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 Cinemas 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. www.silvercinemasinc.com .
Dead Man Down A professional killer seeking to avenge the murder of his wife and daughter is seduced and blackmailed by a woman also seeking retribution. With Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace and Terence Howard. Rated R, 118 minutes. — Los Angeles Times
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. Rated R, 120 minutes. — Boo Allen
Dark Skies As an escalating series of disturbing events torments a young suburban family, the husband and wife try to stop the mysterious force targeting them. With Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo and Kadan Rockett. Rated PG-13, 97 minutes. — LAT
Escape From Planet Earth In this animated film, a nerdy blue alien endeavors to rescue his brother, a famous astronaut, from the notoriously dangerous planet Earth. Rated PG, 89 minutes. — LAT
A Good Day to Die Hard (**1/2) Bruce Willis returns as John McClane, who travels to Moscow when his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney), faces trial in Moscow. Before long, the father-and-son team faces down criminals and various threats to world security before ending up in Chernobyl. Rated R, 97 minutes. — B.A.
Identity Thief (**) Identity Thief strands ordinarily enjoyable comics Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman in the middle of nowhere with no help for miles. Bateman’s mild-mannered accounts processor, Sandy Patterson, discovers that a con artist (McCarthy) has stolen his identity. Rated R, 107 minutes. — The Associated Press
Jack the Giant Slayer (***1/2) A big-budget, 3-D retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk legend may seem like the unlikeliest pairing yet of director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie), but this ends up being smart, thrilling and a whole lot of fun. Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci and Bill Nighy star. Rated PG-13, 117 minutes. — AP
The Last Exorcism Part II A young woman tries to start a new life after a harrowing ordeal, only to once again encounter a demonic presence. Rated PG-13, 88 minutes. — LAT
Quartet Dustin Hoffman makes his directing debut with this charming and poignant adaptation of the Ronald Harwood stage play about four old friends in a home for retired musicians. Rated PG-13, 98 minutes. — The Philadelphia Inquirer
Snitch When his teenage son is wrongfully accused of a drug-distribution crime, a desperate father cuts a deal with the U.S. attorney to infiltrate a drug cartel on a risky mission. With Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon and Benjamin Bratt. Rated PG-13, 112 minutes. — LAT
21 and Over When his two best friends pay him a surprise visit for his 21st birthday, a straight-A college student throws caution to the wind for a wild night, despite having an important medical school interview the next morning. Rated R, 93 minutes. — LAT