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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

*The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13)

Director George Nolfi does a terrific job of explaining details that might seem like arbitrary plot devices, as well as giving an ordinary mortal a fair shot against what are clearly the equivalent of angels. He wraps the exposition in sharp dialogue and performances that give the pronouncements extra significance. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13)

What were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. — Not reviewed

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

Beastly (PG-13)

A modern take on the classic Beauty and the Beast story. — Not reviewed

Tinseltown

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (PG-13)

Big Momma is back and this time he has big backup: his teenage stepson Trent. — Not reviewed

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*Biutiful (R)

It's hard to describe but also hard to overstate just how extraordinary Javier Bardem's performance is: chock full of contradictions yet entirely at ease with itself and therefore the film's truest hope of genuine humanity. — Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Peak Three

Black Swan (R)

Director Darren Aronofsky has a knack for luring brittle, ropy women into masochistic lesbian-tending situations and for ending movies with a possibly fatal final leap. Could we forget about passion and maybe see some control? — Jonathan Kiefer

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)

It doesn't help, that the adventures here have no heft or emotion, and that the only truly involving characters are the talking warrior mouse and a dragon who enters the story literally out of nowhere. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Coppélia (NR)

In this witty version written by George Balanchine, a mechanical doll threatens the peace of two lovers. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (PG)

As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond. — Not reviewed

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

*The Fighter (R)

For 90 minutes, The Fighter serves up a marvelously loose-limbed look at fascinating people. — Scott Renshaw

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Gnomeo & Juliet (G)

Garden gnomes play a bit of Shakespeare in this animated comedy. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

*The Green Hornet (PG-13)

If the action is out-clevered by the comedy, it's a small price to pay, for the currency of slam-bang movie enjoyment and for some satisfying superhero yuks. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Hall Pass (R)

When two men begin to show signs of restlessness at home, their wives take a bold approach to revitalizing their marriages: granting them one week of freedom to do whatever they want. — Not reviewed

Tinseltown

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

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Just Go With It (PG-13)

Adam Sandler is a plastic surgeon who creates a lie of being previously married to win a girl's affections. — Not reviewed

Tinseltown

*The King's Speech (PG-13)

Viewers expecting the stiff royal drama that the dull title implies will be just as surprised as the stuttering king when he's eventually able to deliver a flawless speech. — Tricia Olszewski

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Kimball's Peak Three, Tinseltown

Limitless (PG-13)

Aspiring author Eddie Morra suffers from chronic writer's block, but his life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a new pharmaceutical that allows him to tap his full potential. — Not reviewed

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

*The Lincoln Lawyer (R)

The Lincoln Lawyer features a completely different Matthew McConaughey. He's gaunt, mature and compelling in this enthralling, gritty crime drama from young director Brad Furman. — Justin Strout

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Little Fockers (PG-13)

It's mystifying trying to fathom just what the hell an actor with the stature of Robert De Niro is doing in a movie that finds the height of its humor in a child's projectile vomiting and dick jokes. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Mars Needs Moms (PG)

We get elaborate set designs that are terribly cool in an "Isn't this awesome in 3-D" sort of way. Yet with these motion-captured characters, it feels even less genuinely engaging than a now-conventional computer-animated story. — Scott Renshaw

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest

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, he has no purpose. — Not reviewed

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The Metropolitan Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor Encore (NR)

Fathom presents an encore presentation of Donizetti's opera in high definition on the big screen. — Not reviewed

Tinseltown

Paul (R)

Like it was some sort of nerdnip, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost give us familiar one-liners to roll around in until we're too giddy to think straight. Past that, Paul doesn't offer much. — Scott Renshaw

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

*Rango (PG)

Rango isn't just a great feature-length cartoon: it's effortlessly the best movie of 2011 so far, and it's the best Western in ages. — MaryAnn Johanson

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

*Red Riding Hood (PG-13)

Despite a creaky start, Orphan screenwriter David Leslie Johnson works matinee magic, contorting the material into an easy bull's-eye for director Catherine Hardwicke to hit. — Justin Strout

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Sucker Punch (PG-13)

Those only interested in seeing attractive women in skimpy outfits kicking ass will find all they want in Sucker Punch. But those who want to see a movie that's actually good will instead leave just feeling like a sucker. — Dan Hudak

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

*Tangled (PG)

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

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TRON: Legacy (PG-13)

Legacy lectures us about immersing ourselves in the digital world at the risk of our interactions in the real world, but we could have enjoyed its candy-coated delights without having to be warned that there's no place like home. — Scott Renshaw

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*True Grit (PG-13)

It may seem as though the Coen brothers just want to add "vintage Western" to the list of genre roads they've traveled. Instead, they've subtly crafted what may be their most deeply felt movie yet. — Scott Renshaw

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Yogi Bear (PG)

Yogi must prove that he really is "smarter than the average bear" and find a way to save Jellystone Park from closing forever. — Not reviewed

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