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Cinelist, Dec. 27


Anna Karenina (R, 130 mins) Anna (Keira Knightley) is a Russian aristocrat questions her happiness when she’s fallen for a rich Count. Green Valley Ranch

Argo (R, 120 mins) When 52 Americans were taken hostage in Iran, six others escaped . The CIA sent agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) to Tehran posing as a film producer, and he walked the six Americans around town as his production crew before attempting an escape. This is a great film, Gigli fans. (CB: 10.11.12) Sams Town, Green Valley Ranch

The Collection (R, 82 mins) When a girl gets abducted by a vicious killer, it takes a group of mercenaries and the only man to escape The Collector’s freakish maze to try to rescue her. Sams Town, Texas Station

Dabaang 2 (NR, 125 mins) A suave Robin Hood-like character (Salman Khan) is promoted to inspector-in-charge of Kanpur. Newly married and struggling to adjust to his new life, he finds himself in a brutal battle of good and evil with a powerful and corrupt politician.

DJANGO UNCHAINED (R, 170 mins) Quentin Tarantino directs this story of a slave-turned-bounty hunter (Jamie Foxx) and his rescue of his abused wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner (Leonardo Dicaprio). Even with show-stealing performances, this ultra-violent film is not Tarantino’s best. (MK: 12.20.12)

The Guilt Trip (PG-13, 95 mins) A son (Seth Rogen) and mother (Barbra Streisand) find common ground during an impromptu road trip across the country.

Hitchcock (PG-13, 98 mins)Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) face marital problems during the making of the famous director’s film, “Psycho.” Hopkins veers closely to a caricature as Hitchcock and the film fails to deliver fascinating tidbits about the director’s private life. (MK:12.13.12). Sams Town

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG-13, 169 mins) Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), a hobbit from the world of “The Lord of the Rings,” leaves the Shire to retrieve stolen treasure and face his destiny. Peter Jackson’s overly long creation is not fun or clever. (CB:12.13.12)

Jack Reacher (PG-13, 130 mins) Tom Cruise plays a homicide investigator who searches for justice after five people are murdered. Based off the novel by Lee Childs.

Killing Them Softly (R, 97 mins) Brad Pitt plays a low-level gangster hired to restore order within the New Orleans mob world. The stylized violence and bold experimentation in this movie are not strong enough to balance the dialogue-heavy plot. (MK: 11.29.12) Sams Town, Green Valley Ranch

Les Miserables (PG-13, 157 mins) A former prisoner (Hugh Jackman) establishes himself in French society on the eve of the revolution while being hunted by an obsessive inspector (Russell Crowe) and becoming a surrogate father to the daughter of a factory worker (Anne Hathaway). Despite impressive musical performances, this films tries too hard at winning Oscar gold. (PB: 12.20.12)

Life of Pi (PG, 127 mins) A tale of a boy who shares a lifeboat with a tiger for nine months. Unfortunately, like many sermons, the story is preposterous and shallow. (CB: 11.22.12) Colonnade, Sams Town

PICK- Lincoln (PG-13, 149 mins) In this Spielberg biopic, Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) has to decide whether slaves should be legally freed and deals with the anxieties of wife Mary Todd (Sally Field) — all in the four months leading to the his assassination. Day-Lewis is phenomenal. (MK: 11.15.12)

The Other Dream Team (NR, 88 mins) Marius Markevicius’ documentary about the Lithuanian Olympians who used basketball to help free their country from behind the Iron Curtain. Village Square

The Other Son (PG-13, 105 mins) Two boys from warring countries with hostile views of the other learn they were switched at birth. Village Square

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. And once Lerman finds his footing, he carries the film with just the right amounts of nuance, charm and angst. (MP: 10.4.12) Colonnade

PICK- The Sessions (R, 95 mins) John Hawkes, as iron lung-confined journalist Mark O’Brien, uses only his expressive eyes, mouth and nasal voice to fully inhabit a man whose high intelligence is matched by his determination to experience the pleasures of being fully human. 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

Simon and the Oaks (NR, 122 mins) Two boys support each other with the assistance of books and their families while WW2 destroys Europe. This war melodrama stars Bill Skarsgård and Jan Josef Liefers. Village Square

This is 40 (R, 134 mins) An independent record executive (Paul Rudd) and his wife (Leslie Mann) struggle with turning 40. The autobiographical elements of Judd Apatow’s latest comedy makes the film more relatable — and funnier. (CB: 12.20.12)

This Must Be The Place (R, 118 mins) A former rockstar (Sean Penn) travels across America in search for his deceased father’s (Judd Hirsch) Holocaust persecutor. Village Square