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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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10,000 B.C. (PG-13)
Set in prehistoric times, this special effects-filled epic from director Roland Emmerich follows a mammoth hunter as he encounters all types of challenges. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*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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*The Bank Job (R)
In September 1971, British newspapers tell of a brazen robbery at a Baker Street bank. After a few days the story disappears and rumors of a cover-up abound. Based on a true story, maybe it's not 100-percent true, but it's a damn good guess, and a ridiculously entertaining one. MaryAnn Johanson
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, 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

*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
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College Road Trip (G)
The Disney Channel's Raven-Symon plays a high school student travelling the country to check out prospective colleges with her father (Martin Lawrence) who is determined to keep an eye on her. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, 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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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

*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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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
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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (PG-13)
A well-mannered, aging governess is fired from her job in 1939 London and finds a new position as the social secretary for an American actress who exposes her to a world of parties, glamour and excess. Not reviewed

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

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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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
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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
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
Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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. Not reviewed
Carmike 10

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