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Movie guide: Capsule listing of current releases


This news story was published on February 22, 2012.
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Los Angeles Times –

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted.

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OPENING IN HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK

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“Act of Valor” — After the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of Navy Seals is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt to foil the attack. With Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Jason Cottle and Nestor Serrano. Written by Kurt Johnstad. Directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh. (1:41) R.

“The Forgiveness of Blood” — In a small town in Albania, a teenager’s carefree life is turned upside-down when his father and uncle become entangled in a land dispute that sparks a blood feud. With Tristan Halilaj, Sindi Lacej and Refet Abazi. Written by Joshua Marston and Andamion Murataj. Directed by Marston. In Albanian with English subtitles. (1:49) NR.

“Gone” — A woman who escaped a kidnapping a year earlier comes home from a night shift to find her sister missing and suspects the same serial killer, whom she then races to track down and stop before it’s too late. With Amanda Seyfried, Daniel Sunjata, Jennifer Carpenter and Sebastian Stan. Written by Allison Burnett. Directed by Heitor Dhalia. (1:34)

PG-13.

“Iranian Taboo” — This documentary follows a persecuted Iranian Baha’i woman and her 14-year-old daughter as they decide to sell their belongings and leave their homeland. Directed by Reza Allamehzadeh. In Farsi and English, with English subtitles. (1:18) NR.

“Jodi Breakers” — A relationship expert who specializes in quick, clean breakups has his world turned upside down when he meets and falls for an intriguing woman. With R. Madhavan, Bipasha Basu and Omi Vaidya. Written and directed by Ashwini Chaudhary. In Hindi with English subtitles. (2:10) NR.

“On the Ice” — In an isolated Alaska town, a tragic hunting accident plunges two teenage best friends into guilt and deceit. With Josiah Patkotak, Frank Qutuq Irelan, Teddy Kyle Smith and Adamina Kerr. Written and directed by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean. (1:36) NR.

“Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds” — A successful businessman with a restless fiancee is jolted out of his routine after meeting a struggling single mother who works for the cleaning crew at his office building. With Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton, Brian White and Rebecca Romijn. Written and directed by Perry. (1:51) PG-13.

“Wanderlust” — A stressed-out Manhattan couple leave the big city and stumble upon an unusual freewheeling community populated by colorful characters. With Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux and Malin Akerman. Written by Ken Marino and David Wain. Directed by Wain. (1:38) R.

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ALSO IN THEATERS

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“Big Miracle” — Amid the Cold War, a smalltown reporter and his environmentalist ex-girlfriend lead an unlikely international coalition to save a family of gray whales trapped in the Arctic circle. With Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Kristen Bell and Dermot Mulroney. Written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler. Directed by Ken Kwapis. (1:47) PG.

“Chronicle” — After making a surprising discovery, three high school students develop uncanny powers and begin to lose control. With Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan. Written by Max Landis. Directed by Joshua Trank. (1:24) PG-13.

“The Descendants” — An indifferent father of two girls is forced to re-examine his life when his wife suffers a boating accident and he’s confronted with a big decision. With George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges and Robert Forster. Written by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Directed by Payne. (1:55) R.

“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” — After finding a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the Sept. 11 attacks, a young boy goes on a journey across the five boroughs of New York City. With Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn and James Gandolfini. Written by Eric Roth. Directed by Stephen Daldry. (2:09) PG-13.

“Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” — Still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter, the supernatural antihero Ghost Rider risks everything to team with a rebel monk to save a young boy and himself. With Nicolas Cage, Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido and Johnny Whitworth. Written by Scott M. Gimple, Seth Hoffman and David S. Goyer. Directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. (1:35) PG-13.

“The Grey” — When their plane crashes in the remote Alaskan wilderness, a group of roughneck oil rig workers struggle to survive injuries, the elements and a vicious pack of wolves. With Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo and Dallas Roberts. Written by Joe Carnahan and Ian Mackenzie Jeffers. Directed by Carnahan. (1:57) R.

“Hugo” — In 1930s Paris, an orphan living in a train station tries to unlock a mystery left behind by his late father. With Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen. Written by John Logan. Directed by Martin Scorsese. In 3-D. (2:06) PG.

“The Iron Lady” — This biopic presents a portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the only woman to be prime minister of the United Kingdom. With Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Harry Lloyd and Alexandra Roach. Written by Abi Morgan. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. (1:45) PG-13.

“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” — A family embarks on an adventure to a mysterious island in this sequel to the 2008 film “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” With Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson and Vanessa Hudgens. Written by Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn. Directed by Brad Peyton. In Imax 3-D. PG. (1:38)

“One for the Money” — A newly divorced, recently laid-off woman lands a job with a shady bail-bond business and gets swept up in a world of murder and deception. With Katherine Heigl, Jason O’Mara and Daniel Sunjata. Written by Liz Brixius. Directed by Julie Ann Robinson. (1:46) PG-13.

“Red Tails” — This World War II historical drama tells the story of the black fighter pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen. With Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Ne-Yo and Terrence Howard. Written by John Ridley and Aaron McGruder. Directed by Anthony Hemingway. (2:05) PG-13.

“Safe House” — A rogue CIA operative who has been on the run for a decade forms an unlikely partnership with a frustrated rookie agent. With Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga and Brendan Gleeson. Written by David Guggenheim. Directed by Daniel Espinosa. (1:55) R.

“The Secret World of Arrietty” — A 14-year-old girl, part of a secret race of tiny people who live in a world hidden from humans, strikes up a friendship with a human boy, unwittingly putting her family in danger. With the voices of Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett and Will Arnett. Written by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa. Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. (1:34) G.

“Underworld Awakening” — After 12 years in captivity, the vampire warrior Selene escapes and enters a new world in which humans are waging war on her kind and werewolves. With Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy and Theo James. Written by Len Wiseman, John Hlavin, J. Michael Straczynski and Allison Burnett. Directed by Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein. In 3-D. (1:28) R.

“The Vow” — After waking from a coma caused by a car accident, a newlywed wife copes with severe memory loss while her husband tries to win her heart again. With Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill and Scott Speedman. Written by Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein and Jason Katims. Directed by Michael Sucsy. (1:44) PG-13.

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