OPENING DEC. 4
Brothers: (R) When a soldier (Tobey Maguire) is reported missing in action in Afghanistan, his ne'er-do-well brother (Jake Gyllenhaal) straightens up to look after his distraught sister-in-law (Natalie Portman) and the kids.
Everybody's Fine: (PG-13) A 1990 Italian film starring Marcello Mastroianni is the inspiration for this remake, in which widower Robert De Niro travels around the country visiting his estranged children.
Armored: (PG-13) An armored car robbery goes seriously wrong in this film directed by Nimrod Antal (of the horror motel entry "Vacancy") and starring Co-lumbus Short, Laurence Fishburne and Matt Dillon.
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2012: (PG-13) Roland Emmerich's latest end-of-the-world spectacle concerns the confluence of disasters that some folks figure accompany the expiration date on the ancient Mayan calendar.
Amelia: (PG) This biography of aviation legend Amelia Earhart stars Hilary Swank.
Astro Boy: (PG) This Japanese TV series from the 1960s earns a big-screen outing, with the voices of Nicolas Cage, Eugene Levy and Freddie Highmore as the robot, Astro Boy.
Couples Retreat: (PG-13) Four couples are trapped in a resort where they're forced to fix their relationships.
Disney's A Christmas Carol: (PG) Robert Zemeckis made this motion-capture version of the Dickens holiday classic with digital versions of Gary Oldman, Robin Wright Penn, Colin Firth and Jim Carrey, who plays several roles, including Scrooge.
G-Force: (PG) An elite team of guinea pigs tries to stop an evil billionaire from world domination.
Julie & Julia: (PG-13) An intertwined adaptation of two books: the autobiography of chef and television personality Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and the journal of a 20-something blogger (Amy Adams) trying to commune with the legend.
Law-Abiding Citizen: (R) Gerard Butler stars in this thriller about a man whose family was murdered. He takes the law into his own hands when the justice system fails him.
Paranormal Activity: (R) Katie and Micah hope to capture evidence of a haunting with a video camera but are not prepared for the terrifying occurrences that follow.
Pirate Radio (R) Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bill Nighy are among the stars of this Richard Curtis comedy about offshore rock radio in the UK in the '70s.
Planet 51: An American astronaut finds little green men living a suburban dream when he lands on an alien planet in this animated film.
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire: (R) Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry have thrown their clout behind this Sundance hit about an obese, pregnant and illiterate teen who tries to turn her life around in a Harlem school.
Saw VI: (R) The slasher series that will never die until you people stop buying tickets makes its annual Halloween season return.
Shorts: (PG) This family-friendly movie follows a small town going bananas over a magic rock.
Stepfather: (PG-13) Michael becomes increasingly suspicious of the new man, David, in his mother's life.
The Blind Side: (PG-13) A pampered suburban mom (Sandra Bullock) adopts a hulking, homeless African-American boy (Quinton Aaron) and turns his life around with a lot of love and bit of football.
The Box: (PG-13) A dark fantasy about a family (Cameron Diaz, James Marsden) who receive a magical box, an offer of $1 million - and the promise that pushing a button to get the $1 million will kill someone they do not know.
The Fourth Kind: (PG-13) As in "Close Encounters," Milla Jovovich stars in this thriller about a therapist who notices startling similarities among victims of alleged alien abductions.
The Men Who Stare at Goats: (R) George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges star in this film based on Jon Ronson's satiric novel about a reporter who stumbles across a soldier who claims to be a veteran of a U.S. Army paranormal battalion.
The Time Traveler's Wife: (PG-13) Based on the best-selling novel, Eric Bana stars as a librarian whose calendar hopping complicates his relationship with Rachel McAdams.
This Is It: Documentary that looks at singer Michael Jackson's last months as he prepared for a 50-date comeback tour. A limited two-week engagement
The Twilight Saga: New Moon: (PG-13) Obscure silent film from Sweden about the existentialism of man - na, just kidding! Sullen Bella (Kristen Stewart) is torn between the vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) and her American Indian pal Jacob (Taylor Lautner) who, it turns out, is a werewolf. Maybe it's about existentialism after all.
Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself: (PG-13) Taraji P. Henson stars, Gladys Knight sings and Tyler Perry dons the Madea dress for his latest sermon with a silly edge.
Zombieland: (R) Jesse Eisenberg plays a meek chap who tries to find refuge in a world overrun by zombies. Woody Harrelson also stars.
- Compiled from Staff and Wire Reports