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88 Minutes (R)
In this thriller, Al Pacino plays a forensic psychologist who testifies in a murder trial, then receives a phone call saying he has "88 minutes to live" (which also is the length of the remainder of the film). Not reviewed
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21 (PG-13)
Six MIT students learn to count cards from their college professor (Kevin Spacey) and win millions in Vegas casinos. Not reviewed
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Baby Mama (PG-13)
Tina Fey plays a successful professional who decides she's done waiting for the right man and doesn't need one to have a child of her own. Even on its own sorry terms, Baby Mama is ludicrous, falling back on toilet humor because it has nothing else to offer. MaryAnn Johanson
Chapel Hills 15, Picture Show

*The Band's Visit (PG-13)
We meet the Alexandria Police Ceremonial Orchestra at the airport in Israel, where they are to perform for the opening of an Arab cultural center. But The Band's Visit isn't political. The film itself is beautiful, gentle, warm and silly (in the best possible way). MaryAnn Johanson
Kimball's Twin Peak

*The Bank Job (R)
In September 1971, British newspapers tell of a brazen robbery at a Baker Street bank. Based on a true story, maybe it's not 100-percent true, but it's a damn good guess, and a ridiculously entertaining one. MaryAnn Johanson
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*The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PG)
The four Pevensie siblings are whisked back to Narnia when Prince Caspian blows Susan's magic horn for aid. Upon their return to the strange land, they discover centuries have gone by and they're revered as heroic legends and are forced to live up to them. The filmmakers behind the Narnia adaptations must understand the feeling. Scott Renshaw
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

College Road Trip (G)
The Disney Channel's Raven-Symon plays a high school student traveling the country to check out prospective colleges with her father (Martin Lawrence) who is determined to keep an eye on her. Not reviewed
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*Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (G)
In comparison to most kid-flicks, Horton Hears a Who! is quite charming. But someday, it might be nice to see a movie that actually trusts the unique rhythms of Seuss' storytelling. Scott Renshaw
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The Forbidden Kingdom (PG-13)
This kung fu film, based on the Chinese legend of the Monkey King, pairs Jet Li and Jackie Chan for the first time. Not reviewed
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The Happening (R)
M. Night Shyamalan's latest flagrantly mediocre thriller, The Happening, is full of people flying off buildings or through car windshields, teenagers getting shot at point blank range, and other gruesome spectacles such as Mark Wahlberg playing a high school science teacher. Jonathan Kiefer
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Happy Feet (PG)
In this animated film, an emperor penguin can't sing like the others to woo a mate, but he can tap dance like mad. Not reviewed
Tinseltown

The Incredible Hulk (PG-13)
Edward Norton stars as Dr. Bruce Banner, the scientist who due to an experiment gone awry is transformed into a monster whenever he grows angry. As Banner seeks a cure, he fights to save New York City in this adaptation based on the comic book. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (PG-13)
It's not Harrison Ford who feels creaky in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it's everything that has been constructed around him. The previous Indiana Jones films involved over-the-top elements, but they earned latitude thanks to their light-footedness, which is absent here. Scott Renshaw
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Iron Man (PG-13)
Director Jon Favreau knows to just stay the hell out of Robert Downey Jr.'s way and let him run with the story. In fact, this might well be the perfect comic book flick. It's pertinent enough to feel like the real world and tongue-in-cheek enough not to get heavy about it, with enough self-respect to be sincere. It even manages to be funny in more places than you might imagine. MaryAnne Johanson
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Kung Fu Panda (PG)
Po (Jack Black), a lazy panda, is schooled by Kung Fu master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) after the panda is inadvertently chosen to be the next Dragon Warrior in this feature from DreamWorks Animation. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Nim's Island (PG)
Based on the children's story, this adventure film follows a girl living with her father on a remote island, who imagines her world is like that in her favorite book. Not reviewed
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Sex and the City: The Movie (R)
Together Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha endure the requisite life changes: a wedding, a pregnancy, a cheat, a pair of cold feet, a broken friendship and even an uncool New York City area code. The movie feels like a full seventh season of the HBO TV show, but at 145 minutes, the film is, and feels, long. Jonathan Kiefer
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Spiderwick Chronicles (PG)
Twin boys and their sister find themselves in an other-worldly reality populated by strange creatures after moving to the shabby Spiderwick Estate. Not reviewed
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The Strangers (R)
Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman star as a young couple who are terrorized at their vacation getaway by a trio of masked attackers. Not reviewed
Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Superhero Movie (PG-13)
In a parody of superhero films, a high school loser becomes a crime fighter called "The Dragonfly," after being bitten by a genetically altered bug. Not reviewed
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Then She Found Me (R)
Helen Hunt makes her directorial debut adapting Elinor Lipman's 1990 novel in this moody and mildly embarrassing vanity project in which Hunt plays a 39-year-old schoolteacher and adult adoptee worried about her biological clock. Jonathan Kiefer
Kimball's Twin Peak

What Happens in Vegas (PG-13)
Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher star in a story about two people who realize they got married after a night of debauchery where a huge jackpot was won. Once they sober, it's a fight for the money. Not reviewed
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You Don't Mess with the Zohan (PG-13)
Adam Sandler stars as Zohan, a Mossad agent, who fakes his death so that he can pursue his dream of working as a hair stylist in New York City. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Young@Heart (PG)
This delightful documentary follows two dozen gray-haired, soulful singers whose gimmick includes singing contemporary pop songs from Prince and the Clash to OutKast and Radiohead. Young@Heart begs the question, "Are you living, or are you alive?" and the chorus answers loudly. Jeff Sneider
Kimball's Twin Peak

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