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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

Despicable Me (PG)

There's nothing actively wrong with Despicable Me. It's just that the whole enterprise feels somewhat lazy. — Scott Renshaw

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*Due Date (R)

When two mismatched souls are Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis, even when the structure supporting them is sometimes shaky, it's still hard to resist. — Scott Renshaw

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The Expendables (R)

Sylvester Stallone directed, wrote and stars in the film along with a gaggle of other fading sorta-action heroes. A more proper name for this ensemble would have been The Meatheaded Geriatrics. — Tricia Olszewski

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*For Colored Girls (R)

Tyler Perry has made a film that doesn't pander, that has something meaningful to say and that is more than merely watchable. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Grown Ups (PG-13)

Five guys — played by Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider — reunite for the funeral of their former basketball coach. None of them have actually grown up, merely gotten older and, it seems, infinitely more malicious. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Hereafter (PG-13)

Like virtually every film that addresses the world beyond, this one simply regurgitates a bland pudding of comforting nondenominational platitudes. — Scott Renshaw

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*Inception (PG-13)

In an unspecified future, the technology exists for people to enter one another's dreams. Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) has become a fugitive corporate spy stealing ideas from the subconsciouses of executives. The Christopher Nolan film proves remarkably nimble at getting us to the payoff, and what a fascinating payoff it is. — Scott Renshaw

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Jackass 3D (R)

Johnny Knoxville and his buddies are back. — Not reviewed

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*Life As We Know It (PG-13)

Life As We Know It is both feel-sad and feel-good, which is a tricky balance to achieve, yet one that becomes so satisfying when all of the right marks are hit. — Tricia Olszewski

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Megamind (PG)

Megamind is the most brilliant supervillain the world has ever known, and the least successful. Over the years, he has tried to conquer Metro City and each attempt is a colossal failure thanks to Metro Man, an invincible hero until the day Megamind actually kills him. Suddenly, Megamind has no purpose. — Not reviewed

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*Nanny McPhee Returns (PG)

The character Nanny McPhee is the perfect antidote for the upside-down fantasy of parental indulgence, and tolerance of "cute" munchkin monsters, that threatens to become the norm. — MaryAnn Johanson

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The Other Guys (PG-13)

In this serviceable comedy, Will Ferrell plays an NYPD forensic accountant who loves his desk job. His resentful partner is played by Mark Wahlberg, who adds some comic embellishments of his own. — Marjorie Baumgarten

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Paranormal Activity 2 (R)

The terror continues as a young couple copes with a potentially evil spirit in their suburban home. — Not reviewed

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RED (PG-13)

It's not that Red doesn't provide individually entertaining moments. But satisfying performances and a few kicks of adrenaline aren't quite enough to make me care if this particular gun-toting badass can find inner peace. — Scott Renshaw

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Saw 3D (R)

As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy, a group of survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Secretariat (PG)

Based on the novel Secretariat: The Making of a Champion by William Nack, Secretariat chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Social Network (PG-13)

For all its real enough ideas — about young people making jobs instead of taking them, about the end of the old privacy and the beginning of a new obscurity — The Social Network falls short of full articulation. — Jonathan Kiefer

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The Switch (PG-13)

A single woman (Jennifer Aniston) decides it's time to have a baby — even if it means doing it by herself with a little help from a charming sperm donor. — Not reviewed

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Takers (PG-13)

A notorious group of criminals continues to baffle police by pulling off perfectly executed bank robberies, when their plans are interrupted by a hardened detective who is hell-bent on solving the case. — Not reviewed

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*Toy Story 3 (G)

The 11 years since Toy Story 2 have passed almost in real time. Due to a mixup, Woody, Buzz and company end up at Sunnyside Day Care, in yet another triumph of profoundly felt storytelling from Pixar that explores the theme of letting go — Scott Renshaw

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Vampires Suck (PG-13)

In this parody of angst-filled vampire mega-movies, high schooler Becca is torn between two boys. — Not reviewed

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*Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13)

The film's only major problem stems from the fact that the last few minutes clash rather jarringly with all that has come before. But it turns out to be a forgivable failure. — MaryAnn Johanson

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