"The Descendents"

“The Descendents”

Although George Clooney is fantastic, the latest from director Alexander Payne isn’t his best work. That doesn’t mean it isn’t pretty great.

3 stars


Martin Scorsese uses 3D to craft a gorgeous work about cinema’s magical ability to transport, to connect and to bring dreams to the waking world.

3 stars

“J. Edgar”

Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio tackle the life of J. Edgar Hoover — the man who helped found the FBI in his 20s and remained its director until his death at 77 — with mixed results.

2.5 stars

“Like Crazy”

Anna (Felicity Jones) is a British student studying in Los Angeles where she meets Jacob (Anton Yelchin). They fall stupidly, ridiculously in love.

3.5 stars

“Martha Marcy May Marlene”

Yes, it stars the younger Olsen sister, but it’s also an excellent low-key thriller in the vein of “Black Swan” thanks to Elizabeth Olsen’s entrancing performance.

3 stars

“The Muppets”

As a reboot, “The Muppets” is fun and has an adorable cast (Jason Segel, Amy Adams), but it’s still kind of a letdown.

2.5 stars

“My Week with Marilyn”

Through the eyes of Colin (Eddie Redmayne), we see the tense interaction between Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) and Lawrence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) during the production of “The Prince and the Showgirl.”

“New Year’s Eve”

The latest sappy, unrealistic, overstuffed romcom from Garry Marshall.

1 star

“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”

The sequel delivers loads of fun with more mindless, stylized action, sharp-tongued banter perfect for its cast (Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law) and a plot that mostly exists to prop up the rest.

3 stars

“The Sitter”

David Gordon Green and Jonah Hill team up to give us the worst babysitter in the world. Where’s Elisabeth Shue when you need her?

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”

Despite the similarity of its title to “Breaking Bad,” “Breaking Dawn” is not about vampires who run a meth lab. So that’s disappointing.

1.5 stars

“We Bought a Zoo”

Matt Damon and Cameron Crowe adapt the real-life story of Paul Blart: Zookeeper.

“Young Adult”

When Mavis (Charlize Theron) returns to her hometown to reclaim her now-married ex-boyfriend, she finds an unlikely kinship with her former classmate Matt (a brilliant Patton Oswalt).

4 stars