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*Apocalypto (R)
Set in the Mayan kingdom of pre-Columbus America, the film tells the story of a man fleeing his fate as a human sacrifice. Director Mel Gibson has created an adventure that moviegoers will find gripping. Scott Renshaw

Cinemark 16

Blood Diamond (R)
Two very different African men, one a mercenary (Leonardo DiCaprio) and the other a Mende fisherman (Djimon Hounsou), band together to retrieve a rare diamond. Not reviewed

Tinseltown

*Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (R)

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*Casino Royale (PG-13)
In lots of little ways, the film stays true to the 40-year-old formula, but this adventure is more invigorating than any Bond film in years and Bond (Daniel Craig) is more than just a tuxedo holding a martini. Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Charlotte's Web (PG)
Based on the children's book, this film features Wilbur the pig and his friend Charlotte, a spider, who devises a plan to keep her friend off the dinner table. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Children of Men (R)
In this film's dystopian vision of the future, women can no longer have children and the world is mourning the loss of its youngest inhabitant, an 18-year-old. It's a gritty, grainy and dirty flick, so magnificently thought-provoking and entertaining that few people will walk away unmoved. Jeff Sneider

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Code Name: The Cleaner (PG-13)
In this comedy, Jake (Cedric the Entertainer) suffers amnesia after a knock on the head and thinks he is a secret agent. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Dj Vu (PG-13)

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Dreamgirls (PG-13)
Dreamgirls works best as an old-fashioned backstage melodrama, full of strong performances and big production values. On a certain level, it may feel like only a minor variation on the hundreds of other weepies about the perils of reaching for fame but a story like this can soar with a score. Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Employee of the Month (PG-13)

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Eragon (PG)
A boy finds a dragon's egg, an event that launches him on an adventure to protect his homeland against a villainous king. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Flushed Away (PG)

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Freedom Writers (PG-13)
In a story based on real events, Hilary Swank plays a teacher in a tough classroom who inspires her pupils to become more. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Good Shepherd (R)
Matt Damon stars as a Yale student recruited by the CIA during World War II to monitor a professor suspected of having Nazi ties, in a disappointing effort from director/actor Robert De Niro. Jeff Sneider

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Guardian (PG-13)

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Happily N'Ever After (PG)
A group of evil characters plot to take over Fairy Tale Land, but Ella (Sarah Michelle Gellar) recognizes the threat and leads the resistance in this animated feature. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Happy Feet (PG)
In this animated film featuring Elijah Wood, Robin Williams and Nicole Kidman, Mumble is an Emperor Penguin who can't sing like the other penguins to woo a mate, but he can tap dance like mad. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16 IMAX, Tinseltown

The Holiday (PG-13)
Two women, sick of their man problems at home, swap houses for a vacation, and find new flames in the process. Not reviewed

Tinseltown

The Nativity Story (PG)
This drama tells the Biblical story of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem for Jesus' birth. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Picture Show

Night at the Museum (PG)
Trouble erupts at a natural history museum when a night watchman unknowingly triggers an ancient curse that causes the museum's exhibits to come to life. Not reviewed

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

Open Season (PG)

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (R)
A man creates the world's best perfumes in 18th century Paris, when his efforts to make the ultimate scent take him on a dark journey. Not reviewed

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The Prestige (PG-13)

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*The Pursuit of Happyness (PG-13)
Will Smith stars as a down-on-his-luck salesman attempting an ambitious career change when his wife leaves him and their 5-year-old son (played by Smith's real-life son). Call it corny, but it's an old-school human drama that just works. Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Queen (PG-13)
Following the death of Princess Diana, the Royal family and British Prime Minister Tony Blair struggle to balance the family's personal mourning with the nation's tragedy. Not reviewed

Kimball's Twin Peak

Rocky Balboa (PG)
Sylvester Stallone is back as Rocky, who is widowed and running a restaurant, when he feels the urge to fight again. The movie is moderately enjoyable though less for what Rocky has become than as a paean to everything Rocky once was. Scott Renshaw

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (G)

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Stranger than Fiction (PG-13)

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Thr3e (PG-13)
A murderous psychopath plays with his victims, who must solve twisted riddles on short timelines to save themselves. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

We Are Marshall (PG)
Based on a true story, the film follows the Marshall University football team and its coach as they struggle to recover and rebuild after a tragic plane crash claims the lives of players and fans. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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