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Alexander (R)
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*The Aviator (PG-13)
Leonardo DiCaprio gives an eloquent and sympathetic portrayal of Howard Hughes. Cate Blanchett provides an extraordinary rendition of Katharine Hepburn. A glorious biographical view of Hughes as a futurist, directed by Martin Scorsese. -- Cole Smithey

Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Blade Trinity (R)
Wesley Snipes returns as the day-walking vampire hunter in this third and final film in the franchise. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Tinseltown

Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason (R)
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*Closer (R)
The beautifully photographed but self-absorbed and cruel characters in director Mike Nichols' film never stop lying to each other. Nichols succeeds in preserving the plot while detaching the viewer from the characters, allowing the film to unfold a step back from the intensity of the characters' selfishness. Featuring Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. -- Dan Wilcock


Coach Carter (PG-13)
Samuel L. Jackson stars as a controversial high school basketball coach who benches his undefeated team, demanding better academic performance. Directed by Thomas Carter (Save the Last Dance). -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Fat Albert (PG)
A new take on Bill Cosby's beloved character, Fat Albert. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag (NR)
A young pilot's progression through the challenging and dangerous exercises of an international training program for air forces. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16 IMAX

*Finding Neverland (PG)
A whimsical, warmhearted and heart-wrenching film about J.M. Barrie, the playwright who wrote Peter Pan, that builds to a moving climax like a teakettle over a flame. A film set apart from Hollywood's standard sex-and-violence fare for adults, starring Johnny Depp as Barrie; co-starring Kate Winslet. -- Dan Wilcock

Cinemark 16

Flight of the Phoenix (PG-13)
The remake of Robert Aldrich's revered 1965 classic would be 15 percent better if not for its abysmal use of pop music, and it would be 100 percent better if Aldrich's son William had never thought to ride on his father's coattails by producing it in the first place. Starring Dennis Quaid. -- Cole Smithey

Cinemark 16

The Forgotten (PG-13)
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The Grudge (PG-13)
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The Incredibles (PG)
A family of superheroes in hiding is forced to reveal themselves to save the world, again. Pixar Animation Studio's 6th digitally animated feature. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

*Kinsey (R)
Director Bill Condon's candid look into the life of sex researcher Alfred Kinsey promises to renew public discourse about how we view sexuality. Condon (Gods and Monsters) retraces the steps of entomologist/biology professor Kinsey (perfectly played by Liam Neeson) as he leads a small group of researchers for his scientific report Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. Kinsey's realization that there is no such thing as "normal" in sexuality is supported in his own wandering sexual habits that threaten to ruin his marriage. Fine performances by Neeson, Laura Linney, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton and Lynn Redgrave make this a must-see movie with Oscar nominations written all over it. Cole Smithey

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Ladder 49
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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (PG)
Three wealthy children's parents are killed in a fire. When they are sent to a distant relative, played by a ghoulish Jim Carrey, they find out that he is plotting to kill them and seize their fortune. Also featuring Meryl Streep. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (R)
Bill Murray plays Steve Zissou, a kind of washed-up Jacques Cousteau character in this Wes Anderson film. Also starring Anjelica Huston. Unlike Anderson's previous films, in The Life Aquatic these characters' petty hatreds and aspirations never strike an emotional chord. If not for his trademark campy attention to detail, it would be boring. -- Dan Wilcock

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Meet the Fockers (PG-13)
Sequel to Meet the Parents, starring Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro. This time the family visits the groom's parents, played by Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Napoleon Dynamite (PG)
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National Treasure (PG)
Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) descends from a family of treasure hunters who have long looked for a chest hidden by the founding fathers of the United States. When he learns of a plot to steal the treasure, his only option is to find it and steal it first. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Ocean's Twelve (PG-13)
Bland inside jokes, perpetual self-referencing dialogue, and foreign heists that will put babies to sleep fill up this truncated sequel starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and a bunch of other beautiful people, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Catherine Zeta-Jones adds a wrinkle to the plot as a hotshot Europol detective. -- Cole Smithey

Cinemark 16, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Phantom of the Opera (PG-13)

*The Polar Express (G)
A Christmas classic for the wired generation. Breathtaking state-of-the-art computer animation combined with a fast-paced storyline make for dazzling eye candy. -- Dan Wilcock

Cinemark 16 IMAX (in IMAX 3D)

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (G)
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*Ray (R)
The much awaited film biography of America's beloved soul man, Ray Charles. The surprise of Ray is not the music; it's fabulous. It's not Jamie Foxx's performance -- tour de force is putting it mildly. The surprise is that despite a blocky, chronological, somewhat plodding story line, the development of a public character we all felt we knew well contains revelations that, while not particularly pretty, enrich the legend of Ray Charles, bringing him a bit closer to the ground. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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Shall We Dance (PG-13)
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Shark Tale (PG)
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*Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (PG)
A slick, sepia-toned love letter to vintage 1930s serial adventures. -- Scott Renshaw

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Spanglish (PG-13)
Flor (Paz Vega) emigrates to Los Angeles from Mexico in hopes of finding a better life for her and her daughter, Cristina (Victoria Luna). Hired by John and Deborah Clasky (Adam Sandler and Tea Leoni) as their housekeeper, Flor contends with the eccentric Claskys' way of life. Directed by James Brooks (As Good As It Gets). -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

White Noise (PG-13)
A man is contacted by his dead wife from beyond the grave. Michael Keaton stars. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

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