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Movie Capsules

ANNA KARENINA: Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. Stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Rated R.

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.

CHASING ICE: This film follows National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Rated PG-13.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY: Two young people journey through the dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil to find each other. Stars Erica Linz, Dallas Barnett, Lutz Halbhubner. Not rated.

THE GUILT TRIP: As inventor Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen) is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, he makes a quick stop to see his mom (Barbra Streisand), which turns into an unexpected cross-country voyage with her along for the ride. Also stars Kathy Najimy. Rated PG-13.

HITCHCOCK: A love story between filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and wife, Alma Reville (Helen Mirren), during the filming in 1959 of “Psycho.” Also stars Scarlett Johansson. Rated PG-13.

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.

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.

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.

MONSTERS, INC. Monsters generate their city’s power by scaring children, but they are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children, so when one enters Monstropolis, top scarer Sulley (the voice of John Goodman) finds his world disrupted. Also stars the voices of Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, Mary Gibbs. Rated G.

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS: When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. Rated PG.

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.

SKYFALL: James Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. Stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris. Rated PG-13.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2: After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi. Stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner. Rated PG-13.

THIS IS 40: A look at the lives of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) a few years after the events of “Knocked Up.” Also stars Jason Segel.

WRECK-IT RALPH: A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. Stars the voices of John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch. Rated PG.

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