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


The Croods

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

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

2 1/2 STARS{ }

Admission - Tina Fey has a work crisis and a personal crisis.{ } With Paul rudd and Lily Tomlin

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


Snitch - The Rock turns undercover narc

Safe Haven - Nicholas Sparks formula romance

1 STAR{ }

Olympus Has Fallen - Gerard Butler saves the President when rogue terrorists blow up the White House

On the Road - 50's cultural landmark a little outdated now

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


Spring Breakers (R) - Girls go to spring break, meet a rap star and go on a killing spree

The Call (R) - Halle Berry in Danger