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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published February 14, 2014 at 1:57 a.m.

At area theaters

86 ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, PG-13 Will Ferrell reprises his role as a “legendary” top-rated San Diego newsman who, with the ’70s behind him, is still looking to stay classy while he and his colleagues take the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. (119 minutes)

88 AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, R A family crisis brings the strong willed women of a Midwest family, whose lives have diverged, back to the house where they grew up and to the dysfunctional woman (Meryl Streep) who raised them. (130 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)

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 creating feral food animals. Animated. (95 minutes)

88 DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, R A Texas electrician and rodeo cowboy (Matthew McConaughey) refuses to accept the death sentence implicit in an HIV-positive diagnosis in the mid-’80s and starts smuggling alternative treatments from Mexico into the United States. (117 minutes)

77 DELIVERY MAN, PG-13 Vince Vaughn plays an affable underachiever whose donations to a fertility clinic resulted in 533 children. (103 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 Some theaters have either added or substituted a singalong version. 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. (108 minutes)

71 GRUDGE MATCH, PG-13 A slick boxing promoter makes a can’t-refuse offer to two Pittsburgh fighters (Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro) to get back into the ring 30 years after their fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight, and settle the score once and for all. (113 minutes)

68 I, FRANKENSTEIN, PG-13 Victor Frankenstein’s creation Adam (Aaron Eckhart), 200 years after his creation, is caught between vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons in a battle for ultimate power. (100 minutes)

91 INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, R A young folk singer (Oscar Isaac)tries to navigate the 1961 Greenwich Village folk scene against seemingly insurmountable obstacles - some of them of his own making. (105 minutes)

75 JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, PG-13 Young Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) moves from intelligence analyst to the action end of the spy biz when he uncovers an international financial terror plot. (100 minutes)

86 LABOR DAY, PG-13 Over a Labor Day weekend, a 13-year-old and his reclusive divorced mother (Kate Winslet) take into their home an injured man (Josh Brolin) who turns out to be an escaped convict. (111 minutes)

89 THE LEGO MOVIE, PG An ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure (voice of Chris Pratt), mistakenly identified as the key to saving the world, joins a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant. Computer animated in 3-D. With voices of Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman; directed by Phil Lord, Chris Miller. (100 minutes)

87 LONE SURVIVOR, R Four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. (121 minutes)

84 THE MONUMENTS MEN, PG-13 George Clooney directs and plays the leader of a team of museum directors, curators and art historians assembled as a platoon and sent into Germany in the latter days of World War II to retrieve artistic masterpieces from the Nazis and return them to their rightful prewar owners. With Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman. (118 minutes)

90 NEBRASKA, R A cantankerous father (Bruce Dern), believing he’s struck it rich, wrangles his son (Will Forte) into a road trip to claim the “fortune” he believes he’s won in a magazine sweepstakes. (115 minutes)

80 THE NUT JOB, PG A mischievous squirrel (voice of Will Arnett) and his rat friend’s plan for a monster nut-store heist embroils them in a much more complicated adventure. Animated. (86 minutes)

89 PHILOMENA, R Judi Dench plays an Irish Catholic who, years after giving up her out-of-wedlock baby for adoption in the United States, sets out with the help of a crusty BBC reporter to search for her long-lost son. (98 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 RIDE ALONG, PG-13 A squad-car ride-along turns into 24 hours of insanity when a high-school security guard (Kevin Hart), trying to show he has what it takes to marry the sister (Tika Sumpter) of a decorated detective (Ice Cube), enters the police academy. (100 minutes)

86 THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, PG Ben Stiller directs and plays the title character, whose heroic fantasies lead to a global journey to save his and a co-worker’s jobs. (114 minutes)

72 THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, R Supporting a friend devastated by a recent breakup, three guys (Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller) have to work around their mutual pledge to stay single for as long as possible when each of them falls in love and tries to figure out the complications of relationships. (94 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)

VAMPIRE ACADEMY, PG-13 Two 17-year-olds (Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry) believe their lives are at risk at the hidden boarding school (for mortal, peaceful vampires and their half-vampire/half-human guardians) they attend. With Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Joely Richardson; directed by Mark Waters. (104 minutes)

88 THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, R Leonardo DiCaprio plays a late’80s stockbroker who takes his firm rapidly from penny stocks and righteousness to initial public offerings and a life of corruption and drugs. (180 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 02/14/2014

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