OPENing friday

“THE DETAILS” — A family of hungry raccoons threatens a suburban husband’s perfectly manicured yard and his struggling marriage in this dark comedy. Starring Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney and Ray Liotta. Written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes. (R for language, sexual content, some drug use and brief violence.)

“KILLING THEM SOFTLY” — Brad Pitt reunites with writer-director Andrew Dominik (“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”) for this violent drama about a mob enforcer investigating the heist hijinks that went down during a high-stakes poker game. Also starring James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn and Richard Jenkins. (R for violence, strong language, sexual references and some drug use.)


“ALEX CROSS” — Tyler Perry takes over the tracker-of-serial-killers role that Morgan Freeman made famous in this thriller based on the James Patterson novel about a detective chasing a murderer who killed a member of his family. Also starring Matthew Fox, Cicely Tyson and Jean Reno. Directed by Rob Cohen. (PG-13 for violence including disturbing images, sexual content, language, drug references, and nudity.)

“ARGO” — Director Ben Affleck also stars in this riveting, fact-based thriller about a CIA agent charged with getting a small group of Americans out of Iran during the hostage crisis in 1979. Also starring Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Alan Arkin. (R for language and some violent images.)

“FLIGHT” — Director Robert Zemeckis’ first live-action movie since 2000’s “Cast Away” stars Denzel Washington as an airline pilot whose past comes back to haunt him after he becomes a hero for saving the lives of his passengers during a disastrous flight. Also starring Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, John Goodman and Kelly Reilly. (R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence.)

“HERE COMES THE BOOM” — A biology teacher (Kevin James) becomes a mixed martial arts fighter to raise funds and save the school’s music program — and discovers he’s pretty good at beating other guys up. Also starring Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler and Greg Germann. Directed by Frank Caraci. (PG for bouts of MMA sports violence, some rude humor and language.)

“HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA” (digital) — Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Andy Samberg provide the voices for this animated comedy about a boy who discovers that Dracula is real — also real protective — and falls in love with his daughter, Mavis. Also featuring the voices of Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi and Molly Shannon. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. (PG for some rude humor, action and scary images.)

“LIFE OF PI” (digital and 3-D) — Director Ang Lee’s latest directorial vision hurtles an Indian zookeeper’s son on an epic life journey after he becomes marooned in a lifeboat with a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Based on Yann Martel’s best-selling novel. Starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain and Tabu. (PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril.)

“LINCOLN” — Director Steven Spielberg’s film biography reveals a president (Daniel Day-Lewis) in the midst of a crucial few weeks near the end of the Civil War, when the abolition of slavery wasn’t considered good politics. The script by Tony Kushner is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s critically acclaimed book, “Team of Rivals.” Also starring Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Tommy Lee Jones and Hal Holbrook. (PG-13 for an intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language.)

“PITCH PERFECT” — Young Beca (Anna Kendrick) enters the cutthroat world of college a cappella in her first year at school by revamping her group’s singing arrangements to include mash-ups. Also starring Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow. Directed by Jason Moore. (PG-13 for sexual material, language and drug references.)

“RED DAWN” (digital) — This remake of the Reagan-era commie-invasion thriller features Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Josh Peck in a tale of high school kids who lead a revolt against the North Koreans after they invade ... wait for it ... Washington state! Also starring Adrianne Palicki and Isabel Lucas. Directed by Dan Bradley. (PG-13 for sequences of intense war violence and action, and for language.)

“RISE OF THE GUARDIANS” (35mm, digital and 3-D) — The Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), Jack Frost (Chris Pine) and others team up to save Santa (Alec Baldwin) from the evil Pitch (Jude Law), a bogeyman who threatens to infiltrate the dreams of children, in this animated holiday comedy. Directed by Peter Ramsey. (PG for thematic elements and some mildly scary action.)

“SINISTER” — A novelist (Ethan Hawke) discovers a box of creepy videos in his new home that reveal how the previous family died there, but his discoveries put his family in the path of a supernatural entity. Also starring Juliet Rylance, James Ransone and Fred Thompson. Directed by Scott Derrickson. (R for disturbing violent images and some terror.)

“SKYFALL” (digital and 35mm) — Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in the 23rd installment of the longest-running film franchise. The safety of MI6 headquarters is in danger from a slippery mastermind played by Javier Bardem, and Agent 007 must destroy the threat. Also starring Judi Dench as M, Ben Whishaw as Q, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe and Albert Finney. Directed by Sam Mendes. (PG-13 for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking.)

“TAKEN 2” — This sequel has retired CIA agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), whose daughter was kidnapped in “Taken,” kidnapped himself in Istanbul, along with his ex-wife. Also starring Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, D.B. Sweeney and Leland Orser. Directed by Olivier Megaton. PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sensuality.

“THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART 2” (digital and 35mm) — It’s an end of an era for Twihards as the vampire romance series wraps up its final installment, with vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob fighting on the same side — along with Bella, naturally. Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Michael Sheen. Directed by Bill Condon. (PG-13 for sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity.)

“WRECK-IT RALPH” (digital) — There’s trouble in the arcade when a longtime video-game villain (voiced by John C. Reilly) who wants to be a hero breaks out and starts sneaking into other video games. Look for cameos from Pac-Man, Sonic, Frogger and Q*Bert. Directed by Rich Moore. Also with the voices of Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch. (PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence.)

— Compiled by the Yakima Herald-Republic