Charlie Chaplin, Ghost Rider, The Secret World of Arrietty, and This Means War

CHARLIE CHAPLIN SHORTS The Charles Revival Series presents a trio of classic half-hour Chaplin films: “A Dog’s Life,” “Shoulder Arms,” and “Sunnyside.” At the Charles Theatre Feb. 16 at 9 p.m.

GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE For a minute there, we got confused, thought this was a sequel to Drive Angry, and got a little excited. Just a little. Instead, this is a sequel to the other, much less fun recent schlock-action flick starring Nicolas Cage as a dead dude out for vengeance. Opens Feb. 17.

THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY A new Studio Ghibli joint. If that means something to you, get stoked. Co-written (but not directed) by Ghibli master Hayao Miyazaki, Arrietty is an anime adaptation of Mary Norton’s novel The Borrowers, about a tiny family living and scrounging in a standard-size family’s home. Expect the usual all-ages movie magic. Opens Feb. 17.

THIS MEANS WAR Oh, Tom Hardy, you were doing so well, and then you had to go and get yourself in a silly-looking romcom about two spies (Star Trek’s Chris Pine is the other) battling over the affections of a Reese Witherspoon character. Opens Feb. 17.

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