127 HOURS — James Franco finds himself trapped beneath. Danny Boyle makes this remote, sun-drenched part of the country look dazzling. And even though this is about a man who’s stagnant for five days straight, he makes the story vital and vibrant in his signature kinetic style. R for language and disturbing violent content/bloody images. 90 minutes.
BLACK SWAN — At once gorgeous and gloriously nutso, a trippy, twisted ballet fantasy that delights and disturbs in equal measure. Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis star. R for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use. 110 minutes.
BLUE VALENTINE — Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling’s marital drama, set and filmed in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is agonizing to watch yet relentlessly compelling. R for strong sexual content, language and a beating. 112 minutes.
THE DILEMMA — Ron Howard’s comedy, in which Vince Vaughn stars as a Chicago engineer, is a light-but-thorny examination of marital disfunction that becomes distracted by pratfalls and standard bromance comedy. PG-13 for mature theme/sexual content. 110 minutes.
THE FIGHTER — Christian Bale owns this real-life tale about boxer Micky Ward, who rose from his blue-collar roots and overcame ugly family squabbles to earn a title shot in his mid-30s. R for language, drug content, violence and sexuality. 116 minutes.
THE GREEN HORNET — Someday soon, one can only hope, 3-D will be exposed for the sham that it is. Until then, we will be bombarded with mediocre action pictures like this, a surprisingly generic, bombastic action movie based on the 1930s radio show. PG-13 for violent action, language, sensuality and drug content. 118 minutes.
THE KING’S SPEECH This handsomely photographed, weighty-yet-uplifting period drama based on a true story about British royalty showcases a glittery cast and hits every note you expect it to hit. You can’t help but succumb. R for some language. 118 minutes.
THE MECHANIC — This hired-killer remake starring Jason Statham is better than the 1972 original starring Charles Bronson. R for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity. 92 minutes.
NO STRINGS ATTACHED — A guy and a girl agree to have sex without pesky emotions getting in the way. But the girl in the equation (Natalie Portman) is the one who suggests this arrangement, and the guy, played by Ashton Kutcher, is the one who falls in love. R for sexual content, language and some drug material. 102 minutes.
THE RITE — Anthony Hopkins classes this up, but even his otherworldly powers can only make this overly familiar demonic-possession thriller engaging for so long. The center of the film is Colin O’Donoghue, making his impressive feature debut as Michael Kovak, an aspiring Catholic priest suffering a spiritual crisis. PG-13 for disturbing theme, violence, frightening images and language, including sexual references. 113 minutes.
TRUE GRIT — Jeff Bridges is boozing federal marshal Rooster Cogburn, hired by 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) to chase after Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), the man who ruthlessly murdered her mother. They’re joined by LaBoeuf (a very funny Matt Damon), a Texas Ranger. PG for violence. 110 minutes.