HANSEL AND GRETEL: Witch Hunters – (R) this isn’t the fairy tale we remember as children as Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton play the title role of brother and sister. Looking for witches they spend more time getting beat up than doing the beating. This is not, I repeat, not a film for children in any way shape or form which is probably why its number one this week. Three tubs of popcorn out of five.

MAMA – (R) Two young children found living in the woods are taken in by an Aunt played by Jessica Chastain. The problem is, there’s one unexpected guest who isn’t happy about any of it. Lots of screams, creeps and twists. Three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five.

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK – (R) Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star as two people with their own emotional problems take on one another in the hopes that their lives will change. Also starring Robert DeNiro and Jackie Weaver, this film already has Oscar buzz written all over it and gaining up the charts. Three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five.

ZERO DARK THIRTY – (R) Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow delves deep inside the history behind the hunt for Osama bin Laden and brings the story to screen. This is a very technical film that doesn’t hold back the brutality of war. Four tubs of popcorn out of five.

PARKER – (R) One time rowing Olympian Jason Statham once again gets to play the strong, sort of silent charmer out for revenge when his friends double cross him. Jennifer Lopez gets to get all gooey-eyed over the thief with a code of ethics. Two and a half tubs of popcorn out of five.

DJANGO UNCHAINED – (R) This is my top favorite film of the year and Tarantino once again has proven why he is eccentric in the eyes of Hollywood and a success to his fans. Foxx and Waltz are a pair like no other and adding Di Caprio and Jackson brings this unlikely film closer to awards galore. Pay attention to the R rating – this is not a family film by any stretch. Four and a half tubs of popcorn out of five.

MOVIE 43 – (R) A film filled with an all-star cast getting the chance to be as raunchy, loud and loose as they possible can just for laughs. With all the shorts films connecting at one point or another it is the search for the most banned film in the world. If you have delicate sensibilities this isn’t the film to be seeing. Three tubs of popcorn out of five.

GANGSTER SQUAD – (R) Its Los Angeles 1949 and a secret police force are determined to take down the legendary Mickey Cohen. Starring Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling. I had such high hopes for this film with its all-star cast but sadly it doesn’t deliver the hype. Two tubs of popcorn out of five.

BROKEN CITY – (R) Mark Wahlberg plays a detective who gets in over his head with the New York mayor played by Russell Crowe and his wife Catherine played by Catherine Zeta-Jones. Everything isn’t as it seems when a city is broken. Three tubs of popcorn out of five.

LES MISERABLES – (PG-13) Jackman, Hathaway and Crowe bring this amazing stage play to the big screen. As well as it is doing at the box office it doesn’t bring this amazing story any justice. There is a disconnect here that audiences crave from the stage production but that being said it will do. Three tubs of popcorn out of five.

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Jeri Jacquin covers film, television, DVD/Bluray releases, celebrity interviews, festivals and all things entertainment.

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