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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

88 Minutes (R)
In this thriller, Al Pacino plays a forensic psychologist who testifies in a murder trial, then receives a phone call saying he has "88 minutes to live" (which also is the length of the remainder of the film). 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
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 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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*The Counterfeiters (R)
The hero of this story is a convicted con artist, a Russian Jew who became known as the "King of Counterfeiters" before ending up in a concentration camp during the Nazi regime. The film prompts a fresh look at a much-dissected time period and creates characters that are allowed to bloom under the weight of the tragedy. Tricia Olszewski
Kimball's Twin Peak

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, 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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Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (PG)
Expelled isn't about "intelligent design," an alternative scientific theory, or even academic freedom. It's about Stein believing he has proven that acceptance of evolution leads to atheism. Hence, evolution cannot be allowed to be true. Even if it is. MaryAnn Johanson
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
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The Forbidden Kingdom (PG-13)
This kung fu film, based on the Chinese legend of the Monkey King, pairs Jet Li and Jackie Chan for the first time. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (R)
A guy flies to Hawaii to shake off a bad breakup, and there is his ex-girlfriend and her new squeeze. Viewers will have to decide for themselves whether the laughs scored excuse the meandering plot. Scott Renshaw
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

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

Prom Night (PG-13)
A high school girl and her friends must escape a sadistic killer to survive their prom night. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Ruins (R)
Horror ensues when young tourists on vacation in Mexico discover something evil at an archeological site covered in vines. Not reviewed

*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

Smart People (R)
When a woman (Sarah Jessica Parker) agrees to help her widowed former professor (Dennis Quaid) she gets more than she bargained for with his young Republican daughter (Ellen Page) and an unexpected visit from his brother (Thomas Haden Church). Not reviewed

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
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Street Kings (R)
From the start it's clear Los Angeles detective Tom Ludlow is a "shoot first, plant evidence later" badass who doesn't let procedure get in the way. Give the film a few minutes more and you'll know pretty much everything there is to know about him because this is a movie that assumes everyone watching is a moron. Scott Renshaw
Carmike 10, 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

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

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
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