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by Jay Bobbin

(NOTICE: Ratings for each film begin with a ‘star’ rating — one star meaning ‘poor,’ four meaning ‘excellent’ — followed by the Motion Picture Association of America rating, and then by a family-viewing guide, the key for which appears below.)

STARTING THIS WEEK: “TITANIC”: Of all the movies reconfigured for 3-D since the craze resurfaced, director James Cameron’s revisiting of his 1997 Oscar winner was one of the most anticipated. Certainly, the depth of the images is notably enhanced this time as passengers Jack and Rose (Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet) bridge their differing social levels to fall in love on the ocean liner’s iconically ill-fated maiden voyage. Billy Zane, Frances Fisher, Kathy Bates, Bill Paxton and — as the older incarnation of Rose — Gloria Stuart also star. DVD extras: deleted scenes (with audio commentary by Cameron). **** (PG-13: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN”: Because of star Kristen Stewart’s off-screen ties to director Rupert Sanders, this dark reimagining of the fairy tale has gotten recent attention its makers likely would prefer not to have. Just on its merits as a film, it certainly is an original view of a familiar story, as the Queen (Charlize Theron) once again sets her sights on eliminating Snow (Stewart) ... who inherits the Huntsman’s (Chris Hemsworth) switched alliance. Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Bob Hoskins and (as Snow’s prince) Sam Claflin also are in the cast. DVD extras: “making-of” documentary; audio commentary by Sanders, visual-effects supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and co-editor Neil Smith. *** (PG-13: AS, V) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)

“WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING”: Sort of the pregnancy version of such recent all-star comedies as “New Year’s Eve” and “Valentine’s Day,” director Kirk Jones’ (“Waking Ned Devine”) compendium of several couples’ birth-awaiting stories — inspired by the Heidi Murkoff best-seller — offers such acting teams as Cameron Diaz and Matthew Morrison (“Glee”), Jennifer Lopez and Rodrigo Santoro, and Elizabeth Banks and Ben Falcone. Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Brooklyn Decker (“Battleship”), and Anna Kendrick (“Twilight”) also factor into the proceedings, which work better as a stargazer’s festival than as anything purporting to offer deep insights. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)

“GHOSTS OF THE ABYSS”: It’s appropriate that in the same week his re-engineered “Titanic” comes to home video, James Cameron’s documentary that finds him and that film’s Bill Paxton among those examining the actual ship’s wreckage also gets a 3-D re-launch. Using specially designed camera equipment, the filmmaker explores hard-to-reach areas of the sunken ship, adding dramatic techniques to re-create what might have happened in the vessel’s final hours afloat. *** (PG: P) (Also on Blu-ray)

“GIRL IN PROGRESS”: Eva Mendes may get top billing in this comedy-drama, but much of the focus is on younger star Cierra Ramirez (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”), playing a young woman who largely has to find her own way through life in the absence of her mother’s (Mendes) attention. Mom is preoccupied with romantic interests, leaving a teacher (Patricia Arquette) to provide the teen with inspiration. DVD extra: “making-of” documentary. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)

“CERTAIN PREY”: Since starting his long and successful run on the CBS series “NCIS,” Mark Harmon has done little outside work, so it was significant that he signed on as both the star and a producer of this USA Network adaptation of one of John Sandford’s many novels about sleuth Lucas Davenport. Though he’s independently wealthy, Davenport continues working as a Minneapolis cop, drawing him into the probe of a lawyer’s wife’s murder. The case eventually involves a hit woman. Original “Criminal Minds” cast member Lola Glaudini co-stars. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)

COMING SOON: “THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL” (Sept. 18): India becomes the unexpected destination of several retirees. Cast members include Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson, with Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire”) as the titular hotel’s manager and newcomer Tena Desae as his love interest. (PG-13: AS, P)

“THE CABIN IN THE WOODS” (Sept. 18): There’s a big twist to the experience five college friends have during a spooky weekend in the title setting. Cast members include Kristen Connolly and Chris Hemsworth. (R: AS, N, P, GV)

“KATY PERRY: PART OF ME” (Sept. 18): The music superstar offers a telling glimpse into her personal life, as well as concert sequences, in this profile. (PG: AS, P)

“THE AVENGERS” (Sept. 25): It’s a meeting of Marvel Comics all-stars as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and others team up to protect Earth. (PG-13: AS, V)

“DARK SHADOWS” (Oct. 2): Johnny Depp plays revived vampire Barnabas Collins in director Tim Burton’s take on the classic television serial. Michelle Pfeiffer also stars. (PG-13: AS, P, V)

“THE RAVEN” (Oct. 9): To save his true love (Alice Eve), Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) must outwit an enemy who’s using the plots of his stories for villainy. (R: AS, GV)

FAMILY-VIEWING GUIDE KEY: AS, adult situations; N, nudity; P, profanity; V, violence; GV, particularly graphic violence.