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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

*The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PG)
The four Pevensie siblings are whisked back to Narnia. Upon their return, they discover centuries have gone by and they're revered as heroic legends and are forced to live up to them. The filmmakers behind this adaptation must understand the feeling. Scott Renshaw
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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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*The Dark Knight (PG-13)
In The Dark Knight, Batman's purposeful, gadget-abetted, vaguely libertarian vigilantism has shown results, but still he has his work cut out for him. The film offers much: a terrific opening sequence, many thrills, some surprises and a few remarkable transformations of character. Jonathan Kiefer
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*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 Fall (R)
Hollywood stuntman Roy Walker is laid up in a hospital bed with a broken back. On a whim, he enlists a young patient to steal morphine pills for him by telling her colorful stories. The film explores intriguing concepts such as why we tell stories and how the imagination of children works. MaryAnn Johanson
Kimball's Twin Peak

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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*Forgetting Sarah Marshall (R)
A guy flies to Hawaii to shake off a bad breakup, and there is his ex-girlfriend and her new squeeze. Viewers will have to decide for themselves whether the laughs scored excuse the meandering plot. Scott Renshaw
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*Get Smart (PG-13)
The Mel Brooks/Buck Henry-created 1960s TV series Get Smart predates this reviewer and, in all likelihood, this film's target audience as well. There's a constant silliness to the proceedings, but on the whole, Get Smart is a highly entertaining two-hour diversion for a hot summer afternoon. Jeff Sneider
Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Hancock (PG-13)
There are many joys to be found in Hancock, not the least of which is Will Smith's effortless performance in the title role as an ordinary guy turned reluctant superhero. MaryAnn Johanson
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Happening (R)
M. Night Shyamalan's latest flagrantly mediocre thriller 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
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*Hellboy II: The Golden Army (PG-13)
Director Guillermo del Toro's most distinctive gift may be his way of eliciting unexpected sympathy for even the most horrific beasts. Who knew delighting in the grotesque could make comic book-based movies so fun? Jonathan Kiefer
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, 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. Not reviewed
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*Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D (PG)
This film, based on the Jules Verne novel, has no pretensions of being anything other than a virtual theme park ride, but what a fun ride it is. MaryAnn Johanson
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (G)
A story inspired by a toy doll, about a girl who grows up during the Great Depression. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15

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
Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Made of Honor (PG-13)
After a young woman (Michelle Monaghan) asks her friend (Patrick Dempsey) to be the maid of honor at her wedding, he realizes he's in love with her. Not reviewed
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Mamma Mia! (PG-13)
A young woman about to be married searches for her father so he can walk her down the aisle all set to the music of the Swedish pop group ABBA. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

Meet Dave (PG)
Tiny aliens come to earth in a spacecraft that looks like a human being (Eddie Murphy), and encounter problems when he falls for a woman. Not reviewed
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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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Racing Stripes (PG)
The Summer Movie Clubhouse features this 2005 film about a zebra who believes he is a race horse. Not reviewed
Tinseltown

Space Chimps (G)
In this animated feature, Ham III, the grandson of the first ape in space, is sent on a mission to another planet. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Speed Racer (PG)
The original Speed Racer cartoon is a nostalgic touchstone, and you can see Gen-Xers being eager to share it with their own kids. But when this film loses its inner kid, it stumbles over the reality that making family entertainment is not always so simple. Scott Renshaw
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*WALL-E (G)

In this technological marvel from Pixar, WALL-E, a trash-compacting robot abandoned on an uninhabitable Earth for 700 years, has been doing the job he was programmed to do when he falls in love with a robot probe sent by the surviving humans. Scott Renshaw
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Wanted (R)
James McAvoy plays a cubicle-dwelling drone turned into a gun-wielding assassin. Also starring Angelina Jolie as McAvoy's predictably sexy, dangerous mentor. Not reviewed
Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

What Happens in Vegas (PG-13)
Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher star in a story about two people who wake up and realize they got married after a night of debauchery in which a huge jackpot was won. Once they're sober, it's a fight for the money. Not reviewed
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