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Lucy (Sissy Spacek) and her daughter Betsy (Rachel Hurd- - Wood) confront a giant chicken in An American - Haunting.
  • Lucy (Sissy Spacek) and her daughter Betsy (Rachel Hurd- Wood) confront a giant chicken in An American Haunting.

16 Blocks (PG-13)

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Akeelah and the Bee (PG)
See page 29 for a full review.

Carmike Stadium 10, 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

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Curious George (G)

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Doogle (G)

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Eight Below (PG)

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Firewall (PG-13)

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*Friends with Money (R)
Friends with Money leaves no unpleasantry unturned. If money doesn't buy happiness, living paycheck to paycheck doesn't either. And dating may be hell, but as for the long-term companionship, well, there's a reason why the divorce rate is so high. Nothing's tidied up by film's end, but in a film about everyday trials, open-endedness is more realistic than problematic. Tricia Olszewski

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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)
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

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*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

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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

RV (PG)
Bob Munro (Robin Williams) takes his dysfunctional family on an RV road-trip through the Colorado Rockies, where they clash with an odd community of campers. Not reviewed

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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

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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

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

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Stick It (PG-13)
A rebellious girl (Missy Peregrym) finds her way on an elite gymnastics team coached by Burt Vickerman (Jeff Bridges). Not reviewed

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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

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*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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*United 93 (R)
I can't tell you if writer/director Paul Greengrass got it right as a history lesson. And I can't conceive of how it might be perceived by those whose loved ones are portrayed struggling and dying in an unimaginable situation. All I can say is that United 93 delivers an experience so intense and immediate that I literally felt myself sweating as events unfolded, a knot of anxiety churning in my stomach. Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*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

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