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The Legend of Hercules — Betrayed by his stepfather, the mythical Greek hero Hercules (Kellan Lutz) is sold into slavery because of a forbidden love and must fight for his life and his kingdom. With Scott Adkins and Liam McIntyre. Directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2). Rated PG-13, 87 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

Lone Survivor — Mark Wahlberg stars in this true story of four Navy SEALS in Afghanistan in 2005 on a mission to find and eliminate a Taliban leader. When the squad is reduced to one (hence the title), he finds refuge in an unlikely place. The standard action flick accentuates the bravery of the squad, but co-writer and director Peter Berg never raises his film beyond routine adventure material. With Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Taylor Kitsch. Rated R, 121 minutes. — Boo Allen


American Hustle — David O. Russell co-wrote and directed the story of Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who in 1978, began running scams with his partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams). Busted by an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper), the two then help trap politicians. High-energy scenes combine with bad hair and worse costumes for a wild ride. Jennifer Lawrence burns up the screen as Irving’s unstable wife. Rated R, 138 minutes. — B.A.

Grudge Match Grudge Match is a sort of “Punchy Old Men,” a slow-footed, high-concept comedy that pairs up the screen’s greatest pugilists, circa 1981, for a few slaps and a few laughs. Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone square off as aged boxers brought back by desperation and a desperate fight promoter (Kevin Hart). It’s all very much in the style of director Peter Segal (Get Smart) — slow, sentimental, slick and sadly recycled. Rated PG-13, 113 minutes. — McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — The action roars along in this second film edition of Suzanne Collins’ popular novels. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) again face off against a team of rivals, but this time heavy intrigue at the capital looms large, particularly with President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Much looks familiar, but impressive special effects and outlandish costumes serve as visual distractions. With an excellent supporting cast: Jeffrey Wright, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson and Lenny Kravitz. Rated PG-13, 146 minutes. — B.A.

Inside Llewyn Davis — In this consistently engaging shaggy-dog story, the Coen brothers focus on the folk music scene of early 1960s Greenwich Village with the title character (Oscar Isaac), a shiftless singer who bums nights on friends’ sofas. Llewyn Davis meanders his way through various situations while the Coens wryly comment. With Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake. Rated R, 105 minutes. — B.A.

Nebraska — When Woodrow Grant (Bruce Dern) believes a magazine sweepstakes’ promise of riches, his youngest son, David (Will Forte), grudgingly agrees to drive him from Billings, Mont., to Lincoln, Neb., to collect. Nebraska is the latest bittersweet commentary on life from director Alexander Payne (Sideways, About Schmidt). Here, Payne uses Woody’s weak, unstable mind to examine the unintended yet lasting effects of a life poorly spent. Deadpan funny and always thoughtful. With Rance Howard, Stacy Keach and a terrific June Squibb. Rated R, 115 minutes. — B.A.

Saving Mr. Banks — Tom Hanks stars as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson turns in a spirited performance as P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins. He brings her to Hollywood from England in hopes of landing the movie rights to her book. But he finds her cantankerous and obstructionist at every turn. Amusingly entertaining with two fine lead performances. Rated PG-13, 125 minutes. — B.A.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty — Adapted from James Thurber’s short story of the same name, the outlandish scenes in Mitty bring the most memorable element of the original tale — reality bending — to the forefront. Luckily, the CGI-marred moments flood only the first 30 minutes of the film. Walter (a poised and sincere Ben Stiller, who also directed) works at Life magazine, which is transitioning from print to digital. A top executive (Adam Scott) takes to bullying Walter, who must pin down the negative image for the final issue’s cover. With Sean Penn, Shirley MacLaine, Kristen Wiig and Patton Oswalt. Rated PG, 114 minutes. — The Associated Press

The Wolf of Wall Street — Leonardo DiCaprio stars in this inconsistently high-energy film from Martin Scorsese that skewers Wall Street and those who bend the rules to work there. A blazing first half filled with excess slows to a second-half grind. Fine supporting cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie, Shea Whigham, Jonah Hill and Jon Bernthal. Rated R, 180 minutes. — B.A.