PICK - Holy Motors (NR, 115 mins) See review, this issue. Village Square
In The Family (NR, 169 mins) When Joey (Patrick Wang) loses his partner Cody (Trevor St. John) to a car accident, Joey finds himself facing the law when it turns out Cody willed their son, Chip, to Cody’s sister. Village Square
Jab Tak Hai Jaan (NR, 255 mins) Ex-soldier Samar (Shah Rukh Khan) is confronted by a choice — his wife or his muse — when his double life is discovered. Village Square
PICK - Lincoln (PG-13, 149 mins) See review, this issue. Opens wide
Smashed (R, 85 mins) Kate and Charlie (Aaron Paul), whose love is founded on a mutual love of alcohol, confront a tall hurdle when Kate decides to get off the bottle. Village Square
Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2 (PG-13, 115 mins) After the Cullens (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson) give birth to a child, they have to band the other vampire clans to protect the child from unfounded claims against the family. Also, werewolves. Opens wide.
PICK -The Sessions (R, 95 mins) See review, this issue. Village Square, Colonnade
PICK - Brooklyn Castle (PG, 101 mins) The chess geeks at most schools might occupy the bottom rung of the social ladder, but at Brooklyn’s I.S. 318 — which holds more national chess titles than any junior high in the country — “the geeks are the athletes,” says Assistant Principal John Galvin. This story makes an eloquent plea for the crucial but endangered role of afterschool programs in public education. (NA: 11.8.12). Village Square
Brave (PG, 100 mins) In the Scottish Highlands, Princess Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) defies the wishes of her mother (Emma Thompson) to marry one of three ill-matched suitors. Always her own person, Merida flees the family castle and cuts a deal with a witch in the woods. Outside of merely establishing a positive role model for girls and some nice but not exceptional visual touches, “Brave” doesn’t have much to offer. (CB: 6.21.12)
Chasing Mavericks (PG, 116 mins) Gerard Butler plays gritty surfer guru to Jonny Weston’s teen surfing prodigy, who attempts to ride the Mavericks surf break, “one of the biggest waves on Earth.” Village Square
Cloud Atlas (R, 172 mins) A 19th-century notary sick at sea; a 1930s bisexual composer’s assistant; a 1970s journalist uncovering a nuclear energy scandal; a publisher tricked into living in a nursing home; a fugitive clone in futuristic Korea and pidgin-speaking survivors of a catastrophe in what used to be Hawaii. “Cloud Atlas” may indeed have been best left in novel form. (MK: 10.25.12)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG, 94 mins) Poor Greg (Zachary Gordon) can’t catch a break when his summer plans fall through. Tropicana
The Expendables 2 (R, 103 mins) Old mercenaries get mission. Old mercenaries return, minus one. Old mercenaries seek revenge. Starring every aging action star still alive.
Flight (R, 138 mins) Denzel Washington is Whip Whitaker, a pilot who saves 100 passengers from certain death — but blows .24 BAL tests while flying. It’s a bit of a slow-grinder, but it’s still more than worth it just to watch Denzel go for broke. (CB: 11.1.12)
Fun Size (PG-13, 90 mins) The classic tale of a popularity-obsessed teen having to find her kid brother at the expense of missing the biggest party of her teenage career. And then figuring out that popularity doesn’t matter in a heartwarming manner. Cinedome
Here Comes the Boom (PG, 105 mins) To save his high school’s music program, biology teacher Scott (Kevin James) turns MMA fighter.
House at the End of the Street (PG-13, 101 mins) When Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) befriends quiet recluse Ryan (Max Thieriot) in her new town, it doesn’t take long to discover Ryan’s parents were murdered by his sister. And that Elissa might be in over her head. Sam’s Town
PICK -Looper (R, 118 mins) Joe (Joseph Gordon-Leveitt) is a Looper, waiting for his targets (in this case, his future self, played by Bruce Willis) to be sent from 30 years in the future when time travel is possible. When Young Joe fails, he becomes a target since he didn’t “close the loop,” while Older Joe tries to find a younger version of a tyrant committing atrocities in the future. Director Rian Johnson (“Brick”) keeps things fairly simple and noir. Gordon-Levitt takes one more step toward qualifying as one of the greatest actors of his generation. (MK: 9.27.12) Colonnade
The Man with Iron Fists (R, 96 mins) A 19th-century blacksmith (RZA) must create powerful weapons — and become one himself — to protect his village from villains.
The Paperboy (R, 107 mins) Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack) is facing the electric chair for killing the sheriff of Moat County, Fla. While Miami journalist Ward (Matthew McConaughey) investigates, his younger brother Jack (Zac Efron) tags along. Making his writing debut, director Lee Daniels simply has no grasp of how to manage the eccentricities of the characters, the pacing of the plot or a consistent point of view. (CB: 10.25.12) Village Square ParaNorman (PG, 92 mins) Outkast kid Norman can talk to zombies, which is perfect for the zombie invasion — and the invasion of ghosts, witches, and other spooky villains — happening in his town. From the creators of “Coraline.”
PICK -The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13, 103 mins) The film adaptation of the 1999 young-adult novel by Stephen Chbosky, “Perks” resonated with a generation of readers not only for its coming-of-age themes, but the authenticity and sincerity of Charlie (Logan Lerman) who narrates the book through a series of unaddressed letters, depicting one unpleasant adolescent episode after another. As such, the fate of the movie version rests less with director/writer Chobsky than with Lerman. And once Lerman finds his footing, he carries the film with just the right amounts of nuance, charm and angst. (MP: 10.4.12) Village, Sams Town
Pitch Perfect (PG-13, 112 mins) When a college freshman gets talked into joining her school’s all-girls singing group, it’s a “Step It Up”-style battle of the sexes aimed at “Glee” Nation.
The Possession (PG-13, 92 mins) Why you shouldn’t buy antique boxes at garage sales: They actually host ancient evil spirits and they will mess your daughter up.
Resident Evil: Retribution (R, 95 mins) Alice (Milla Jovovich) is back to fight curiously mobile zombies in yet another “Resident Evil” flick.
PICK - Seven Psychopaths (R, 151 mins) Marty (Colin Farrell) is struggling as his girlfriend, Kaya (Abbie Cornish) loses patience with his position on the ladder of success. Marty comes up with a surefire screenplay title but needs some stories about psychopaths, with his best friend Billy (Sam Rockwell) eager to assist. “Seven Psychopaths” is refreshingly unorthodox on the level of The Big Lebowski, mixing clever film-about-film elements with dialogue that McDonagh crafted with care. (MK: 10.11.12)
Silent Hill 2: Revelations (R, 95 mins) The next installment in a series based on a horror survival video game, a father and daughter are perpetually running from the dark forces that have plagued them from the beginning, pulling them deeper into a hellish world they don’t understand. Palms, Sams Town
Sinister (R, 109 mins) When a true-crime author (Ethan Hawke) discovers footage showing how a family was murdered in his house, he unleashes a supernatural host bent on terrorizing his family.
PICK - Skyfall (PG-13, 143 mins) After the theft of a hard drive containing the identities of undercover British agents, Bond (Daniel Craig) goes from Istanbul to Shanghai and Macau before returning to the U.K. to defend the homeland from Silva (Javier Bardem). “Skyfall” ends on such a perfect note of old-school grace that it leaves us anxious for Bond 24, and should put to rest the series’ soul-searching. (TRW: 11.8.12)
Taken 2 (20th Century Fox/Allied) After CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) rescues his daughter in the first “Taken,” the father of last film’s dead kidnapper snatches Mills and his wife.
Wreck-It Ralph (PG, 101 mins) When Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reiley) gets fed up with being the bad guy of his arcade game and always having to lose in the end, he escapes his game, jumping from game to game trying to prove his heroism — but in doing so, he unleashes a terrible evil.
’20s Horror Double Feature (NR) “Phantom of the Opera” (93 mins), “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (95 mins). Saturday, 3p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. $5.
Dr. Who Night (NR) Episodes from the BBC television show, chronicling the adventures of the eccentric time-traveling alien and his friends. Friday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. $5
I’ll Cry Tomorrow (NR, 117 mins) Biopic of Lillian Roth (played by Susan Hayward) and her struggle with alcoholism. Tuesday, 1p. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.
Metropolis (NR, 126 mins) 1984 restoration of Fritz Lang’s 1926 science fiction pillar about the masses, classes and robots in the Modern City. Friday, 6p. New Orleans Square, 900 Karen Ave, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com, free.
To Kill a Mockingbird (NR, 129 mins) Harper Lee’s classic novel gone silver screen starring Gregory Peck and John Megna. Thursday, 7p. Check www.fathomevents.com for locations and prices.