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.
BROKEN CITY — Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones are all conniving, only with varying alliances and targets. At the center of these dizzying double-crosses is Wahlberg as Billy Taggart, a former New York police detective who got kicked off the force and is barely getting by as a Brooklyn private eye seven years later. Then the mayor (Crowe) hires him to investigate whether his wife (Zeta-Jones) is having an affair. R for language, violence and sexual content. 108 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.
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.
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.
THE LAST STAND — Here's the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie you didn't even realize you wanted to see. This is the action superstar's first leading role in a decade. He's not exactly pushing himself, but he proves he's still game for the mayhem as he fires off rounds and tosses off one-liners, and the movie at least has the decency to acknowledge that it knows that you know that he's old. R for strong, bloody violence and language. 107 mins.
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.
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.
MAMA – It over-explains. It reveals its supernatural menace, not just in glimpses, but full on, and early on. There's never any doubt that this might be all in somebody's head. But Mama is a reminder that the best chills don't involve chainsaws, blood and guts. Horror is a product of empathy – in this case, fearing for the safety of small children and the reluctant twenty-something rock musician (Jessica Chastain) stuck with caring for them. PG-13 for violence and terror, some disturbing images and thematic elements. 100 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.
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
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.
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.