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February 24, 2013

Now in theaters

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A wordless documentary observing a variety of animals and their human handlers at the Parc Safari animal sanctuary in Quebec. Directed by Denis Cote. (1:12) NR.

'Bless Me, Ultima'

A boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II befriends a mysterious healer who comes to live with his family and encourages him to question his strict upbringing. With Miriam Colon, Luke Ganalon and Dolores Heredia. Written and directed by Carl Franklin. (1:42) PG-13.

'Caesar Must Die'

In this docudrama, prisoners of Rome’s Rebibbia penitentiary rehearse for a stage production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” With Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano and Giovanni Arcuri. Written and directed by Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani. In Italian with English subtitles. (1:16) NR.

'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. Written and directed by Scott Stewart. (1:37) PG-13.


A former Syrian military officer living in Toronto must return to Damascus after a 25-year absence when his daughter disappears there. With Alexander Siddig, Marisa Tomei and Joshua Jackson. Written and directed by Ruba Nadda. (1:32) NR.

'Kai Po Che'Three friends trying to make their mark in India in the early 2000s open a training academy for cricket players. With Sushant Singh Rajput, Raj Kumar Yadav and Amit Sadh. Written by Pubali Chaudhuri, Suapratik Sen, Abhishek Kapoor and Chetan Bhagat. Directed by Kapoor. In Hindi with English subtitles. (2:15) NR.

'One Life'

A documentary about the shared journey of all living things from birth to the delivery of the next generation. Narrated by Daniel Craig. Directed by Michael Gunton and Martha Holmes. (1:25) NR.

'The Power of Few'

Spies, cops, criminals and religious conspiracists cross paths over a mysterious smuggling operation. With Christopher Walken, Christian Slater and Anthony Anderson. Written and directed by Leone Marucci. (1:35) R.


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. Written by Justin Haythe and Ric Roman Waugh. Directed by Waugh. (1:52) PG-13.


A documentary about international adoption that follows four children from Ethiopia, Vietnam and Haiti and the three American couples seeking to be their parents. Directed by Thaddaeus Scheel. (1:22) NR.


A new digital restoration of the 1970 film about an orphaned young woman who becomes the ward of a nobleman who seduces her; she then leaves the old man for an artist but later returns to hasten his demise. With Catherine Deneuve, Franco Nero and Fernando Rey. Written by Julio Alejandro. Directed by Luis Bunuel. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:38) PG-13.


'Beautiful Creatures'

A young man longing to escape his small Southern town is drawn to a mysterious new girl — a witch whose date with destiny is fast approaching. With Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Jeremy Irons and Viola Davis. Written and directed by Richard LaGravenese. (2:04) PG-13.

'Bullet to the Head'

A New Orleans hit man and a Washington, D.C., police officer form an alliance to bring down the killers of their respective partners. With Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Written by Alessandro Camon. Directed by Walter Hill. (1:32) R.

'Django Unchained'

Two years before the Civil War, a German-born bounty hunter enlists a slave to help track his latest quarry, offering him freedom and a chance to rescue his wife from a ruthless plantation owner in return. With Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. (2:45) R.

'A Good Day to Die Hard'

The wisecracking New York cop John McClane travels to Moscow to bail out his wayward son, only to learn the young man is actually a CIA operative trying to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney and Sebastian Koch. Written by Skip Woods. Directed by John Moore. In Imax. (1:38) R.

'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. With the voices of Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba and George Lopez. Written by Cal Brunker and Bob Barlen. Directed by Brunker. In 3-D. (1:29) PG.

'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters'

Having developed a taste for retribution at a young age and grown up as witch-hunting vigilantes, siblings Hansel and Gretel must reckon with their dark past. With Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arteron and Famke Jannson. Written and directed by Tommy Wirkola. In 3-D and Imax. (1:28) R.

'Identity Thief'

An account representative travels halfway across the country to confront the con artist who has stolen his identity and is emptying his bank account. With Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau and Amanda Peet. Written by Craig Mazin. Directed by Seth Gordon. (1:51) R.

'Les Miserables'

An ex-convict in 19th-century France seeks redemption while being pursued by a dogged police inspector in this adaptation of the long-running stage musical. With Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. Written by William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer. Directed by Tom Hooper. (2:39) PG-13.

'Life of Pi'

After a disastrous shipwreck, a young man is marooned on a lifeboat with a fearsome Bengal tiger in this adaptation of the 2001 Yann Martel novel. With Suraj Sharma, Gerard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan and Tobey Maguire. Written by David Magee. Directed by Ang Lee. In 3-D. (2:06) PG.


During his tumultuous final months in office, President Abraham Lincoln strives to end the Civil War, unite the nation and abolish slavery. With Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Written by Tony Kushner. Directed by Steven Spielberg. (2:25) PG-13.


Five years after their parents’ murder, two girls who had been living alone in the woods are rescued and brought to live with their uncle and his girlfriend — but an evil presence may have accompanied them. With Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Megan Charpentier. Written by Neil Cross, Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti. Directed by Andy Muschietti. (1:34) PG-13.

'Parental Guidance'

Two grandparents with an old-fashioned approach to child-rearing are called on to babysit their 21st-century grandchildren when the kids’ type-A parents go away for work. With Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott. Written by Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse. Directed by Andy Fickman. (1:44) PG.


After his crew double-crosses him, a professional thief who lives by his own code of ethics takes on an unlikely partner to settle the score. With Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez and Michael Chiklis. Written by John J. McLaughlin. Directed by Taylor Hackford. (1:58) R.

'Safe Haven'

Newly arrived in a small town in North Carolina, a guarded young woman begins opening up to a widowed store owner and father of two, but soon her dark past begins to catch up with her. With Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough and David Lyons. Written by Dana Stevens and Gage Lansky. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. (1:55) PG-13.

'Side Effects'

A New York couple find their world unraveling when a new drug prescribed to treat anxiety has unexpected side effects. With Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Written by Scott Z. Burns. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. (1:55) R.

'Silver Linings Playbook'

After losing his wife, house and job and spending eight months in a mental institution, a former teacher moves in with his parents, tries to rebuild his life and bonds with an equally eccentric young woman. With Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver. Written and directed by David O. Russell. (2:02) R.

'Top Gun'

A newly remastered Imax 3D version of the 1986 action film about a group of elite fighter pilots competing to be the best in their class. With Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards. Written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr. Directed by Tony Scott. (1:50) PG.

'Warm Bodies'

In the wake of a zombie epidemic, an unusual undead guy forms a special relationship with a young lady whose life he saves. With Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry and Dave Franco. Written and directed by Jonathan Levine. (1:37) PG-13.

'Zero Dark Thirty'

An elite team of intelligence and military operatives working in secret across the globe engage in a tireless manhunt to eliminate the terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. With Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton and Mark Strong. Written by Mark Boal. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. (2:36) R.