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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 their Western town, but things get complicated when a pretty, young widow shows up. Not reviewed

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Australia (PG-13)

For the first 85 minutes, Australia's a sprawling Western set in 1939 in Northern Australia (starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman). The second half is an epic wartime romance. But the film overreaches as it tries to staple the two pieces together. Scott Renshaw

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Bedtime Stories (PG)

A hotel maintenance man (Adam Sandler) enjoys telling imaginative bedtime stories to his niece and nephew when the stories begin to come true. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Beverly Hills Chihuahua (PG)

Drew Barrymore provides the voice of Chloe, a rich chihuahua who finds herself lost on vacation in Mexico. Not reviewed

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Body of Lies (R)

Body of Lies is 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

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Bolt (PG)

A dog (voiced by John Travolta), who acts in a TV show, thinks he has superpowers until he learns the power of friendship on a cross-country trip. Not reviewed

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, two teens must find the secret that keeps their city alive. Not reviewed

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*The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (PG-13)

While Benjamin Button's chronology spans decades, its ideas don't actually feel particularly sweeping. Roth distills it all down to stuff along the lines of "Life is short and precious, and you should live it to the fullest while you still have the chance." Simplistic though it is, the message does prove potent. Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Day the Earth Stood Still (PG-13)

This is The Day the Earth Barely Even Notices We're on the Brink of Doom, and Why Don't Those Damn Hippies Just Shut Up About Global Warming Already? I'll be damned if there's any indication why the aliens prefer to save the planet over us, or why the audience should understand it either. MaryAnn Johanson

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Tinseltown

*Doubt (PG-13)

Inspired by news of church cover-ups regarding molestation of the children by priests, Doubt unsurprisingly turns into a Hoffman-Streep throwdown. Both Serious Actors deliver passionate performances.

Tricia Olszewski

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Eagle Eye (PG-13)

In this thriller, two strangers (Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan) end up fighting for their lives when an unexpected phone call puts them into dangerous situations that keep escalating. 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

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Four Christmases (PG-13)

A couple (Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn) attempt to visit all four of their parents' homes for the holidays when weather keeps them from going on a vacation instead. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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 hopes and dreams for the future. Not reviewed

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Igor (PG)

In this animated feature, a hunchbacked lab assistant longs to be a full-fledged scientist and win the Evil Science Fair. Not reviewed

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Marley & Me (PG)

Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston star in this film based on the bestselling book about a couple who learns important lessons from a lovable, but troublesome Golden Retriever. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Milk (R)

If no single moment can be completely fitting for a biographical drama about martyred civil rights hero Harvey Milk, this moment, 30 years after his assassination, sure feels close. In the end, Milk transcends its historical duty, seeming both timely and timeless. Jonathan Kiefer

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Role Models (R)

Role Models is that usual assemblage of tittering about bodily fluids, casual homophobia, random sex acts and other expressions of apparently unoutgrowable male adolescent anxiety that passes for comedy today. MaryAnn Johanson

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The Secret Life of Bees (PG-13)

What makes this kind of glorified TV-movie so frustrating? You know it's never going to dig at anything. The film does show (discreetly) the arbitrary violence against Southern blacks, but there's little pretense that the film is more than a pep rally for female strength. Scott Renshaw

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Seven Pounds (PG-13)

In a world where trailers usually give away the entire plot, Sony Pictures has been downright elusive about this one. Maybe we can tell it's a drama with some tragic elements but we can be sure is that Will Smith is the hero. Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Slumdog Millionaire (R)

Now we know why the world has been overrun by idiotic game shows like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Without them we wouldn't have Danny Boyle's surprising, fresh and enchanting new movie about a poor Mumbai teen poised to win 20 million rupees on the Indian version of the game. MaryAnn Johanson

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The Spirit (R)

In this film based on the comic book series, a young cop returns from the afterlife to fight crime in Central City. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*The Tale of Despereaux (G)

You wouldn't think there would be any more lovely stories to tell about cute furry creatures (like Despereaux the mouse) who defy odds, embrace danger, find love and celebrate honor all from the confines of a cartoon. But with this delightful, inventive film, we find there's at least one more. MaryAnn Johanson

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Twilight (PG-13)

OMG! This is the best movie ever (if you're a 12-year-old fan). Twilight is all about Bella, who's a junior in high school, and Edward, who is the totally cute vampire teenager she meets at school.

MaryAnn Johanson

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Valkyrie (PG-13)

A group of German officers led by Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler during the World War II. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*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 become a freaking FOX News correspondent. Jonathan Kiefer

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Yes Man (PG-13)

In this comedy, Jim Carrey plays a man who pledges to say "Yes" to everything asked of him for an entire year. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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