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1408 (PG-13)
1408 is a psychological, paranormal and physical juggernaut that will curl your insides. You'll have to think your way through this Stephen King thriller starring John Cusack, which twists like the road to Hana. Cole Smithey

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

300 (R)
Director Zack Snyder's adaptation of Frank Miller's comic book lets pretentiousness smother its cool. Scott Renshaw

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Are We Done Yet? (PG)
In this comedy, a couple and their kids move to a fixer-upper in the suburbs with disastrous results. Not reviewed

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Blades of Glory (PG-13)
Will Ferrell and Jon Heder star in this comedy about two ice skaters who form a pairs team to compete. Not reviewed

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Bridge to Terabithia (PG)
Two fifth-graders become friends and then king and queen of a magical world they create in the woods. Based on the 1987 book. Not reviewed

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Deep Sea (G)
A 3-D journey beneath the sea narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.

Not reviewed

Cinemark 16 IMAX

Delta Farce (PG-13)
Three inept soldiers enroute to Iraq are inadvertently left in Mexico where they try to "liberate" a village. Not reviewed

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Disturbia (R)
A teenager sentenced to house arrest believes his neighbor is a murderer.

Not reviewed

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Evan Almighty (PG)
In this comedy, Steve Carell plays a congressman who is told by God to build an ark to ready himself for a great flood. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Evening (PG-13)
Two sets of real-life mothers and daughters (Vanessa Redgrave and Natasha Richardson, and Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer) star in this drama about the bonds between a mother and her girls. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown


Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (PG)
The Fanstastic Four face new enemies when they meet superpowers Silver Surfer and Galactus. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Firehouse Dog (PG)
A Hollywood stunt dog gets lost and is found by a boy and some firefighters. Not reviewed

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Hot Fuzz (R)
Envious police officers hatch a plot to send a rival London officer to a small town where he is paired with a bumbling partner. Not reviewed

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The Invisible (PG-13)
Two teenagers are invisible to the world, one because of death and the other because of neglect. Not reviewed

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*Knocked Up (R)
This film from the makers of The 40-Year-Old Virgin, tells the story of an unlikely couple's unintended pregnancy and tickles viewers' funny bones while tugging on their heartstrings. Jeff Sneider

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Live Free or Die Hard (PG-13)
Bruce Willis plays detective John McClane, who goes after a terrorist group planning to use the Internet to shut down the entire U.S. infrastructure. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Next (PG-13)
A Vegas magician has a secret ability to see a few minutes into the future. Not reviewed

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Ocean's Thirteen (PG-13)
Danny Ocean brings together the guys for a third casino hit after the owner cheats one of them. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Once (R)
We fall in love with certain movies at different times, and Once had me when the lead characters sit together in a music store, their voices joining in a duet so lovely that I knew I had discovered not just one of my favorite movies of the year, but one of my favorite songs as well. Scott Renshaw

Kimball's Twin Peak

Paris, Je T'Aime (R)
Each of these 18 short films are set around the same basic premise a love story in Paris. Sure, it sounds intrgiuing, but it's an idea far better in theory than in practice. Pete Freedman

Kimball's Twin Peak

Pirates of the Caribbean:

At World's End (PG-13)
Last summer Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man's Chest phenomenally followed up the 2003 original. At World's End, however, turns out overstuffed, over-plotted and, most surprisingly, just plain dull. Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Ratatouille (G)
For the most part, Ratatouille marks the first occasion where Pixar manages to get only the visual presentation right, while serving up a recipe we've sampled many times before. Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Shrek the Third (PG)
It's ... fine. It's fine. But it's not Shrek. Or Shrek 2. This effort exists on only one level " as fluff. MaryAnn Johanson

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown


*Spider-Man 3 (PG-13)
Spider-Man 3 turns out to be a lively, energetic superhero movie. Unfortunately, that's also all it turns out to be. Scott Renshaw

Cinemark 16 IMAX

*Surf's Up (PG)
Because of its penguin lineage, you might feel like you've seen Surf's Up before. But there's no doubt this is a wave worth riding.

Jeff Sneider

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

TMNT (PG)
This animated picture features the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as they work to save the world. Not reviewed

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*Waitress (PG-13)
Stuck in a bad marriage and facing a pregnancy that only makes her feel more desperate, a waitress finds her only pleasure in making her much-loved pies, in this fresh, funny and heartwarming piece of movie-making. Scott Renshaw

Kimball's Twin Peak

Wild Hogs (PG-13)
Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy and John Travolta star as suburban wannabe bikers who take their Harleys on a road trip and meet a hardcore motorcycle gang. Not reviewed

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