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Reviews of the latest movies to hit stores, including ”Abduction,” ”Killer Elite,” and more

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Higher Ground (2011, R)
Vera Farmiga, Joshua Leonard Up in the Air star Farmiga directs and toplines this humane, detailed drama about a woman in a tight-knit evangelical Christian community. (Also on iTunes) B+

Killer Elite (2011, R)
Jason Statham, Robert De Niro, Clive Owen Statham’s latest bullet-riddled blast of macho mayhem isn’t nearly as fun (or tense) as it should be. In fact, it makes Crank look like The Godfather. D

Next Stop Wonderland (1998, R)
Hope Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman Director Brad Anderson’s underseen Sundance rom-com stars Davis as a newly single Boston nurse looking for Mr. Right. Give this one a chance. (On Netflix instant viewing) B+

North by Northwest (1959, Not Rated)
Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint Hitchcock’s wrong-man classic comes to Blu-ray and features a handful of indelible cinematic set pieces, including a chase on Mount Rushmore and a certain scene with a crop duster. A

Senna (2011, PG-13)
A high-octane documentary traces the live-fast-die-young life of Brazilian Formula One driving sensation Ayrton Senna. (On Netflix instant viewing) A-

Coming Soon
Abduction (2011, Pg-13)
Taylor Lautner Twilight meets Bourne in this tepid thriller about a guy trying to figure out his identity while on the run. C 1/17

Traffic (2000, R)
Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro Steven Soderbergh’s multicharacter mosaic about the international drug trade gets a first-class Criterion Blu-ray face-lift. A 1/17