Looking to beat those postholiday doldrums? Local multiplexes are brimming with terrific films, many of which opened in big cities last month and are now making their way across the country. Here are a handful of titles I enthusiastically recommend.
CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR This shrewd comedy breezily shows how a U.S. congressman (Tom Hanks) helped fund a covert war in the mid-’80s in Afghanistan. Julia Roberts (above) costars. (R)
ATONEMENT A young English couple (Keira Knightley and James McAvoy) have their lives ruined by a child’s lie. This beautiful period drama packs a wallop. (R)
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET Johnny Depp sings and slashes his way through director Tim Burton’s brilliant musical. (R)
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN Mixing suspense and dark wit, a haunting crime drama set in Texas is directors Ethan and Joel Coen’s most mature film. (R)
JUNO A pregnant teenager (the dazzling Ellen Page, below left, with Michael Cera) decides to give her baby up for adoption in a warm, smart-alecky comedy that grows on you. (PG-13)