Starting Friday

“21 and Over” not yet reviewed – Straight-A college student Jeff Chang has always done what he was supposed to do. But when his two best friends Casey and Miller surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, Chang decides to do everything he wants to do for a change, even though his important medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes a night of humiliation, over indulgence and utter debauchery in this coming-of-drinking-age-comedy, from the writers of “The Hangover,” about living youth to its fullest. With Miles Teller, Skylar Astin, Justin Chon, Sarah Wright, Jonathan Keltz. Directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Rated R. 93 min.

“The Last Exorcism 2” not yet reviewed – Continuing where the first film left off, Nell Sweetzer is found terrified and alone in rural Louisiana. Back in the relative safety of New Orleans, Nell realizes that she can’t remember entire portions of the previous months only that she is the last surviving member of her family. Just as Nell begins the difficult process of starting a new life, the evil force that once possessed her is back with other, unimaginably horrific plans that mean her last exorcism was just the beginning. With Ashley Bell, Spencer Treat Clark, Andrew Sensenig, Judd Derek Lormand. Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly. Rated PG-13. 88 min.

“Jack the Giant Slayer” ★★1/2 – See review above.

“Phantom” ★ – A Cold War-era suspense thriller about a Soviet submarine captain, haunted by his past, who is forced to lead a covert mission that could spark a global nuclear war. Written and directed by Todd Robinson and inspired by true events, “Phantom”is a riveting deep-sea adventure about extraordinary men facing impossible choices. With Ed Harris, David Duchovny, William Fichtner, Lance Henriksen, Johnathon Schaech. Directed by Todd Robinson. Rated R. 97 min.

“Quartet” ★★★ – Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it’s a star. For Reginald Paget, Wilfred Bond And Cecily Robson this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they’re in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton. Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House’s gala concert? With Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon. Directed by Dustin Hoffman. Rated PG-13. 97 min.


“A Good Day to Die Hard” ★★ – John McClane heads to Russia in this fifth installment of the “Die Hard” film series. With Bruce Willis, Sebastian Koch, Yulia Snigir, Cole Hauser. Rated R. 97 min.

“Amour” ★★★★ – Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested. With Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert. Directed by Michael Haneke. Rated PG-13. 127 min.

“Beautiful Creatures” ★★ – This supernatural love story set in the South tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan, a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena, a mysterious new girl. With Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann. Directed by Richard LaGravenese. Rated PG-13. 118 min.

“Dark Skies” ★1/2 – As husband and wife Daniel and Lacey Barret witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family, their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels. With Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett and J.K. Simmons. Directed by Scott Stewart. Rated PG-13. 95 min.

“Django: Unchained” ★★★★ – Set in the South two years before the Civil War, a slave land face-to-face a German-born bounty hunter. Dr. King Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda, the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. With Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Walton Goggins, Kurt Russell. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Rated R. 166 min.

“Escape from Planet Earth” ★★1/2 – Brendan Fraser lends his voice to Scorch Supernova, a beefcake space hero who defends his planet, Beeb, against the nefarious villain Shanker in this computer-animated Weinstein Co. release. With Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Directed by Callan Brunker. Rated PG. 95 min.

“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” ★1/2 – After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel and Gretel have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell bent on retribution. With Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, Ingrid Bolso Berdal. Directed by Tommy Wirkola. Rated R. 100 min.

“Identity Thief” ★ – Unlimited funds have allowed Diana to live it up on the outskirts of Miami. There’s only one glitch: The ID she’s using to finance these sprees belongs to an accounts rep who lives halfway across the U.S. With Melissa McCarthy, Jason Bateman, Genesis Rodriguez, John Cho, Amanda Peet. Directed by Seth Gordon. Rated R. 147 min.

“Lincoln” ★★★★ – Steven Spielberg directs Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th president’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war and abolish slavery. With Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader. Rated PG-13. 129 min.

“Safe Haven” 1/2 star – When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small town, her reluctance to join the tight-knit community raises eyebrows. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets soon intrude on her new life. With Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, David Lyons, Cobie Smulders, Noah Lomax. Directed by Lasse Hallström. Rated PG-13. 115 min.

“Side Effects” ★★★1/2– A provocative thriller about Emily and Martin, a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily’s psychiatrist – intended to treat anxiety – has unexpected side effects. With Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Rated R. 106 min.

“Silver Linings Playbook” ★★★★ – Pat Solatano has lost everything – his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father after spending eight months in a state institution. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. When he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. With Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker. Directed by David O. Russell. Rated R. 120 min.

“Snitch” ★★ – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as a father whose teenage son is wrongly accused of a drug distribution crime. Determined to rescue his son, he makes a deal with the U.S. attorney to work as an undercover informant and infiltrate a drug cartel on a dangerous mission. With Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal, Susan Sarandon, Michael Kenneth Williams, Rafi Gavron. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh. Rated PG-13. 95 min.

“Warm Bodies” ★★★★ – After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world. With Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, John Malkovich, Dave Franco. Directed by Jonathan Levine. Rated PG-13. 97 min.

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