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Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) and June Carter (Reese - Witherspoon) sing about their ring of fire.
  • Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) and June Carter (Reese Witherspoon) sing about their ring of fire.

Aliens of the Deep (G)
James Cameron teams up with NASA scientists to explore the Mid-Ocean Ridge, a submerged chain of mountains, and its ecosystems. In IMAX 3-D. -- Not reviewed

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*The Brothers Grimm (PG-13)
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*Capote (R)
Instead of memorializing Capote with the standard film biopic, traveling from childhood through illustrious career to death, the producer/star (Philip Seymour Hoffman), screenwriter (Dan Futterman) and director (Bennett Miller) chose to limit their drama to one brief era of his life, the years he spent writing his tour de force, In Cold Blood. Capote depicts an artist's dilemma and ultimate demise when faced with selling his soul for a story. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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*Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (PG)
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Chicken Little (G)
Like many Disney films over the years, Chicken Little is a message movie. And the message is this: "Hey, Pixar, we'll show you that we don't really need you!" Perhaps Chicken Little seems disappointing because its characters and unique, off-kilter art design showed such potential to set the movie apart from the gear-grinding machinations of other Pixar wannabes. Pixar's genius always has been the ability to integrate strong stories with its humor and adventure; Chicken Little merely slaps them together side-by-side. -- Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Derailed (R)
When two married business executives (Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston) are caught having an affair and blackmailed by a violent criminal, they decide to turn the tables on him in order to save their families. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Doom (R)
A space-action film loosely based on the "Doom" video games. -- Not reviewed

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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (PG)
A horse trainer (Kurt Russell) and his daughter (Dakota Fanning) nurse an injured horse back to health with the intent of racing her in the Breeders' Cup. Also starring Kris Kristofferson and Elizabeth Shue. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Elizabethtown (PG-13)
If Crowe had managed to find a way to connect Elizabethtown's touches of bliss with a clearer sense of purpose, it might have been transcendent. But he meanders around thematically, at times grappling with tangled father-son connections, then drifting over to grief awkwardly manifested by Drew's mother (Susan Sarandon), then wandering back to Drew (Orlando Bloom) wallowing in self-pity. The only ray of sunshine comes from chatty flight attendant Claire (Kirsten Dunst), who soon never is far from Drew's life. -- Scott Renshaw

Cinemark 16

Flightplan (PG-13)
The notion of hide-and-seek within a jetliner is intriguing and buys the film some decent moments. With Flightplan, we get to see what happens when a passenger loses it and starts running up and down the aisles mid-flight. If it were anyone but Jodie Foster, we might be tempted to laugh. But because it's Jodie Foster, mother of steel, this ain't no laughing matter. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16

The 40-Year-Old Virgin (R)
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Get Rich or Die Tryin' (R)
The story of 50 Cent, an inner-city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue a career in rap music. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Good Night, and Good Luck. (PG)
Directed by George Clooney, this is the story of broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow during the era of McCarthyism. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

The Greatest Game Ever Played (PG)
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (PG-13)
Harry Potter finds himself selected as an under-age competitor in a dangerous wizardry competition in this adaptation of the book by J.K. Rowling. -- Not reviewed

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

*In Her Shoes (PG-13)
Curtis Hanson's detour from testosterone-laden texts (L.A. Confidential, Wonder Boys, 8 Mile) to chick lit is an imperfect success. In Her Shoes wanders for about 30 minutes too many, between the worlds of Maggie Mae Feller (Cameron Diaz), a pretty party girl whose direction in life is obscured by a literacy problem and a careless attitude, and Rose Feller (Toni Collette), Maggie's serious and seriously plodding older and more successful sister. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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Into the Blue (PG-13)
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Jarhead (R)
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx, the film is based on former Marine Anthony Swofford's book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in Saudi Arabia and of fighting in Kuwait. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Just Like Heaven (PG-13)
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The Legend of Zorro (PG)
Zorro (Antonio Banderas) and his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) spring to action when California's statehood is at stake. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Madagascar (PG)
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*March of the Penguins (G)
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Prime (PG-13)
A professional woman from the Upper East Side (Uma Thurman) falls in love with a young painter from Brooklyn, the son of her psychoanalyst (Meryl Streep). -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Saw II (R)
In this sequel, Jigsaw locks some unlucky folks in a death-trapped shelter, where they must find a way out before they inhale too much lethal nerve gas and die. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Shopgirl (R)
The story of Mirabelle (Claire Danes), a disenchanted salesgirl and aspiring artist who has two men in her life: a wealthy divorc (Steve Martin) and a struggling musician (Jason Schwartzman). Based on the novella written by Steve Martin. -- Not reviewed

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Sky High (PG)
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Valiant (G)
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The Weather Man (R)
Nicolas Cage stars as a Chicago weatherman who, after a divorce, debates whether professional and personal successes are mutually exclusive. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Zathura (PG)
John Favreau directs this fantasy adventure story of two young brothers who are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurtled through space. Based on a book written by the author of Jumanji and The Polar Express. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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