A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (R). Father, son, spies, Russian mobsters collide in Moscow amid big-screen explosives in the fifth film in the franchise. With Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney.
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 Academy Award-nominated drama about love after the romance and life after life has lost its meaning. In French with English subtitles. With Isabelle Huppert. Review, D6
BEAUTFUL CREATURES (PG-13). Teen romance about a 16-year-old soon-to-be witch and a country boy determined to break the curse that determines her fate. With Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum.
DJANGO UNCHAINED (R). Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz star in Quentin Tarantino's adventure about a slave freed by a white bounty hunter who go off in search of a trio of wanted men who brutalized the lawyer and his wife after a failed escape attempt. The two hit on a bargain: the former slave points out the men, the bounty hunter kills them, and the slave gets his freedom. Some will blanch at the extensive use of the n-word by a white filmmaker; others will question the avalanche of bloody violence amid a cascade of real-life shooting violence. And they will all have a point. But Tarantino has pushed these buttons to create something unique: a bold vision of what a black hero can be in a period piece developed with a modern film geek's eyes.The best Christmas present fans of racially conscious films and blockbuster action movies could ever imagine. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson. HHH1/2 (Deggans, Tampa Bay Times -- 12/27). 2:45.
ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH (PG). Computer animated family film in which a nerdy astronaut is called into action when his much-admired heroic brother is caught in a fiendish trap. With the voices of Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, Jessica Alba, William Shatner, Sarah Jessica Parker.
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 (John Cho) declares him a bad risk for their startup company. Sandy is given one week to retrieve the con woman responsible for the mess (Melissa McCarthy). Debilkitatingly witlewss. h (Phillips, Cujicago btribune -- 2/11). 1:51.
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.
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 film adaptation of a stage comedy by Ronald Harwood. With Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay. Review, this page
SAFE HAVEN (PG-13). Set in a picturesque North Carolina coastal town, this 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), who is on the run from a mysterious past in Boston.
SIDE EFFECTS (R). Jude Law plays a psychiatrist whose patient (Rooney Mara) commits a violent act while under his care -- the result of the side effects of the drugs he's been giving her. With Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum.
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, rehabilitation and the totemic power of a National Football League franchise. With Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro. HHHH (Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer -- 12/29). 2:00.
STAND UP GUYS (R). There is a warm, rooting joy in watching wily pros Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin strut and shoot their stuff as aging con men planning to pull off one last big heist. The product may not be as fresh and invigorating as in the famed actors' salad days but man, it's still cool to see these sly dogs at play. HH1/2 (Daly, Tampa Bay Times -- 2/4). 1:34.
WARM BODIES (PG-13). A funny teen romance, set against the background of the Zombie Apocalypse, about a flesh-eating teen (Nicholas Hoult) who starts to develop feelings -- not hunger -- for a girl (Teresa Palmer). HH (Moore, McClatchy-Trubune News Service -- 2/1). 1:32.
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