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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

27 Dresses (PG-13)
Katherine Heigl plays an unmarried woman who has been a bridesmaid 27 times, when she is asked to be in the wedding of her sister and the man she secretly loves. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Atonement (R)
A 13-year-old girl, who is also an imaginative writer, falsely accuses her older sister's boyfriend of a crime and changes their lives forever. Not reviewed
Cinemark 16

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
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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
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Beowulf (PG-13)
In this animated feature based on the epic poem, director Robert Zemeckis spent who-knows-how-much in an attempt to perfectly simulate the human face. As he surely discovered, no number of cleverly drawn lines can enliven a dead cartoon face. MaryAnn Johanson
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The Bucket List (PG-13)
Even if you happen to enjoy the kind of grumpy-old-terminally-ill-men shenanigans on display in The Bucket List, with its life-lesson bullet points, you have to find it depressing to watch two once-great talents (Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson) relegated to what is clearly paycheck work. Scott Renshaw
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Charlie Wilson's War (R)
Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) is a congressman whose pleasures in life are drinking, women and serving America. His interest is piqued by news of Afghan rebels fighting the Soviet army. Turning this nonfiction story into what is essentially a comedy was a bold choice and not a particularly wise one. Scott Renshaw
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*Cloverfield (PG-13)
Now that I've seen Cloverfield, it's hard to imagine how anyone will top this. It's the monster movie remade for the 21st-century, post-9/11 world. MaryAnn Johanson
Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (PG-13)
After a stroke, Jean-Do Bauby awakes from a coma only to be diagnosed with a condition that spares his beautiful mind, but paralyzes his body save for a single eyelid. After considerable practice and patience, he writes his memoir by painstakingly blinking each word, letter by letter in this extraordinary portrait of man's desire to leave a legacy. Jeff Sneider
Kimball's Twin Peak

*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
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The Eye (PG-13)
Jessica Alba plays a woman who starts to have visions of another world after receiving an eye transplant. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Fool's Gold (PG-13)
Matthew McConaughey plays Finn Finnegan, a man who spends his days scavenging the sea floor for treasure, and Kate Hudson plays his disillusioned wife. In a movie this shallow, it's fitting that the star comes off as a Malibu Ken doll. Scott Renshaw
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Game Plan (PG)
A professional football player and confirmed bachelor discovers that he has a 7-year-old daughter as the result of an earlier fling. Not reviewed
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The Golden Compass (PG-13)
You're probably aware that some religious groups have worked themselves into a lather over The Golden Compass, armed with the knowledge that the author is an avowed atheist. As it turns out, no one really needed to be so concerned ... The Golden Compass manages to make heterodoxy as boring as ass. Scott Renshaw
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Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour (G)
Singer and Disney Channel queen Miley Cyrus (aka Hannah Montana) performs her music in this concert film of her latest tour. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16

*Juno (PG-13)
Juno MacGuff, a 16-year-old high school junior, finds herself pregnant after a one-afternoon-stand with her heretofore platonic pal and opts to give her baby up for adoption. Everyone seems to agree the film is smart and funny, but it is also purely, unpredictably sweet. Scott Renshaw
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Meet the Spartans (PG-13)
This comedy, the latest from writer-director pair Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, is a feature-length parody of historical epics. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15

Michael Clayton (R)
George Clooney plays a dissatisfied lawyer who "fixes" messy cases for large corporate clients when he encounters his biggest challenge yet. Not reviewed
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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
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National Treasure: Book of Secrets (PG)
When a missing page of John Wilkes Booth's diary is found, Nicolas Cage launches a search for the truth behind Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Not reviewed
Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*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

The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything:
A VeggieTales Movie (G)

Three goof-offs Larry the Cucumber, Mr. Lunt and Pa Grape dream of creating a pirate show and end up travelling in history to rescue a family of royals. Not reviewed
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P.S. I Love You (PG-13)
After her husband dies, a young woman discovers he left behind messages to help her move on with life. Not reviewed
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Rambo (R)
Sylvester Stallone reprises his role as John Rambo in this fourth action film of the series, this time set in the jungles of Thailand. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Spirit of the Marathon (NR)
In this feature-length documentary, five runners prepare for and run the 26.2-mile long Chicago Marathon. Not reviewed

*There Will Be Blood (R)
In this devastating drama about oil, family and what happens when there isn't room for both, Daniel Day-Lewis has become the undisputed frontrunner for this year's Best Actor Oscar. Jeff Sneider
Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

Untraceable (R)
Diane Lane stars as an FBI agent who must track an evasive murderer who posts video clips of his victims online. Not reviewed
Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (PG)
This screen adaptation of the popular children's novel follows a young boy who has vowed to protect the hatchling of a mysterious egg. Not reviewed
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Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (PG-13)
Martin Lawrence plays Roscoe Jenkins, a talk show host who leaves his job in Los Angeles to return with his family in the South.
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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