Our critics' selections

Lebanon, Pa. In Ben Hickernell's sophomore effort, a Philly ad exec returns to his hometown and reconnects with his cousin in this poignant portrait of an unlikely friendship and a pungent contrast of urban clamor and small-town murmur. PG-13

Rio Carlos Saldanha's joyous carnival of animation celebrating avian (and human) biodiversity. Winging and singing creatures frolic in Brazil's capital of fun. Storks samba! Toucans tumba! Parrots party in kaleidoscopic formations to the music of Sergio Mendes! Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway supply the memorable voice work. G

Water for Elephants This swoony throwback to old-time Hollywood action-romances stars Robert Pattinson as an accidental circus veterinarian taken with stunt rider Reese Witherspoon - who's taken in marriage to mercurial circus owner Christoph Waltz, abusive to animals and people. Adapted from the Sara Gruen novel. PG-13