Movie Capsules

Last modified: Thursday, January 30, 2014

AMERICAN HUSTLE: A con man, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), and his seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), are forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) who pushes them into a world of New Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner. Rated R.

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES: With the 70s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. Also stars Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Jim Carrey, Kirsten Dunst, Liam Neeson, Vince Vaughn, James Marsden, Sacha Baron Cohen, Tina Fey, Greg Kinnear. Not rated.

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB: In 1985, Dallas electrician and sometimes rodeo bull rider Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) lives hard, which includes heavy smoking, drinking, drug use (primarily cocaine) and casual sex. When doctors inform him that he is HIV-positive, and that he will most likely die within 30 days, Ron begins to research treatment for the disease. Also stars Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto. Rated R.

FROZEN: Fearless optimist Anna (the voice of Kristen Bell) teams up with Kristoff (the voice of Jonathan Groff) in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Also stars the voice of Josh Gad. Rated PG.

THE GREAT BEAUTY: Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. Also stars Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli. Not rated.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG: The dwarfs, along with Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring, and Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). Also stars Richard Armitage. Rated PG-13.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE: Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. Also stars Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci. Rated PG-13.

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS: A week in the life of a young singer (Oscar Isaac) as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Also stars Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake. Written and directed by Ethan and Joel Coen. Rated R.

NEBRASKA: An aging, booze-addled father (Bruce Dern) makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son (Will Forte) in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. Also stars June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach. Rated R.

PHILOMENA: A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. Stars Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark. Rated PG-13.

SAVING MR. BANKS: Author P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson) reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) during production for the film adaptation of her novel, “Mary Poppins.” Also stars Annie Rose Buckley, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman. Rated PG-13.

TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA CHRISTMAS: Madea (Tyler Perry) dispenses her unique form of holiday spirit on a rural town when she’s coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas. Also stars Chad Michael Murray, Tika Sumpter. Rated PG-13.

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: See and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, in a story where an underdog dino triumphs to become a hero for the ages. Stars the voices of Charlie Rowe, Karl Urban, Angourie Rice. Rated PG.