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Movie capsules: A guide to what's playing in area theaters

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Movie capsules: A guide to what's playing in area theaters

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'Act of Valor' gives real-life look at Navy SEALs

The movie "Act of Valor" is an amped-up, action-packed adventure about the exploits of the Navy's "Sea, Air and Land" commando teams - the SEALs. It's a furiously macho saga scripted by the screenwriter of "300" and starring those always-get-their-man men of mystery - real Navy SEALs.

Movie capsules: A guide to what's playing in area theaters

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Romance gets a little action in 'This Means War'

OK, who knew Tom Hardy, the new Batman villain and "Warrior" warrior, could be so funny? Reese Witherspoon? Sure. Chris Pine? No surprise there.

Movie capsules: A guide to what's playing in area theaters

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'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' trades scares and adventure for laughs

Cast and crew err on the side of silly in "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," the amusingly childish sequel to that unlikely 2008 hit "Journey to the Center of the Earth." They've rendered Jules Verne's novel into a jokey lark, with broad, corny wisecracks, comic sidekicks and everybody riffing on the ginormous lizards, humungous spiders and the like.

Movie capsules: A guide to what's playing in area theaters

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'Big Miracle' lives up to its real-life story

The title isn't an exaggeration. It was something of a "Big Miracle," the way the plight of a family of gray whales, stranded under the Alaska ice, captivated the country and forced oil men and environmentalists, natives and Cold War foes to team up back in the waning days of the Reagan administration.

Movie capsules: A guide to what's playing in area theaters

OK for 10 and older

Also new this week: Woman in Black, Chronicle

Woman in Black

Also New: 'One for the Money,' 'Man on a Ledge' and 'The Wicker Tree'

One for the Money

Liam Neeson is the bright spot in dreary action flick 'The Grey'

An old-fashioned survival tale, "The Grey" harbors pretensions that it is something more. Not a lot more - just a hint of the psycho-cerebral here, a smidgen of the primal and primitive there.

Movie capsules: A guide to what's playing in area theaters

OK for all ages

9/11 through a child's eyes

A bright, socially awkward boy tries to make sense of 9/11 and find some closure for the father he lost on what he calls "the worst day" in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close." The film, based on a Jonathan Safran Foer novel, is a sometimes tearful remembrance of that day and the lives it ended or forever disrupted. And while it flirts with the preciousness that comes with Foer novels ("Everything is Illuminated"), it is engrossing and emotional in ways no other 9/11 drama has managed.

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'Underworld: Awakening'

Also in theaters this week

OK for all ages

A Cheerful Crowd Pleaser

Sort of a "Glee!"-meets-gospel music choral competition musical, "Joyful Noise" makes a pleasant enough racket. A cheerful, not-quite-off-color crowd pleaser that rarely breaks formula, it's the big screen equivalent of a sloppy smooch from your over-affectionate aunt over the holidays.

Movie capsules: A guide to what's in theaters this week

OK for all ages

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