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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
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*Alvin and the Chipmunks (PG)
For a flick with enormous potential for driving you screaming from the theater, it's robustly not-awful. MaryAnn Johanson
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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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Be Kind Rewind (PG-13)
Mos Def and Jack Black star as video-store employees renting VHS tapes in a DVD world. When they de-magnetize and erase all the tapes in the store, they begin re-recording the missing movies, but the fun of watching them work with cardboard props and limited talent begins to fade. Scott Renshaw
Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

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
Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Definitely, Maybe (PG-13)
Ryan Reynolds plays a Manhattan father with a 10-year-old daughter (Abigail Breslin) who wants to understand the relationships in her dad's mysterious past. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*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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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
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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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*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 portrait of a guy trying to convince himself there's a reason to stay alive. Scott Renshaw
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In Bruges (R)
Stuck in Bruges, Belgium, following a hit, two assassins see the sights and begin to develop different ideas about life and death. Not reviewed

Jumper (PG-13)
A genetic mutation allows a man to teleport anywhere leading him to discover a war raging between "jumpers" and those wanting to kill them. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*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

*The Kite Runner (PG-13)
This film, which begins in Kabul in 1978, features Amir and Hassan, two boys who spend their days going to the cinema and flying their kites over city rooftops until something bad happens. It is one of the very best films of 2007, and one that perfectly puts a stamp on our confusing and distressing times. MaryAnn Johanson
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Mad Money (PG-13)
Three women (Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes) working for the Federal Reserve hatch a plot to grab cash that is headed for the shredder. Not reviewed
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*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, Kimball's Twin Peak

The Other Boleyn Girl (PG-13)
This film is based on a footnote in history: How King Henry VIII, who broke with the church to divorce his wife and marry Anne Boleyn, may have had an affair and illegitimate children with Anne's sister, Mary. But, it packs plot points so close together all subtext gets choked out. Scott Renshaw
Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Penelope (PG)
This fairy tale is actually Beauty and the Beast with the girl as the beast. Only Christina Ricci is kind of cute with her little piggy snout, the result of a curse placed on her family. Unfortunately, there's just not enough magic in the tale, and the magic there isn't quite the right kind. MaryAnn Johanson
Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Persepolis (PG-13)
Nine-year-old Marjane, who lives in Tehran and likes heavy-metal music and giggles like any schoolgirl you've ever known, is startling in an eye-opening way. Yet somehow Persepolis the movie doesn't quite soar like Persepolis the astonishing graphic novel upon which it's based. MaryAnn Johanson
Kimball's Twin Peak

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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The Savages (R)
Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman play siblings who must face changing family dynamics as they care for their aging father. Not reviewed
Carmike 10

Semi-Pro (R)
Will Ferrell plays the owner of an ABA basketball team from Michigan who is also called into service as the coach and a player. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Spiderwick Chronicles (PG)
Twin boys and their sister find themselves in an other-worldly reality populated by strange creatures after moving to the shabby Spiderwick Estate. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Tinseltown

Step Up 2 the Streets (PG-13)
Two dancers from vastly different backgrounds find romance when they meet at a performing-arts school. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (R)
A London barber (Johnny Depp) forms a sinister alliance with his neighbor in this musical based on the hit Stephen Sondheim musical. Not reviewed
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*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 gives this year's Best Actor Oscar-winning performance. Jeff Sneider
Kimball's Twin Peak

U2 3D (G)
This 3D feature captures the band U2 during seven stops on its international Vertigo tour. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16 IMAX Vantage Point (PG-13)
Eight strangers with different viewpoints on an attempted assassination of the President, try to piece together their stories to determine the truth. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, 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

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