"Flight" (R, 138 minutes, Paramount)
With nerve-wracking authenticity, director Robert Zemeckis puts viewers on board the routine 52-minute short hop that will have life-changing repercussions for ace pilot Whip Whitaker. Portrayed by Denzel Washington with his characteristic somber focus, Whip is introduced in the film's opening sequences waking up after a night of hard partying. Just another day at the office, until turbulence and a defective plane send Whip, his crew and his passengers on a spectacularly terrifying controlled dive from which the pilot will emerge a hero. Only a handful of people know that he's a sullied Sullenberger. Contains drug and alcohol abuse, profanity, sexuality, nudity and an intense action sequence.
"Alex Cross" (PG-13, 102 minutes, Lionsgate)
Does Tyler Perry carry it off? Sort of. As novelist James Patterson's beloved detective/forensic psychologist Alex Cross, Perry has a tall order to fill. Not only must he banish all thoughts of Morgan Freeman, who portrayed the character in earlier films, but he also must shake his association with Madea, the over-the-top drag role for which Perry is best known. "Alex Cross" is surprisingly violent. Contains brief crude language, gunplay, torture, violence, drug references and sex.
"Here Comes the Boom," "Celeste and Jesse Forever," "A Late Quartet," "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel," "The Bouquet," "Paul Williams: Still Alive," "A Perfect Ending," "Little White Lies" (France), "My Worst Nightmare" (France), "Omnibus: Gene Kelly Dancing: A Man's Game" (1958, Golden Age of Television episode hosted by Alastair Cooke), "Tyler Perry's Madea Gets a Job," "Deadfall," "The Battle of Narayama" (1958, Japan, Criterion Collection), "Back Then," "The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collections: Musicals" (20-film set commemorating the studio's 90th anniversary), "The Whole Truth," "Celebrate With Clifford," "Baby Geniuses and the Mystery of the Crown Jewels," "Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth With Bill Moyers 25th Anniversary Edition" and "Spirit of the Church: A Celebration of Black Gospel Music (Vol. 1)."