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Movie capsules

  • This film image released by 20th Century Fox shows Suraj Sharma as Pi Patel in a scene from "Life of Pi." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox)

    This film image released by 20th Century Fox shows Suraj Sharma as Pi Patel in a scene from "Life of Pi." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox)

  • This film image released by Focus Features shows Aaron Taylor-Johnson, left, and Keira Knightley in a scene from "Anna Karenina." (AP Photo/Focus Features, Laurie Sparham)

    This film image released by Focus Features shows Aaron Taylor-Johnson, left, and Keira Knightley in a scene from "Anna Karenina." (AP Photo/Focus Features, Laurie Sparham)

  • This film image released by FilmDistrict shows Jessica Biel, right, and Noah Lomax in a scene from "Playing for Keeps." (AP Photo/FilmDistrict, Dale Robinette)

    This film image released by FilmDistrict shows Jessica Biel, right, and Noah Lomax in a scene from "Playing for Keeps." (AP Photo/FilmDistrict, Dale Robinette)

  • This undated publicity photo released by DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox shows, Daniel Day-Lewis, center rear, as Abraham Lincoln, in a scene from the film, "Lincoln."  (AP Photo/DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox, David James)

    This undated publicity photo released by DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox shows, Daniel Day-Lewis, center rear, as Abraham Lincoln, in a scene from the film, "Lincoln." (AP Photo/DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox, David James)

  • This film image released by 20th Century Fox shows Suraj Sharma as Pi Patel in a scene from "Life of Pi." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox)
  • This film image released by Focus Features shows Aaron Taylor-Johnson, left, and Keira Knightley in a scene from "Anna Karenina." (AP Photo/Focus Features, Laurie Sparham)
  • This film image released by FilmDistrict shows Jessica Biel, right, and Noah Lomax in a scene from "Playing for Keeps." (AP Photo/FilmDistrict, Dale Robinette)
  • This undated publicity photo released by DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox shows, Daniel Day-Lewis, center rear, as Abraham Lincoln, in a scene from the film, "Lincoln."  (AP Photo/DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox, David James)

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.

FLIGHT: Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane. Rated R.

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.

KILLING THEM SOFTLY: Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a mob-protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Stars Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins. Rated R.

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.

PLAYING FOR KEEPS: When a former sports star who’s fallen on hard times (Gerard Butler) starts coaching his son’s soccer team, the attractive soccer moms begin to pursue him. Also stars Jessica Biel, Dennis Quaid. Rated PG-13.

RED DAWN: A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers. Rated PG-13.

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.

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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