3 1/2 STARS

      Side Effects (R) - Old school thriller with Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones

      Quartet - Maggie Smith moves into a home for retired musicians. Downton Abbey with music

      Silver Linings Playbook (R) - Quirky romance with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence

      LIfe of Pi - Beautiful story of survival told as fable/allegory

      3 STARS

      The Incredible Burt Wonderstone - Steve Carrell and a great cast in a comedy about magic

      Oz the Great and Powerful - Story before the story of the Wizard of Oz

      Beautiful Creatures - Boy meets witch and falls in love. Cool Southern Gothic

      Warm Bodies - Hilarious zombie human romance with a hint of Romeo and Juliet

      Amour - An elderly couple copes with age ( in French subtitles)

      Beasts of the Southern Wild - Creative tale of a little girl and the bayou

      2 1/2 STARS

      Jack the Giant Slayer - Winning 3D fantasy runs a tad long

      Identity Thief - Melissa McCarthy rises above the ususal mismatched buddy road trip

      Django Unchained (R) - Jamie Foxx in violent Tarantino extravaganza - Oscar favorite for writing and supporting actor

      2 STARS

      Snitch - The Rock turns undercover narc

      Safe Haven - Nicholas Sparks formula romance

      1 STAR

      A Good Day to Die Hard (R) Bruce Willis makes it a trifecta of over the hill action stars trying to recreate what used to work but is out of sync today


      The Call (R) - Halle Berry in Danger