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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
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21 (PG-13)
Six MIT students learn to count cards from their college professor (Kevin Spacey) and win millions in Vegas casinos. Not reviewed
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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*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
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16

*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, 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

*Iron Man (PG-13)
Director Jon Favreau knows to just stay the hell out of Robert Downey Jr.'s way and let him run with the story. In fact, this might well be the perfect comic-book flick. It's pertinent enough to feel like the real world and tongue-in-cheek enough not to get heavy about it, with enough self-respect to be sincere. It even manages to be funny in more places than you might imagine. MaryAnne Johanson
Carmike 10, 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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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
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Made of Honor (PG-13)
After a young woman (Michelle Monaghan) asks her friend (Patrick Dempsey) to be the maid of honor at her wedding, he realizes he's in love with her. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, 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
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
Tinseltown

Rambo First Blood (R)
Rambo First Blood is Sylvester Stallone's 1982 classic about a Vietnam war vet. Not reviewed
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
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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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