching the boy’s soccer team and then has to fend off attractive soccer moms.With Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Judy Greer, Catherine Zeta-Jones; directed by Gabriele Muccino. (106 minutes)

79 RED DAWN, PG-13 In this remake of John Milius’ 1984 uber patriotic potboiler, young American patriots seek refuge in the woods and become guerrilla fighters to save their fellow citizens, liberate their town and take back their freedom from the foreign paratroopers who have taken over. (114 minutes)

73 RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, PG The immortal Guardians - Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost - do battle to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere from an evil spirit seeking to take over the world. Animated. (97 minutes)

85 THE SESSIONS, R Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, the story of a man confined to an iron lung who, at age 38, is determined to lose his virginity, with the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest. (98 minutes)

82 SINISTER, R Ethan Hawke plays a true-crime novelist whose discovery of a box of mysterious, disturbing home movies plunges his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror. (110 minutes)

88 SKYFALL, PG-13 Craig, Daniel Craig is back as Bond, James Bond, this time finding his loyalty to M (Dame Judi Dench) tested as her past comes back to haunt her.And as MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. (143 minutes)

72 TAKEN 2, PG-13 The retired CIA agent (Liam Neeson) who in the first movie stopped at nothing to save his daughter from Albanian kidnappers now has been taken hostage with his wife during a family vacation in Istanbul by the vengeful father of one of the original kidnappers, and it’s up to the daughter to help them escape, get the family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers - one by nasty one. (92 minutes)

82 THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2, PG-13 Bella (Kristen Stewart), beginning her new life as a vampire and mother, must defend her and Edward’s (Robert Pattinson) newborn daughter against the nasties that are determined to destroy the child. (116 minutes)

85 WRECK-IT RALPH, PG John C.Reilly is the voice of the title video game character, tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer), who decides he’s now going to be the “good guy” and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade. Animated. (108 minutes)

Movie-rating point system

Movies are rated on a scale from 50 to 100. Guidelines for moviegoers:

96-100 Transcendent

90-95 Exceptional

80-89 Better than most to remarkable

70-79 Average

60-69 Awful to mediocre

50-59 Irredeemable

MovieStyle, Pages 33 on 12/14/2012

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