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.
Carmike Hickory Creek 16 8380 S. I-35E, Hickory Creek. 940-321-2788. www.carmike.com.
Silver Cinemas Inside Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. 940-387-1957. www.silvercinemasinc.com.
Capital — Renowned director Costa-Gavras (Z) tackles corporate corruption in this fast-paced yet often heavy-handed drama about a French bank executive (Gad Elmaleh) who unexpectedly becomes CEO of a large European bank and immediately institutes unpopular policies, such as firing thousands of people. Meanwhile, he schemes with a Miami businessman (Gabriel Byrne) on another shady project. Costa-Gavras paints with a broad brush, turning everything into simple generalities fleshed out with cliche-ridden dialogue. Rated R, 114 minutes. At the Angelika Dallas. — Boo Allen
Ender’s Game — In this heavily derivative science-fiction saga based on Orson Scott Card’s novel, with screenplay and direction from Gavin Hood, Asa Butterfield plays young Ender Wiggin. In a future showdown with Earth’s enemies, he is chosen for his skills and leadership qualities to learn fighting tactics and then lead his minions into battle. Harrison Ford and Viola Davis play two of the adults in charge. Impressive special effects and auditorium-shattering sound complement the familiar action sequences. Rated PG-13, 114 minutes. — B.A.
Free Birds — In this animated film, two turkeys travel back in time to the first Thanksgiving to try to get their kind off the menu. With the voices of Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler. In 3-D. Rated PG, 91 minutes. — Los Angeles Times
Captain Phillips — Tom Hanks stars as Capt. Richard Phillips, head of the Maersk Alabama, a huge container ship that is stopped in the Somali Basin by pirates. Director Paul Greengrass ratchets up the tension with his rapid pacing and lack of narrative filler. The compelling story brings constant surprises and discoveries. Rated PG-13, 134 minutes. — B.A.
The Counselor — This talky pseudo-action thriller crumbles under its own pretentions despite a good director, Ridley Scott, screenwriter Cormac McCarthy and a star-studded cast. Michael Fassbender plays the title character, a lawyer who wants to dabble in the drug business but quickly finds himself in over his head with Mexican cartels and other vicious hit men. Everyone seems to be having an existential crisis as they sit around and talk incessantly between rare spurts of nasty violence. With Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt and an against-type Cameron Diaz. Rated R, 117 minutes. — B.A.
Escape Plan — An expert on structural security agrees to take on one last job — breaking out of a top-secret high-tech prison — but is then duped and wrongly imprisoned, spurring him to recruit a fellow inmate to help him escape. With Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Caviezel. Rated R, 114 minutes. — LAT
Gravity — Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men) directed this white-knuckle outer-space thriller about two astronauts (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) who become detached from their spacecraft. Cuaron conveys what it feels like to be lost in space, vulnerable to the vast oblivion that lurks beyond. He uses his two-person cast to ratchet up the tension. Rated PG-13, 90 minutes. — B.A.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa — An elderly man and his grandson embark on a series of misadventures in this hidden-camera comedy. With Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll. Rated R, 91 minutes. — LAT