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Movies still playing in the Fredericksburg area

December 6, 2012 12:10 am


No, it's not an ad for Abercrombie & Fitch. Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson and Connor Cruise man up for 'Red Dawn.'

HHH "ARGO" (R) This retelling of a plan to get hidden hostages out of Iran--with agents posing as a Canadian film crew making a sci-fi film--is perfectly paced and grippingly told, the best film of the year so far. Rated R for language and violent images. 120 min. [PV]

HHH "END OF WATCH" (R) This tale of two L.A. policeman struggling to make a difference is compelling, though you have to put up with shaky "found footage" from a camera one wears for his own documentary. Rated R for strong violence, some disturbing images, pervasive language including sexual references, and some drug use. 109 min. [RA, RF]

HH "FLIGHT" (R) Denzel Washington makes this interesting as a pilot who saves a crashing plane, but his character's descent into alcoholism is just dull. Rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence. 138 min. [RF]

HHH "LIFE OF PI" (PG) Only the ending--which will leave some scratching their heads--takes the glow from this stunning visual achievement from director Ang Lee about a young man's ordeal adrift with a Bengal tiger. Rated PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril. 125 min. [MC, RA, RF]

HHH "LINCOLN" (PG-13) Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a definitive and inspiring portrayal of Abraham Lincoln as he works to pass the amendment abolishing slavery. Though it's slow and talky at times, a great cast and the subject matter make it impressive. Rated PG-13 for an intense scene of war violence, images of carnage and brief strong language. 149 min. [MC, PV, RA]

H "RED DAWN" (PG-13) Get 10 minutes into this tale of American occupation by the North Koreans and you'll all be asking the same question: "Why remake this film if it's this lame?" The action's bigger but the result's laughable at times, despite trying to be serious. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense war violence and action, and language. 93 min. [MC, PV, RA]

HH "RISE OF THE GUARDIANS" (PG) There are a few fun moments in this tale that unites Santa, Jack Frost and others against a growing evil. But it's oddly missing the wonder and joy a tale like this needs to be special. Rated PG for thematic elements and some mildly scary action. 97 min. [MC, RA, RF]

HHH "SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK" (R) Though it takes a while to find its footing, this film about a young man struggling with his bipolar condition succeeds because of a sensitive script and strong performances, especially from leads Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity. 122 min. [PV]

HHH "SKYFALL" (PG-13) The tough James Bond is back in this tale that has him battling to save his boss, M, from a terrorist. There are beautiful Bond girls, great locations and action. But thankfully, on this 50th anniversary, it's back to Bond against the bad guys, using his fists, gun and wits. Rated PG-13 for violent sequences throughout, sexuality, language and smoking. 143 min. [MC, PV, RA]

HH "THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART 2" (PG-13) Newcomers won't be dazzled, but longtime fans who've followed the popular supernatural story of werewolves and vampires will feel this finishes things out nicely, building to a cool battle at film's end. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity. 116 min. [MC, PV, RA]

HHH "WRECK-IT RALPH" (PG) An unexpectedly cute and cool-looking animated tale of a "bad guy" character in a video game who goes rogue to win respect. Rated PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence. 101 min. [MC, RA, RF]

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