4 STARS

      Lincoln - Daniel Day-Lewis fascinates in the final months of the civil war as he pushes to pas the 13th amendment outlawing slavery

      Zero Dark Thirty (R) - Based on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden

      Argo (R) - Ben Affleck's true life CIA comedy/thriller is solid

      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

      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)

      Les Miserables - The musical done up big screen style

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

      2 1/2 STARS

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

      Gangster Squad - Gansters in LA in 1949 -- look great, great cast, thin script

      Django Unchained (R) - Jamie Foxx in violent Tarantino extravaganza - "Ouch" factor high after Sandy Hook

      2 STARS

      Safe Haven - Nicholas Sparks formula romance

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      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

      Bullet to the Head (R) - Sly Stallone hitman in a movie he might better have made thirty years ago. Hard to accept the gun violence in this one

      The Impossible - Family on vacation survives tsumani


      Movie 43 - Big name stars in a series of low comedy skits.{ } Several audience members waled out during the screening