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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published March 8, 2013 at 3:01 a.m.

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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)

75 BROKEN CITY, R Mark Wahlberg plays a disgraced New York cop turned private detective who, when the mayor (Russell Crowe) hires him to tail his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones), uncovers a citywide conspiracy of corruption, sex and murder. (109 minutes)

75 BULLET TO THE HEAD, R A New Orleans hit man (Sylvester Stallone) and a District of Columbia cop (Sung Kang) form an alliance to bring down the killers of their respective partners. (91 minutes)

71 DARK SKIES, PG-13 A young suburban couple (Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton) take matters into their hands to figure out what the unimaginably terrifying and deadly force is that is after their family. (97 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. (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. (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 reunite her with a lost love. (95 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)

87 JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, PG-13 A young man who inadvertently opens a door between our world and the home of fearsome giants reignites an ancient war. With Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, Ewan McGregor; directed by Bryan Singer. (115 minutes)

68 THE LAST EXORCISM PART II, PG-13 Ashley Bell plays a young woman who has undergone the difficult process of starting a new life, but the evil force that once possessed her returns with even more horrific plans. Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly. (88 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)

89 MONSTERS INC. 3D, G A little girl follows Sulley (voice of John Goodman) and his wisecracking best friend Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) back to Monstropolis, the thriving company town where monsters of all shapes and sizes reside, causing monstrous complications. Animated. (92 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 birthday concert; this year,with the arrival of a former grand dame (Maggie Smith), old grudges resurface and threaten the benefit. (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. (115 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)

77 SNITCH, PG-13 Supposedly “inspired by true events.” Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson plays a father who, determined to save his wrongly accused teenage son from a long prison sentence for drug distribution, makes a deal to infiltrate a drug cartel as an undercover informant. (112 minutes)

72 21 AND OVER, R A straight-A college student who has always done what’s expected of him does the unexpected for a change when his two best friends surprise him with a 21st birthday visit - even though his critical medical school interview is early the following morning. With Miles Teller, Justin Chon, Skylar Astin, Sarah Wright, Francois Chau, Jonathan Keltz, Daniel Booko, Dustin Ybarra; directed by Jon Lucas, Scott Moore. (93 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 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)

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 35 on 03/08/2013

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