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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

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
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

21 (PG-13)
Six MIT students learn to count cards from their college professor (Kevin Spacey) and win millions in Vegas casinos. Not reviewed
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 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
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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
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*Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (G)
In comparison to most kid-flicks, Horton Hears a Who! is quite charming. But someday, it might be nice to see a movie that actually trusts the unique rhythms of Seuss' storytelling. Scott Renshaw
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Drillbit Taylor (PG-13)
Two young boys who are being bullied in middle school, hire a soldier of fortune (Owen Wilson) to be their bodyguard. 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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The Eye (PG-13)
Jessica Alba plays a woman who starts to have visions of another world after receiving an eye transplant. Not reviewed
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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
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*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
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Leatherheads (PG-13)
George Clooney and John Krasinski play a coach and football hero vying for a sports reporter's hand (Rene Zellweger) in this romantic comedy set amidst the world of 1920s football. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

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

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
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Nim's Island (PG)
Based on the children's story, this adventure film follows a girl living with her father on a remote island, who imagines her world is like that in her favorite book. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, 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

The Ruins (R)
Horror ensues when young tourists on vacation in Mexico discover something evil at an archeological site covered in vines. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Run Fatboy Run (PG-13)
In David Schwimmer's directorial debut, a man who left his pregnant girlfriend at the altar realizes his mistake and fights to win her back. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

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
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*Shine a Light (PG-13)
Director Martin Scorsese returns to the rock 'n roll concert documentary a genre that he helped develop in 1978 with The Last Waltz and captures an energized performance by The Rolling Stones at New York's Beacon Theater in late 2006. Cole Smithey
Cinemark 16 IMAX

Shutter (PG-13)
A photographer and his wife witness a deadly auto accident, but the body disappears and other-worldly images begin to appear on the photographer's film. 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
Cinemark 16 IMAX, Picture Show

Stop Loss (R)
After completing his tour of duty, Sgt. Brandon King is scheduled to be discharged when he's informed that he's been "stop lossed," a legal loophole allowing the president to extend military contracts during war. Unfortunately, Stop Loss misses the opportunity to make a powerful political statement. Jeff Sneider
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Superhero Movie (PG-13)
In a parody of superhero films, a high school loser becomes a crime fighter called "The Dragonfly," after being bitten by a genetically altered bug. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (PG-13)
A woman discovers a father she never knew when she is invited to his funeral, and meets the extended family she didn't know she had. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Tinseltown

Under the Same Moon (PG-13)
After his grandmother's death, a young boy crosses the U.S.-Mexican border in hopes of being reunited with his mother in the States. Not reviewed
Cinemark 16

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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