A Late Quartet (R, 105 mins) Lust, death, egos. Even a renowned string quartet (including Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken) isn’t immune to the drama genre. Village Square
Life of Pi (PG, 127 mins) See review, this issue. Opens wide
Red Dawn (PG-13, 93 mins) Shown as an over-sensationalized Marine Corps ad, this remake includes a group of teenagers having to protect their Washington state city from foreign paratroopers. Chris Hemsworth is basically still Thor, but with guns. Opens wide
Rise of the Guardians (PG, 97 mins) What do Santa, the Tooth Fairy and Jack Frost have in common? Usually nothing, but for whatever reason, they’re saving children from an evil spirit called Pitch who’s bent on taking over the world by scaring kids. Opens wide
A Royal Affair (R, 138 mins) A period piece about a mad king who weds and beds a young Danish queen, who falls in love with her doctor, beginning what turns out to be a real fuck-all of a love affair orchestrated by “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” screenwriter-turned-director Nikolaj Arcel. Village Square
Alex Cross (PG-13, 101 mins) When a detective (Tyler Perry) catches word a member of his family has been killed, he vows to track down the culprit. And no, Perry isn’t wearing an old lady costume.
Argo (R, 120 mins) When 52 Americans were taken hostage inside the U.S. embassy in Iran, six others escaped and found refuge in the house of the Canadian ambassador. Attempting to get them out without Ayahtollah Khomeini noticing, the CIA propped up a phony movie, sent agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) through Turkey to Tehran posing as a film producer, and he walked the six Americans around town for a couple days as his production crew before attempting an escape. This is a great film, Gigli fans. We don’t have Ben Affleck to kick around anymore. (CB: 10.11.12)
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) Tropicana
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
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)
Here Comes the Boom (PG, 105 mins) To save his high school’s music program, biology teacher Scott (Kevin James) turns MMA fighter.
PICK- Holy Motors (NR, 115 mins) Expanding on his 2008 short-film trilogy “Tokyo!,” in which actor Denis Lavant played a Quasimodo-like character loose on the streets, director Leos Carax composed a love letter to Paris relying on a low-to-no-budget aesthetic and Lavant’s extraordinary range, resulting in Lavant’s Oscar being driven around Paris in a limousine on an odyssey of “appointments.” Carax is taking us on a surreal journey where anything can happen. (MK: 11.15.12) Village Square
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. Tropicana
ice age: continental drift (PG, 94 mins) Pirates, continental cataclysm and the constant pursuit of the unattainable acorn — yep, someone is still making these cartoons. Tropicana
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) In this Spielberg-treated biopic of our 16th President, Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) has to decide whether slaves should be legally freed, deals with the anxieties of wife Mary Todd (Sally Field), and her histrionics fueled in part by the criticism of chief radical Republican Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones) — all in the four months leading to the President’s assassination. Day-Lewis is phenomenal. (MK: 11.15.12)
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) Suncoast, Tropicana
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. Sams Town, Texas Station
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.” Tropicana
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 Chbosky 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, Colonnade
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.
PICK- The Sessions (R, 95 mins) John Hawkes, as 38-year-old iron lung-confined journalist Mark O’Brien, afflicted with a condition restricting his voluntary body movement to his face and neck, uses only his expressive eyes, mouth and nasal voice to fully inhabit a man whose high intelligence is matched by his bravery and a determination to experience the pleasures of being fully human. Having fallen in love with a caretaker who doesn’t return his affections, he is assigned an article concerning sex and the disabled, and opts to go on a carnal voyage of his own. A humane, funny gem of a drama. (PB: 11.15.12) Village Square, Colonnade
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) Colonnade
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. Sams Town, Tropicana
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. Texas Station, Suncoast
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.
The Trouble With the Curve (PG-13, 111 mins) Gus’ (Clint Eastwood) eyes are going, his job as a baseball scout is on the line because he’s out of touch and he doesn’t trust computers because he’s a fossil. And in each of those scenarios, as well as the ones that could actually propel a movie that pairs Eastwood and Amy Adams (playing his long-suffering daughter), this movie’s just empty. (CB: 09.20.12)
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.
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.
The Black Dahlia Haunting (NR, 80 mins) While trying to figure out if her blind little brother killed their father, Holly (Devanny Pinn) tempts the ire of Elizabeth Short’s ghost, known better as “The Black Dahlia.” Saturday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com, cover.
Bon Jovi Inside Out (NR) A collection of Bon Jovi’s best performances from London’s O2, New Meadowlands Stadium and Madison Square Garden. Tuesday, 8p. Check www.fathomevents.com for locations and prices.
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 Want to Live (NR, 120 mins) Susan Hayward stars as Barbara Graham, sentenced to death by gas chamber after being convicted of murder. Tuesday, 1p. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.
The Metropolitan Opera: The Tempest Encore (NR, 190 mins) Composer Thomas Adés’ operatic interpretation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” as performed by the Metropolitan Opera. Wednesday, 6:30p. Check www.fathomevents.com for locations and ticket prices.