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January 19, 2014

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‘ALL IS LOST’: 4 stars. Robert Redford delivers the performance of his career in J.C. Chandor’s majestic, melancholy film about a solo mariner, stranded on his sailboat in the Indian Ocean. 1 hr. 46 PG-13 (profanity, adult themes) — Steven Rea

‘AMERICAN HUSTLE’: 4 stars. David O. Russell’s wild, woolly take on the late-‘70s FBI sting operation, Abscam, is also a wild, woolly love story: Christian Bale and Amy Adams as con artists recruited by the feds, and fated for each other. Throw Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence into the mix and something goes kaboom in just about every scene — brilliantly. 2 hrs. 18 R (sex, nudity, profanity, drugs, violence, adult themes) — Steven Rea

‘ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES’: 3 stars. Solid sequel to the 2004 smart dumb comedy starring Will Ferrell as a well-coifed TV news reader with delusions of, well, everything. Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Steve Carell, and Christina Applegate return, with Meagan Good as the oblivious news team’s new boss — working for the first 24-hour cable news network. It’s 1980. Do you know where your hair is? 1 hr. 59 PG-13 (sex, profanity, drugs, comic violence, adult themes) — Steven Rea

‘THE ARMSTRONG LIE’: 3 stars. A story of epic betrayal and deception — and self-betrayal, self-deception, as Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney tags along with Lance Armstrong on his 2009 Tour de France comeback. And then chases the cycling superstar down again, once all the doping allegations he had long denied turn out to be true. 2 hrs. 02 R (profanity, drugs, adult themes) — Steven Rea

‘AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY’: 2 1/2 stars. A piled-high platter of histrionics, this heartland saga — adapted from Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play — is steeped in a grand American theater tradition: the dysfunctional family drama, full of dark secrets, darker resentments, and the darkest sense of dread. Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neill, Edward Albee — you get the drift. With Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts leading the parade. 2 hrs. 01 R (profanity, drugs, sex, adult themes) — Steven Rea

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