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*(500) Days of Summer (PG-13)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Tom, a romantic soul writing platitudes for a Los Angeles greeting-card company, when into his life steps his boss' assistant, Summer (Zooey Deschanel), inspiring an instant infatuation. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest, Kimball's Peak Three, Tinseltown

Aliens in the Attic (PG)

When a few teens discover aliens in their vacation house, they realize they must save their parents and the planet from the invaders. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

Angels & Demons (PG-13)

In Ron Howard's movie of Dan Brown's book, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) finds himself whisked to Vatican City, where a murderous, scientifically threatening, religiously confounding conspiracy is afoot. — Jonathan Kiefer

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*Away We Go (R)

This intelligent and comic road film written by married literati Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida stars TV vets John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph as a young couple who are about to have a baby and don't know where they should plant roots. — Jeff Sneider

Kimball's Peak Three

The Collector (R)

An ex-con plans to rob his boss' summer house to settle a debt with his former wife, but doesn't realize another criminal has filled the place with lethal traps. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10

Earth (G)

This documentary based on the Discovery Channel series Planet Earth follows four animal families as they migrate across the globe. — Not reviewed

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*Food, Inc. (PG)

Food, Inc. is about as well-meaning as a movie can be as it chronicles the industrial ruination of American agriculture. But is a fresher, less processed-seeming film really too much to ask? — Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Peak Three

*Funny People (R)

George Simmons (Adam Sandler) is a successful but miserable comedy star whose jaded soul gets a jolt when he's diagnosed with a potentially terminal disease. Ira Wright (Seth Rogen) lands a dubious gig as George's assistant. — Jonathan Kiefer

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

G-Force (PG)

A team of guinea pigs, specially trained as high-tech spies through a secret government program, embarks on a mission to save the planet. — Not reviewed

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

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (PG-13)

In this spin on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a bachelor is visited by the ghosts of past relationships. — Not reviewed

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (PG-13)

A team of elite soldiers must take on a dangerous group known as Cobra, which is led by a nefarious weapons dealer. — Not reviewed

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

Hannah Montana: The Movie (G)

As Miley Stewart's days start to be overtaken by alter ego Hannah Montana, Miley's father encourages her to return to her hometown to get some perspective on life. — Not reviewed

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*Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (PG)

Half-Blood Prince is far less dense with magical action than its predecessors, and perhaps that makes it feel mostly like a stage-setter for the finale that will be Deathly Hallows. Yet it's so rich with characterization that it scarcely matters. — Scott Renshaw

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

*The Hurt Locker (R)

Set in Baghdad in 2004, The Hurt Locker follows a fictional U.S. Army bomb squad, whose members are formally known as Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians, and casually known as the bravest sons of bitches you can imagine. — Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Peak Three, Tinseltown

I Love You, Beth Cooper (PG-13)

During a graduation speech, the geeky valedictorian professes his love for Beth Cooper, the most desirable girl in school. — Not reviewed

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (PG)

This time out, Manny the mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano) is about to be a dad, but complications ensue as Diego the tiger beings to feel left out, and Sid the sloth adopts some dinosaur eggs. — MaryAnn Johanson

Carmike 10

Imagine That (PG)

Eddie Murphy plays a man whose career in finance is coming apart. When he enters his daughter's imaginary world, things begin to look up. — Not reviewed

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*Julie & Julia (PG-13)

Meryl Streep is delightful as cooking legend Julia Child. Endearing Amy Adams plays her counterpart Julie Powell, a would-be novelist who decides to launch a blog in which she'll chronicle preparing every recipe from Julia's cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Land of the Lost (PG-13)

Will Ferrell plays Dr. Rick Marshall in this spoof of the cult classic '70s kids' show set in an alternate universe that includes dinosaurs, a monkey creature named Chaka, and the dreaded lizard-like Sleestaks. — Not reviewed

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*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

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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (PG)

Director Shawn Levy and screenwriters Robert Garant and Thomas Lennon found an even cooler idea for this sequel — the biggest museum on the planet comes alive at night — and they squandered it in an even bigger way. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Orphan (R)

In this horror film, a couple adopts a young girl from an orphanage, but soon discovers she harbors a dark side. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Tinseltown

A Perfect Getaway (R)

A couple believes they're set for a relaxing getaway in the jungles of Hawaii, when they learn vacationers are being hunted down and murdered. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*The Proposal (PG-13)

The editor-in-chief (Sandra Bullock) at a New York publishing house enlists her long-suffering assistant (Ryan Reynolds) for a marriage of convenience when her work visa is about to expire. This old rom-com ground proves surprisingly comfortable. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Public Enemies (R)

Being a Michael Mann film, this boils down to two elegant men on opposite sides of the law: gangster John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) and Special Agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale). — Jonathan Kiefer

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*Star Trek (PG-13)

While Trekkies may find it difficult to accept a U.S.S. Enterprise without William Shatner, Abrams' reboot exists in its own universe, where the next generation of Trek stars proves worth the wait. — Jeff Sneider

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Terminator Salvation (PG-13)

It's 2018 and Skynet, the extremely pro-death-penalty artificial intelligence network, is just about finished scouring humanity from the face of the Earth. Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the leader of the human resistance. — Jonathan Kiefer

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (PG-13)

Director Michael Bay presides over another bloated backstory connecting kick-ass fights between giant robots. — Scott Renshaw

Tinseltown

The Ugly Truth (R)

In this romantic comedy Katherine Heigl plays Abby Richter, a TV news producer whose show is floundering, when Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler), host of a raunchy cable show, is brought in against her wishes. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Up (PG)

Elderly curmudgeon Carl (Edward Asner) launches his house into the air with a massive cascade of balloons and a plan to head to a South American jungle. —Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PG-13)

This movie provides the backstory for Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), seen before in three earlier X-Men features — but this character isn't the same guy. ally the familiar wisecracker, we're mostly watching someone with a completely different psychological make-up. — Scott Renshaw

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