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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

*127 Hours (R)

For a movie about a brush with death, Danny Boyle's 127 Hours bursts with life. Its first 20 minutes are a rush of joie de vivre, with pulsing, jubilant Slumdog Millionaire-esque music. — Tricia Olszewski

Cinemark 16, Kimball's Peak Three

Alpha and Omega (PG)

Kate and Humphrey are two wolves who are trying to get home after being taken by park rangers and shipped halfway across the country. — Not reviewed

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Burlesque (PG-13)

A small-town girl heads toward the coast, and a job in a burlesque club in Los Angeles. — Not reviewed

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

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 a movie's 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

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Easy A (PG-13)

Easy A is not terrible, but it's not indelible, either; it's simply an agreeable and relatively witty surprise. — Tricia Olszewski

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Fair Game (PG-13)

This story of Valerie Plame is a schmaltzy affair lacking narrative thrust or the slightest hint of humor. — Justin Strout

Kimball's Peak Three

Faster (R)

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is on a mission to avenge his brother's death, while being tracked by a hit man and a cop. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*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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*The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (R)

Lisbeth Salander fans will be happy to see her gothness and smug vengeance return in a delightful way, which elevates this third installment a few notches above the disappointing second. — Tricia Olszewski

Kimball's Peak Three

Glenn Beck Encore: Broke (NR)

Glenn Beck on his ways of fixing America. — Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest

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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*Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (PG-13)

This Potter falls somewhere between ambitious and momentous in its own way, yet never quite as powerful as it wants to be. — Scott Renshaw

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

*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 payoff it is. — Scott Renshaw

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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (PG)

Despite some exceedingly familiar genre elements, Legend of the Guardians proves compelling because it doesn't do everything you would expect an animated feature to do. — Scott Renshaw

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Love and Other Drugs (R)

Based on the memoir Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman, the movie tells the tale of can't-be-tamed Maggie (Anne Hathaway) meeting charming Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal). — Not reviewed

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

Megamind (PG)

Megamind is the most brilliant supervillain that the world has ever known, and he's also 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 when Megamind actually kills him. Suddenly, Megamind has no purpose. — Not reviewed

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

Morning Glory (PG-13)

A desperate female news producer attempts to put out the flames between an anchorman and his blustery but iconic co-host in a last-ditch effort to save their failing morning show. — Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*The Next Three Days (PG-13)

This is Russell Crowe's film, and it is a triumph for him, and for us, in how he lifts the whole endeavor far above genre cheese into the stuff of great and forceful drama. — MaryAnn Johanson

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Resident Evil: Afterlife (R)

In a world that has been ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. — Not reviewed

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Skyline (PG-13)

Survivors must fight for their lives as a extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth. — Not reviewed

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*Tangled (PG)

Why is something with such familiar components so praiseworthy? Because it simply nails those components. The songs are Broadway-catchy, all three central voice performances are terrific, and the comic relief proves genuinely amusing. — Scott Renshaw

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

The Town (R)

While it lacks the magnitude it's after, it doesn't lack the courtesy to entertain. It's a little bit like The Departed, although without Martin Scorsese's heavy menace. — Jonathan Kiefer

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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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*Unstoppable (PG-13)

Having played with fighter jets, race cars, submarines and subway trains in Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Crimson Tide and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, director Tony Scott still isn't done hurling around huge deadly vehicles. — Jonathan Kiefer

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

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

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

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You Again (PG)

Successful PR pro Marni heads home for her older brother's wedding and discovers that he's marrying her high school arch nemesis. — Not reviewed

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