At area theaters 87 THE BOOK THIEF, PG-13 A young girl sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany learns to read with encouragement from Max, a Jewish refugee her new family is hiding under the stairs. (131 minutes) 72 CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, PG Flint Lockwood only thought he saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention. Animated. (95 minutes) 88 DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, R A rodeo cowboy refuses to accept the death sentence implicit in an HIV-positive diagnosis. With Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, Steve Zahn, Dallas Roberts;
directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. (117 minutes) 77 DELIVERY MAN, PG-13 Vince Vaughn is an affable underachiever whose donations to a fertility clinic have resulted in 533 children. (103 minutes) 86 DESPICABLE ME 2, PG Steve Carell returns as the voice of semi-supervillain Gru, now the step-parent of three little girls and the master of minions. Animated. (98 minutes) 87 ENDER’S GAME, PG-13 A shy but brilliant boy (Asa Butterfield) becomes Earth’s next great hope against a hostile alien race. (114 minutes) 78 ESCAPE PLAN, R Sylvester Stallone, wrongly imprisoned, must recruit Arnold Schwarzenegger in a daring escape from an ultrasecret, high-tech facility. (116 minutes) 89 FROZEN, PG In a kingdom trapped in winter, a fearless optimist (voice of Kristen Bell) teams up with a mountain man (voice of Jonathan Groff) on an epic journey to find the Snow Queen (voice of Idina Menzel) and put an end to her icy spell. Animated.
(108 minutes) 89 GRAVITY, PG-13 A horrific accident strands a brilliant medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) on her first shuttle mission in space. (90 minutes) 87 THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, PG-13 Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) epic quest with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and 13 dwarfs to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor continues. With Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry; directed by Peter Jackson. (161 minutes) 83 HOMEFRONT, R A widowed Drug Enforcement Administration agent who’s quitting for the sake of his 10-year-old daughter picks the wrong small town for his retirement. (100 minutes) 82 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, PG-13 Winning the 74th annual Hunger Games is only the beginning for Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). (146 minutes) 75 INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, PG-13 Members of the haunted Lambert family seek to uncover the childhood secret that has left them connected to the spirit world. (105 minutes) 86 INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED, PG-13 After a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep and takes off without a trace, a Mexican playboy ends up in Los Angeles. (115 minutes) 72 JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA, R Johnny Knoxville plays the title character, on a journey across America with his 8-year-old grandson (Jackson Nicoll). (92 minutes) 78 LAST VEGAS, PG-13 Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline play friends who, when one of them finally proposes to his much younger girlfriend, head to Las Vegas. (105 minutes)75 A MADEA CHRISTMAS, PG-13 Tyler Perry’s Madea agrees to help a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas.
With Kathy Najimy, Chad Michael Murray, Anna Maria Horsford, Tika Sumpter, Eric Lively, JR Lemon, Alicia Witt, Lisa Whelchel, Larry the Cable Guy. (105 minutes) 79 OUT OF THE FURNACE, R Christian Bale puts his life on the line to seek justice for his brother (Casey Affleck), just home from serving time in Iraq, who has mysteriously disappeared after getting lured into a crime ring. (116 minutes) 73 PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, PG Young demigod Percy Jackson and his friends embark on a treacherous odyssey through the Bermuda Triangle to find the Golden Fleece, battling terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and an ancient evil along the way. (106 minutes) 89 PHILOMENA, R Judi Dench plays an Irish Catholic looking for the child she gave up for adoption years before. (98 minutes) 82 THOR: THE DARK WORLD, PG-13 Chris Hemsworth returns as Marvel Comics hero Thor, the Mighty Avenger. (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 to retain his dignity. (133 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 38 on 12/20/2013
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