DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (R). Matthew McConaughey’s best actor Oscar is richly deserved for his portrayal of a 1980s Texas electrician, amateur rodeo rider and Dallas ladies man battling both terminal AIDS and the federal government. With Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto. HH1/2 (Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- 11/23). 1:57.
FROZEN (PG). There’s wit and whimsy in this 53rd Disney animated feature about a young girl cursed with an X-Men-like ability to freeze things and her baby sister’s determined effort to lift the curse. With the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad. HH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 11/27). 1:42.
HER (R). A melancholy romance about a man who falls in love with a sentient, learning and loving operating system. Director Spike Jonze’s handling of his jump-off premise defies anything movies train viewers to expect from such ripe-for-folly conceits. With Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara, Amy Adams. HHH (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 1/11). 2:05.
MR.PEABODY & SHERMAN (PG). The story of the ultra-smart, time-traveling dog and his pet boy was introduced as a segment of Jay Ward’s brilliant "Rocky & Bullwinkle Show" in the 1960s. What a relief to see that while "Mr. Peabody’s" visuals are enhanced to sleek 21st century standards, the essential charm of the series survives more or less intact.
NEED FOR SPEED (PG-13). After serving two years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, a blue-collar mechanic seeks revenge against his rival and former partner via a high-stakes underground street race. With Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez.
NON-STOP (PG-13). During a flight from New York City to London, a U.S. air marshal (Liam Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding a $150 million ransom, or a passenger on the flight will be killed every 20 minutes. Tension is in short supply as we lurch toward a lulu of a finale. The red herrings, throwing us off the scent of who is pulling the strings, are well-thought out; the resolution, not so much. But Neeson, at 61, is proving to be a more reliable action hero than any of his peers. With Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Linus Roache, Lupito Nyong’o, Corey Stoll. HH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 3/1). 1:45.
PHILOMENA (PG-13). A disgraced journalist in search of a human interest story teams up with an old, ill-educated Irish woman who sets off to America in search of the out-of-wedlock child she was forced to give up 50 years earlier by the Irish Catholic Church. Judi Dench gives a performance of spunk and sparkle, bringing to life a twinkly, grandmotherly working-class woman who isn’t above enjoying a drink or a naughty word. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 11/27). 1:38.
POMPEII (PG-13). Half sword-and-sandal epic, half disaster movie and all guilty pleasure. HH (Rodruguez, Miami Herald -- 2/14). 1:45.
SON OF GOD (PG-13). A reverent procession of Jesus’ greatest hits from first miracle to Last Supper and beyond with something for anyone to challenge and practically nothing that offends. With Diogo Morgado, Greg Hicks, Adrian Schiller. HH1/2 (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 3/3). 2:10.
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (R). The story of Charles Dickens and the younger woman who became his secret lover until his death. Ralph Fiennes brings Dickens’ many colors and contradictions to life in this melancholy biography. One of the most sedate and chaste melodramas ever to earn an R-rating. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 2/17). 1:51.
THE LEGO MOVIE (PG). In this animated film, an ordinary Lego figure is mistaken for the person meant to save the world and drafted into a quest to stop an evil tyrant. "The Lego Movie" doesn’t simply put imagination into practice but celebrates it, makes it integral. With the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett. HHH (Pesrall, Tampa Bay Times -- 2/10). 1:30.
THE PAST (PG-13). An Iranian man who deserted his French wife and two children to return to his homeland confronts a new reality when, upon her request for a divorce, he returns to discover that she has started a relationship with another man. A deliciously soapy French romantic mystery, a melodrama that gives the label a good name. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 2/15). 2:10.
THE WIND RISES (PG-13). A young Japanese boy in the early 20th century who dreams of flying with the birds and meeting Italian plane designer Giovanni Caproni. Poor eyesight means the boy can’t become a pilot, but he does become an aeronautical engineer who designs the fighter planes that the Japanese would use during World War II.
300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE (R). Set at the same time as the first film,"300," "Empire" details the sea war between Persian warrior Artemisia (Eva Green) -- who rules the ancient world through a combination of cunning, cruelty and the ability to look great while waging war on the high seas -- and Greek leader Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton). If not for Green, "Empire" would be just a retread of its predecessor. HH1/2 (Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- 3/10). 1:42.
TIM’S VERMEER (PG-13). A documentary about 17th century Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer, his distinctive use of light and shadow, which gives his paintings an almost photographic quality, and a new age digital visionary and inventor, Tim Jenison, who decided to test one particular theory of how Vermeer achieved the effect.
12 YEARS A SLAVE (R). Unsparing Academy Award-winning 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. With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong’o. HHHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 11/9). 2:14.