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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

*Amelia (PG)

The Earhart of Amelia (played by Hilary Swank) is fully formed as a role model from the very first moment, and so she remains all the way through to the end (and beyond). — Jonathan Kiefer

Hollywood Interquest

Astro Boy (PG)

Dr. Tenma is the scientific genius of Metro City, when his son, Toby, is killed in an accident and Tenma builds a robot version of the boy. — MaryAnn Johanson

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Box (PG-13)

A couple discovers a box that will make them rich upon opening it, but will also mean the death of a person they do not know. — Not reviewed

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

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (PG)

This animated adventure is based on the popular children's book about a village where food, rather than rain, falls from the heavens. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

Coco Before Chanel (PG-13)

There's an anesthetized feel to this sedate biopic that suggests problems in its focus. Maybe the more interesting part of her life was after Coco became the fashion icon. — MaryAnn Johanson

Kimball's Peak Three

Couples Retreat (PG-13)

This half-assed update of Fantasy Island, manages to feel somehow both shriveled to short-sitcom proportions and bloated to feature-film length. — Jonathan Kiefer

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

Disney's A Christmas Carol (PG)

A remake of Dickens' classic tale, this time with Jim Carrey playing Scrooge. — Not reviewed

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

The Fourth Kind (PG-13)

This "fact-based" film tells the tale of an Alaskan town whose residents have been disappearing in unexplained circumstances and alien encounters are suspected. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, 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

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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

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*The Hangover (R)

Three groomsmen get so wrecked at a Vegas bachelor party that they lose their memories and the groom. — Jonathan Kiefer

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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

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*The Hurt Locker (R)

Set in Baghdad in 2004, The Hurt Locker follows a fictional U.S. Army bomb squad. — Jonathan Kiefer

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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. — MaryAnn Johanson

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The Informant! (R)

Aren't we due for a great black comedy about white-collar crime? Unfortunately, The Informant! isn't it. — Jonathan Kiefer

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Inglourious Basterds (R)

Quentin Tarantino's "Basterds" comprise a squad of Jewish soldiers behind enemy lines in occupied France. Serious Holocaust Drama this is not. It's more like a smug, glamorous, violently inclined cartoon. — Jonathan Kiefer

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Law Abiding Citizen (R)

A decade after the murders of his wife and daughter, a man seeks his own vengeance against the killer. — Not reviewed

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

Love Happens (PG-13)

After a widower (Aaron Eckhart) writes a bestselling book on dealing with loss, he finds himself falling for a woman (Jennifer Aniston) he meets at one of his seminars. — Not reviewed

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The Men Who Stare at Goats (R)

Reporter Bob Wilton finds himself distraught after his wife leaves him. Determined to throw himself into his work, he heads to the Middle East to find a story in the Iraq war, but uncovers a U.S. military operation created to develop soldiers with psychic abilities. — Scott Renshaw

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

Michael Jackson's This Is It (PG)

This music documentary about Michael Jackson features rehearsals for the London tour that never happened, behind-the-scenes moments and other footage of the pop star. — Not reviewed

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

*Paranormal Activity (R)

Katie and Micah are a young couple who suspect the presence of a supernatural being in their house. — Tricia Olszewski

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Ponyo (G)

This animated film from Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away), tells the story of a young boy and his goldfish who dreams of becoming a princess. — Not reviewed

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*The Proposal (PG-13)

The editor-in-chief at a New York publishing house enlists her long-suffering assistant for a marriage of convenience when her work visa is about to expire. — Scott Renshaw

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Saw VI (R)

Sneak preview: In this sixth installment of the slasher/horror franchise, Agent Strahm has died and Detective Hoffman stands to carry on Jigsaw's grand scheme. — Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

A Serious Man (R)

This is the story of a schlemiel who hopes to be a mensch, but only suffers for his efforts. Is the suffering his fault? His family's? His neighbors'? Hashem's? No, it's the Coen brothers'. — Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Peak Three

*Shorts (PG)

Shorts is a zippy, slapsticky romp about a suburban town gone bonkers when a wish-granting, rainbow-colored rock falls out of the sky. — Jonathan Kiefer

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*The Time Traveler's Wife (PG-13)

Henry DeTamble suffers from a genetic anomaly that causes him to become displaced in time, at random moments he can't control. — MaryAnn Johanson

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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

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself (PG-13)

Tyler Perry plays free-wheeling grandmother Madea, who catches a trio of young people trying to rob her home and decides to teach them a lesson in her own way. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

*Up (PG)

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

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*Where the Wild Things Are (PG)

You could argue that Where the Wild Things Are is the most ambitious film ever inspired by a 10-sentence-long picture-book. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Zombieland (R)

The flesh-eating undead are not, understandably, every movie-goer's taste. But this time, skipping the latest zombie flick will mean missing what may be the funniest comedy of 2009. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15

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