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Movie Stars

Movie capsules: Short reviews of what’s in theaters

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Bullet to the Head Hardly a noted cutup, Sylvester Stallone is surprisingly funny playing an irascible New Orleans hit man paired with a cop (Sung Kang, “Fast Five”). It’s a trick Stallone pulls off by not trying too hard, and generally just looking annoyed to be here. If “Bullet” had anything else going for it, it might be a little more than just the grungy revenge flick of the week. (92 min., R) (Tom Russo)

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animated and Live Action As advertised, the 10 films vying for Academy Awards in the animated and live action shorts categories. While there are few knockouts, it’s an impressive group, with “Paperman” the most charming of the animated shorts and “Henry” the most affecting of the live-action. (animated, 40 min.; live action, 96 min., unrated) (Ty Burr)

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The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Documentaries Homeless teens, women with breast cancer, Rwandan children in dire need of heart surgery — in theory, this year’s nominated shorts promise compassion fatigue. In practice, they’re inspiring in the toughest, most moving ways. “Inocente” is the standout, but they’re all good. In English, Spanish, Rwandan, Italian, with subtitles. (Program A, 123 min.; Program B, 83 min., unrated) (Ty Burr)

½ Stand Up Guys Al Pacino and Christopher Walken as a pair of aging criminals having a final night on the town. It’s not a bad idea: Let two acting lions just riff and to hell with a plot. Too bad Fisher Steven’s tone-deaf direction and a creepily misogynistic script push the movie right over a cliff. With Alan Arkin. (100 min., R) (Ty Burr)

Warm Bodies A zombie date flick that has its “Twilight” and makes fun of it too, thanks to a cheeky screenplay and tart direction by Jonathan Levine (“50/50”). Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer play a zombie lad and a living girl who fall for each other after the apocalypse. It’s silly, often funny, and surprisingly sweet. (97 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

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