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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published December 6, 2013 at 12:16 a.m.

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82 ABOUT TIME, R A young man, scion of a family where the men have the ability to travel through time, can’t change history, but he can change his life by traveling back and getting a girlfriend - a task that’s not as easy as it seems. (123 minutes)

88 ALL IS LOST, PG-13 Robert Redford plays a sailor in the middle of a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean whose survival depends on braving a violent storm, the unrelenting sun, circling sharks and dwindling supplies after he awakens to discover his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container. (106 minutes)

86 THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY, R Fifteen years after graduation, college friends Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun and Melissa De Sousa reunite over Christmas and discover just how easy it is to reignite long-forgotten rivalries and romances. (124 minutes)

85 BLACK NATIVITY, PG In this adaptation of Langston Hughes’ play, Jacob Latimore plays a streetwise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother (Jennifer Hudson) whose trip to New York to spend Christmas with his estranged and strict relatives (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett), with the help of a little divine intervention, results in his learning the true meaning of faith, healing and family. With Tyrese Gibson, Nas, Luke James; directed by Kasi Lemmons. (93 minutes)

87 THE BOOK THIEF, PG-13 An extraordinary and courageous young girl sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany learns to read with encouragement from her new family and Max, a Jewish refugee whom they are hiding under the stairs. With Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nelisse, Ben Schnetzer, Nico Liersch; directed by Brian Percival. (131 minutes)

89 CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, PG-13 Tom Hanks plays the title character, Richard Phillips, the captain of the U.S. cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009 and the subject of a daring Navy rescue operation. (134 minutes)

88 DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, R A Texan electrician and rodeo cowboy in the mid-’80s refuses to accept the death sentence implicit in an HIV-positive diagnosis and starts smuggling alternative treatments from Mexico into the United States, where he establishes a “buyers club” with a transsexual who shares his passion for life. (117 minutes)

77 DELIVERY MAN, PG-13 Vince Vaughn plays an affable underachiever whose anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago resulted in 533 children. (103 minutes)

86 DON JON, R Writer/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a successful womanizer with a penchant for online porn and Scarlett Johansson plays a romantic woman looking for her Prince Charming, both struggling against old-fashioned expectations and a media culture full of false fantasies. (90 minutes)

87 ENOUGH SAID, PG-13 Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays a divorced single masseuse dreading the empty nest when her daughter leaves for college, for whom romance blooms when she meets a sweet, funny and like-minded man (James Gandolfini) also facing an empty nest. Trouble surfaces when her new client and friend (Catherine Keener) constantly rags on her ex-husband (guess who?). (93 minutes)

76 THE FAMILY, R A mob boss (Robert De Niro) who has snitched on his colleagues moves with his family (Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo) to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program and, despite the best efforts of a federal agent (Tommy Lee Jones) to keep them in line, continually blows their cover by dealing with problems in the “family” way. (108 minutes)

75 FREE BIRDS, PG Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. Animated. (90 minutes)

89 FROZEN, PG In a kingdom trapped in eternal winter, a fearless optimist (voice of Kristen Bell) teams up with an extreme mountain man (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find the Snow Queen (voice of Idina Menzel) and put an end to her icy spell. Animated. With voices of Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk; directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. (108 minutes)

89 GRAVITY, PG-13 A horrific accident during a space walk strands a brilliant medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) on her first shuttle mission and a veteran astronaut (George Clooney) commanding his last flight, tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness and with no apparent chance for rescue. (90 minutes)

83 GREAT EXPECTATIONS, PG-13 Yet another film version of Charles Dickens’ classic, the story of an orphan whose dreams of becoming a gentleman come true with the help of an unknown benefactor. With Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Holliday Grainger, Jason Flemyng; directed by Mike Newell. (128 minutes)

62 GROWN UPS 2, PG-13 The five former high-school basketball teammates who reunited after 30 years for the first movie have reunited for a second, including Lenny (Adam Sandler), who has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time, “the grown-ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school.” (101 minutes)

83 HOMEFRONT, R A widowed Drug Enforcement Administration agent who’s quitting for the sake of his10-year-old daughter picks the wrong small town for his retirement. With Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Frank Grillo; directed by Gary Fleder. (110 minutes)

82 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, PG-13 Winning the 74th annual Hunger Games is only the beginning for Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who with her fellow victor, Peeta Mellark, must now embark on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts while a possible rebellion is brewing and the president is about to announce the next year’s extra-special games. (146 minutes)

75 INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, PG-13 In this sequel, members of the haunted Lambert family seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. (105 minutes)

72 JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA, R Johnny Knoxville plays the title character, on a journey across America with his 8-year-oldgrandson (Jackson Nicoll), playing pranks on supposedly “ordinary” folks, including male strippers, disgruntled child beauty pageant contestants (and their equally disgruntled mothers), funeral home mourners and biker-bar patrons, who have no idea what’s really going on. (92 minutes)

88 KILL YOUR DARLINGS, R A look at the pivotal year, fraught with friendship, love and murder, that changed poet/publisher Allen Ginsberg’s life and provided the spark for him to start his creative revolution. With Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Ben Foster; directed by John Krokidas. (95 minutes)

78 LAST VEGAS, PG-13 Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline play friends since childhood who, when one of them finally proposes to his much younger girlfriend, head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. (105 minutes)

83 LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER, PG-13 Forest Whitaker plays a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. (132 minutes)

85 MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, G In this Monsters, Inc. prequel, college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal), in his first semester at Monsters University, finds his plans to become a primo Scarer sidelined when he crosses paths with hotshot Sulley (voice of John Goodman) and discovers that the mismatched pair will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, to make it to the top. Animated. (110 minutes)

89 PHILOMENA, R Judi Dench plays an Irish Catholic who gave up her baby boy, conceived out of wedlock, for adoption in the United States and signed a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into his whereabouts. Years later, she decides, with the help of a BBC reporter, to search for her long-lost son. With Steve Coogan, Simone Lahbib; directed by Stephen Frears. (98 minutes)

78 PLANES, PG Above the world of Disney’s/Pixar’s Cars comes the story of a plane (voice of Dane Cook) with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer who turns to a seasoned naval aviator to help him get into shape - and conquer his fear of heights - before the big championship race. Animated. (92 minutes)

85 RED 2, PG-13 Retired black-ops CIA agent Bruce Willis reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. (116 minutes)

75 RIDDICK, R Vin Diesel brings back his Pitch Black/The Chronicles of Riddick anti-hero escaped convict who, left for dead on an apparently lifeless, sun-scorched planet, must fight for survival against alien predators and fend off the mercenary bounty hunters he is forced to summon for help. (119 minutes)

67 THE SMURFS 2, PG When the evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties, and learns that only Smurfette’s secret spell can turn them into real Smurfs, it’s up to the rest of the clan to rescue her from his clutches. (105 minutes)

82 THOR: THE DARK WORLD, PG-13 Chris Hemsworth returns as Marvel Comics hero Thor, the Mighty Avenger, battling to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from the shadowy enemy, an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith, that returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. (120 minutes)

91 12 YEARS A SLAVE, R Chiwetel Ejiofor plays a free black man from pre-Civil War upstate New York who, abducted and sold into slavery, struggles not only to stay alive under the thumb of a malevolent owner, but to retain his dignity. (133 minutes)

82 2 GUNS, R Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg play operatives from competing bureaus working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate who, when their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel goes haywire, are forced to go on the run together - and neither knows that the other is a federal agent. (109 minutes)

88 WADJDA, PG A 10-year-old Saudi girl challenges deep-rooted traditions in a determined quest to buy a bicycle - and sees one last chance in the cash prize for winning her school’s Koran recitation competition. (98 minutes)

85 WE’RE THE MILLERS, R Jason Sudeikis plays a small-time marijuana dealer whose attempt to help out some local teens leads to a drug-smuggling trip to Mexico with a fake wife and kids in tow. (110 minutes)

90 THE WIZARD OF OZ, G The 1939 super classic, back on the big screen and now in 3-D. Dorothy (Judy Garland) travels by twister to the land of Oz, where, with the help of the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), the Tin Man (Jack Haley) and the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), defeats the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) and earns rewards from the humbug Wizard (Frank Morgan). (101 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 31 on 12/06/2013

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