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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

*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

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30 Days of Night (R)
During the darkest month of the year, a small Alaskan town is attacked by a gang of vampires. Not reviewed

Tinseltown

*American Gangster (R)
Russell Crowe plays a rough-edged, working-class cop who's trying to better himself by studying law at night. Denzel Washington is his childhood friend who's now a Mafioso. And you can't forget them.

Mary Ann Johanson

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

August Rush (PG)
Two musicians connect on a magical evening then are torn apart from the child that is born as a result, until he uses his own musical gifts to search for them. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Bee Movie (PG)
Jerry Seinfeld provides the voice of Barry Benson, a bee just graduated from college in Hive City. The film boasts a fair number of funny individual jokes. What it lacks is any idea how to tie them all together.

Scott Renshaw

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Bella (PG-13)
A former soccer star and a waitress overcome odds and come together through the power of love and kindness.

Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

Beowulf (PG-13)
In this animated feature based on the epic poem, director Robert Zemeckis spent who knows how many dollars in an attempt to perfectly simulate the human face. As he surely discovered too late in production, there is no number of cleverly drawn lines around the eyes, individually drawn facial hairs or specifically calculated skin pores that can enliven a dead cartoon face.

MaryAnn Johanson

Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Tinseltown

*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

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The Comebacks (PG-13)
This spoof of sports movies follows an unlucky football coach and his team of misfits who strive to make it to the championships. Not reviewed

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*Dan in Real Life (PG-13)
Steve Carell stars as an advice columnist in this film about family and it's about family in a more genuine way than most movies are able to manage.

Jeff Sneider

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Dragon Wars (PG-13)
Based on a legend from Korea, a man and a young girl try to save the planet from mythical creatures.

Not reviewed

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*Enchanted (PG)
The sweet silliness of the collective Disney-animated, fairy-tale landscape meets the rough reality of Noo Yawk City. Why didn't someone think of this sooner? Enchanted can't go wrong.

MaryAnn Johanson

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Fred Claus (PG)
Vince Vaughn plays Santa's not-so-warm-and-fuzzy older brother as they are reunited at the North Pole. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*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

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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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The Heartbreak Kid (R)
This comedic remake of 1972's The Heartbreak Kid follows a newlywed man (Ben Stiller) on his honeymoon, where he meets another woman that may be a better fit for him than his new wife. Not reviewed

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Hitman (R)
After becoming entangled in an international conspiracy, an assassin called Agent 47 finds himself being chased by Russian soldiers and Interpol agents in this film based on a video game character. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Into the Wild (R)
Director Sean Penn thoroughly and satisfyingly retells the tale of Christopher McCandless' wilderness journeys, which author Jon Krakauer first eloquently brought to light in his 1996 best-selling book. Cole Smithey

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

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*Lars and the Real Girl (PG-13)
It's debatable as to whether audiences are interested in a mature, adult film with a ridiculous, almost juvenile, premise about a man who falls in love with a life-size, anatomically correct silicone doll. But the truth is that the film is one of the year's most pleasant surprises. Jeff Sneider

Kimball's Twin Peak

*Martian Child (PG)
John Cusack plays a fiction writer who has adopted Dennis, a troubled 8-year-old who has created a fiction for himself, believing that he's "from Mars." This is, wonderfully, a smart and snappy yet never sappy portrait of a budding family.

Mary Ann Johanson

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*The Mist (R)
The Mist, which Frank Darabont wrote and directed as an adaptation from a Stephen King novella, is not only one of the best movies of 2007, it's one of the best horror movies ever made. MaryAnn Johanson

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (G)
When the eccentric owner of magical toy store (Dustin Hoffman) turns his store over to its manager (Natalie Portman), changes begin to take place. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*No Country for Old Men (R)
This tale begins with a simple man making a simple but stupid decision. He stumbles upon a heroin deal-turned-bloodbath with $2 million still at hand for the taking. When he grabs the money and runs, he immediately becomes the target of Anton Chigurh, a relentless killing machine.

Scott Renshaw

Cinemark 16

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

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Saw IV (R)
Detectives are thrown into a madman's deadly trap while searching for answers to his grizzly murders. Not reviewed

Tinseltown

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure (NR)
Dolly, a curious dolichorhynchops of the Late Cretaceous period, maneuvers her way through dangerous waters and encounters fellow sea creatures in this computer-animated journey. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16 IMAX

This Christmas (PG-13)
The Whitfield family celebrates their first Christmas holiday together after being apart for four years. Not reviewed

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

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