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Ratings
Roger Ebert
The film critic’s opinions:
**** Go see it – now!
*** Worth matinee price
** Wait for the video
* Read a book instead
(N) No star rating available
Note: Film critic Roger Ebert is recovering from an injury and has not been able to review some new movies. Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper is contributing starred reviews during Ebert’s recovery. Motion Picture Association of America
G – General audiences (all ages admitted)
PG – Parental Guidance suggested
PG-13 – Parental guidance strongly suggested for children younger than 13
R – Restricted (anyone younger than 17 requires a parent or guardian)
FilmDistrict
Jason Statham plays a thief in disguise looking to settle a score with his former crew in “Parker,” which arrives in theaters today.

Movies

Relativity Media
Emma Stone is part of an ensemble cast in “Movie 43,” which opens today.

Movies and times for Carmike Dupont and Jefferson Pointe were not available at press time. For times, call Dupont at 482-8560 and Jefferson Pointe at 432-2647. Also unavailable were times for Strand Theatre in Kendallville; call 347-3558.

Now opening

** 1/2 ANNA KARENINA

(R, for some sexuality and violence; 2:09)

Keira Knightly, almost distractingly beautiful here, stars as Tolstoy’s heroine. Jude Law is her dry and proper husband, a government minister, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays Vronsky, the young military officer with whom she begins a disastrous affair. A sumptuous film, extravagantly staged and photographed, perhaps too much so for its own good. There are times when it is not quite clear if we are looking at characters in a story or players on a stage.

Cinema Center: 6 p.m. today; 4 and 8:45 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 8:30 p.m. Monday; 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Wednesday

(N) HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS

(R , for strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity and language; 1:28 )

In this spin on the fairy tale, Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.

Coldwater Crossing: In 2-D: 2 and 7:30 p.m. today through Thursday; In 3-D: 1, 3:30, 4:30, 6:30, 9:30 and 10:20 p.m. today through Thursday

(N) MOVIE 43

(R, for strong pervasive crude and sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, language, some violence and drug use; 1:37)

A series of interconnected short films featuring an ensemble cast of stars follows three kids as they search the depths of the Internet to find the most banned movie in the world.

Coldwater Crossing: 1:20, 4, 7:10 and 9:40 p.m. today through Thursday

(N) PARKER

(R, for strong violence, language throughout and brief sexual content/nudity; 1:58)

A thief (Jason Statham) with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew’s latest heist.

Coldwater Crossing: 12:40, 3:50, 6:40 and 9:20 p.m. today through Thursday

Now playing

*** BROKEN CITY

(R, for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence; 1:49)

A big, juicy, sometimes clunky, political crime thriller that plays like a 21st-century B movie. It’s also pretty trashy and sometimes stupid. But there’s never a moment when you won’t be entertained on one level or another. Thanks to a great cast – Oscar winners Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg and terrific supporting players Barry Pepper, Kyle Chandler, Jeffrey Wright and Griffin Dunne – you’ll have a good time even when the script is breaking bad.

Coldwater Crossing: 1:10, 4:05, 7:05 and 9:45 p.m. today through Wednesday; 1:10, 4:05, 9:04 p.m. Thursday

(N) DJANGO UNCHAINED

(R, for strong graphic violence throughout, a vicious fight, language and some nudity; 2:45)

A former slave and a German bounty hunter become unlikely allies in the battle against a tyrannical plantation owner in this Western from visionary director Quentin Tarantino.

Coldwater Crossing: 12:45, 4:20 and 7:50 p.m. today through Thursday

**** FLIGHT

(R, for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence; 2:18)

Denzel Washington plays a veteran commercial pilot who has built up a tolerance for alcohol and cocaine.

Coventry 13: 12:35, 3:30, 6:30 and 9:25 p.m. today through Thursday

(N) GANGSTER SQUAD

(R, for strong violence and language; 1:53)

An elite police squad fights to save the city of Los Angeles from a power-hungry East Coast mobster in this gritty police-detective film set in the 1940s. Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, and Ryan Gosling star in a film directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), and featuring Nick Nolte, Michael Peña, Emma Stone, and Robert Patrick.

Coldwater Crossing: 1:50, 4:40, 6:43 and 10:10 today through Thursday

Northwood Cinema Grill: 4 and 7:15 p.m. today; 1, 4 and 7:15 p.m. Saturday; 1, 4 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; 6:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday

(N) THE GUILT TRIP

(PG-13, for language and some risque material; 1:35)

“Yentl” goes yenta in “The Guilt Trip,” a creakily old-fashioned comedy that forgot to pack the laughs along with the nudging and kvetching.

Coventry 13: 12:05, 2:30, 4:45, 7:05 and 9:15 p.m. today through Thursday

(N) A HAUNTED HOUSE

(R, for crude and sexual content, language and some drug use; 1:26)

In an outrageous send-up of “found footage” movies, “A Haunted House” features young couple Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) who have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in, they quickly find they’re not alone.

Coldwater Crossing: 1:45, 4:45, 7:35 and 10:05 p.m. today through Thursday

(N) HERE COMES THE BOOM

(PG, for some rude humor, language and bouts of MMA sports violence; 1:45)

A devoted high school teacher (Kevin James) risks life and limb as a mixed-martial-arts fighter in order to rescue his school’s music program from the cutting block.

Coventry 13: 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:20 and 9:40 p.m. today through Thursday

*** HITCHCOCK

(R, for some violent images, sexual content and thematic material; 1:38)

The screenplay centers to a distracting degree on the filmmaker’s lifelong marriage to the screenwriter and editor Alma Reville (Helen Mirren). Anthony Hopkins wouldn’t seem to be the first choice as Hitchcock, but I quickly accepted him.

Coventry 13: 5 and 9:45 p.m. today through Thursday

(N) HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

(PG, for some rude humor, action and scary images; 1:31)

Genndy Tartakovsky directed this animated tale concerning a hotel where monsters head to get away from a world full of humans. When a young man (Andy Samberg) stumbles onto the resort and falls for Drac’s teenage daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), comedy high jinks ensue.

Coventry 13: 12:10, 2:15, 4:25, 6:45 and 9 p.m. today through Tuesday

** ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT

(PG, for mild rude humor and action/peril; 1:27)

In this fourth outing for the franchise, familiar characters are joined by a few new ones as continental drift breaks up families.

Coventry 13: 12:15, 2:25, 6:50 p.m. today through Thursday

*** THE LAST STAND

(R, for strong, bloody violence throughout, and for language; 1:47 )

To call “The Last Stand” gratuitously violent is to pay the movie a compliment. It’s sort of the whole point. In his first starring role since “Terminator 3” in 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger gets the job done as a sleepy border-town sheriff in hot pursuit of a notorious drug lord.

Coldwater Crossing: 1:40, 4:35, 7:15 and 9:55 p.m. today through Wednesday; 1:40, 4:35 and 7:15 p.m. Thursday

(N) LES MISÉRABLES

(PG-13, for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements; 2:38)

The drama surrounds the obsessive quest of Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe) as he spends years in an effort to capture escaped convict Jean Valjean. Hugh Jackman co-stars. Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, and Sacha Baron Cohen also star.

Coldwater Crossing: 12:55, 4:25 and 8 p.m. today through Thursday

**** LINCOLN

(PG-13, for an intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language; 2:29)

Steven Spielberg’s new film focuses on only a few months of Lincoln’s life, including the passage of the 13th Amendment ending slavery, the surrender of the Confederacy and his assassination. Rarely has a film attended more carefully to the details of politics. Daniel Day-Lewis creates a Lincoln who is calmly self-confident, patient and willing to play politics in a realistic way.

Coldwater Crossing: 12:35, 3:40, 6:50 and 10 p.m. today through Tuesday; 12:25, 3:40 and 10 .m. Wednesday; 12:35 and 3:40 p.m. Thursday

*** MAMA

(PG-13, for violence and terror, some disturbing images and thematic elements; 1:40)

It succeeds in scaring the wits out of us and leaving some lingering, deeply creepy images, despite indulging in many horror-film clichés.

Coldwater Crossing: 1:30, 4:10, 7:20 and 9:50 p.m. today through Thursday

*** MONSTERS, INC.

(G; 1:32)

“Monsters, Inc.” is cheerful, high-energy fun, and like other Pixar movies, has a running supply of gags and references aimed at grownups.

Coventry 13: 12:30, 2:35, 4:50, 7:10 and 9:35 p.m. today through Thursday

(N) PARENTAL GUIDANCE

(PG, for some rude humor; 1:45)

Billy Crystal and Bette Midler star as Artie and Diane – an old-school grandfather and his people-pleasing wife, who baby-sit for their three decidedly 21st-century grandchildren while the kids’ parents (played by Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott) are away for work.

Northwood Cinema Grill: 4, 6:15 and 8:15 p.m. today; 1, 3:30, 6:15 and 8:15 p.m. Saturday; 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday; and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday

*** 1/2 THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

(PG-13, on appeal for mature thematic material, drug and alcohol use, sexual content including references, and a fight – all involving teens; 1:43)

Logan Lerman stars as an alienated freshman in high school who sees himself as a chronic outsider, and is befriended by a group of older kids, led by Emma Watson, who embrace their nonconformist status. The group is led by half-siblings Sam and Patrick, played by Emma Watson in her own coming-of-age after the Harry Potter movies, and Ezra Miller, who was remarkable as an alienated teenager in “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”Written and directed by Stephen Chbosky, based on his own novel.

Coventry 13: 4:35 and 9:05 p.m. today through Tuesday

** PITCH PERFECT

(PG-13, for sexual material, language and drug references; 1:52)

A 20-something song-and-dance movie. built around rival a cappella groups. Anna Kendrick stars as Beca, who dreams of trying her luck in L.A. but makes a deal with her dad to try one year of college. Lots of music, a little routine young romance and, of course, the national finals at the end.

Coventry 13: Noon and 2:20, 4:40, 7 and 9:20 p.m. today through Thursday

** PLAYING FOR KEEPS

(PG-13, for some sexual situations, language and a brief intense image; 1:45)

Tells the story of George (Gerard Butler), a has-been soccer star whose career is foundering but who is a completely nice man with none of the character flaws that soccer stars have been known to possess.

Coventry 13: 12:40, 2:50 and 7:15 p.m. today through Thursday

(N) PROMISED LAND

(R, for language; 1:46)

A small-town teacher stands up to a pair of drilling representatives who are determined to exploit the local resources, and receives some unexpected support as the community rallies to drive away the persistent interlopers in this drama from director Gus Van Sant.

Coventry 13: 12:25, 2:45, 5:05, 7:30 and 9:50 p.m. today through Thursday

* 1/2 RED DAWN

(PG-13, for sequences of intense war violence and action, and for language; 1:33)

The movie reassures us that an invasion by Communist North Korea can be vanquished by the members of a football team and their girlfriends. They’re all instinctive combat fighters, even a cheerleader. Light on dialogue, heavy on mindless action.

Coventry 13: 12:55, 3, 5:10, 7:25 and 9:55 p.m. today through Thursday

*** RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

(PG, for thematic elements and some mildly scary action; 1:37)

Hyperactive 3-D animated fantasy regarding the plight of Jack Frost, who nobody seems able to see. Called upon in a crisis to help the Guardians (Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, etc.), he saves the day.

Coventry 13: noon and 2:10, 4:30, 7 and 9:10 p.m. today through Thursday

*** 1/2 SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

(R, for language and some sexual content/nudity; 2:02)

Pat (Bradley Cooper) is confident and upbeat for a man just released from a mental hospital and under a restraining order from his wife. He’s determined to surprise everyone by moving ever onward and upward.

Cinema Center: 8:30 p.m. today; 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday; 4:30 p.m. Sunday; 6:15 p.m. Monday; 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

Coldwater Crossing: 12:50, 3:55, 6:55 and 9:35 p.m. today through Thursday

*** TAKEN 2

(PG-13, for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sensuality; 1:31)

They say that the family that’s kidnapped together, stays together, and Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen are back in a pumped-up sequel to “Taken” (2008).

Coventry 13: 12:45, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35 and 10 p.m. today through Thursday

** 1/2 THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2

(PG-13, for sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity ; 1:55)

Fifth and final installment of the “Twilight” series, beginning where the previous one ended, as Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) gives birth to little Renesmee and is introduced by her husband, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), to her new life with vampire powers.

Coventry 13: 1, 4, 6:55 and 9:30 p.m. today through Thursday

*** ZERO DARK THIRTY

(R, for strong violence, including brutal disturbing images, and for language; 2:37)

Two hours of watching a loner female CIA strategist who knows she is right – and the payoff that she is. Jessica Chastain stars as Maya. Lots of murky action in capture and death of Osama bin Laden.

Coldwater Crossing: 12:30, 3:45, 7 and 10:15 p.m. today through Thursday

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