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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)
Sony-TriStar Pictures
Abigail Breslin stars in “The Call,” which opens today.

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(N) THE CALL

(R, for violence, disturbing content and some language; 1:44)

When veteran 911 operator Jordan Turner (Halle Berry) receives a call from a girl who has just been abducted, she soon realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life.

Carmike Dupont: 1:25, 4, 6:30 and 8:55 p.m. today through Sunday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 12:40, 4:15, 7:20 and 9:50 p.m. today; 11:15 a.m. and 1:40, 4:15, 7:20 and 9:50 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Coldwater Crossing: 12:50, 1:20, 3:45, 6:40, 7:10 and 9:30 p.m. today through Thursday

*** CHASING ICE

(PG-13; 1:16)

Heart-stopping in its coverage of the brave and risky attempt by a scientist named James Balog and his team of researchers on the Extreme Ice Survey.

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

*** THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE

(PG-13, for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language; 1:40)

When a street magician’s stunt begins to make their show look stale, superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton look to salvage their act.

Carmike Dupont: 1:40, 4:10, 6:45, 9:15 and 11:30 p.m. today and Saturday; 1:40, 4:10, 6:45 and 9:15 p.m. Sunday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 12:35, 4:20, 7:15 and 10 p.m. today; 11 a.m. and 1:45, 4:20, 7:15 and 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Coldwater Crossing: 1:10, 1:40, 4:05, 7, 7:40 and 9:50 p.m. today through Tuesday; 1:10, 4:05, 7 and 9:50 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday

Now playing

**** ARGO

(R, for language and some violent images; 2:00)

Ben Affleck directs and stars in the 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: 4:55 and 10:30 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: 4:20 and 9:35 p.m. today through Sunday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 1:10, 4:35, 7:50 and 10:30 p.m. today; noon and 2:30, 4:55, 7:50 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

(N) DEAD MAN DOWN

(R, for violence, language throughout and a scene of sexuality; 1 :50)

In New York City, a crime lord’s right-hand man is seduced by one of his boss’s victims, a woman seeking retribution. With Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace.

Carmike Dupont: 1:30, 4:15, 7:05 and 9:40 p.m. today through Sunday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 12:55, 4:25, 8:05 and 10:55 p.m. today; 11:20 a.m. and 2:10, 5, 8:05 and 10:55 p.m. Saturday; 11:20 a.m. and 2:10, 5:10 and 8:05 p.m. Sunday

Coldwater Crossing: 1:15, 4:10, 7:30 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 7:40 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: 1:45, 4:20, 6:50 and 9:10 p.m. today through Sunday

Coldwater Crossing: 1:30 p.m. today through Thursday

* 1/2 A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

(R, for violence, language and brief nudity; 1:38)

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 and 9:50 p.m. today through Sunday

Coldwater Crossing: 1:10, 4:35, 8:10 and 10:40 p.m. today; 11:30 a.m. and 2:50, 5:15, 8:10 and 10:40 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

(N) HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS

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

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

Coventry 13: 12:25, 2:35, 4:40, 7 and 9:10 p.m. today through Thursday

(N) THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

(PG-13, for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images; 2:49)

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) lives a simple life with his fellow hobbits in the shire, until the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) arrives and convinces him to joins a group of dwarves on a quest to reclaim the kingdom of Erebor.

Coventry 13: 12:35, 4 and 7:25 p.m. today through Thursday

*** 1/2 HYDE PARK ON HUDSON

(R, for brief sexuality; 1:34)

Bill Murray plays Franklin Roosevelt, whose vacation getaway is near Hyde Park in upstate New York. Here, he receives guests whose visit could change the course of history. Witnessing is his sixth cousin, Daisy (Laura Linney), with whom FDR has an affair.

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

** 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 Sunday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 1:15, 4:10, 8:15 and 11 p.m. today; 11:30 a.m. and 2:20, 5:20, 8:15 and 11 p.m. Saturday; 11:30 a.m. and 2:20, 5:20, 8:05 and 10:45 p.m. Sunday

Coldwater Crossing: 12:45, 3:40, 6:45 and 9:35 p.m. today through Thursday

**** THE IMPOSSIBLE

(PG-13, for intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity; 1:54)

In Juan Antonio Bayona’s film about the 2004 tsunami, a terrifying triumph of special effects, they seem lost in it, engulfed by it, damned by it.

Coventry 13: 6:45 and 9:20 p.m. today through Thursday

*** 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, 9:35 and 11:15 today and Saturday; 12:45, 3:25, 6, 7, 8:35 and 9:35 Sunday In 3-D: 1:20, 4:05, 6:50 and 9:40 p.m. today through Sunday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: In 2-D: 12:35, 3:35, 7:35 and 10:20 p.m. today; 11:05 a.m. and 1:55, 4:40, 7:35 and 10:20 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; In 3-D: 1:25, 4:20, 8:20 and 11:05 p.m. today; 11:35 a.m. and 2:25, 5:10, 8:20 and 11:05 p.m. Saturday; 11:35 a.m. and 2:25, 5:10, 7:55 and 10:40 p.m. Sunday

Coldwater Crossing: In 2-D: 1:05, 3:50 and 6:30 p.m. today through Thursday; In 3-D: 9:15 p.m. today through Wednesday

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

(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

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 1:05, 4:25, 7:05 and 9:40 p.m. today; 11:25 a.m. and 1:50 4:25, 7:05 and 9:40 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Coldwater Crossing: 4:35 and 10:20 p.m. today through Tuesday; 1:40, 4:35, 7:40 and 10:20 p.m. Wednesday and 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: 12:50, 4:10 and 7:45 p.m. today through Thursday

**** LIFE OF PI

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

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 Sunday

Coventry 13: 12:55, 3:35, 6:50 and 9:30 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 Sunday

Coventry 13: 12:05, 3:15, 6:20 and 9:25 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. Movies like “Mama” are thrill rides. It’s a ride horror fans would take again.

Coventry 13: 12:20, 2:40, 4:55, 7:15 and 9:40 p.m. today through Thursday

** 1/2 OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

( PG, for sequences of action and scary images, and brief mild language ; 2:10)

Director Sam Raimi and his army of special-effects wizards have created a visually stunning film. Thing is, we know Oz and its denizens are destined for a far greater adventure.

Carmike Dupont: In 2-D: 1:20, 4:40 and 8 p.m. today through Sunday; In 3-D: 12:50, 1:50, 4:05, 5:05, 7:20 and 8:20 p.m. today through Sunday

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

Coldwater Crossing: In 2-D: 12:30, 3:20, 4:25, 6:20, 7:20, 9:10 and 10:10 p.m. today through Wednesday; 12:30, 3:20, 4:25, 6:20, 7:20 and 9:10 p.m. Thursday; In 3-D: 1, 2, 3:55, 6:50, 7:50 and 9:40 p.m. today through Thursday

Northwood Cinema Grill: 3:15, 6:15 and 9 p.m. today; 12:15, 3, 6 and 8:45 p.m. Saturday; 12:15, 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday; 3:45 and 6:30 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) 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.

Coventry 13: 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30 and 9:50 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 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 Sunday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 1:20, 4:04, 8:30 and 11:15 p.m. today; 11:55 a.m. and 2:45, 5:30, 8:30 and 11:15 p.m. Saturday; 11:55 a.m. and 2:45, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday

Coldwater Crossing: 12:55, 4, 7:05 and 10:05 p.m. today through Thursday

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

*** 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.

Coventry 13: 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10 and 9:35 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.

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

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 12:55, 3:50, 6:50 and 9:55 p.m. today; 12:05, 3:05, 6:50 and 9:55 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Coldwater Crossing: 12:40, 3:30, 6:35 and 9:20 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 Sunday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 1:05, 4:25, 8:25 and 11:10 p.m. today; 11:50 a.m. and 2:40, 5:25, 8:25 and 11:10 p.m. Saturday; 11:50 a.m. and 2:40, 5:25 and 8:25 p.m. Sunday

Coldwater Crossing: 1:50, 4:40, 7:15, 9:55 p.m. today, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 4:40, 7:15 and 9:55 p.m. Saturday; 12:30 and 3:20 p.m. Wednesday

* 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

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: 12:50, 4:35, 8 and 10:35 p.m. today; 11:40 a.m. and 2:05, 4:45, 8 and 10:35 p.m. Saturday; 11:40 a.m. and 2:05, 4:45, 7:45 and 10:10 p.m. Sunday

Coldwater Crossing: 4:15 and 10 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 and 6:45 p.m. today through Sunday

Carmike Jefferson Pointe: xx

Coldwater Crossing: 1:20, 4:05, 6:40 and 9:35 p.m. today; 11 a.m. and 1:30, 3:55, 6:40 and 9:35 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. and 1:30, 4:15, 6:40 and 9:35 p.m. 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).

Coventry 13: noon and 1, 2:20, 3:25, 5, 6:25, 7:20, 9 and 9:45 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.

Coventry 13: 12:40, 3:50 and 7:35 p.m. today through Thursday

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