ALL IS LOST (PG-13). An old man sailing alone around the world is confronted with his mortality after his sailboat starts to sink. With Robert Redford.
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (PG-13). Tom Hanks stars as the captain of an American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. An engrossing, sober-minded, fact-centered account that makes a tight edge-of-your-seat thriller, from an unfussy director with a talent for tension. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 10/12). 2:14.
CARRIE (R). Chloe Grace Moretz takes over for Sissy Spacek as the bullied teen with telekinetic powers in this "reimagining" of the Stephen King novel and the superior 1976 Brian De Palma film. Julianne Moore co-stars as Carrie's fanatically religious mother. The cringe-inducing opening tells us this is about the cycle of birth and death, the fierce bond between mother and child. That the opening scene is by far the most chilling in the movie is both the strength of this remake and its key weakness. The real horror here is at home; everything else seems like an afterthought. HH (D'Souza, San Jose Mercury News -- 10/21). 1:30.
DIPSO (NR). Filmed entirely in the Berkshires by Berkshires indie-filmmamker Theodore Collatos, "Dipso" distills life after prison for a not-so-young alcoholic as he tries to follow his dream of becoming a stand-up comic. The plot follows Tommy (Matt Shaw) as he works on rebuilding his life and reuniting with past-love Sarah (Rebekah Frenkel) and his two brothers Patrick (Rick Roucoulet), an Iraq war vet, and Ant (Tony Shaw), a thief of antiques.
ENDER'S GAME (PG-13). Set 50 years after a catastrophic battle with an insectoid alien race put Earth on permanent military alert, this sci-fi adventure based upon Orson Scott Card's hugely popular novel focuses on an unusally gifted, gangly soft-featured boy who becomes the star student in the military school that prepares kids to lead a comeback counterattack against the ant-like Formics. The film plays like a dark, solemn junior-high version of "Starship Troopers" and it leaves you bored senseless. With Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, Jimmy Jax Pinchak. H (Covert (Minneapolis Star-Tribune -- 11/4). 1:54.
FREE BIRDS (PG). Through a time machine, a pair of turkeys travel back to the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth. More proof, as if 2013 needed it, that Hollywood has almost killed the animated goose that laid the golden egg. With the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler. H1/2 (Covert, Minneapolis Star-Tribune -- 11/5). 1:31.
GRAVITY (PG-13). Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as scientists adrift in space after debris from an explosion wrecks their space lab and leaves them as the only survivors. A gamechanger in the realm of digital 3D special effects. A technical and emotional spectacle. HHH (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 10/4). 1:31.
JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA (R). Strip the danger out of "Borat" and the injuries out of "Jackass" and you've got a bead on "Bad Grandpa," a fitfully funny, semi-scripted "Jackass" outing built around elaborately staged pranks played on the unsuspecting by Johnny Knoxville, who dons old-age makeup and becomes Irving Zisman whom we meet at his wife's doctor's office. Better in concept and in its short, punchy TV commercials than it is as a feature. HH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 10/28). 1:32.
LAST VEGAS (PG-13). Four childhood pals, now retirees, gather in Las Vegas for the bachelor party and wedding of the Malibu member of their "Rat Pack." He's about to marry, for the first time and to a much younger woman. Gambling, partying and sexual hijinks ensue, along with some mending of fences, taking stock and reaching conclusions about their lives. Comical comfiort food, with actors doing the sorts of things they've done for decades. Even if this is the safest Vegas romp of them all, this cast never lets us forget we are in very good hands. With Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen. HH1/2 (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 11/4). 1:40.
THOR: THE DARK WORLD (PG-13). Set after the events of "The Avengers," this new Marvel Studios adventure pits the hammer-wielding god of thunder (Chris Hemsworth) against a new foe, Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), part of a race known as the Dark Elves,
12 YEARS A SLAVE (R). Unsparing drama based on the true story of a black American living in upstate New York with his wife and children who had never been a slave and was kidnapped, smuggled south and sold into slavery in 1841.