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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: Richard Roeper, a Chicago Sun-Times columnist and Ebert’s former partner on “Ebert & Roper,” is contributing some 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)

Movies

Now opening

*** 1/2 JACK THE GIANT SLAYER

(PG-13, for intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language; 1:54)

The ancient war between humans and a race of giants is reignited when Jack, a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds.

Carmike Dupont: In 2-D: 12:45, 1:45, 3:25, 4:25, 6, 7, 8:35 and 9:35 p.m. today through Thursday; In 3-D: 1:20, 4:05, 6:50 and 9:40 p.m. today through Thursday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: In 2-D: 1, 4, 7:45 and 10:30 p.m. today; 11:30 a.m. and 2:15, 5, 7:45 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 1, 4, 6:55 and 9:40 p.m. Monday through Thursday; In 3-D: 1:30, 4:30, 7:55 and 10:35 p.m. today; noon and 2:45, 5:30, 8:15 and 11 p.m. Saturday; noon and 2:45, 5:30 and 8:15 p.m. Sunday; 1:30, 4:30 and 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; In IMAX: 12:30, 3:30, 7:15 and 10 p.m. today; 11 a.m. and 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 and 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 12:30, 3:30, 7:15 and 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Coldwater Crossing: In 2-D: 1:40, 4:30, 7:30 and 10:20 p.m. today through Thursday; In 3-D: 1:10, 2:10, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9:50 p.m. today and Sunday through Thursday; 2:10, 5, 7, 8 and 9:50 p.m. Saturday

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

Strand Theatre Kendallville: 7 p.m. today and Monday through Thursday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

(N) THE LAST EXORCISM PART II

(PG-13, for horror violence, terror and brief language; 1:23)

As Nell Sweetzer tries to build a new life after the events of the first movie, the evil force that once possessed her returns with an even more horrific plan.

Carmike Dupont: 2, 4:25, 6:45, 9:20 and 11:30 p.m. today and Saturday; 2, 4:25, 6:45 and 9:20 p.m. Sunday through Thursday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 1:05, 4:30, 7:55, 10:35 p.m. today; 12:40, 3:05, 5:30, 7:55 and 10:35 p.m. Saturday; 12:40, 3:05, 5:30, 7:50 and 10:20 p.m. Sunday; 1:05, 4:30, 7:05 and 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Coldwater Crossing: 1:20, 3:45, 7:20 and 10 p.m. today through Thursday

** PHANTOM

(R, for violence; 1:37)

Inspired by true events, this Cold War drama occurs almost entirely aboard a nearly obsolete Soviet submarine in 1968. The sub’s world-weary commander (Ed Harris) battles epilepsy, drinks too much and is plagued by flashbacks that seem right out of a horror movie.

Carmike Dupont: 12:30, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10 and 11:10 p.m. today and Saturday; 12:30, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40 and 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday

Coldwater Crossing: 2, 4:35, 7:45 and 10:25 p.m. today through Thursday

* 1/2 21 & OVER

(R, for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, some graphic nudity, drugs and drinking; 1:43)

“21 & Over” knows what it wants to be and (to its credit) never pulls its punches, whether it’s gross-out humor or ethnic/gender insensitivity.

Carmike Dupont: 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 and 11:30 p.m. today and Saturday; 2:30, 4:45, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Sunday through Thursday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 12:35, 4:10, 8:25 and 11:05 p.m. Friday; 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 8:25 and 11:05 p.m. Saturday; 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 8 and 10:20 p.m. Sunday; 12:35, 4:10, 7:20 and 9:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Coldwater Crossing: 1, 3:30, 7:40 and 10:10 p.m. today through Thursday

** 1/2 QUARTET

(PG-13, for brief strong language and suggestive humor; 1:33)

A sweet, sentimental, predictable story set in a luxurious British retirement home for actors and opera singers. First-time director Dustin Hoffman has his heart in the right place and loves these characters. His screen is filled with legends (Tom Courtenay, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Gwyneth Jones). But much is unlikely, including the theory that a gala on Verdi’s birthday could raise enough cash to save the elegant manor.

Carmike Dupont: 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40 and 10 p.m. today through Thursday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 1:10, 4:05, 6:40 and 9:30 p.m. today; 11:40 a.m. and 2:50, 6:40 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 1:10, 4:05, 7 and 9:35 p.m. Monday through Thursday

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**** ARGO

(R, for language and some violent images; 2:00) Ben Affleck directs and stars in the incredible true story of how, at the height of the Iranian hostage crisis, a CIA agent and a couple of Hollywood professionals dreamed up a scheme to free six Americans.

Coldwater Crossing: 4:45 and 9:55 p.m. today through Tuesday; 4:45 p.m. Thursday

** 1/2 BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

(PG-13, for violence, scary images and some sexual material; 2:04)

A story about a smart, serious, semi-loner high school student who falls for a mysterious newcomer with supernatural powers. It would all be pretty tedious, goth-youth nonsense if not for the considerable delights provided by a mostly veteran supporting cast of Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, Viola Davis and Emmy Rossum, who are all having great fun

Carmike Dupont: 1:25, 4:15, 7:05 and 10 p.m. today through Thursday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 12:40 and 6:50 p.m. today; 12:20 and 6:50 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 12:40 and 7:10 p.m. Monday through Thursday

** BULLET TO THE HEAD

(R, for strong violence, bloody images, language, some nudity and brief drug use; 1:47) It’s the kind of brainless action movie Sylvester Stallone would have starred in circa 1985.

Coventry 13: 12:05, 2:15, 4:30, 6:55 and 9:15 p.m. today through Thursday

(N) DARK SKIES

(PG-13, for violence, terror throughout, sexual material, drug content and language – all involving teens; 1:47)

As the Barret family’s peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them.

Carmike Dupont: 2:15, 4:45, 7:10 and 9:35 p.m. today through Thursday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 1:15, 4:05, 8:30 and 11:10 p.m. today; 11:45 a.m. today and 2:30, 5:10, 8:30, 11:10 p.m. Saturday; 11:45 a.m. and 2:30, 5:10 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday; 1:15, 4:05, 7 and 9:35 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Coldwater Crossing: 1:50, 4:25, 7:25 and 10:15 p.m. today through 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.

Coventry 13: 12:45, 4:05 and 7:35 p.m. today through Thursday

(N) ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH

(PG, for some mild rude humor and action; 1:29)

Brendan Fraser lends his voice to Scorch Supernova, a beefcake space hero who defends his planet, Beeb, against the nefarious villain Shanker (voiced by James Gandolfini).

Carmike Dupont: In 2-D: 1:45, 4:20, 6:50 and 9:10 p.m. today through Thursday; In 3-D: 12:30, 2:50 and 5:10 p.m. today through Thursday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: In 2-D: 1:25, 4:25, 7:05 and 9:25 p.m. today; 11 a.m. and 1:35, 4:25, 7:05 and 9:25 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 1:25, 4:25, 7:25 and 9:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday; In 3-D: 12:45 and 3:55 p.m. today and Monday through Thursday; 11:35 a.m. and 2:20 and 4:40 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Coldwater Crossing: In 2-D: 1:35 and 6:55 p.m. today through Thursday; In 3-D: 3:50 and 9:10 p.m. today through Wednesday; 3:50 p.m. Thursday

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

Coventry 13: 12:05, 2:30, 4:55, 7:20 and 9:45 p.m. today through Thursday

* 1/2 A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

(R, for violence, language and brief nudity;)

A quarter-century after the first “Die Hard,” the venerable John McClane returns to fight the bad guys.

Carmike Dupont: 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50 and 11:30 p.m. today and Saturday; 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30 and 9:50 p.m. Sunday through Thursday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 1:20, 4:10, 7:25 and 9:55 p.m. today; 11:10 a.m. and 1:40, 4:10, 7:25 and 9:55 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 1:20, 4:10, 7:20 and 9:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Coldwater Crossing: 1:45, 4:20, 7:15 and 9:35 p.m. today through Wednesday; 1:45, 4:20 and 7:15 p.m. Thursday

(N) HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS

(R

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

)

Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches.

Carmike Dupont: 1, 3:10, 5:25, 7:50 and 10 p.m. today, Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 5:25, 7:50 and 10 p.m. Sunday; 1, 3:10 and 10 p.m. Tuesday

(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.

Coventry 13: 12:20, 2:20, 4:40, 7 and 9:10 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: 12:25, 2:45, 5:05, 7:30 and 9:50 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.

Cinema Center: 6 and 8 p.m. today; 2, 4, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday; 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 8:45 p.m. Wednesday

** IDENTITY THIEF

(R,

for sexual content and language;

1:52)

The pairing of Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy seems inspired. Unfortunately, “Identity Thief” is a depressingly predictable road-trip buddy comedy.

Carmike Dupont: 1:40, 4:20, 7:10 and 9:55 p.m. today through Thursday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 12:35, 1:25, 3:35, 4:25, 7:30, 8:35, 10:10 and 11:15 p.m. today; 11 and 11:50 a.m. and 1:55, 2:30, 4:40, 5:25, 7:30, 8:35, 10:10 and 11:15 p.m. Saturday; 11 and 11:50 a.m. and 1:55, 2:30, 4:40, 5:25, 7:30, 8:35 and 10:10 p.m. Sunday; 12:35, 1:25, 3:35, 4:25, 7:25, 8:10 and 10:10 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Coldwater Crossing: 1:30, 4:10, 7:10, 9:40 and 10:35 p.m. today through Wednesday; 1:30, 4:10 and 10:35 p.m. Thursday

(N) JACK REACHER

(PG-13, for violence, language and some drug material; 2:10)

Starring Tom Cruise as the lone-wolf investigator on the hunt for a murderous sniper.

Coventry 13: 3:45 and 9:35 p.m. today through 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.

Coventry 13: 12:55, 4:10 and 7:40 p.m. today through Thursday

**** LIFE OF PI

(PG, for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril; 2:05)

A The story involves the 227 days that its teenage hero (Suraj Sharma) spends drifting across the Pacific in the same lifeboat as a Bengal tiger.

Carmike Dupont: 1:10, 4:10, 7:10 and 10 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)

Daniel Day-Lewis creates a Lincoln who is calmly self-confident, patient and willing to play politics in a realistic way.

Carmike Dupont: 2, 5:30 and 9 p.m. today through 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.

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 12:45, 3:55, 8:10 and 10:50 p.m. today; 11:55 a.m. and 2:35, 5:25, 8:10 and 10:50 p.m. Saturday; 11:55 a.m. and 2:35, 5:25, 7:55 and 10:30 p.m. Sunday; 12:45, 3:55, 7:35 and 10:05 p.m. Monday 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.

Carmike Dupont: 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10 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: 12:15, 2:25, 4:35, 6:50 and 9:05 p.m. today through Thursday

* 1/2 SAFE HAVEN

(PG-13, for thematic material involving threatening behavior, and for violence and sexuality; 1:55)

Starring the attractive duo of Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough, “Safe Haven” is yet another entry in the Nicholas Sparks book-to-movie factory. For 90 percent of the journey, it’s a solid movie for those in the mood for some good old-fashioned romance.

Carmike Dupont: 1:35, 4:15, 6:55 and 9:35 p.m. today through Thursday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 12:55, 4:15, 8 and 10:55 p.m. today; 11:15 a.m. and 2:05, 5:15, 8 and 10:55 p.m. Saturday; 11:15 a.m. and 2:05, 5:15 and 8 p.m. Sunday; 12:55, 4:15, 7:05 and 9:50 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Coldwater Crossing: 1:05, 3:40, 6:45 and 9:20 p.m. today through Thursday

*** 1/2 SIDE EFFECTS

(R, for sexuality, nudity, violence and language; 1:45)

Things don’t go smoothly for Emily (Rooney Mara) and she’s referred to a psychiatrist (Jude Law), who prescribes a new drug named Ablixa. The drug causes some alarming behavior.

Carmike Dupont: 7:30 and 10 p.m. today through Thursday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 3:50 and 9:50 p.m. today through Sunday; 3:50 and 10:05 p.m. Monday 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.

Carmike Dupont: 1, 4, 7 and 10 p.m. today through Thursday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 12:40, 3:50, 6:45 and 9:35 p.m. today; 12:05, 3, 6:45 and 9:35 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 12:40, 3:50, 7:10, 10:05 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Coldwater Crossing: 1:15, 4:05, 6:50 and 9:45 p.m. today through Thursday

**** SKYFALL

(PG-13, for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking; 2:23)

“Skyfall” triumphantly reinvents 007 in one of the best Bonds ever made. This is a full-blooded, joyous, intelligent celebration of a beloved cultural icon, with Daniel Craig taking full possession of the role.

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

*** SNITCH

(PG-13, for drug content and sequences of violence; 1:45)

A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son who was imprisoned after being set up in drug deal.

Carmike Dupont: 1:20, 4, 6:35 and 9:10 p.m. today through Thursday

Carmike

Jefferson

Pointe: 1:10, 4:05, 7:50, 10:45 p.m. today; 11:05 a.m. and 2, 4:50, 7:50, 10:45 p.m. Saturday; 11:05 a.m. and 2, 4:50, 7:40 and 10:25 p.m. Sunday; 1:10, 4:05, 7 and 9:55 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Coldwater Crossing: 1:25, 4:15, 7:05 and 10:05 p.m. today through Thursday

(N) THIS IS 40

(R, for pervasive language, crude humor, sexual content and some drug material; 2:14)

As Pete (Paul Rudd) struggles to keep his record label afloat, he and his wife navigate a three-week course of sex and romance, career victories and financial hardships, aging parents and maturing children.

Coventry 13: 12:35 and 6:45 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)

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

*** 1/2 WARM BODIES

(PG-13, for zombie violence and some language; 1:37)

Here’s a bloody, fresh twist on the most popular horror genre of this century, with none-too-subtle echoes of a certain star-crossed romance.

Carmike Dupont: 1:50, 4:15, 6:45, 9:10 and 11:30 p.m. today and Saturday; 1:50, 4:15, 6:45 and 9:10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 12:50, 4:20, 7:10 and 9:40 p.m. today; 11:05 a.m. and 1:50, 4:35, 7:10 and 9:40 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 12:50, 4:20, 7:40 and 10:10 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Coldwater Crossing: 2:15 and 7:35 p.m. today through Tuesday; 2:15 p.m. Thursday

Strand Theatre Kendallville: 7:15 p.m. today and Monday through Thursday; 2 and 7:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

*** WRECK-IT RALPH

(PG, for some rude humor and mild action/violence; 1:51)

Ralph (voice by John C. Reilly) spends every day knocking down an apartment building, which is constantly repaired by Fix-It Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer). Lively, endlessly colorful nonstop action, also with Jane Lynch and Sarah Silverman.

Coventry 13: Noon and 1, 2:35, 3:25, 5, 6:25, 7:25, 9 and 9:55 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. Lots of murky action in capture and death of Osama bin Laden.

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 7 and 10:25 p.m. today and Saturday; 7 and 9:25 p.m. Sunday; 7:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday

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