John Carter (PG-13) The accent is on digital effects and action rather than script or story, but this sci-fi thriller based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel isn't bad if you keep expectations in check. Taylor Kitsch plays Carter, a Civil War veteran accidentally transported to Mars, who fights for a princess (Lynn Collins). Violent, but OK for teens. 2.5 stars
Rampart (R) Woody Harrelson gives one of the best performances of his career as Dave Brown, a totally corrupt Los Angeles cop who finds his murderous ways catching up to him. Two ex-wives and two daughters have also had about enough of him. Harrowing to watch, but great acting and a standout supporting cast. Graphic sex, profanity, drug use. Adults only. 3 stars.
Declaration of War (Unrated, likely R) Contemporary French melodrama about a gorgeous, hip young couple who fall in love, have a baby, then discover their son has a brain tumor. The movie becomes a story of keeping a marriage together through a long crisis. The way the score is interwoven with story is a hallmark. Subtitled. Partial nudity, language. Borderline for mature teens. 3 stars.
--World-Herald critic Bob Fischbach