Oranges *** - A man’s (Hugh Laurie) affair with his friend’s much-younger daughter (Leighton Meester) throws two neighboring families into turmoil. Also starring Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, Alia Shawkat, Adam Brody and Sam Rosen. (R) 92 minutes. Three and a half stars
Taken 2 ** 1/2 - Last time, they took Liam Neeson’s daughter hostage. This time, they’ve kidnapped Neeson himself. Are these bad guys trying to get themselves killed or what? Lots of action, little plot. (R) 93 minutes. Two and a half stars
Butter ** - When her husband retires, a woman (Jennifer Garner) decides to keep his 15-year streak as Iowa’s champion butter carver going by entering the annual competition herself. Alicia Silverstone, Rob Corddry and Olivia Wilde are among her rivals trying to outdo her butter skills. (R) Two stars
Frankenweenie * 1/2 - Tim Burton returns to his roots with this 3D, black-and-white feature-length adaptation of a famed short he made early in his career, about a boy who manages to bring his beloved pet dog back from the dead, with a few unexpected consequences. (PG) One and a half stars.
Note: Barry Epstein is president of Barry R. Epstein Associates, a public relations/marketing firm. Epstein enjoys watching and writing reviews of the latest movies. Epstein’s views are strictly his own.