Saving Mr. Banks - Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks recreate the tension behind "Mary Poppins"

Philomena - Dame Judi Dench as an Irish woman looking for the son she gave away 50 years earlier

Nebraska - Bruce Dern and Will Forte take a father/son road trip in search of a mythical million dollar prize

Gravity - Breakthrough movie about danger in space. Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and state of the art special effects. Oscar contender

12 Years a Slave - One of the nineteenth century's greatest true stories receives the movie it deserves. Look for Oscar nomination for Chiwetel Ejiofor

3 1/2 STARS

Frozen - Disney musical based on "The Snow Queen" - family friendly delight

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Satisfying sequel to the Hunger Games with a great twist of an ending

The Book Thief - Nazi Germany drama with Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson

Enough Said - Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini's mid-life romance sours when Julia meets James' ex


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Fans will love the 3D dragon

Oldboy - Spike Lee remakes a Korean classic with violent style

Dallas Buyers Club - Fact based drama of the early days of the AIDS epidemic with Matthew McConaughey in yet another outstanding performance

Delivery Man - Winning Vince Vaughn comedy about sperm bank donor who fathers 500 plus kids

Ender's Game - Asa Butterfield plays a kid recruited by Harrison Ford to defeat Earth's alien enemy

Captain Phillips - Tom Hanks as a true life hijacked cargo ship captain

All is Lost - Robert Redford tries to survive in a leaky sailboat in the middle of the ocean. Its all in his eyes

2 1/2 STARS

Black Nativity - Family drama gets resolved at Christmas - with Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson

The Best Man Holiday - Characters from the 1999 comedy deal with middle age

Thor: The Dark World - More fun for fans of "The Avengers" and there are a lot of them


Out of the Furnace (R) - Blue collar angst with Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck - nothing new here

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa - Jackass guy Johnny Knoxville as an old guy traveling with his grandson


Last Vegas - Low grade geezer comedy with Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Klein and Robert DeNiro.{ } Great actors - stupid script