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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
Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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

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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Baby Mama (PG-13)
Tina Fey plays a successful professional who decides she's done waiting for the right man and doesn't need one to have a child of her own. Even on its own sorry terms, Baby Mama is ludicrous, falling back on toilet humor because it has nothing else to offer. MaryAnn Johanson
Carmike 10, 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
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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

Deception (R)
Hugh Jackman plays a lawyer who introduces his accountant friend (Ewan McGregor) to a sex club and soon after the friend is suspected in a woman's disappearance. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*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

*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

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (R)
The cannabis-smoking duo is suspected of being terrorists after trying to bring a bong on board their flight to Amsterdam. Not reviewed
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
Cinemark 16, Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

Married Life (PG-13)
Set in the 1940s, Chris Cooper plays a husband plotting to kill his wife (Patricia Clarkson) to conceal his affair. When Cooper confides in his best friend (Pierce Brosnan), the plot turns to murderous deception. Not reviewed
Kimball's Twin Peak

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

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, the film packs plot points so close together all subtext gets choked out. Scott Renshaw
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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, Tinseltown

*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 concert performance by The Rolling Stones at New York's Beacon Theater in late 2006. Cole Smithey
Cinemark 16 IMAX

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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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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