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In this scene from 'Seven Psychopaths' Marty (ColFarrell left) can't believe Billy (Sam Rockwell) has nabbed gangster's dog.  |

In this scene from "Seven Psychopaths," Marty (Colin Farrell, left) can't believe Billy (Sam Rockwell) has nabbed a gangster's dog. | CBS Films photo

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Updated: November 28, 2012 6:08AM

Now playing at a theater near you:

Alex Cross ★ 1/2

Tyler Perry looks the part of James Patterson’s big, athletic hero, but he’s low-key-bordering-on-sleepwalker dull, and the standard-issue cop-vs.-serial-killer story presents Cross as more of a dopey psycho-babbler than a guy whose incisive mind cuts right to the heart of the case. With Edward Burns, Matthew Fox and Cicely Tyson. (PG-13, 102 min.)

Argo ★★★★

When protestors stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 people hostage, six employees sneaked out a back door and sought refuge at the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor (Victor Garber). Longtime CIA operative Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a crazy scheme to rescue them: He’ll fly to Tehran, pretend that they all entered the country together to scout locations for a schlocky sci-fi movie called “Argo,” then walk right out the front door with them and fly home. (R, 120 min.)

Frankenweenie ★★★

Charlie Tahan provides the voice of Victor, a 10-year-old loner who’s understandably devastated when his only friend — his bull terrier, Sparky — gets hit by a car. But a lesson from his science teacher (Martin Landau) inspires Victor (whose last name happens to be Frankenstein) to try and bring Sparky back to life. (PG , 88 min.)

Looper ★★★ 1/2

The year is 2044, and America has fallen into a state of stylish squalor. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in his darkest role yet, plays Joe, a junkie and former criminal who makes ends meet in this depraved world by working as a “looper,” a hired gun. Time travel hasn’t been invented yet, but it will be 30 years further in the future. A powerful mob boss known as the Rainmaker sends his enemies back in time to have them obliterated with no loose ends. But sometimes, future versions of the loopers themselves show up on the spot. (R, 119 min.)

The Sessions ★★ 1/2

Based on the true story of a man with polio who spends most of his time in an iron lung. John Hawkes stars as Mark O’Brien, the poet and journalist whose 1990 article, “On Seeing a Sex Surrogate,” inspired the script. Writer-director Ben Lewin delicately, helpfully lays out the details of Mark’s daily existence, including the fact that he can breathe on his own for a few hours at a time and that, while he can’t move anything from the neck down, he can feel sensation. Hence, his interest in visiting a sex therapist. (R, 95 min.)

Seven Psychopaths ★★ 1/2

Colin Farrell plays Marty, a hard-drinking screenwriter in Los Angeles. He gets sucked into the hijinks of his friend Billy (Sam Rockwell), whose dog-napping scheme turns bloody when Billy and his friend Hans (Christopher Walken) swipe the Shih Tzu of a pooch-loving gangster (Woody Harrelson). (R, 110 min.)

Smashed ★★

A first-grade teacher (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) finds her marriage and her work in jeopardy when she tries to stop drinking. Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad” is her hard-partying husband. (R, 85 min.)

Taken 2 ★ 1/2

The family patriarch (Rade Sherbedgia) of all the thugs Liam Neeson’s ex-CIA Bryan Mills killed in the first movie for kidnapping his daughter in a prostitution ring proclaims that the dead are crying out for justice — so he and a countless band of goons head off to Istanbul to exact revenge from Mills, his daughter (Maggie Grace) and ex-wife (Famke Janssen). (PG-13, 92 min.)

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