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Posted: January 3, 2014 at 1:50 a.m.

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88 ALL IS LOST, PG-13 Robert Redford plays a sailor in the middle of a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean whose survival depends on braving a violent storm, the unrelenting sun, circling sharks and dwindling supplies after he awakens to discover his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container. (106 minutes)

89 AMERICAN HUSTLE, R A rogue FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) forces a brilliant con man (Christian Bale) and his equally cunning and seductive British partner (Amy Adams) into an enchanting but dangerous world of Jersey power brokers and mobsters. (138 minutes)

86 ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, PG-13 Will Ferrell reprises his role as a “legendary” top-rated San Diego newsman who, with the ’70s behind him, is still looking to stay classy while he and his colleagues take the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. (119 minutes)

87 THE ARMSTRONG LIE, R Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney shelved the film he was working on about Lance Armstrong’s comeback to cycling in 2009 after doping allegations aimed at his subject snowballed, but he picked the film back up this year after Armstrong’s confession. (124 minutes)

87 CARRIE, R Not a remake but a “reimagining” of the 1976 movie based on the Stephen King tale, in which the title character (Chloe Grace Moretz), a shy outcast dominated by her extremely religious mother (Julianne Moore), unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. (92 minutes)

72 CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, PG Inventor Flint Lockwood thought he saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention, a machine that turned water into food, causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But now he discovers that his invention not only survived, but is creating feral food animals. Animated. (95 minutes)

87 ENDER’S GAME, PG-13 Under the tutelage of legendary commanders (Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley), a shy but strategically brilliant boy (Asa Butterfield) becomes Earth’s next great hope against a hostile alien race. (114 minutes)

78 ESCAPE PLAN, R One of the world’s foremost authorities on structural security (Sylvester Stallone), wrongly imprisoned, must recruit a fellow inmate (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from an ultra secret, high-tech facility called “The Tomb.” (116 minutes)

73 47 RONIN, PG-13 After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai seek the help of a halfbreed they once rejected (Keanu Reeves) as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witches and wondrous terrors. With Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi; directed by Carl Rinsch. (119 minutes)

75 FREE BIRDS, PG Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good.Animated. (90 minutes)

89 FROZEN, PG In a kingdom trapped in eternal winter, a fearless optimist (voice of Kristen Bell) teams up with an extreme mountain man (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find the Snow Queen (voice of Idina Menzel) and put an end to her icy spell. Animated. (108 minutes)

71 GRUDGE MATCH, PG-13 Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro play Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry once put them in the national spotlight, with one of them announcing his retirement on the eve of their decisive third match. Skip forward 30 years and a slick boxing promoter makes them an offer they can’t refuse to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all. With Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, Jon Bernthal, Camden Gray; directed by Peter Segal. (113 minutes)

87 THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, PG-13 Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) epic quest with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and 13 dwarfs to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor continues. (161 minutes)

83 HOMEFRONT, R A widowed Drug Enforcement Administration agent who’s quitting for the sake of his 10-year-old daughter picks the wrong small town for his retirement. (110 minutes)

82 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, PG-13 Winning the 74th annual Hunger Games is only the beginning for Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who with her fellow victor, Peeta Mellark, must now embark on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts while a possible rebellion is brewing and the president is about to announce the next year’s extra-special games. (146 minutes)

75 INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, PG-13 In this sequel, members of the haunted Lambert family seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. (105 minutes)

72 JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA, R Johnny Knoxville plays the title character, on a journey across America with his 8-year-old grandson (Jackson Nicoll). (92 minutes)

75 JUSTIN BIEBER’S BELIEVE, PG A bio-pic documentary about the 19-year-old pop star, plus “never-before-seen concert footage [and] unprecedented behind-the-scenes access. With Scooter Braun, Usher Raymond, Rodney Jerkins, Ludacris, Mike Posner; directed by John M. Chu. (92 minutes)

83 LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER, PG-13 Forest Whitaker plays a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. (132 minutes)

75 A MADEA CHRISTMAS, PG-13 Tyler Perry’s Madea agrees to help a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas. (105 minutes)

83 MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, PG-13 Idris Elba plays the late South African statesman in this film based on his autobiography, which covers his early life and the 27 years he spent in prison before becoming president and working to rebuild and unify the country’s once segregated society. With Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva; directed by Justin Chadwick. (139 minutes)

90 NEBRASKA, R After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern), believing he’s struck it rich, wrangles his son (Will Forte) into a road trip to claim the “fortune.” (115 minutes)

89 PHILOMENA, R Judi Dench plays an Irish Catholic who gave up her baby boy, conceived out of wedlock, for adoption in the United States and signed a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into his whereabouts.Years later, she decides, with the help of a BBC reporter, to search for her long-lost son. (98 minutes)

85 RED 2, PG-13 Retired black-ops CIA agent Bruce Willis reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. (116 minutes)

79 SAVING MR. BANKS, PG-13 Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney, who, in trying to keep his promise to his daughters to turn the beloved book Mary Poppins into a movie, comes up against curmudgeonly and intransigent P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) refusal to let her iconic nanny get the Disney treatment. (125 minutes)

86 THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, PG Ben Stiller directs and plays the title character, based on James Thurber’s classic daydreamer. With Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Sean Penn. (114 minutes)

91 12 YEARS A SLAVE, R Chiwetel Ejiofor plays a free black man from pre-Civil War upstate New York. (133 minutes)

82 2 GUNS, R Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg play operatives from competing bureaus working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate. (109 minutes)

75 WALKING WITH DINOSAURS, PG An underdog dinosaur triumphs against all odds to become a hero for the ages. Animated. Directed by Barry Cook, Neil Nightingale. (87 minutes)

88 THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, R Leonardo DiCaprio plays a New York stockbroker who takes his firm rapidly from penny stocks and righteousness to initial public offerings and a life of corruption in the late ’80s. With Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie; directed by Martin Scorsese. (180 minutes)

Movie-rating point system

Movies are rated on a scale from 50 to 100. Guidelines for moviegoers:

96-100 Transcendent

90-95 Exceptional

80-89 Better than most to remarkable

70-79 Average

60-69 Awful to mediocre

50-59 Irredeemable

MovieStyle, Pages 31 on 01/03/2014

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