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December 21, 2012

IN THEATERS

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HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) operates a swanky resort for his fellow outcasts and monsters. His daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) is turning 118, or 16 in human years. Despite his best efforts, Dracula cannot keep his daughter from the wider world forever. When a backpacker (Andy Samberg) stumbles upon the castle, he and Mavis take a shine to each other. Unfortunately, nothing in this movie is funny or remotely engaging. It’s really not worth any kid’s time. PG (some rude humor).

LINCOLN

Steven Spielberg returns with this impressive biopic about our 16th president, complete in almost every way. Based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book, the film focuses tightly on the final four months of Lincoln’s life and his political maneuvering in support of the 13th Amendment’s abolition of slavery. It’s a fascinating backroom movie, hushed and intimate. Daniel Day-Lewis is magnificently human as Lincoln, and the supporting cast almost as impressive. It is a fascinating and careful examination of an incredible figure and time. PG-13 (intense scene of war violence, images of carnage and brief strong language).

LOOPER

1/2

A slambang blast of a time-travel thriller, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis as a guy named Joe — yes, they’re the same guy, separated by 30 years in the dystopian future, and brought together when Young Joe, a hit man, gets a job to kill Old Joe. Emily Blunt also stars, as the mother of a kid with weird and very significant powers. 1 hr. 58 R (violence, nudity, sex, profanity, drugs, adult themes) — Steven Rea

THE MASTER

Joaquin Phoenix goes wild as a psychologically damaged Navy veteran in the early ’50s who meets up with a charismatic cult leader, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, in Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic exploration of religious fervor, and of the quest for spiritual transcendence in a physical world. Beautiful, but messy, and the momentum just falls away in its second hour. 2 hrs. 17 R (violence, sex, nudity, profanity, adult themes)

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