ARGO – Ben Affleck stars in, and directs, the far-fetched but nonetheless factual tale of a CIA plot to extricate six U.S. embassy workers from Tehran as the 1979 Iran hostage crisis unfolds. R for violence, profanity, adult themes. 120 mins.
HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS – An R-rated horror action comedy fairy tale takes the kidnapped kiddies into adulthood, where they've parlayed their fame at cooking a witch's goose into a business. R for strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity and language. 86 mins.
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.
IDENTITY THIEF — Melissa McCarthy is the brash wild card with an off-kilter sense of humor and a dangerous streak. Jason Bateman is the initially bemused but increasingly frustrated straight man whose deadpan quips seem to be the only things that keep him sane. These opposites are stuck on a cross-country road trip together, but no one's really going anywhere. R for sexuality and language. 107 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.
LES MISERABLES — Tom Hooper's extravaganza 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 – Horror is a product of empathy – in this case, fearing for the safety of small children and the reluctant twenty-something rock musician stuck with caring for them. PG-13 for violence and terror, disturbing images and theme. 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.
SIDE EFFECTS – Rooney Mara is chilling as a troubled Manhattan woman who starts taking a new drug at the urging of her psychiatrist (Jude Law). Bad things happen. Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones co-star. R for sexuality, nudity, violence and language. 106 mins.
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
WARM BODIES — In the wake of a zombie epidemic, an unusual undead guy forms a special relationship with a young lady whose life he saves. PG-13 for zombie violence, some strong language. 97 mins.
ZERO DARK THIRTY – 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, this is a resounding success. R for strong violence, brutal disturbing images and language. 157 mins.