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*3:10 to Yuma (R)
A remake of the 1957 Western, this solid adaptation of an Elmore Leonard short story stars Christian Bale and Russell Crowe on opposite sides of the law. Jeff Sneider

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Balls of Fury (PG-13)
Christopher Walken plays an obviously-not-Chinese Chinese gangster in this ping-pong flick and becomes the walking incarnation of the film's hit-and-miss understanding of what's funny. Scott Renshaw

Tinseltown

*The Bourne Ultimatum (PG-13)
The third part of 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

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Brave One (R)
This drama, starring Jodie Foster, could have been a smart, complex study of feeling impotent in the face of evil, but it takes an idiotic walk down a dark alley and never comes back. Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Death at a Funeral (R)
Frank Oz directs this comedy about family secrets in a dysfunctional English family that threaten to come to light after a death. Not reviewed

Kimball's Twin Peak

*Eastern Promises (R)
The film's bumpy, uncomfortable ride of unpredictability forces the viewer to reconsider everything that it is and everything that it says. And that's a wonderful thing for a movie about gangsters to offer. MaryAnn Johanson

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Evan Almighty (PG)
Steve Carell plays a congressman told by God to build an ark and ready himself for a great flood. Not reviewed

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Feast of Love (R)
A coffee shop run by a man (Greg Kinnear) in a small Oregon town serves as the hub of romantic activity for the town's close-knit residents who are observed by a local professor (Morgan Freeman). Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Game Plan (PG)
A professional football player and confirmed bachelor discovers that he has a 7-year-old daughter as the result of an earlier fling. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Good Luck Chuck (R)
In order to be with his dream woman, Charlie Logan must break a curse that makes every woman he dates fall in love with the next man she meets. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Hairspray (PG)
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

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*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

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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

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*In the Valley of Elah (R)
Based on a true story, Elah stars Tommy Lee Jones as Hank Deerfield, a retired military police officer whose youngest son returns from a tour of duty in Iraq only to be tragically murdered on his own soil. There's no doubt that In the Valley of Elah is one of the best of the year. Jeff Sneider

Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

The Kingdom (R)
The bombing of Westerners living in Saudi Arabia leads an FBI agent to gather a special team to find the villainous mastermind behind the plot. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, 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

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Mr. Woodcock (PG-13)
In this comedy, a man returns to his hometown to stop his mother (Susan Sarandon) from marrying his dreaded high school gym teacher (Billy Bob Thornton). Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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

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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

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Resident Evil: Extinction (R)
Survivors of the apocalypse must cross the desert of Nevada and fight killer zombies and other creatures to avoid extinction.

Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Rush Hour 3 (PG-13)
Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker accidentally get themselves involved with the Chinese Triad crew. Not reviewed

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

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

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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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Sydney White (PG-13)
This modern Snow White tale follows a beautiful college co-ed and her life with seven "dorks." Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*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

Cinemark 16 IMAX, Picture Show

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