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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *. *3:10 to Yuma (R)
A remake of the 1957 Western, this solid adaptation of an Elmore Leonard short story stars Christian Bale and Russell Crowe on opposite sides of the law.

Jeff Sneider Picture Show
*Alvin and the Chipmunks (PG)
It's cute. Actually, it's indescribably adorable as the chipmunks croon "Had a Bad Day" in falsetto while they stash away nuts for the winter. For a flick with enormous potential for driving you screaming from the theater, it starts off on a robustly not-awful note.

MaryAnn Johanson

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown
*American Gangster (R)
Russell Crowe plays a rough-edged, working-class cop who's trying to better himself by studying law at night. Denzel Washington is a ruthless lord of the streets. And you can't forget them. Mary Ann Johanson Picture Show, Tinseltown
August Rush (PG)
Two musicians connect on a magical evening then are torn apart from the child that is born as a result, until he uses his own musical gifts to search for them. Not reviewed Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown
Awake (R)
Awake is a sublimely awful suspense thriller made especially enjoyable by the wildly varied collection of talent taking one for the team. Unfortunately, no amount of Hayden Christensen's screaming can induce the slightest amount of fear. Cole Smithey Tinseltown
Bee Movie (PG)
Jerry Seinfeld provides the voice of Barry Benson, a bee just graduated from college in Hive City. The film boasts a fair number of funny individual jokes. What it lacks is any idea how to tie them all together. Scott Renshaw Picture Show
*Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (R)
These are awful people, but the characters of this film are so deliciously amoral that it's coolly insane fun to watch them implode. Watch as they plan to rob the strip-mall jewelry store run by their own parents. MaryAnn Johanson Kimball's Twin Peak
Bella (PG-13)
A former soccer star and a waitress overcome odds and come together through the power of love and kindness.

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*Enchanted (PG)
The sweet silliness of the collective Disney-animated, fairy-tale landscape meets the rough reality of Noo Yawk City? Why didn't someone think of this sooner? Enchanted can't go wrong.

MaryAnn Johanson Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown
Fred Claus (PG)
Vince Vaughn plays Santa's not-so-warm-and-fuzzy older brother as they are reunited at the North Pole.

Not reviewed Cinemark 16, Tinseltown
The Golden Compass (PG-13)
You're probably aware some religious groups have worked themselves into a lather over The Golden Compass, armed with the knowledge author Philip Pullman is an avowed atheist. As it turns out, no one really needed to be quite so concerned ... The Golden Compass manages to make heterodoxy as boring as ass. Scott Renshaw Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown
Hitman (R)
After becoming entangled in an international conspiracy, an assassin called Agent 47 finds himself being chased by Russian soldiers and Interpol agents in this film based on a video game character. Not reviewed Picture Show, Tinseltown
*I Am Legend (PG-13)
In 2012 Manhattan, Robert Neville (Will Smith) appears to be the only survivor of a virus. There aren't many actors like Smith, who can carry a quiet drama like The Pursuit of Happyness and a science-fiction blockbuster like I, Robot, but he combines those two personas here for an involving portrait of a guy trying to convince himself there's a reason to stay alive. Scott Renshaw Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Tinseltown
*Lars and the Real Girl (PG-13)
It's debatable as to whether audiences are interested in a mature, adult film with a ridiculous, almost juvenile, premise about a man who falls in love with a life-size, anatomically correct silicone doll. But the truth is that this is one of the year's most pleasant surprises. Jeff Sneider Kimball's Twin Peak
*Martian Child (PG)
John Cusack plays a fiction writer who has adopted Dennis, a troubled 8-year-old who has created a fiction for himself, believing that he's "from Mars." This is, wonderfully, a smart and snappy yet never sappy portrait of a budding family. Mary Ann Johanson Picture Show
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (G)
When the eccentric owner of a magical toy store (Dustin Hoffman) turns his store over to its manager (Natalie Portman), changes begin to take place. Not reviewed Picture Show
*No Country for Old Men (R)
This tale begins with a simple man making a simple but stupid decision. He stumbles upon a heroin deal-turned-bloodbath with $2 million still at hand. When he grabs the money and runs, he immediately becomes the target of Anton Chigurh, a relentless killing machine. Scott Renshaw Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16
The Perfect Holiday (PG)
A little girl visits Santa in the mall and asks him to grant her Christmas wish a new husband for her single mother. Not reviewed

Tinseltown Resident Evil: Extinction (R)
Survivors of the apocalypse must cross the desert of Nevada and fight killer zombies and other creatures to avoid extinction. Not reviewed

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Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? (PG-13)
In this adaptation of the stage play, a man's marriage is threatened when a beautiful, young vixen appears in his life. Not reviewed Picture Show
Underdog (PG)
Based on the classic cartoon series, this live-action film stars Shoeshine, a crime-fighting dog with superpowers. Not reviewed Picture Show
We Own the Night (R)
A nightclub manager, who is the black sheep of a multi-generational family of New York cops, allows himself to become an informant for the police after his brother is shot. The situation is compelling, but the film is confused about how to deal with the people in that situation. Scott Renshaw Picture Show

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