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  • This film image released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Famke Janssen as Muriel, Jeremy Renner as Hansel and Gemma Arterton as Gretel in a scene from "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, David Appleby)

    This film image released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Famke Janssen as Muriel, Jeremy Renner as Hansel and Gemma Arterton as Gretel in a scene from "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, David Appleby) Purchase photo reprints »

  • This publicity film image released by Summit Entertainment shows Naomi Watts in a scene from the film, "The Impossible." (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Jose Haro)

    This publicity film image released by Summit Entertainment shows Naomi Watts in a scene from the film, "The Impossible." (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Jose Haro) Purchase photo reprints »

  • This film image released by 20th Century Fox shows Russell Crowe, left, and Mark Wahlberg in a scene from "Broken City." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Barry Wetcher)

    This film image released by 20th Century Fox shows Russell Crowe, left, and Mark Wahlberg in a scene from "Broken City." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Barry Wetcher) Purchase photo reprints »

  • This film image released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Famke Janssen as Muriel, Jeremy Renner as Hansel and Gemma Arterton as Gretel in a scene from "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, David Appleby)
  • This publicity film image released by Summit Entertainment shows Naomi Watts in a scene from the film, "The Impossible." (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Jose Haro)
  • This film image released by 20th Century Fox shows Russell Crowe, left, and Mark Wahlberg in a scene from "Broken City." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Barry Wetcher)

ARGO: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador. Stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman. Rated R.

BARBARA: A doctor working in 1980s East Germany is banished to a small country hospital. Stars Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock. Rated PG-13.

BROKEN CITY: In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler (Russell Crowe). Also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones. Rated R.

DJANGO UNCHAINED: Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave-turned-bounty hunter, sets out to rescue his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), from a Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. Also stars Christoph Waltz. Rated R.

GANGSTER SQUAD: In the 1940s and e_SSRq50s, LAPD fights to keep East Coast Mafia types from making a move on Los Angeles. Stars Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin. Rated R.

HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS: In this spin on the fairy tale, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) are bounty hunters who track and kill witches. Also stars Peter Stormare. Rated R.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY: A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug. Also stars Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage. Rated PG-13.

THE IMPOSSIBLE: An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of the devastating tsunami that hit Southeast Asia in 2004. Stars Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland. Rated PG-13.

JACK REACHER: A homicide investigator (Tom Cruise) digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. Also stars Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins. Rated PG-13.

THE LAST STAND: A notorious drug kingpin escapes from a prisoner convoy and speeds toward the Mexican border. In his path: the sleepy town of Summerton Junction, where Sherrif Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) leads an inexperienced staff. Also stars Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville . Rated R.

LES MISÉRABLES: In 19th-century France, Prisoner 24601, aka Jean Valjean, Jean Valjean, is released from prison, breaks parole, and is on the run from a ruthless policeman, Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe). While trying to make a better life for himself, he agrees to care for Cosette (played as a child by Isabelle Allen and as an adult by Amanda Seyfried), the daughter of a poor factory worker, Fantine (Anne Hathaway). Also stars Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter. Rated PG-13.

LIFE OF PI: After surviving a disaster at sea, a young man begins an epic journey of adventure and discovery, during which he forms a bond with another survivor — a Bengal tiger. Stars Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain. Rated PG.

LINCOLN: As the Civil War continues to rage, President Abraham Lincoln fights with many inside his own cabinet on his decision to emancipate the slaves. Stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn. Rated PG-13.

MAMA: Annabel (Jessica Chastain) and Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces who were apparently left alone in the forest for five years. But how alone were they? Also stars Megan Charpentier. Rated PG-13.

MOVIE 43: A series of interconnected short films follows three kids as they search the depths of the Internet to find the most banned movie in the world. Stars Emma Stone, Stephen Merchant, Richard Gere. Rated R.

PARKER: Parker (Jason Statham), a thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise, he forms an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside (Jennifer Lopez). Also stars Michael Chiklis. Rated R.

QUARTET: At a home for retired opera singers, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean Horton (Maggie Smith), an eternal diva and the former wife of Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay) one of the residents. The film is Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut. Also stars Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly. Rated PG-13.

RUST AND BONE: Alain van Versch (Matthias Schoenaerts) and his young son leave Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband. Once there, he forms a bond with Stéphanie (Marion Cotillard), who trains killer whales. Also stars Armand Verdure. Rated R.

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN: Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez. Stars Rodriguez, Clarence Avant, Malik Bendjelloul. Rated PG-13.

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK: After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own. Also stars Robert De Niro. Rated R.

56 UP: In visits seven years apart, director Michael Apted interviews adults to find out what changes have taken place in their lives. Not rated.

ZERO DARK THIRTY: Since the 9/11 attacks on the United States, Maya (Jessica Chastain), a CIA operative, has been single-minded in her search for Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts. In 2011, based on her intelligence, a U.S. Navy SEAL team is sent to kill or capture the terrorist leader. Also stars Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt. Rated R.

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