21 AND OVER — When a straight-A college student’s two best friends take him out for his 21st birthday the night before an important medical-school interview, what was supposed to be a quick beer becomes a night of humiliation, overindulgence and utter debauchery. R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, some graphic nudity, drugs and drinking. 93 mins. Two stars.
THE CALL — The 911 dispatcher finally gets a starring role. Halle Berry is an emergency operator in Los Angeles, where the trauma of a first kidnapping case has forced her to hang up the headset. But, having shifted to a trainer position, she’s lured back for a second kidnapping call when a rookie dispatcher can’t handle the frightening pleas from a taken teenager (Abigail Breslin) trapped in a car’s trunk. R for violence, disturbing content and some language. 95 mins. 2 stars
ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH — A nerdy alien has to go to Earth to save his super-studly space-exploring older brother, who has been captured by the U.S. government. PG for action, mild rude humor. 95 mins. Two stars.
IDENTITY THIEF — Melissa McCarthy, a brash wild card, and Jason Bateman, an increasingly frustrated straight man, are stuck on a cross-country road trip together. R for sexuality and language. 107 mins. Star and a half.
THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE — Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) is a selfish and flashy Las Vegas magician who once ruled the Strip alongside his longtime friend and partner, Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi), but now finds his act has grown outdated and unpopular. PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language. 101 mins. Star and a half
JACK THE GIANT SLAYER — In the make-believe middle ages of the children’s tale “Jack and the Beanstalk,” it’s highly unlikely that anyone ever said, just before attempting some feat, “I got this.” But it’s this little anachronism — a slight nod to modernity without pushing it too far — that makes this updated retelling a breezily enjoyable blast of sword-wielding fantasy. PG-13 for intense fantasy action violence, some frightening images, brief mild language. 114 mins. Two and a half stars.
OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL — The screenwriters manage just enough whimsy to make two hours pass without irritation, and Sam Raimi was the right guy to make this emerald-tinted world pop off the 3-D screen. But the cast, packed with second or third choices, lets it down. PG for action, scary images and brief mild language. 130 mins. Three stars.
QUARTET — Dustin Hoffman makes his directing debut — smartly — with this charming and poignant adaptation of the Ronald Harwood stage play about four old friends in a home for retired musicians. Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins and Billy Connolly star. PG-13 for adult themes. 98 mins. Three stars.
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK — A head-spinner of a movie about love, pain, reinvention and rehabilitation. R for profanity, sex, drugs, violence, adult themes. 120 minutes. Four stars.
SNITCH — As a businessman scrambling to get his son’s federal prison sentence reduced, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has to play fear, tough love, pity and panic – and he’s a bit in over his head. But that’s the point of this straight-no-chaser thriller “inspired by a true story.” PG-13 for drug content and sequences of violence. Two and a half stars.