Movie Picks

April 09, 2009
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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

12 Rounds (PG-13)

A detective (John Cena) must rescue his kidnapped girlfriend by performing 12 tasks. — Not reviewed

Tinseltown

*Adventureland (R)

As Reaganomics take a financial toll on a young man's family, he is forced to cancel his European vacation and take a summer job at an amusement park. Adventureland makes you smile and remember the crappy jobs you had, and how at each one, there was usually a magical person who helped you get through it. — Jeff Sneider

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Bedtime Stories (PG)

A hotel maintenance man (Adam Sandler) tells stories to his niece and nephew and they begin to come true. — Not reviewed

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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

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*Coraline (PG)

Coraline, director Harry Selick's intensely imaginative adaptation of the beloved Neil Gaiman novel, tells the story of a young girl who discovers a portal to an alternate life behind a door in her living room. — Jonathan Kiefer

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (PG-13)

Benjamin Button's unique predicament? He is born an old man. As Benjamin ages in reverse, Brad Pitt's heavily made-up face is superimposed over a succession of variously sized bodies. — Scott Renshaw

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Duplicity (PG-13)

Julia Roberts and Clive Owens star as competing corporate spies with a romantic past who team up to con their employers. — Not reviewedHollywood Interquest, Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

Fast & Furious (PG-13)

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reteam to fight a shared enemy and power exotic cars from California through the deserts of Mexico. — Not reviewed

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

The Haunting in Connecticut (PG-13)

After a family moves for their son's health, they encounter a series of supernatural happenings, and find out their home was once a mortuary. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Hotel for Dogs (PG)

A young boy and girl save stray dogs by hiding them in an abandoned house. — Not reviewed

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I Love You, Man (R)

The latest movie of the Judd Apatow trend about successful, yet friendless Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd), who seeks out male companionship before getting married. Unfortunately, the inventive premise is the funniest part of the film.Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Knowing (PG-13)

In this thriller, Nicolas Cage plays a man whose son brings home a piece of paper covered in numbers that seem to predict the dates of natural disasters. — Not reviewed

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

*Monsters vs. Aliens (PG)

Creature features, alien invasions, 3-D gimmickry — from start to finish Monsters vs. Aliens (from DreamWorks Animation) celebrates some of the staples of the 1950s B-movie. — Scott Renshaw

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

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (PG)

A security guard (Kevin James) must come to the rescue when a mall is taken over by would-be robbers. — Not reviewed

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The Pink Panther 2 (PG)

Steve Martin's 2006 remake of the Peter Sellers' classic may have been widely panned, but if you kept your expectations low, it did offer a few chuckles. So you might be hoping the comedian's sequel isn't completely shameful, maybe a light matinee. Wrong. — Tricia Olszewski

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Race to Witch Mountain (PG)

Two young aliens from another planet are on the run from the American government and an assassin sent from their home planet. A gruff but decent taxi driver (Dwayne Johnson) becomes their reluctant protector. Whatever, at least you can munch popcorn to it. — Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest

*Slumdog Millionaire (R)

Now we know why the world has idiotic game shows like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Without them we wouldn't have this surprising, fresh and enchanting 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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Sunshine Cleaning (R)

Sunshine Cleaning would be a waste of film if it weren't for Amy Adams who stars as Rose Lorkowski, a single mom who's eking by as a maid when she decides to make some quick cash as a crime-scene scrubber. — Tricia Olszewski

Cinemark 16

Taken (PG-13)

In addition to kicking ass, Liam Neeson — or, well, his character, ex-spy Bryan Mills — also does a whole lot o' killin'. The reason for his wrath is that his teen daughter has been kidnapped by sex traffickers. — Jonathan Kiefer

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The Uninvited (PG-13)

In this remake of a Korean horror film, a young woman returns home after her mother's death to find her father planning to marry her mother's nurse. — Not reviewed

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Valkyrie (PG-13)

A group of German officers led by Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. — Not reviewed

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Waiting for My Real Life (NR)

A documentary about a young man's struggle to shrink his 800-pound frame, regain his health and hang on to his high school sweetheart. Shown with The Lonely Stag, a short film from Ireland. (All movies in this Independent Film Series are $5.) — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

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, with a full array of results. — Not reviewed

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