January 08, 2007 12:00 PM

Rocky Balboa
Been a long time, buddy, welcome back! This sixth—and apparently final—entry in the 30-year-old series is just modest enough in depicting how boxing great Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone, below left) is spending his retirement that it wins you over. (PG)

We Are Marshall
A new coach (Matthew McConaughey, below, who is mighty appealing) helps a football team and town recover from a tragedy. While uplifting, this film fails to transcend its clichés. (PG)

The Painted Veil
In a beautifully shot and acted drama (based on a novel by W. Somerset Maugham), an estranged English couple (Edward Norton and Naomi Watts, below) grow to love each other while helping during a cholera epidemic in rural China in the 1920s. (PG-13)

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