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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

Appaloosa (R)

A small town hires a pair of friends to police a Western town, but things get complicated when a pretty, young widow shows up. Not reviewed

Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Beverly Hills Chihuahua (PG)

In this comedy, Drew Barrymore stars as the voice of Chloe, a rich Beverly Hills chihuahua who finds herself lost on vacation in Mexico. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Body of Lies (R)

What Body of Lies is missing is a broader sense of consequence. It's a story that often seems poised to tell us more about why the War on Terror has turned into such a quagmire, then retreats to the relative safety of explosions and shouting matches. Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

City of Ember (PG)

The people of Ember have lived in their city of lights for years, when the generator begins to fail and two teens must race to find the secret that keeps their city alive. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

College (R)

Three high school seniors checking out a college campus are mistaken for students and have a wild weekend. Not reviewed

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The Duchess (PG-13)

Keira Knightley plays Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, an 18th-century royal celebrity embroiled in personal and political scandal. Not reviewed

Tinseltown

Eagle Eye (PG-13)

Two strangers (Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan) end up fighting for their lives together when an unexpected phone call puts them into dangerous situations that keep escalating. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Express (PG)

The story of Ernie Davis' struggle to become the first African-American Heisman Trophy winner. Not reviewed

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Fireproof (PG)

In an attempt to help their failing marriage, a fireman and his wife enlist in a stunt called "The Love Dare." Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

*Get Smart (PG-13)

There's a constant silliness to the proceedings of this film based on the Mel Brooks/Buck Henry-created 1960s TV series but on the whole, Get Smart is highly entertaining. Jeff Sneider

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*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

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High School Musical 3: Senior Year (G)

As the end of high school approaches, Troy (Zac Efron), Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) and the rest of the gang put on a musical to express their worries, expectations and hopes for the future. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*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

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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. Not reviewed

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The Longshots (PG)

This sports drama is based on the true story of an 11-year-old girl who became the first female in 56 years to play football in the Pop Warner tournament. 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

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Max Payne (PG-13)

Mark Wahlberg stars as a New York City DEA agent seeking revenge after his family is killed in the midst of a conspiracy. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (PG-13)

Director Peter Sollett has become cinema's reigning genius of awkward young love with this story of two bridge-and-tunnel teens who find themselves together on one New York City night. Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15

Nights in Rodanthe (PG-13)

Travelling to meet his long lost son, a man (Richard Gere) connects with a woman (Diane Lane), who is struggling with her marriage, when he stops at a small inn. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

Pineapple Express (R)

With gratuitous dope smoking and even more gratuitous violence, Pineapple Express probably could have been a meeting of minds over the joy of the old-school, low-budget aesthetic, but the story doesn't congeal. Scott Renshaw

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*Pride and Glory (R)

Pride and Glory (starring Colin Farrell and Edward Norton) isn't just a cop movie: It's a people movie set against the immediacy and passion of the cop world. It harkens back to a time when movie-making wasn't seen as a game, but as a calling. MaryAnn Johanson

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Quarantine (R)

When government officials quarantine an apartment complex in California, the residents are never heard from again. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Saw V (R)

Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) is the latest to carry on Jigsaw's legacy of killing, using his skills as a forensics expert to hide his identity. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Secret Life of Bees (PG-13)

This film's inspiration, Sue Monk Kidd's best-selling novel? Not a big fan. Maybe it's a gender thing, what with its emphasis on matriarchy and a girl's adolescence. Or maybe it's my aversion to a certain strain of fiction by white authors set in the segregated South vaguely guilty yet still nostalgic, ugly realities smothered in Fried Green Tomatoes sauce. Scott Renshaw

Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (PG)

George Lucas himself has described this backstory to the Star Wars saga as "extraneous." Here he has a credit for creating the "characters and universe," and probably should also get a permanent one for creating a monster. Jonathan Kiefer

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Step Brothers (R)

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly play 40-year-old losers, unemployed and still living with their respective parents when those parents meet and get married. By the end, it's not just the characters that I wanted to tell to grow up. Scott Renshaw

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Tropic Thunder (R)

Through a strange turn of events three actors (Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr.) portraying soldiers in a big-budget war film are forced to actually fight. Not reviewed

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*W. (PG-13)

Director Oliver Stone reportedly took a while to get this movie funded because some potential backers thought the thing was too pro-Bush. And yes, it tends to depict Dubya as a well-meaning regular fella stuck in dad's shadow. But it's not like Oliver Stone has somehow become a freaking FOX News correspondent. Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*WALL-E (G)

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. Scott Renshaw

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The Women (PG-13)

This comedy, packed with female star power, follows a wealthy New Englander (Meg Ryan) who discovers her husband is cheating with a salesgirl. Not reviewed

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