"Baggage Claim": Paula Patton fizzes and flounces through "Baggage Claim," a romantic comedy about a flight attendant. No gesture is too big, no halfhearted punchline too weak to sell with some wide-eyed bit of mugging. An actress who showed blessed restraint in films such as "Precious" practically gives herself a hernia trying to freshen this exercise. -- (Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service.) PG-13 (sexual content, language). 1 hour, 38 minutes.

"Closed Circuit": We're all being watched. All the time. That's a key message of "Closed Circuit," an entertaining and well-crafted, if not overly heart-stopping British conspiracy thriller starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall.

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* -- (Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press.) R (violence, language). 1 hour, 36 minutes.

"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2": The out-of-nowhere novelty and delight of Sony Pictures Animation's "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," based on Judi and Ron Barrett's children's book, is missing in "Meatballs 2." The design and color palette is as glorious as ever. But the laughs are few and innovations fewer in this generally winded knockoff.

* � -- (Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service.) PG (mild rude humor). 1 hour, 33 minutes.

"Lee Daniels' The Butler": This is an ambitious, if occasionally flawed, success -- a passionate, sweeping epic that intimately reflects the civil rights movement through the eyes of a White House butler and his family. It's a well-told story and an important film.

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* -- (Randy Myers, Staff.) PG-13 (violence, language). 2 hours, 12 minutes.


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"Don Jon": Jon Martello's gotta have it. And the buff Jersey bartender at the center of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's impressive, unpredictable directorial feature debut, "Don Jon," often gets it -- sex that is, and more often, laptop porn.

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* -- (Randy Myers, Staff.) R (for sexual content, language, nudity). 1 hour, 30 minutes.

"Enough Said": Writer-director Nicole Holofcener is her own person, and her work, once seen, reminds you of no one else's. Actors James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are the boldface names that will convince moviegoers to see her latest film, "Enough Said," but it is Holofcener's world they will be entering -- and celebrating when they leave.

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* � -- (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.) PG-13 (sexual content, thematic material). 1 hour, 33 minutes.

"The Family": Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones revisit some blasts from their pasts in "The Family," a violent action-comedy about a mob family in France, thanks to a witness protection program. It got the violence part right. The comedy? Not so much.

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* -- (Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service.) R (violence, language). 1 hour, 48 minutes.

"Insidious: Chapter 2": Three years after "Insidious" introduced moviegoers to the Lambert family and its troubling connection to the spirit world, the stars and filmmakers have reunited for another installment. "Insidious: Chapter 2" picks up where the first story ended, but the sequel has enough scares, laughs and a story of its own to stand alone.

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* � -- (Sandy Cohen, Associated Press.) PG-13 (intense terror). 1 hour, 45 minutes.

"Prisoners": "Prisoners" is many things: A contemplation of the nature of evil. A morality play about how far someone will go to protect loved ones. A complex character study. Most of all, the film is a compelling mystery-thriller, one that's absolutely riveting, even at an imposing running time of two hours and 30 minutes.

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* � -- (Charlie McCollum, Staff.) R (violence, language). 2 hours, 33 minutes.

"Riddick": Succinctly titling the third film "Riddick" would seem to telegraph a determinative evolution of the ongoing narrative, rather than the largely episodic exercise that franchise director David Twohy and star-producer Vin Diesel have delivered.

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"Rush": This will likely will be a hit among lovers of action thrillers and sports movies, along with movie snobs who need a screaming roller-coaster ride every now and again. It has more things going for it than one might think. In other words, the Oscar buzz surrounding the film is warranted.

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* -- (Tony Hicks, Staff.) R (sexual content, language). 2 hours, 3 minutes.

"Thanks for Sharing": Movies about addiction often suffer from being relentlessly bleak or overly romanticized. "Thanks for Sharing" nearly gets it right by taking a very human approach to the topic of sex addiction that doesn't shirk from its harsh, ugly reality. And be warned: The well-acted drama is not the romantic comedy the trailer unwisely suggests.

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* -- (Randy Myers, Staff.) R (language, sexual content). 1 hour, 52 minutes.

"The World's End": Dozens of foamy pints are pulled in Edgar Wright's gleefully demented sci-fi buddy picture, a giddy capper to the beloved Cornetto trilogy that includes the zombie rom-com "Shaun of the Dead" and the action parody "Hot Fuzz." Of course, there is still nothing nearly as intoxicating as watching Simon Pegg and Nick Frost muck about for a few hours.

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* � -- (Karen D'Souza, Staff.) R (language). 1 hour, 49 minutes.