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No, its not V for Vendetta  its Jeff Bridges in Stick - It.
  • No, its not V for Vendetta its Jeff Bridges in Stick It.

16 Blocks (PG-13)

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Akeelah and the Bee (PG)
A young girl from south Los Angeles attempts to spell her way to the National Spelling Bee. Not reviewed

Carmike Stadium 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

American Dreamz (PG-13)
Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid and Mandy Moore star in this comedy about a popular television show similar to "American Idol," where contestants compete in song and audiences go bonkers. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Aquamarine (PG)

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Benchwarmers (PG-13)
Rob Schneider, David Spade and Jon Heder star as a three-player baseball team that competes against Little League squads. Not reviewed

Carmike Stadium 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Curious George (G)

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Eight Below (PG)

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Failure to Launch (PG-13)
Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker star in this romantic comedy about a man who falls in love while still living with his parents. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

Firewall (PG-13)

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*Friends With Money (R)
See full review on page 32.

Cinemark 16, Kimball's Twin Peak

Glory Road (PG)

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The Hills Have Eyes (R)

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Hoodwinked (PG)

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Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (PG)
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown isn't particularly interesting. It not only lacks a genuine antagonist, but compelling character development as well. If the creators of Ice Age 2 devoted even half as much energy and invention to the main story as they did to the acorn-obsessed rodent Scrat, we'd be talking about a classic for the ages instead of a lot of dead air between moments of brilliance. Scott Renshaw

Cheryl Hines and Robin Williams wade through RV - .
  • Cheryl Hines and Robin Williams wade through RV .

Carmike Stadium 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Inside Man (R)
Smooth Denzel Washingon faces off with hyper-cool Clive Owen in this Spike Lee joint, a bank heist flick that's haphazardly structured but energized by Lee's visual verve. Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16

Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West (NR)
The film chronicles the Corps of Discovery, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, into uncharted territory to find a water passageway to the Pacific Ocean. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16 IMAX

Lucky Number Slevin (R)
Lucky Number Slevin is quite a frisky piece of popcorn because it's clear it isn't taking itself too seriously. Until, that is, it begins taking itself too seriously. After the fun of Lucky Number Slevin's first half wears off, there's nothing left but the loud sound of filmmakers patting themselves on the back. Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Nanny McPhee (PG)

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The Pink Panther (PG)

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Roving Mars (G)
A pair of automated vehicles transmit images from the surface of Mars. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16 IMAX

Scary Movie 4 (PG-13)
Alien "Tr-iPods" invade the world and Cindy (Anna Faris) fights to stop them in this horror-film parody. Not reviewed

Carmike Stadium 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Sentinel (PG-13)
A special agent with a marred past attempts to prevent a conspiracy to kill the president. Starring Michael Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland. Not reviewed

Carmike Stadium 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Silent Hill (PG-13)
A mother searches for her sick daughter in a creepy, deserted town in this horror film. Not reviewed

Carmike Stadium 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Take the Lead (PG-13)
A former professional dancer (Antonio Banderas) takes on the task of teaching dance in a New York public school. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Thank You for Smoking (R)
That Aaron Eckhart has only now, after 14 years of largely unmemorable roles, found his star vehicle, is the best reason to go see Thank You for Smoking, a smart little satire that jabs at the absurd practices of lobbying in American policy-making. Thank You for Smoking is a hopeful sign that smart comedies haven't been completely replaced by dumb ones. Kathryn Eastburn

Kimball's Twin Peak

Ultraviolet (PG-13)

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*V For Vendetta (R)
Even in an era when the term "graphic novel" has given the comic book an air of legitimacy, you probably think you know what you're getting from a movie like V for Vendetta, which is based on an illustrated story. And you probably aren't expecting what may be the most politically subversive blockbuster ever created. Scott Renshaw

Cinemark 16 IMAX

The Wild (G)
The creative apocalypse may be upon us now, for I have never seen a film so blatantly like another as The Wild is like last year's Madagascar. Legal professors could stand these two flicks side by side to demonstrate the concept of "points of similarity" that help determine whether a work has been plagiarized. While the parallels between the two films might actually verge on the actionable, the real crime The Wild commits is being incomparably dull. MaryAnn Johanson

Carmike Stadium 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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