Well, it’s another B- week at the movies. If you’ve checked all the Oscar nominated films off your list, and you’ve seen Olympus Has Fallen and Oz the Great and Powerful, it might be a good weekend to park on your couch. Here are some options:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The alternate title should have been The Hobbit: An Extremely Long and Drawn-Out Journey, but I doubt it would have fared as well at the box office. If you’re a fan of the LotR trilogy, this will be a pleasant, if mildly disappointing, two-and-a-half hours.

Les Miserables


Anne Hathaway as Fantine in Les Miserables, the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation. Credit: Laurie Sparham

Laurie Sparham

Two very enthusiastic thumbs up for this film version of the Broadway adaptation of the novel. The music is beautiful, the acting is flawless and the cinematography is jaw-dropping.


This film image released by The Weinstein Company shows Brad Pitt in a scene from "Killing Them Softly." (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Melinda Sue Gordon)

Melinda Sue Gordon

Killing Them Softly

This was a limited-release indie that is probably worth a rental. Three idiot thieves rob a mob-protected card game, and Brad Pitt stars as the enforcer hired to track them down.


FILE - This undated publicity film image provided by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. shows Jessica Chastain playing a member of the elite team of spies and military operatives stationed in a covert base overseas who secretly devoted themselves to finding Osama Bin Laden in Columbia Pictures' gripping new thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley, File)

Jonathan Olley

Zero Dark Thirty

This is the edge-of-your-seat story of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden--brilliant film-making.

This is 40

Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reunite after their hilarious turn as the argumentative married couple in Knocked Up. Here again, they play a married couple struggling with growing older, in an extremely funny and charming way.