"Arbitrage": In "Arbitrage," a guilty-pleasure thriller for these tough economic times, greed is good -- at least until it isn't anymore. Directing his first feature, writer and documentarian Nicholas Jarecki shows great command of tone -- a balance of sex, danger and manipulation with some insiderish business talk and a healthy sprinkling of dark humor to break up the tension. His film is well-cast and strongly acted, and while it couldn't be more relevant, it also recalls the decadence of 1980s Wall Street.
* * * -- (Christy Lemire, Associated Press.) R (language and violent images). 1 hour, 40 minutes.
"The Expendables 2": The film is a silly wallow in excess, a too-cute trip down '80s Action-Film Lane with one past-his-expiration-date action hero too many for its own good. It's a cavalcade of carnage that hurls bulletproof heroes at the huddled masses of villains.
* � -- (Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service.) R (lots of violence). 1 hour, 42 minutes.
"Finding Nemo 3D": Perhaps it's not enough to warrant shelling out 3-D dollars to go see a movie that's long been one of the best-selling home videos. But "Finding Nemo," back in theaters nine years after its original release, is a reminder that sometimes "instant" and "classic" can describe a great movie.
* * * * -- (Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service.) G (some scary scenes). 1
"ParaNorman": Clear a path, Pixar. With the delightfully offbeat zombie flick "ParaNorman," the plucky studio Laika is staking a bold claim in the crowded animation market. It's building a unique reputation by taking glorious, old-school animation technology -- stop-motion -- and gussying it up with smartly deployed 3-D.
* * * -- (Randy Myers, Staff.) PG (scary action, rude humor). 1 hour, 33 minutes.
"The Possession": If you only see one demonic possession/Jewish exorcism movie this year, make it this film. Swap the clerical collars for a yarmulke, change the sacred incantations from Latin to Hebrew, leave out the pea soup and you've got a passable PG-13 version of "The Exorcist," the granddaddy of all exorcism movies.
* � -- (Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service.) PG-13 (violence). 1 hour, 31 minutes.
"Premium Rush": "Premium Rush," with Joseph Gordon-Levitt pedaling his heart out, might well be tagged as cyclist porn -- flush with on-point observations of a risk-taking bike subculture and the lingo associated with it. But even if you don't know a fixie from a fixer-upper, you're in for a killer ride.
* * * -- (Randy Myers, Staff.) PG-13 (violence, language). 1 hour, 29 minutes.
"The Words": This is a glossy melodrama that stitches together so many storytelling strands it can't help but get tangled up in them. The contrived story-within-a-story-within-a-story narrative is just too much and quickly wears down our patience.
* � -- (Randy Myers, Staff.) PG-13 (language). 1 hour, 36 minutes.