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A HAUNTED HOUSE – A couple move into their dream home only to learn a demon also resides there. When the woman of the house becomes possessed, the man of the house, determined to keep his sex life on track, turns to a priest, psychic and team of ghost-busters. R for crude/sexual content, language and drug use. 86 mins.



DJANGO UNCHAINED – Another indulgent film from Quentin Tarantino, reigning junk-genre junkie. R for graphic violence, a vicious fight, language and some nudity. 165 mins.



GANGSTER SQUAD – Director Ruben Fleischer breathed new life into the zombie genre by infusing comedy into his quirky Zombieland. He successfully fused the odd mix of contradicting elements of horror and hilarity. He's not so successful with a similar attempt to blend genres here. R for language, violence. 113 minutes.


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THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY — Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings prelude is some eye candy that truly dazzles and some that utterly distracts. PG-13 for extended intense fantasy action violence and frightening images. 169 mins.


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HYDE PARK ON HUDSON – This warts-and-all portrait demonstrates that Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in many ways a real live wire. R for brief sexuality. 95 mins.



THE IMPOSSIBLE – The horror of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 is made intimate. PG-13 for intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity. 122 mins.



JACK REACHER – Even if Tom Cruise isn't as physically imposing as his crime-solving ex-military policeman namesake, he can still bring the intimidation. PG-13 for violence, language and drug material. 130 mins.


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LES MISERABLES — Tom Hooper's extravaganza, big-screen telling of the beloved musical is relentlessly driven and simply will not let up until you've Felt Something. PG-13 for suggestive/sexual material, violence and theme. 158 mins.


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LIFE OF PI — Author Yann Martel's tale of a shipwrecked youth cast adrift on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. PG for emotional theme and scary action. 126 mins.


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LINCOLN — This is a lot more reserved than the expected Spielberg parody but still easier to admire than love. PG-13 for intense war violence, carnage and brief strong language. 150 mins.




MONSTERS, INC. 3D – Monsters University comes out in June, and that's a good excuse for converting the computer-animated Monsters, Inc. to 3-D for a prequel. G. 92 mins.


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PARENTAL GUIDANCE – A mild-mannered riff on parenting, then and now. PG for some rude humor. 100 mins.




SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK A head-spinner of a movie about love, pain, reinvention, rehabilitation and the totemic power of an NFL franchise. R for profanity, sex, drugs, violence, adult themes. 120 minutes



TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D – This purported direct sequel to Tobe Hooper's 1974 horror classic scores points for sheer brazenness, but there isn't much to recommend it. R for grisly violence and language. 92 mins.




THIS IS 40 – Here's your new Meet the Parents, just longer and less funny. R for sexual content, crude humor, language and drug material. 131 mins.




WRECK-IT RALPH – Colorful, noisy and pixel-deep diversion about Ralph (John C. Reilly), a video-game villain who wants to be a hero. In 3-D. 93 mins. PG for raucous humor, animated action violence.



ZERO DARK THIRTY – Kathryn Bigelow's slow-burning, brilliant film presents itself as based on firsthand accounts of actual events. And while some have challenged its veracity on certain key points, this much can be said: As a hugely compressed account of the Osama bin Laden manhunt, and a riveting portrait of a fiercely determined woman working in a male-dominated sphere, the film is a resounding success. R for strong violence, brutal disturbing images and language. 157 mins.


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