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Updated: January 9, 2013 1:45AM

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.)

The Details ★★

Dr. Jeff Lang (Tobey Maguire) lives in a charming suburban home with his beautiful wife, Nealy (Elizabeth Banks), and their adorable, 2-year-old son. When we first see him, he’s driving home in his Toyota Prius — which has a campaign sticker for President Obama on it, naturally — with a large, lovely plant from Trader Joe’s in the backseat. One morning when he wakes up and he finds that raccoons have gutted his yeard. Yes, these are literal raccoons but they’re also metaphorical raccoons and sometimes, when things get especially weird, they’re imaginary raccoons. They dig up transgressions in Jeff’s life and weaknesses in his character that he’d rather suppress. Such is the obviousness of the symbolism in this black comedy that explores the ugly underbelly of seemingly idyllic domestic life. (R, 101 min.)

Flight ★★★

Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a veteran airline pilot and serious alcoholic. Major mechanical failure on a flight to Atlanta forces him to pull off a daring crash landing in the middle of a field in a breathtakingly spectacular action sequence. Afterward, he’s rightly hailed as a hero for saving so many lives. But the subsequent federal investigation also reveals his rampant substance abuse, which only fortifies his denial. (R, 135 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.)

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