new this week for Dec. 20, 2012

Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

December 17, 2012 

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“JACK REACHER” (PG-13): Christopher McQuarrie (“The Way of the Gun”) directs Tom Cruise as a homicide investigator involving a military-trained sniper. There will be conspiracies. And car chases.

“CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY” (PG-13): A sliver of a plot — something involving alternate universes — is merely an excuse to see the jaw-dropping circus troupe on the big screen. In 3-D, even.

“THE GUILT TRIP” (PG-13): Barbra Streisand plays an overbearing mother making life impossible for her son (Seth Rogen) during a cross-country trip.

“THIS IS 40” (R): Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprise their bickering couple from “Knocked Up” for director Judd Apatow's comic exploration of middle-age, parenthood and marriage.

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