"A Dangerous Method" is a quirky tale about Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) feuding over how best to treat a schizophrenic young nymphomaniac played by Keira Knightley.

A DANGEROUS METHOD


Director David Cronenberg is on a roll with the back-to-back successes of “A History of Violence” and “Eastern Promises.” And that streak promises to continue with this quirky tale about Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) feuding over how best to treat a schizophrenic young nymphomaniac played by Keira Knightley.


THE DARKEST HOUR


Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby and Max Minghella are among a group of young Americans trapped in Moscow during an alien invasion. Talk about a Red Scare! Chris Gorak directs.


WAR HORSE


How often do we get two Steven Spielberg movies in one year, let alone one week? But Christmas indeed comes twice, as the prolific auteur follows up “The Adventures of Tintin” (which opened Wednesday) with his take on Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel about a boy’s quest to reunite with the horse his father (Peter Mullan) sells to the British army during World War I. As the boy with the undying devotion to his equine friend, newcomer Jeremy Irvine is drawing plenty of Oscar buzz, as is the movie, which is locked in a (excuse the pun) horse race with “The Descendants” and “The Artist” for Best Picture. Besides, who can say neigh to Spielberg?


THE ARTIST


This black-and-white beauty about silent film stars (Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo) falling in love at the dawn of talkies was a huge hit at the Cannes Film Festival. But will meat-and-potatoes American audiences be as rapturous about a silent movie in the day and age of cacophonies like “Avatar”? Doubtful, but if you’re a true film buff this charmingly arty flick from writer-director Michael Hazanavicius (“OSS-117”) is not to be missed.


WE BOUGHT A ZOO


This one might not have you at hello, but Cameron Crowe (“Jerry Maguire”) is determined to win you over with this fact-based tale about a grieving widower (Matt Damon) who buys a rundown California zoo and proceeds to rebuild both it and his life. The male animals will be happy to learn that the film costars Scarlett Johansson as a zoo worker who accelerates the recovery of the bereaved husband and father.


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