Now Showing for Jan. 18-24

Back Space Theatre

1120 Main Ave., www.thebackspacetheatre.org

Beasts of the Southern Wild. HHHH A settlement off the New Orleans coast lives like a Third World country. Which, it turns out, ain’t so bad. Quvenzhane Wallis could be the youngest Best Actress winner in Oscar history. Rated PG-13.

Gaslight Cinema

(102 Fifth St. Next to the railroad depot, 247-8133)

Les Misérables. (No Ebert rating) Yes, they sing every line for 160 minutes and somehow it works. Will Golden Globe success translate to Oscar gold? Rated PG-13.

Lincoln. HHHH Also seeking Best Picture and Best Actor honors, Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a spot-on performance as the Great Emancipator in Spielbergian splendor. Rated PG-13.

Durango Stadium 9

(Next to Durango Mall, 247-9799)

A Late Quartet. HHH½ (Wednesday only.) A tight group of New York musicians begin to unravel when their leader takes ill. It’s all downhill from there. (See review this page.) Rated R.

Broken City. HHH Things unravel when an ex-cop P.I. (Mark Wahlberg) is hired by the mayor (Russell Crowe) to spy on his cheating wife. Rated R.

Mama. HHH Two girls live on their own for a few years after Dad kills Mom. But someone, or something, has been raising them and isn’t about to accept an empty nest. Rated PG-13.

Silver Linings Playbook. Bradley Cooper plays a man down on his luck when he meets a young gal (Jennifer Lawrence) and positive things start happening for both. It’s good, really. Rated R.

The Last Stand. HHH Ol’ Ham-and-egger takes what we hope will be his final stab at an action–adventure flick. He plays a sheriff in a sleepy border town that’s about to be awakened by an über-criminal and his minions. Rated R.

A Haunted House. (No Ebert rating.) Marlon Wayans anchors the cast in a spoof of the “Paranormal Activity” class of horror flicks. Rated R.

Gangster Squad. (No Ebert rating.) A bunch of cops ditch their badges and go vigilante on the Mob in 1940s Los Angeles. Rated R

Zero Dark Thirty. HHH Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial retelling of the hit on Osama bin Laden. (See review this page.) Rated R.

Django Unchained. (No Ebert rating) Tarantino’s latest bloodbath has Jamie Foxx as an ex-slave who returns to the plantation owned by Leo DiCaprio to free his wife from bondage. If only this had actually happened. Rated R.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. (In standard format and digital 3-D with surcharge; no Ebert rating.) In which we meet Bilbo, Gandalf and Gollum; kind of like a “Before They Were Rock Stars” for the Lord of the Rings crowd. Rated PG-13.

Ted Holteen, Richard Roeper and roger ebert

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