THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY — HH½
(PG-13 — extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, frightening images) A hobbit is swept into an epic quest to help a group of dwarves reclaim their lost kingdom from a fearsome dragon in this J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation. With Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom. 2 hours, 50 minutes.
Capitol Theatre, Carnation Cinema, Cinemark Aurora 10, Garrettsville Cinemas, Great Oaks Cinema, Highland Theatre, Hudson Cinema 10, Independence 10, Interstate Park Cinema 18, Lake Cinemas 8, Linda Theatre, Macedonia 15, Massillon 12, Montrose 12, Regal Medina Stadium 16, Shaker Square Cinemas, Tinseltown USA, Tower City Cinemas, Valley View 24, Wooster Movies 10
THE GUILT TRIP — Not rated
(PG-13 — language, some risque material) Seth Rogen plays an inventor who travels with his mom (Barbra Streisand) to sell his latest invention in this road comedy from the director of The Proposal. 1 hour, 35 minutes.
Interstate Park Cinema 18, Lake Cinemas 8, Massillon 12, Montrose 12, Regal Medina Stadium 16
MONSTERS, INC. — 3D
(G) Monsters generate their city’s power by scaring children, but are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children, so when a child enters Monstropolis, top scarer Sulley finds his world disrupted. 3D update of 2001 animated tale featuring the voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman. 1 hour, 32 minutes.
Interstate Park Cinema 18, Macedonia 15, Massillon 12, Montrose 12, Regal Medina Stadium 16, Tinseltown USA, Valley View 24
Playing Friday through next week
A ROYAL AFFAIR — Not rated
(R — sexual content, some violent images) 18th century historical drama and epic romance about the love triangle between a German doctor, the queen of Denmark, and her deranged king. 2 hours, 17 minutes. Showing only at Cedar Lee, Cleveland Heights. 440-349-3306.
ALEX CROSS — H
(PG-13 — violence including disturbing images, sexual content, language, drug references and nudity) A homicide detective and psychologist matches wits with a serial killer while trying to keep his family safe. Tyler Perry plays the title character from James Patterson’s popular books. 1 hour, 45 minutes.
ANNA KARENINA — Not rated
(R — some sexuality, violence) Keira Knightley 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. 2 hours, 9 minutes.
ARGO — HHH
(R — language, some violent images) During the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, a CIA agent leads a daring mission to rescue six U.S. diplomats by disguising them as members of a Hollywood film crew. With Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman. Directed by Affleck. 2 hours, 11 minutes.
BRAVE — HHH
(PG — some scary action, rude humor) Determined to follow her own path in life, a headstrong young princess defies an age-old tradition and unleashes chaos in her kingdom, which will require all her skills and resourcefulness to fix. With the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly and Julie Walters. From Disney/Pixar. 1 hour, 34 minutes. Showing only at Cinemark Movies 10, Jackson Township. 330-497-9118.
CHASING ICE — HH½
(PG-13 — brief strong language) Documentary follows a National Geographic photographer as he tries to capture evidence of climate change through time-lapse photography in the Arctic. Directed by Jeff Orlowski. 1 hour, 16 minutes.
CHASING MAVERICKS — HH½
(PG for thematic elements and some perilous action) Based on the “real life” story of Jay Moriarity (Jonny Weston), a legendary surfer who conquered a horrifying wave north of Santa Cruz when he was 15. He’s mentored by a neighbor, Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler), in a coming-of-age drama. With Elisabeth Shue as his mother. 1 hour, 54 minutes. Showing only at Cinemark Movies 10, Jackson Township. 330-497-9118.
THE COLLECTION — Not rated
(R — strong bloody violence, grisly images, language, brief nudity) The only man ever to survive the wrath of a deranged killer who imprisons his victims in a booby-trapped abandoned hotel is forced to lead a group of mercenaries to rescue the killer’s latest target. With Emma Fitzpatrick, Christopher McDonald and Josh Stewart. 1 hour, 22 minutes.
END OF WATCH — HHH
(R — strong violence, some disturbing images, pervasive language, including sexual references, some drug use) One of the best police movies in recent years. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as Taylor and Zavala, two Los Angeles street cops who bend a few rules but must be acknowledged as heroes. They’re transferred to a tough district, where their persistence leads them to a Mexican drug cartel operating in L.A. 1 hour, 49 minutes. Showing only at Valley View 24, Valley View. 216-447-8820.
FINDING NEMO 3D — HHHH
(G) A 3-D version of the animated tale about an overprotective clownfish on a journey to rescue his young son. With the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould and Willem Dafoe. 1 hour, 40 minutes. Showing only at Cinemark Movies 10, Jackson Township. 330-497-9118.
FLIGHT — HHH
(R — drug, alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity, an intense action sequence) A seasoned airline pilot (Denzel Washington) is hailed as a hero after miraculously crash-landing a malfunctioning plane, but questions arise as to who or what really caused the accident. With Kelly Reilly, John Goodman and Don Cheadle. 2 hours, 15 minutes.
HITCHCOCK — HHHH
(PG-13 — some violent images, sexual content, thematic material) A dramatized account of British auteur Alfred Hitchcock’s making of the landmark 1960 film Psycho and its toll on his personal life, including his marriage to Alma Reville. With Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson and Danny Huston. 1 hour, 38 minutes.
HOLY MOTORS — Not rated
(No industry rating) An enigmatic businessman travels around Paris by limousine to a series of nine appointments that involve him donning elaborate disguises and acting out unusual scenarios. With Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes. 1 hour, 56 minutes. Showing only at Cedar Lee, Cleveland Heights. 440-349-3306.
KILLING THEM SOFTLY — HHH
(R — violence, sexual references, pervasive language, some drug use) When two hoods rob a high-stakes card game protected by the mob, a veteran gangland enforcer is called in to track them down and restore order. With Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins and Scoot McNairy. Written and directed by Andrew Dominik. 1 hour, 37 minutes.
THE LATE QUARTET — Not rated
(R — language, some sexuality) Members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust. With Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken. 1 hour, 45 minutes. Showing only at Cedar Lee, Cleveland Heights. 440-349-3306.
LIFE OF PI — HHH
(PG — emotional thematic content throughout, some scary action sequences, peril) A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor — a tiger. 2 hours, 7 minutes.
LINCOLN — HHHH
(PG-13 — an intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage, brief strong language) As the Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own Cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. 2 hours, 29 minutes.
LOOPER — HHH
(R — strong violence, language, some sexuality/ nudity, drug content) A time-travel movie like none you’ve seen before. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis play the young and old versions of the same character in writer-director Rian Johnson’s surprising, exciting sci-fi adventure set in the near future. 1 hour, 55 minutes. Showing only at Cinemark Movies 10, Jackson Township. 330-497-9118.
THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN — HH
(PG — mild thematic elements and brief language) A couple (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton) who long to have children bury a box in their backyard as a symbol of their wish. Soon, a curious little boy (CJ Adams) shows up at their door. 1 hour, 45 minutes. Showing only at Cinemark Movies 10, Jackson Township. 330-497-9118.
THE OTHER SON — Not rated
(PG-13 — a scene of violence, brief language, drug use) Israeli and Palestinian baby boys are accidently switched and raised by each other’s family for the next 18 years. When the mistake is discovered, the repercussions on both sides are fraught, and it’s revealing how the fathers are quicker to think of their “wrong” sons as now belonging to the other side, while the mothers instinctively reach out to the boy to whom they gave birth, while still embracing their switched son. 1 hour, 45 minutes. Showing only at Cedar Lee, Cleveland Heights. 440-349-3306.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 — HH
(R — language and some violence/terror) It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in. 1 hour, 28 minutes. Showing only at Cinemark Movies 10, Jackson Township. 330-497-9118.
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER — HHH
(PG-13 — mature thematic material, drug, alcohol use, sexual content including references, a fight — all involving teens) A high school freshman with dark secrets befriends two misfit seniors and navigates the pitfalls of adolescence. With Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller and Mae Whitman. 1 hour, 43 minutes.
PITCH PERFECT — HH½
(PG-13 — sexual material, language, drug references) Anna Kendrick is a college freshman who leads her all-girls singing group in a school competition against the boys’ team. You know, like Glee, but in college. 1 hour, 51 minutes. Showing only at Cinemark Movies 10, Jackson Township. 330-497-9118.
PLAYING FOR KEEPS — HH
(PG-13 — some sexual situations, language, a brief intense image) To get his life back on track, a floundering former soccer star (Gerard Butler) tries to rebuild his relationship with his son and ex-wife (Jessica Biel) and gets roped into coaching the boy’s soccer team. With Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta-Jones. 1 hour, 45 minutes.
RED DAWN — H
(PG-13 — sequences of intense war violence/action, language) A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers in this remake of a 1984 movie. 1 hour, 33 minutes.
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS — H½
(PG — thematic elements, some mildly scary action) When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children around the world. 1 hour, 37 minutes.
THE SESSIONS — HHH
(R — nudity, sexual situations, clinical sexual terminology) A 38-year-old man confined to an iron lung enlists therapists and a priest to help him lose his virginity. With John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy. 1 hour, 35 minutes. Showing only at Cedar Lee, Cleveland Heights. 440-349-3306.
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK — HHH½
(R — language, some sexual content/nudity) After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious woman with problems of her own. 2 hours, 2 minutes.
SINISTER — H½
(R — disturbing violent images, some terror) After discovering a box of mysterious old home movies at his family’s new home, a true-crime novelist unleashes an evil supernatural presence. With Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio and James Ransone. 1 hour, 49 minutes.
SKYFALL — HHH½
(PG-13 — intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language, smoking) MI6 secret agent James Bond’s loyalty to his superior, M, is tested when her past comes back to haunt her and their agency comes under attack. With Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes. 2 hours, 23 minutes.
TAKEN 2 — HH½
(PG-13 — intense sequences of violence, action, some sensuality) Having saved his daughter from a European sex slave ring, an ex-CIA agent is targeted for revenge and must once again fight to protect his family. With Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace. 1 hour, 30 minutes. Showing only at Tower City Cinemas, Cleveland. 216-621-1374.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 — Not rated
(PG-13 — sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality, partial nudity) After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi. 1 hour, 55 minutes.
WRECK–IT RALPH — HHH½
(PG — some rude humor, mild action, violence) Tired of playing the bad guy, a disgruntled video game character embarks on a journey to prove he has what it takes to be a hero. With the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch. 1 hour, 38 minutes.