AMOUR (PG-13). Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva star as an elderly couple living a comfortable loving life until a stroke shifts the dynamics in their marriage in this drama about love after the romance and life after life has lost its meaning. With Isabelle Huppert. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 2/15). 2:07.
DEAD MAN DOWN (R). A complicated tale of violence, revenge, duplicity and betrayal. With Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard, Dominic Cooper, Isabelle Huppert.
ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH (PG). A nerdy alien has to go to Earth to save his super-heroic space-exploring older brother who has been captured in a fiendish scheme in this computer-animated adventure featuring the voices of Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, William Shatner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, George Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Jane Lynch.
IDENTITY THIEF (R). When Denver accounts representative Sandy Patterson, played by Jason Bateman, discovers his identity has been purloined and his credit cards are maxed out, trashing his good name, his employer declares him a bad risk for their startup company. Sandy is given one week to retrieve the con woman (Melissa McCarthy) responsible for the mess. Debilitatingly witless. H (Phillips, Chicago Tribune -- 2/11). 1:51.
JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (PG-13). You know the story but in this version, it's not without its reinventions, embellishments and twists. It struggles to find the right balance of elements to amuse kids, thrill action-hungry adolescents and entertain adults. Instead it feels like a film made by committee. In the end, it doesn't amount to a hill of beans. HH (Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune -- 3/2). 1:55.
LIFE OF PI (PG). Ang Lee combines a lifetime of storytelling finesse with arguably the most artful use of 3-D technology yet seen to bring to life novelist Yann Martel's saga of an Indian youth lost at sea with a ravenous Bengal tiger aboard his small lifeboat. A gorgeous, ruminative film that is soulfully, provocatively entertaining. HHH1/2 (Germain, Associated Press -- 11/21). 2:06.
OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (PG). How it all came to be. With James Franco.
QUARTET (PG-13). The retired musicians at Britain's Beecham House may not have the cash or relatives to ensure they pass their last years at home. But they still have their wit, their love of rehearsal and the fading vestiges of their talent in this dainty, adorable and adorably predictable film of Ronald Harwood's play. With Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay. HHH (Moore, McClatchy Tribune News Service -- 2/15). 1:39.
RUST AND BONE (R). Set in France's Cote d'Azur, "Rust and Bone" entangles the wayward lives of Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), a killer-whale trainer at Marineland, and Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), a destitute single father who seeks shelter in the home of his wary grocery-clerk sister. An impressive piece of filmmaking. HHH1/2 (Daly, Tampa Bay Times -- 3/4). 2:00.
SAFE HAVEN (PG-13). This formulaic adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel stars Josh Duhamel as a convenience store owner and widowed father of two children, who falls for a new waitress in town (Julianne Hough), with a mysterious past. A story that involves no heavy lifting, few surprises, and so "safe" that there's nothing that anyone would consider "edgy." HH (Moore, McClatchy Tribune News Service-- 2/18). 1:55.
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (R). Just out from eight months in a Baltimore psych ward, a high school teacher who has lost his job and his wife to another man recuperates in his parents' Philadelphia home and meets, at a dinner, a young widow suffering from bouts of depression and low self-esteem. A head-spinning wonder of a movie about love, pain, reinvention, and rehabilitation. With Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro. HHHH (Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer -- 12/29). 2:00.
21 AND OVER (R). On the night before an important medical school inyerview, a straight-A student is taken out by his two best friends on a 21st birthday celebration. A youth comedy that is leering, offensive, politically incorrect, at times even disgusting and yet, those who stick with it to the end may find "21 and Over" one of the more appealing movies of the season. HHH (Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune -- 3/4). 1:30.
THE IMPOSSIBLE (R). A woman swept away with her eldest son by the overpowering rush of water in the tsunami that struck Thailand in 2004 desperately tries to reunuite with her husband and youngest son. A vivid recreation of a disaster made moving by a stellar cast, a gripping "How will this end?" script and all-too-real special effects and sets. With Naomi Watts, Ewen McGregor. HHHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 2/2). 2:02.
THE LAST EXORCISM 2 (R). An unstable evangelical minister agrees to have a documentary crew shoot the final exorcism of his career. An 88-minute bore that is every bit as cheap and far more generic than its low-budget predecessor. One can only hope that when they say "The Last Exorcism" they mean it. H (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 3/6). 1:28.
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