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Kate Hudson stars in *Raising Helen
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We did not receive schedules for Carmike 10 and Chapel Hills 15. Please call the theaters for times and film information.


*Films indicated with an * are recommended by our reviewers.

13 going on 30 (PG-13)
Jennifer Garner is Jenna, a pre-teen who makes a wish and wakes up on her 13th birthday as a 30-year-old woman. Also stars Mark Ruffalo. -- Not reviewed.

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (PG)
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The Alamo (PG-13)
The Texas revolution is retold before, during and after the epic siege of the Alamo where 183 Texans, including Davy Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton) and James Bowie (Jason Patric), took on a Mexican army of nearly 2,000. Also stars Dennis Quaid. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Big Fish (PG-13)
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Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius (PG)
Jim Caviezel stars as Robert Tyre Jones, Jr., aka "Bobby Jones," a golf icon who won the Grand Slam: the U.S., British, and Amateur Opens. When Jones realized that his passion for golf was destroying the ones he loved, he retired at 28. Also stars Claire Forlani, Jeremy Northam and Malcolm McDowell-- Not reviewed.

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Butterfly Effect (R)
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Cheaper by the Dozen (PG)
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Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (PG)
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Ella Enchanted (PG)
Ella receives the "gift" of obedience at birth from her fairy Godmother. In her quest to rid herself of this curse, she encounters ogres, giants and a talking book. Starring Anne Hathaway (The Princess Diaries). -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Envy (PG-13)
Ben Stiller and Jack Black star as Tim and Nick, best friends, neighbors and co-workers, whose equal footing is suddenly tripped up when one of Nick's harebrained get-rich-quick schemes actually succeeds. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (R)
With Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman has created another ethereal portal of consciousness. Jim Carrey stars as Joel, a borderline depressive who falls in love with Clementine, a big talker with blue hair played manically by the ever-delightful Kate Winslet. Kaufman's characters inhabit an inner-focused world that rarely offers moments of clarity. But Eternal Sunshine transcends concept and technique through the deeply human performances of Carrey and Winslet. The surprise of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is its uncompromising sentiment that, in love, flawed or not, a second chance is something worth fighting for. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Tinseltown

Godsend (PG-13)
After their young son, Adam (Cameron Bright), is killed in an accident, a couple (Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) approach an expert in stem cell research (Robert De Niro) about bringing him back to life through an experimental and illegal cloning and regeneration process. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Goodbye, Lenin! (R)
The confluence of politics and family life is hardly a staple subject of the American cinema, so be aware that Wolfgang Becker's Good Bye Lenin is an entirely German affair. This is the life of Alex (Daniel Brhl), who is charged with the impossible task of not upsetting his convalescing mother, who "slept through the relentless triumph of capitalism." Good Bye Lenin basks in a curious nostalgia for the visceral sights and smells of the Eastern bloc, and in this bittersweet family saga, skeletons in the closet provide a useful context for exploring how politics can fuel pathology and how it can morph into a harrowing, hilarious mess. -- John Dicker

Kimball's Twin Peak

Gospel of John (PG-13)
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Grand Canyon (NR)
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Haunted Mansion (PG)
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*Hellboy (PG-13)
Ron Perlman has racked up quite a rsum playing the gentle (and not-so-gentle) giant. In Hellboy, the spawn of Satan who is raised by humans to make choices for good, Perlman has found the character of a lifetime. Director Guillermo Del Toro seems to have hit upon the ideal mix of dark surroundings, wry humor and mythical characters in this comic book adaptation. Hellboy is an unforgettable character, strengthened by Perlman's mellifluous baritone and his fine instinctive empathy for the outcast. With the exception of the first X-Men, this is the best of a rising genre that's nonsensical but visually thrilling. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Hidalgo (PG-13)
Frank T. Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen) is a cowboy who enters "The Ocean of Fire," a 3,000-mile race across the Arabian Desert. Presiding over the race is a sheik played by Omar Sharif, and watching from the sidelines is Lady Davenport, who sizes up Hopkins' cute cowboy butt like so much horseflesh. Hidalgo is an old-fashioned horse tale/ screen romp that falls somewhere between Seabiscuit and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Mortensen and the mustang enjoy an easy rapport, and their journey over mountains of dunes, through sandstorms and across centuries is a pleasure to watch. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16

Home on the Range (PG)
When an eviction notice shows up at the gates of the Patch of Heaven dairy farm, three cows take it upon themselves to prevent their home from being taken away. An animated feature with the voices of Roseanne Barr, Judi Dench, Jennifer Tilley and Cuba Gooding Jr. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Johnson Family Vacation (PG-13)
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*Kill Bill Vol. II (R)
The second installment of Kill Bill is as much of a delight as the first and easily the director's best work since Pulp Fiction. Unlike Vol. I, which was marked by acrobatic kung fu orgies and preposterous body counts, the final installment doles out more psychological drama than straight up killing. Tarantino has previously taught us that even the most murderous gangsters can be redeemed. Kill Bill's lesson is similar and sillier: being a ruthless killer and a good mom are not mutually exclusive. Handy stuff to know, strangely enjoyable to watch, and probably a good idea to forget. -- John Dicker

Cinemark 16, Cinemark IMAX, Tinseltown

*The Ladykillers (R)
Tom Hanks is Professor G.H. Dorr, a con man who takes up residence in the coastal Mississippi home of Miss Marva Munson (Irma P. Hall), hoping to tunnel through her basement walls to the safe of a neighboring river casino. Dorr's band of bungling burglars includes Marlon Wayans as a casino insider; J.K. Simmons as a former Freedom Rider; Tzi Ma as a munitions expert; and Ryan Hurst as the muscles of the operation. Hanks hams it up, Ms. Hall is a formidable screen presence and Wayans gives a flawless comic performance. Directed by the Coen bothers who re-inhabit a dream South accented by a rousing folk and gospel soundtrack. A remake of the 1955 original starring Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers, this isn't among the best of the Coen brothers' work, but it's solid entertainment. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Tinseltown

Laws of Attraction (PG-13)
Amidst a sea of litigation, two New York divorce attorneys (Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan) are often competing against each other in the courtroom, but end up in a relationship nonetheless. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (PG-13)
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Man on Fire (R)
Denzel Washington stars as a sullen and remorseful bodyguard who will stop at nothing to avenge the kidnap and murder of his charge (Dakota Fanning). Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Giannini also star in this Tony Scott adaptation of a novel by A.J. Quinnell. -- Not reviewed.

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Mean Girls (PG-13)
See full review on page 30.

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Miracle (PG)
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*Nascar 3D (PG) (in IMAX 3-D)
By now, you probably know that NASCAR is the most popular spectator sport in America and Middle America's unofficial pastime. The film is a 47-minute NASCAR For Dummies primer that includes a brief history of the sport, short profiles of its legends and brief exegesis of its technical underpinnings. Of course, there's no shortage of vroom and boom -- with plenty of point-of-view shots taken inside the speeding cars and sprawling shots of surging racetrack crowds to rival Triumph of the Will. This sport is HUGE. -- John Dicker

Cinemark IMAX

The Punisher (R)
Thomas Jane is FBI agent Frank Castle whose undercover operation goes badly wrong when a young man dies. The parents of the victim, Howard Saint (John Travolta) and his wife (Laura Harring), decide to seek vengeance by killing Castle and his family. Castle survives, becomes the Punisher and decides to repay the compliment. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Sacred Planet (NR)
Cinemark IMAX

Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (PG)
The sequel to the 2002 film that first brought Scooby and the gang to the big screen. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Secret Window (PG-13)
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Taking Lives (R)
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*To End All Wars (R)
Ernest Gordon, portrayed by Ciarn McMenamin, joins Major Ian Campbell (Robert Carlyle) and a battalion of fellow Scots to ship out to Singapore during World War II. They are taken captive by Japanese forces and forced to help build the Thailand-Burma railway. Campbell and American Reardon (Kiefer Sutherland) want to escape and they want revenge; Gordon wants to survive with his soul intact. Gordon's is a true story and so are the excruciating and repetitive beatings that are exacted on Allied soldiers by their captors. Those sensitive to graphic violence will spend a good deal of time averting their eyes. But there is no averting the central message of endurance and, ultimately, forgiveness, driven home with strong performances, some splendid camera work and an unflinching eye for the physical and emotional toll of war. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Opens Friday, for one week only at Carmike Chapel Hills. Call 594-6000 for times.

Walking Tall (PG-13)
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a retired soldier who returns to his hometown to find it overrun with crime. With the help of Jackass star Johnny Knoxville he becomes sheriff and decides to clean up the town. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

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