Brothers ***1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) Jim ("In America") Sheridan's movie about wartime trauma and the way it drifts through an entire military clan has three of the best performances of the year: Tobey Maguire is a tough, competent Marine who endures a nightmare stint in Afghanistan; Jake Gyllenhaal is his black-sheep brother, who steps up in the family when the leatherneck is away; and Natalie Portman is the military wife who leans on the ne'er-do-well's shoulder when she thinks her husband is dead. Maguire takes his character from sanity to madness and then back again without a single false move.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel : (20th Century Fox) The chipmunks head to school and face off against the Chipettes in a battle of the bands.
Up in the Air: (Paramount Pictures) A corporate downsizing expert's cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching 10 million frequent-flier miles. With George Clooney and Vera Farmiga.
Opening next Friday
It's Complicated: (Universal Pictures) A divorced mother is caught up in a love triangle. With Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin.
Nine : (The Weinstein Co.) This musical follows the life of a world-famous film director as he tries to balance the numerous women in his life. With Nicole Kidman and Daniel Day-Lewis.
The Young Victoria: (Apparition) Emily Blunt stars as Queen Victoria in the turbulent first years of her reign. With Rupert Friend and Paul Bettany.
Release dates are subject to change.