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    Denzel Washington stars as a commericial-airline pilot who crash-lands a plane in “Flight,” directed by Robert Zemeckis.
    Denzel Washington stars as a commericial-airline pilot who crash-lands a plane in “Flight,” directed by Robert Zemeckis.

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    The Bay When you’re a veteran director who’s never made a fake documentary or a work of true science fiction or an ecological screed, I imagine, there’s still a way to make a single movie of all three, a movie that scares, informs, and entertains, a movie that makes you bite your knuckles while robo-dialing your senator. This misconceived Barry Levinson thriller, about a flesh-eating virus, isn’t it. (85 min., R) (Wesley Morris)

    ½ The Details Tobey Maguire is a Seattle obstetrician married to Elizabeth Banks. Laura Linney plays their loony next-door neighbor. What seems like a comedy of yuppie desperation — raccoons are tearing up their newly sodded backyard! — quickly becomes something . . . odder. “The Details” is its own flavor. That flavor may not be all that palatable, but uniqueness is awfully rare and deserving of attention. (102 min., R) (Mark Feeney)

    Flight A so-so movie with Denzel Washington as a commercial-airline pilot in hot water after he crash-lands a plane while drunk, high, hungover, and horny. The movie doesn’t do much that you couldn’t anticipate just by seeing the trailer. But you know what’s still worth $15 plus the cost of a babysitter, popcorn, and parking? Two hours with Washington at the height of his everything. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. (138 min., R) (Wesley Morris)


    ½ High Ground A documentary about 11 veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars trying to heal their scars, visible and invisible, by scaling the 20,000-foot peak of Mt. Lobuche in the Himalayas. A less than inspiring film about extremely inspiring individuals, it’s worth seeing for what it shows rather than how it shows it. (91 min., unrated) (Ty Burr)

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    Holy Motors An automotive picaresque with Denis Lavant as a gentleman who emerges from his limousine a different person every time. The movie’s sprung from the mind and popped from every orifice of the Frenchman Leos Carax and ought to be seen to be believed, on the largest screen you can find, and probably sober, too, since it becomes its own narcotic. (117 min., unrated) (Wesley Morris)

    The House I Live In Eugene Jarecki (“Why We Fight”) tackles the US-led War on Drugs with a mixture of fuzzy personal theorizing, historical acumen, and devastating reportorial impact. Looking out at an unstoppable prison economy that has crippled an entire underclass, the movie dares us to ask what it is (and who it is) we’re so scared of. (108 min., unrated) (Ty Burr)

    ½ A Late Quartet A smartly cast, discreetly contrived melodrama about classical musicians, with retiring cellist Christopher Walken upsetting the delicate balance of his string quartet. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Mark Ivanir are the other players; the music’s sublime but the situations feel pat. Fans of the actors (and of Beethoven) should check it out, though. (105 min., R) (Ty Burr)

    ½ The Loneliest Planet An engaged couple (Hani Furstenberg and Gael Garcia Bernal) take a vacation in the Georgian Caucuses, where a small, dangerous incident provokes a response that changes the rest of the trip. The increasingly brilliant American writer and director Julia Loktev wonders what happens when a stupid glitch or a selfish gesture upends your belief — be it romantic or religious. How do you go on? (113 min., unrated) (Wesley Morris)


    ½ Love and Other Anxieties Lyda Kuth, executive director of the LEF Foundation, which has funded many worthwhile film projects, sought to make her own. Her documentary examines the nature of love and attachment. Wavering between the personal and the abstract, it’s amiable and earnest and has the courage not to force answers to unanswerable questions. It’s also tentative and pallid and seems a bit afraid of those questions. (66 min., unrated) (Mark Feeney)

    Wreck-It Ralph A video arcade villain (voiced by John C. Reilly) has an existential crisis and busts out into other games in an attempt to become a hero. Bright, fast, reasonably funny, and depressingly formulaic, it’s more fodder to keep your kids tethered to their home entertainment centers. Cranky old critic says: Send them out to play instead. (93 min., PG) (Ty Burr)

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