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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.

 

OPENING FRIDAY

 

Flight An airline pilot (Denzel Washington) makes a miraculous crash landing after a midair disaster. He’s hailed as a hero — until questions start to arise over what really happened. Directed by Robert Zemekis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away). With Don Cheadle, John Goodman and Melissa Leo. Rated R, 139 minutes.

The Man With the Iron Fists Director and co-writer RZA stars in a martial-arts epic about a winner-take-all battle for a fortune in gold in China. With Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu. Co-written by Eli Roth. Rated R, 96 minutes.

The Other Son (***1/2) When their son registers for military service, a Jewish family in Tel Aviv discovers through DNA testing that he was accidentally switched at birth. Their real son now lives in the West Bank and has been unknowingly raised by a Palestinian couple as their son. The switch causes self-searching for both families, while creating identity crises with the sons. Not rated, 105 minutes. At the Angelika Dallas. — Boo Allen

Sister (***1/2) A young woman (Lea Seydoux) working in a ski resort in the Swiss Alps lives with her younger brother (Kacey Klein). He spends his day stealing ski equipment, using the money to help the two of them live. When a series of unforeseen twists threatens them, fierce survival instincts kick in. An original, gripping tale. With Gillian Anderson. Not rated, 97 minutes. At the Angelika Dallas. — B.A.

Smashed (**1/2)Emotional yet routine story of a woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who, after several bad episodes, finally comes to the realization that she is an alcoholic. She takes action by joining a support group, while her husband (Aaron Paul) continues his own alcoholic decline. Good performances don’t overcome the familiarity of the material. Rated R, 85 minutes. At the Magnolia in Dallas and the Angelika Plano. — B.A.

Wreck-It Ralph Disney’s new animated film mixes retro eye-candy for grown-ups and a thrilling, approachable storyline for the tykes. Short-tempered, sledgehammer-fisted bad guy Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) is a reluctant villain and is ready for a change. Traveling through the arcade's power cords and surge protectors, Ralph journeys to Game Central Station, the gateway to every game in the store, to prove he can be a hero. Making his feature film debut, Emmy-winning director Rich Moore (The Simpsons) ably manipulates the action by tantalizingly shifting the characters between game worlds. With Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch and Sarah Silverman Rated PG, 93 minutes. — The Hollywood Reporter

 

NOW PLAYING

 

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.

Chasing Mavericks (*1/2) Family-friendly production tells the true story of 15-year-old Jay Moriarity (Jonny Weston), who, in 1994, dares to take on the dangerous and potentially deadly Mavericks surf break just up the coast from Santa Cruz, Calif. He enlists a reluctant local legend (Gerard Butler) to help him train. Rated PG, 115 minutes. — AP

Cloud Atlas (**) Perhaps it all worked better on the page. Cloud Atlas comes from the best-selling novel by David Mitchell that, in theory, might have seemed unfilmable, encompassing six stories over a span of 500 years and including some primitive dialogue in a far-away future. Sibling directors Lana and Andy Wachowski (the Matrix movies), working with Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer, have chopped up the various narratives and intercut between them out of order. The A-list actors who comprise the cast (including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent) play multiple parts across the various stories and in elaborate makeup that’s often laughable. Rated R, 172 minutes. — AP

Frankenweenie (***1/2) Feature-length version of the 1984 short that revealed early glimmers of director Tim Burton’s darkly humorous style. Both films are about the powerful bond between a boy and his dog, one that goes on even after death. Beautifully detailed and painstakingly rendered in 3-D, black-and-white, stop-motion animation, Frankenweenie is a visual and thematic return to the best Burton has offered in his earliest films (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice). Rated PG, 88 minutes. — The Associated Press

Here Comes the Boom (**1/2) This comedy, with Kevin James as a tubby high school science teacher who becomes a mixed martial-arts sensation, is every bit as ridiculous as it looks. That’s not such a bad thing for the movie, whose makers embrace the fact that they’re essentially doing a live-action cartoon. James plays a burned-out science educator who’s roused to action when the school principal (Greg Germann) announces huge cutbacks. With Salma Hayek. Rated PG, 104 minutes. — AP

Hotel Transylvania Overprotective daddy Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) constructs a refuge of an exclusive resort where he and his monstrous ilk can feel free to be themselves. But a party crasher turns up in the form of Jonathan (Andy Samberg), who catches the eye of Dracula’s daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez). Rated PG, 91 minutes. — The Hollywood Reporter

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. It’s ridiculous and predictable but also just a ton of fun, so you may as well give up and give into your inner musical theater geek. The debut feature from director Jason Moore (Broadway’s Avenue Q) and writer Kay Cannon (30 Rock), based on the nonfiction book by Mickey Rapkin, feels like a mash-up of Glee and Revenge of the Nerds. Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hana Mae Lee. Rated PG-13, 112 minutes. — AP

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.

 

 


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