Capsule reviews, by Standard-Examiner movie critic Steve Salles, of next Tuesday's releases:
WINTER'S BONE ***1/2 (R) Some drug material, language and violent content. In the Ozark mountains of Missouri live a hardy, frugal people who take care of their own. A dad goes missing. A teenage daughter needs answers. Just how hard will she push to get them? See for yourself in one of the year's most outstanding performances, and a pretty good mystery, to boot. 100 minutes.
SEX AND THE CITY 2 **1/2 (R) Some strong sexual content and language. Too much emphasis on the fashion sense and very little spent on the relationship wisdom that used to flow from the TV series. The characters go to the Arabian peninsula and make fun of the culture (at least Samantha does). That's not like them. They're better than that, and more complex than this movie allows them to be. 146 minutes.
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Also being released:
ALTITUDE (R) Language and a sexual gesture. Five teens take to the sky in a small airplane, and encounter a supernatural force beyond human comprehension after a mysterious function sends them climbing to impossible heights -- and straight into the heart of a massive storm. 90 minutes.
KING OF THE AVENUE (R) Drug content, sexual situations, profanity, graphic violence. His drug-lord father killed in a police shootout, ambitious young criminal Taz (Simon Rex) sells his soul to the devil in exchange for total power, and quickly rises to the top of the food chain. But later, as his competitors all begin to topple like dominos, Taz realizes that the gift bestowed upon him was not a blessing, but a horrible curse that cannot be broken. Ving Rhames stars. 83 minutes.
LAKE PLACID 3 (Not rated) A game warden (Colin Ferguson) moves into his aunt's lakeside cabin with his wife and young son, and the little boy feeds the resident baby crocodiles until they grow up into monstrous predators that become a menace to the family. 96 minutes.
THE WAY HOME (PG) Thematic elements and brief tobacco images. Inspired by a true story, director Lance W. Dreesen's inspirational family drama tells the tale of a couple who are forced to endure a parent's worst nightmare when their 2-year-old son vanishes without a trace. Dean Cain stars. 89 minutes.
Steve Salles can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.