Movie guide: Capsule listing of current releases
Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted.
OPENING IN HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK
“Alex Cross” — A homicide detective and psychologist matches wits with a serial killer while trying to keep his family safe. With Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Edward Burns and Rachel Nichols. Written by Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson. Directed by Rob Cohen. (1:42) PG-13.
“All Together” — Five aging friends hire a graduate student as a live-in caretaker and rediscover the joys and pitfalls of communal living. With Claude Rich, Jane Fonda and Geraldine Chaplin. Written and directed by Stephane Robelin. In French and German, with English subtitles. (1:36) NR.
“Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes” — Complications ensue when a disgraced TV journalist leads a film crew to Northern California to debunk a man’s claim that he possesses the body of a dead sasquatch. With Drew Rausch, Rich McDonald and Ashley Wood. Written by Brian Kelsey, Bryan O’Cain. Directed by Corey Grant. (1:29) NR.
“The First Time” — Sparks fly as two high-schoolers — a lovelorn senior guy and an attached but unfulfilled junior girl — meet at a party and spend a weekend hanging out. With Dylan O’Brien, Britt Robertson and Victoria Justice. Written and directed by Jonathan Kasdan. (1:35) PG-13.
“For Ellen” — A struggling rock musician takes tentative steps to forge a relationship with the 5-year-old daughter he’s neglected before forfeiting custody in a divorce. With Paul Dano, Jon Heder, Margarita Levieva and Jena Malone. Written and directed by So Yong Kim. (1:33) NR.
“Four Assassins” — Four hitmen rendezvous at a Hong Kong hotel to settle some unfinished business. With Will Yun Lee, Miguel Ferrer, Mercedes Renard and Hiro Hayama. Written and directed by Stanley J. Orzel. (1:28) NR.
“The Mystical Laws” — In this animated film set in a future in which Asia has fallen under a military empire with advanced technology, one man represents humanity’s last hope. With the voices of Takehito Koyasu, Daisuke Hirakawa and Daisuke Hirakawa. Written by the Mystical Laws Scenario Project. Directed by Isamu Imakake. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2 hrs.) NR.
“Nobody Walks” — The arrival of a New York artist, a friend of a friend working to finish a film, disrupts the equilibrium of a laid-back Los Angeles household. With John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt and Justin Kirk. Written by Ry Russo-Young and Lena Dunham. Directed by Russo-Young. (1:22) R.
“Paranormal Activity 4” — The arrival of new neighbors coincides with the advent of strange phenomena that are captured on video. Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. (1:27) R.
“Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings” — In this animated film, a 14-year-old girl signs a contract to gain magical powers and takes up the task of battling witches. With the voices of Aoi Yuki, Chiwa Saito and Kaori Mizuhashi. Written by Gen Urobuchi. Directed by Yukihiro Miyamoto. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2:10) NR.
“Sassy Pants” — A recent home-school graduate struggles to break free from her perky, smothering mother and deadbeat gay father to attend fashion school. With Ashley Rickards, Anna Gunn, Haley Joel Osment and Diedrich Bader. Written and directed by Coley Sohn. (1:27) NR.
“The Sessions” — 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. Written and directed by Ben Lewin. (1:35) R.
“Sexy Baby” — A documentary about coming of age and the prevalence of sex in mainstream culture in the digital era. Directed by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus. (1:23) NR.
“Simon and the Oaks” — A bookish young man from a working-class family in Sweden befriends a young Jewish man fleeing Nazi persecution in Germany. With Bill Skarsgaard, Helen Sjoholm and Jan Josef Liefers. Written by Marnie Blok. Directed by Lisa Ohlin. In Swedish and German, with English subtitles. (2:02) NR.
“Sister” — In the shadow of a posh Swiss ski resort, a scheming 12-year-old boy lives with his jobless drifter of a sister and steals gear from rich tourists to get by. With Kacey Mottet-Klein, Lea Seydoux and Gillian Anderson. Written and directed by Ursula Meier. In French with English subtitles. (1:37) NR.
“Six Million and One” — This documentary follows four siblings as they trace the footsteps of their late father, a Holocaust survivor who was interned in Gusen and Gunskirchen, Austria. Directed by David Fisher. In Hebrew, German and English, with English subtitles. (1:37) NR.
“Tai Chi Zero” — A young man with great potential who is teased as the town fool travels to a distant village to learn martial arts. With William Feng, Eddie Peng and Angelababy. Written by Kuo-fu Chen. Directed by Stephen Fung. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (1:55) PG-13.
“That’s What She Said” — A hopeless romantic, her cynical friend and a loopy stranger undertake a daylong misadventure. With Anne Heche, Marcia DeBonis and Alia Shawkat. Written by Kellie Overbey. Directed by Carrie Preston. (1:24) R.
“Wake in Fright” — A newly restored version of the 1971 Australian film about a British schoolteacher’s descent into demoralization in an outback town. With Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond and Sylvia Kay. Written by Evan Jones. Directed by Ted Kotcheff. (1:54) NR.
“We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists” — A documentary about the radical online hacker-activist group known as Anonymous. Directed by Brian Knappenberger. (1:40) NR.
“A Whisper to a Roar” — This documentary follows democracy activists in Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. Directed by Ben Moses. (1:34) NR.
ALSO IN THEATERS
“Arbitrage” — On the eve of his 60th birthday, a hedge-fund manager scrambles to unload his troubled empire before his fraud is discovered, while keeping his duplicity from his wife and daughter. With Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling and Nate Parker. Written and directed by Nicholas Jarecki. (1:40) R.
“Argo” — 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. Written by Chris Terrio. Directed by Affleck. (2:11) R.
“Atlas Shrugged Part 2” — With the global economy on the brink of collapse, the vice president of a railroad company discovers a revolutionary motor that could power the world. With Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe and Patrick Fabien. Written by Brian Patrick O’Toole, Duke Sandefur and Duncan Scott. Directed by John Putch. (1:52) PG-13.
“The Dark Knight Rises” — The masked vigilante Batman must save Gotham City from dangerous new threats, including the mysterious villain Bane. With Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy. Written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan. Directed by Christopher Nolan. In Imax. (2:45) PG-13.
“End of Watch” — Two ambitious young LAPD officers patrol a gang-ridden slice of South Los Angeles. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena and Ana Kendrick. Written and directed by David Ayer. (1:48) R.
“Finding Nemo 3D” — 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. Written by Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson and David Reynolds. Directed by Stanton. (1:47) G.
“Frankenweenie” — When his dog unexpectedly dies, a boy does some tinkering and uses science to bring his beloved pooch back to life. With the voices of Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau and Charlie Tahan. Written by John August. Directed by Tim Burton. In 3-D. (1:27) PG.
“Here Comes the Boom” — An apathetic biology teacher and erstwhile college wrestler moonlights as a mixed martial arts fighter to raise money for his flagging school. With Kevin James, Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler. Written by James and Allan Loeb. Directed by Frank Coraci. (1:45) PG.
“Hotel Transylvania” — In this animated film, Dracula has his hands full with a birthday for his daughter at his monster resort, and things get complicated when an ordinary human stumbles onto the scene. With the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Kevin James and Selena Gomez. Written by Peter Baynham and Robert Smigel. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. In 3-D. (1:31) PG.
“House at the End of the Street” — A recent divorcee and her daughter move into a dream house in an upscale town, only to find that their new home hides dark secrets. With Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot and Gil Bellows. Written by David Loucka. Directed by Mark Tonderai. (1:41) PG-13.
“Looper” — In the future, a low-level hired gun who disposes of mob targets sent back in time has to chase down an escaped target — a future version of himself. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and Paul Dano. Written and directed by Rian Johnson. (1:58) R.
“The Master” — A young drifter is taken under the wing of a charismatic intellectual whose new spiritual organization is catching on in postwar America. With Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Jesse Plemons. Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. (2:17) R.
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” — 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. Written and directed by Stephen Chbosky. (1:43) PG-13.
“Pitch Perfect” — An introverted college freshman is persuaded to join an all-girls a cappella group and helps enliven their old-fashioned approach to performing. With Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp and Rebel Wilson. Written by Kay Cannon. Directed by Jason Moore. (1:52) PG-13.
“Seven Psychopaths” — A frustrated screenwriter inadvertently gets mixed up with the criminal underworld when his friends kidnap a gangster’s dog. With Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken and Woody Harrelson. Written and directed by Martin McDonagh. (1:49) R.
“Sinister” — 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. Written by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. Directed by Derrickson. (1:50) R.
“Taken 2” — 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. Written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. Directed by Olivier Megaton. (1:32) PG-13.
“Trouble With the Curve” — An aging baseball scout enlists his daughter, an ambitious young lawyer, to accompany him on an important recruiting mission. With Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman. Written by Randy Brown. Directed by Robert Lorenz. (1:40) PG-13.
“Won’t Back Down” — Two determined mothers take on a bureaucracy and try to transform their children’s failing inner-city school. With Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Holly Hunter and Oscar Isaac. Written by Brin Hill and Daniel Barnz. Directed by Barnz. (1:55) PG.
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