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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.
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.
RUST AND BONE: Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain’s bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
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.
JERSEY SHORE: THE COMPLETE SERIES: All six seasons of the reality-based look at the vapid lives of several New Jersey 20-somethings and their respective friends and/or hook-ups. Stars Jenni ‘Jwoww’ Farley, Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi, Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino, Paul ‘Pauly D’ DelVecchio. Not rated.
NOVA: DECODING NEANDERTHALS: In the traditional view, Neanderthals differed from us in behavior and capabilities as well as anatomy. But were they really mentally inferior, as inexpressive and clumsy as the cartoon caveman they inspired? NOVA explores new evidence for Neanderthal self-expression and language, all pointing to the possibility that we may have underestimated our mysterious, long-vanished human cousins. Stars Frederick Coolidge, Metin Eren, Ed Green. Not rated
QUINCY M.E.: SEASON 5: TV’s original crime scene investigator, Dr. R. Quincy (Jack Klugman), in Season Five of the classic 1970s medical drama. Also stars John S. Ragin, Robert Ito. Not rated.
HATS OFF TO DR. SEUSS: Animated collector’s edition five-disc set celebrating the 75th anniversary of “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.” Also includes “The Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “The Lorax,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Horton Hears A Who.” Not rated.