Cinemark Denton 2825 Wind River Lane off I-35E. 940-535-2654. www.cinemark.com .
Movie Tavern 916 W. University Drive. 940-566-FILM (3456). www.movietavern.com .
Rave Motion Pictures 8380 S. I-35E, Hickory Creek. 940-321-2788. www.ravemotionpictures.com .
Silver Cinemas Inside Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. 940-387-1957.
Chasing Mavericks A young surfer under the tutelage of a local legend aspires to ride Northern California’s most dangerous wave. With Jonny Weston, Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue and Abigail Spencer. Directed by Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted. Rated PG, 115 minutes. — Los Angeles Times
Fun Size On Halloween night, a high school girl’s social standing is jeopardized when she has to look after her kid brother instead of attending the best party of the year. With Victoria Justice, Thomas Mann, Thomas McDonell and Thomas Middleditch. Directed by Josh Schwartz. Rated PG-13, 90 minutes. — LAT
The House I Live In (***1/2) Eugene Jarecki directed this engaging, fast-moving documentary about the war on drugs, and specifically how it has been a unqualified failure. He interviews various judges, convicts, ex-convicts, politicians and others, while examining the pernicious racial prejudices built into the laws. The end result is an indictment against current laws and practices. Not rated, 108 minutes. At the Magnolia in Dallas. — Boo Allen
Silent Hill: Revelation On the eve of her 18th birthday, a young woman troubled by nightmares and the disappearance of her father is transported to a demonic realm. With Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger, Radha Mitchell and Adelaide Clemens. Written and directed by Michael J. Bassett. In 3-D. Rated R, 94 minutes. — LAT
Argo (***1/2) Ben Affleck directed and takes the lead role in this true story of a CIA operative who goes to Iran in 1980 posing as the producer of a bogus science-fiction film in order to extract six Americans hiding in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Abundant dark humor smoothly combines with frightening sequences and ample action With an excellent supporting cast, including John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Clea DuVall and Tate Donovan. Rated R, 120 minutes. — B.A.
Frankenweenie (***1/2) Feature-length version of the 1984 short that revealed early glimmers of director Tim Burton’s darkly humorous style. Rated PG, 88 minutes. — The Associated Press
Here Comes the Boom (**1/2) This comedy, with Kevin James as a science teacher who becomes a mixed martial-arts sensation, is every bit as ridiculous as it looks. With Salma Hayek. Rated PG, 104 minutes. — AP
Looper (***) Joseph Gordon Levitt plays Joe, a looper — someone who disposes of bodies sent to him by organized crime from the future. When a job is botched, and another unexpected person (Bruce Willis) returns, Joe flees to the isolated farmhouse of a woman (Emily Blunt) and her son, all for vague reasons. Writer-director Rian Johnson delivers an engaging, if often confusing, time-travel saga, filled with twists and turns but with little logic. Rated R, 118 minutes. — B.A.
Pitch Perfect (****) Cheeky and snarky but with an infectious energy, this comedy set in the world of competing college a cappella groups makes us fall in love with the very thing it’s making fun of. Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hana Mae Lee. Rated PG-13, 112 minutes. — AP
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. Rated R, 109 minutes. — LAT
Sinister A true-crime author stumbles onto something beyond his beat in Scott Derrickson’s Sinister, which follows Ethan Hawke’s Ellison Oswalt as he grows increasingly obsessed with a missing-girl case he hopes will lead to a best-selling book. Occasionally stupid (stretching even fright-flick conventions) but scary nonetheless, the pic should please horror fans. With Juliet Rylance, Fred Thompson and Vincent D’Onofrio. Rated R, 109 minutes. — HR
Taken 2 (**1/2) In this repetitive sequel, Liam Neeson again plays former CIA agent Bryan Mills. The father (Rade Serbedzija) of the men Mills killed in the original now seeks revenge, which results in more of the same: Mills using his detecting and tracking skills to ferret out locations, beating up and killing an army of men, and taking part in endless car chases, this time through Istanbul. The main difference is that mother (Famke Janssen) and daughter (Maggie Grace) get to participate. Lucky them. Rated PG-13, 91 minutes. — B.A.