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This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Ryan Gosling, left, as Sgt. Jerry Wooters, and Josh Brolin, as Sgt. John O'Mara in “Gangster Squad." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Jamie Trueblood)

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Updated: February 13, 2013 6:09AM



Now playing at a theater near you:

Amour ★★ 1/2

Michael Haneke focuses on the intimate moments of their changing lives as a longtime married couple remains holed up in their comfortable Paris apartment, coping day to day, waiting for eventual death. It will surely strike a chord with anyone who’s watched a loved one slip away in this manner, whether it’s a parent or a spouse. (PG-13, 125 min.)

Django Unchained ★★

In Quentin Tarantino’s new tale of wickedly savage retribution, a black man (Jamie Foxx) gets to rewrite Deep South history by becoming a bounty hunter on a killing spree of white slave owners and overseers just before the Civil War. (R, 165 min.)

Gangster Squad ★ 1/2

This pulpy, violent tale of cops and mobsters in 1949 Los Angeles rides an uncomfortable line between outlandishness and outright parody. Sean Penn is mob king Mickey Cohen. Josh Brolin stars as a police sergeant and heroic war veteran tasked with putting together a secret team to take down Cohen’s empire by his rules — that is, no rules at all. (R, 113 min.)

Hitchcock ★★ 1/2

The film centers on Alfred Hitchcock’s professional and personal struggles while filming his great suspense thriller, Psycho,” with Scarlett Johansson and James D’Arcy offering eerie impersonations of “Psycho” co-stars Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins. (PG-13, 98 min.)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ★★ 1/2

Martin Freeman stars as homebody Bilbo, the reluctant recruit of wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) on a quest to retake a dwarf kingdom from a dragon. (PG-13, 169 min.)

Hyde Park on Hudson ★ 1/2

Bill Murray’s subtly charming presence ends up being one of the stronger elements of this otherwise lightweight romance, which depicts one of the most revered United States presidents with all the substance and insight of a lukewarm cup of tea. The film focuses specifically on the June 1939 weekend when FDR hosted the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) at his family’s home in upstate New York just as World War II was about to erupt. (R, 95 min.)

The Impossible ★★

Based on the true story of a family swept away by the deadly tsunami that pummeled Southeast Asia in 2004. Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor play Maria and Henry, a happily married British couple spending Christmas at a luxury resort in Thailand with their three adorable sons. “The Impossible” tracks their efforts to survive, reconnect, find medical care and get the hell out of town. (PG-13, 107 min.)

Promised Land ★★

Matt Damon stars as Steve Butler, a salesman traveling the country on behalf of a bland behemoth of an energy corporation. Having grown up on an Iowa farm himself and seeing how an economic downturn can devastate a small town, Butler seems to be a true believer in what he’s selling. But he’s also a pragmatist. Famously for his efficiency in persuading rural residents to sell their land for the drilling rights, Steve runs into a major challenge when he arrives in depressed McKinley, Pa., where an outspoken old-timer (Hal Holbrook) and a flashy, charismatic environmental crusader (John Krasinski) dare to question the company’s methods. (R, 106 min.)

Jack Reacher ★★★

Jack Reacher is a former military investigator who’s become a bit of a mythic figure since he’s gone off the grid. When the deadly shooting occurs at the film’s start, authorities believe they’ve quickly found their man: a sniper who’s ex-Army himself. He reveals nothing during his interrogation but manages to scribble the words “Get Jack Reacher” on a notepad before winding up in a coma. But when Reacher arrives and reluctantly agrees to help the defense attorney investigate, he finds the case isn’t nearly as simple as it seems. (PG-13, 130 min.)

This Is 40 ★★★

The film takes place during the three-week period when Pete and Debbie are both turning 40 (although Debbie likes to pretend she’s still 38). Birthday parties, fights about money, school confrontations, bratty kid flare-ups and awkward attempts at reconciling with parents are among the many events that occur during this vulnerable time of transition. (R, 133 min.)



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