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Movie Capsules

ARBITRAGE: A troubled hedge fund magnate (Richard Gere) desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. Also stars Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling. Rated R.

ALEX CROSS: A homicide detective is pushed to the brink of his moral and physical limits as he tangles with a ferociously skilled serial killer who specializes in torture and pain. Stars Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Rachel Nichols. Rated PG-13.

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.

THE BIG PICTURE: Paul Exben is a success story — partner in one of Paris’s most exclusive law firms, big salary, big house, glamorous wife and two sons straight out of a Gap catalog. But when he finds out that Sarah, his wife, is cheating on him with Greg Kremer, a local photographer, a rush of blood provokes Paul into a fatal error. Stars Romain Duris, Marina Foïs, Niels Arestrup. Not rated.

CHASING MAVERICKS: Jay Moriarty discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home. Stars Jonny Weston, Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue. Rated PG.

CLOUD ATLAS: An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future. Stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant. Rated R.

COMPLIANCE: A prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate a young employee. Based on true events. Stars Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy. Rated R.

FRANKENWEENIE: Young Victor (the voice of Charlie Tahan) conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life. Directed by Tim Burton. Also stars the voices of Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short. Rated PG.

FUN SIZE: Wren’s Halloween plans go awry when she loses her younger brother in a sea of trick-or-treaters. Stars Victoria Justice, Chelsea Handler, Ana Gasteyer. Rated PG-13.

HERE COMES THE BOOM: A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school. Stars Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler. Rated PG.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: Dracula (the voice of Adam Sandler), who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, doesn’t like it when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teenaged daughter. Also stars the voices of Kevin James, Andy Samberg. Rated PG.

LOOPER: In 2072, the mob decides to get rid of Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) by sending him back in time 30 years, where a hired gun awaits. Also stars Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt. Rated R.

THE MASTER: A U.S. Navy veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future — until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Also stars Amy Adams. Rated R.

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER: An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. Stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller. Rated PG-13.

PITCH PERFECT: Beca (Anna Kendrick), a freshman at Barden University, joins The Bellas, her school’s all-girls singing group who decide to take on their male rivals in a campus competition. Also stars Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson. Rated PG-13.

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.

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS: A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved shih tzu. Stars Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell. Rated R.

SILENT HILL: REVELATION: When her father disappears, Heather Mason is drawn into a terrifying alternate reality. Stars Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Carrie-Anne Moss. Rated R.

SINISTER: A true-crime author begins to unravel the mystery of how and why a family was murdered in his new home. Stars Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone. Rated R.

TAKEN 2: In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) and his wife (Famke Janssen) are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter (Maggie Grace). Rated PG-13.

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