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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published November 1, 2013 at 2:08 a.m.

At area theaters

70 BAGGAGE CLAIM, PG-13 Paula Patton plays a flight attendant who racks up 30,000 miles and countless comedic encounters trying to find Mr. Right so she can get engaged before her youngest sister’s wedding — in a month. (96 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)

87 CARRIE, R Not a remake but a “reimagining” of the 1976 movie based on the Stephen King tale, in which the title character (Chloe Grace Moretz), a shy outcast dominated by her uber-religious mother (Julianne Moore), unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. (92 minutes)

72 CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, PG Inventor Flint Lockwood thought he saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention, a machine that turned water into food, causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But now he discovers that his invention not only survived, but is now creating feral food animals. Animated. (95 minutes)

73 THE COUNSELOR, R A respected lawyer’s dalliance with an illegal business deal spirals out of control. With Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt; directed by Ridley Scott. (111 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)

78 ESCAPE PLAN, R One of the world’s foremost authorities on structural security (Sylvester Stallone), wrongly imprisoned, must recruit a fellow inmate (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from an ultra secret, high tech facility called “The Tomb.” (116 minutes)

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

70 I’M IN LOVE WITH A CHURCH GIRL, PG A one-time drug kingpin trying to move on - although the Drug Enforcement Administration isn’t convinced because he’s still rolling with his old friends and colleagues - meets a woman of beauty and faith. (118 minutes)

87 INEQUALITY FOR ALL, PG In Jacob Kornbluth’s documentary, former Clinton administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich champions the middle class and demonstrates how the widening income gap has had a devastating impact on the American economy. (95 minutes)

75 INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, PG-13 In this sequel, the haunted Lambert family seeks 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-old grandson (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. With Bam Margera, Steve-O, Jason “Wee Man” Acuna, Chris Pontius, Preston Lacy, Dave England, Ehren McGhehey; directed by Jeff Tremaine. (92 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)

87 MACHETE KILLS, R Danny Trejo reprises his role as the title ex-Federale whom the U.S. president recruits for the impossible mission of taking down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer before they spread war and anarchy across the planet. (107 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)

71 THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, PG-13 A seemingly ordinary New York City teenager (Lily Collins) discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. (130 minutes)

87 PARKLAND, PG-13 After the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas, a handful of ordinary individuals - including the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital, Dallas’ Secret Service chief, an unwitting cameraman and Lee Harvey Oswald’s brother - find themselves suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances. With Zac Efron, Tom Welling, James Badge Dale, Paul Giamatti, Jackie Earle Haley; directed by Peter Landesman. (92 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)

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)

78 PRISONERS, R Hugh Jackman, searching for his apparently kidnapped 6-year-old daughter and her young friend, takes matters into his own hands when the only suspect in the disappearance is released from jail, even if it means crossing the line between seeking justice and becoming a vigilante. (146 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)

70 R.I.P.D., PG-13 Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds play undead cops in the Rest in Peace Department, protecting the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side. (96 minutes)

78 ROMEO & JULIET, PG-13 “For never was a story of more woe / Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” Which movie makers seem to keep discovering over and over, in this case a 21st-century “reimagining” by Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes. (102 minutes)

73 RUNNER RUNNER, R A Princeton graduate student (Justin Timberlake) travels to Costa Rica to confront an online gambling tycoon (Ben Affleck) he believes has swindled him, then finds himself caught between his now supposed mentor and the FBI. (91 minutes)

75 SEASONS OF GRAY: A MODERN DAY JOSEPH STORY, PG-13 Andrew Cheney plays the favorite son, hated and betrayed by his brothers, forced off the family ranch, who starts a new life in the big city, working his way up in a company and with a promising romance - until he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. (88 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)

85 WE’RE THE MILLERS, R Jason Sudeikis plays a small-time pot 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)

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 11/01/2013

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