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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published February 22, 2013 at 2:14 a.m.

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Aliens Doc (voice of Craig Robinson), Io (Jane Lynch), Thurman (George Lopez), Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) and Gary (Rob Corddry) panic as they attempt to Escape From Planet Earth in the computer-animated feature.

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91 AMOUR, PG-13 Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva play octogenarian former music teachers whose abiding love is put to the test when she suffers a partially paralyzing stroke. With Isabelle Huppert, Michael Haneke; directed by Haneke. (127 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. (120 minutes)

79 BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, PG-13 Two star-crossed lovers - a young man (Alden Ehrenreich) longing to escape his small town and a mysterious new girl (Alice Englert) - uncover dark secrets about their respective families and their small Southern town. With Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, Emma Thompson; directed by Richard LaGravenese. (124 minutes)

85 DJANGO UNCHAINED, R Director Quentin Tarantino’s double take on race relations in the pre-Civil War South combined with an homage to spaghetti Westerns, involving a slave who hooks up with a German-born bounty hunter to track down a pair of murderous brothers, then ends end up battling a treacherous organization that uses slaves for gladiatorial contests. (165 minutes)

74 ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, PG Lionized astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) and his quiet, nerdy by-the rules brother (Rob Corddry)find themselves in a fiendishly plotted trap when they rocket off to answer an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet. Animated, with voices of Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson, George Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Steve Zahn, Chris Parnell, Jonathan Morgan Heit, James Corden, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker, William Shatner; directed by Cal Brunker. (90 minutes)

78 A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, R Bruce Willis is back as bad-guy butt-kicker John McClane, this time thrust onto an international stage when his estranged son is caught up in the daring prison escape of a rogue Russian leader. With Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Yulia Snigir, Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Anne Vyalitsyna; directed by John Moore. (97 minutes)

83 THE GUILT TRIP, PG-13 Seth Rogen plays an inventor who invites his mother (Barbra Streisand) on a cross-country trip to sell his new product and reuniteher with a lost love. (95 minutes)

75 HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, PG-13 Some 15 years after their celebrated contretemps at the gingerbread house in the forest, the two title siblings are now specialized bounty hunters looking to put down cacklers in black hats. (88 minutes)

63 A HAUNTED HOUSE, R In this Paranormal Activity parody, Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins play newlyweds who discover they’re not alone in their dream house. (95 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)

82 THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, PG-13 This “prequel” to The Lord of the Rings explains how Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman young, Ian Holm old) came by the Great Ring and how he “won” it from Gollum (Andy Serkis) while on a quest accompanying 13 dwarves on a mission to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug. (169 minutes)

80 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, PG Dracula opens a lavish five stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up in safety and comfort, free from meddling from the human world, as a way of controlling the adventurous spirit of his teenage daughter, who’s in grave peril of falling for an ordinary human. Animated. (91 minutes)

82 HYDE PARK ON HUDSON, R While dallying with his mistress, Daisy (Laura Linney), President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his wife, Eleanor (Olivia Williams), host the king and queen of England, who come seeking U.S. support on the edge of World War II, for a weekend in June 1939 at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park in upstate New York. (94 minutes)

68 IDENTITY THIEF, R Jason Bateman plays a regular guy in Denver forced to take extreme measures to clear his name after his identity is stolen by a Miami con artist (Melissa McCarthy). (147 minutes)

86 THE IMPOSSIBLE, PG-13 An earthquake and tsunami turn an idyllic tropical vacation in Thailand into hell on earth for a couple (Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor) and their three sons. (107 minutes)

84 THE LAST STAND, R Arnold Schwarzenegger is a California small-town sheriff (an LAPD narc until a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret) who unwillingly takes on the Western Hemisphere’s most notorious and most wanted drug kingpin (Eduardo Noriega) and his fierce band of lawless mercenaries. (107 minutes)

87 LES MISERABLES, PG-13Long awaited, what may be the world’s biggest stage musical finally comes to the big screen. Dogged 19th-century French Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe) stays for nearly 20 years on the trail of ex-convict-turned-model-citizen Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) as revolution brews in the streets of Paris. (157 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)

81 MAMA, PG-13 Two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day their parents were killed are rescued years later and begin a new life, only to find that someone (or something) still wants to come tuck them in at night. (100 minutes)

67 MOVIE 43, R An ensemble comedy consisting of short sketches featuring a star-studded cast with star-studded directors. (97 minutes)

62 PARENTAL GUIDANCE, PG Billy Crystal plays a grandfather who finds that his and his wife’s (Bette Midler) old-school ideas of child rearing conflict with 21st-century problems when baby-sitting their three grandchildren. (104 minutes)

87 QUARTET, PG-13 Two lifelong friends and a former colleague living in a home for retired opera singers give an annual Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday concert; this year, with the arrival of a former grande dame (Maggie Smith), old grudges resurface and threaten the benefit. With Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Sheridan Smith; directed by Dustin Hoffman. (97 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)

87 SAFE HAVEN, PG-13 A mysterious young woman’s reluctance to join the tight-knit community in a small North Carolina town raises questions about her past, especially when she starts a relationship with a widowed store owner with two children. With Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough,David Lyons, Cobie Smulders; directed by Lasse Hallstrom. (115 minutes)

67 SIDE EFFECTS, R Everything unravels for a successful New York couple (Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum) when her psychiatrist (Jude Law) prescribes a new drug to treat anxiety that has unexpected side effects. (106 minutes)

81 SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, R Bradley Cooper plays a manic-depressive who, after spending eight months in a state institution, moves back in with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert De Niro). He wants to reunite with his wife; they want him to get back on his feet - and share their obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles - until he meets an intriguing young widow with a similar history (Jennifer Lawrence). (122 minutes)

88 SKYFALL, PG-13 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)

82 THIS IS 40, R Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), introduced in Knocked Up, continue to deal with life and love as they turn 40. (134 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 determined to destroy the child. (116 minutes)

87 WARM BODIES, PG-13 After a zombie epidemic, a highly unusual zombie rescues a human survivor from a zombie attack and they form a special relationship. (97 minutes)

85 WRECK-IT RALPH, PG John C. Reilly is the voice of the title video game character, tired ofbeing 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)

92 ZERO DARK THIRTY, R An elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, has one goal in its decade-long mission: to find and eliminate the world’s most dangerous man. (157 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 02/22/2013

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