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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

*The Bourne Ultimatum (PG-13)
The third installment in Bourne's story improves upon a franchise that just keeps getting better. The badass with a grudge may be an action movie staple, but few play it with this kind of resigned, single-minded determination. Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Bratz (PG)
Inspired by the popular line of dolls, this film follows four best friends who use song, dance and fashion to make their dreams come true. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Care Bears: Oopsy Does It (PG-13)
Oopsy must save the Care Bears from Grizzle in this animated feature. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

El Cantante (R)
This film starring Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, tells the life story of the man who brought salsa music to the U.S. Not reviewed

Tinseltown

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

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

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*Hairspray (PG)
There are sprigs of bitter irony, but, mostly, Hairspray wears its tender heart on its sleeve, singing itself hoarse on chipper tunes about being nice, being in love and being yourself no matter what anyone thinks. MaryAnn Johanson

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (PG-13)
With an unexpected directorial flair, David Yates has managed to take a blockbuster fantasy and craft a dark, coming-of-age drama. Scott Renshaw

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

Hot Rod (PG-13)
In this comedy, an Evel Knievel wannabe prepares himself for the jump of his career. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

I Know Who Killed Me (R)
Lindsay Lohan stars as a small-town girl being treated in the hospital after excaping a serial killer, but hospital staff believe she is not who she seems to be. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (PG-13)
Adam Sandler and Kevin James play New York City firemen who masquerade as a gay couple in order to qualify for benefits as domestic partners. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*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

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La Vie en Rose (PG-13)
The director stirs up a flatly accepting astonishment at how many dramatic highlights Edith Piaf's short life was said to contain. But he takes his time in doing so. Jonathan Kiefer

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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

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*Meet the Robinsons (G)
A 12-year-old with a penchant for wild inventions unintentionally wreaks havoc with his latest science fair project in this solid, energetic Disney story designed for older kids and their parents. Scott Renshaw

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Nancy Drew (PG)
The popular teen detective stumbles upon a murder mystery when she accompanies her father to Los Angeles. Not reviewed

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No Reservations (PG)
This romantic comedy features Catherine Zeta-Jones as a chef whose high-powered career path is altered when she receives custody of her niece (Abigail Breslin). Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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

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

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Rescue Dawn (PG-13)
This film tells the real-life story of the only American to ever break out of a POW camp during the Vietnam War. There is no separating the event from the character we watch with total empathy. Cole Smithey

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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

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*SiCKO (PG-13)
SiCKO bops along with cheesy pop music references, archive film and TV footage and brief history lessons about iconic figures, but Moore's idealistic motivations resound in his subjects' personal stories. Cole Smithey

Kimball's Twin Peak

The Simpsons Movie (PG-13)
Homer Simpson causes a toxic-waste spill at the nuclear plant necessitating a potentially permanent evacuation of Springfield. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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

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*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

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*Transformers (PG-13)
It's busy, it's silly but the Transformers truly are kick-ass movie creations, an amazing combination of organic fluidity and mechanized bulk. Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Underdog (PG)
Based on the classic cartoon series, this live action film stars Shoeshine, a crime-fighting dog with superpowers. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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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