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Movie Picks

Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

21 (PG-13) Six MIT students learn to count cards from their college professor (Kevin Spacey) and win millions in Vegas casinos. Not reviewed
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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
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*The Bank Job (R)
In September 1971, British newspapers tell of a brazen robbery at a Baker Street bank. 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
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*The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PG)
The four Pevensie siblings are whisked back to Narnia when Prince Caspian blows Susan's magic horn for aid. Upon their return to the strange land, they discover centuries have gone by and they're revered as heroic legends and are forced to live up to them. The filmmakers behind the Narnia adaptations must understand the feeling. Scott Renshaw
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

College Road Trip (G)
The Disney Channel's Raven-Symon plays a high school student traveling the country to check out prospective colleges with her father (Martin Lawrence) who is determined to keep an eye on her. 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
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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

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (PG-13)
It's not Harrison Ford who feels creaky in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it's everything that has been constructed around him. The previous Indiana Jones films involved over-the-top elements, but they earned latitude thanks to their light-footedness, which is absent here. Scott Renshaw
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, 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. MaryAnn Johanson
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, 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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The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (G)
The Summer Movie Clubhouse features this 1988 film following the adventures of the young girl in red braids made famous in the children's book series. Not reviewed

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
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Prom Night (PG-13)
A high school girl and friends must escape a sadistic killer to survive prom night. Not reviewed
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Sex and the City: The Movie (R)
Together Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha endure the requisite life changes: a wedding, a pregnancy, a cheat, a pair of cold feet, a broken friendship and even an uncool New York City area code. The movie feels like a full seventh season of the HBO TV show, but at 145 minutes, the film is, and feels, long. Jonathan Kiefer
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Son of Rambow (PG-13)
With Son of Rambow, writer-director Garth Jennings adapts his first sweet-but-not-saccharine screenplay about friendship, broken homes and most importantly love of movies. It stars two young boys who set out to create their own Stallone-inspired "Rambow" movie. Tricia Olszewski
Kimball's Twin Peak

Speed Racer (PG)
The original Speed Racer cartoon is a nostalgic touchstone, and you can see Gen-Xers being eager to share it with their own kids. But when the film loses its inner kid, it stumbles over the reality that making family entertainment isn't always so simple. Scott Renshaw
Chapel Hills 15

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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The Strangers (R)
Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman star as a young couple who are terrorized at their vacation getaway by a trio of masked attackers. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, 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
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What Happens in Vegas (PG-13)
Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher star in a story about two people who realize they got married after a night of debauchery where a huge jackpot was won. Once they sober, it's a fight for the money. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Young@Heart (PG)
This delightful documentary follows two dozen gray-haired, soulful singers whose gimmick includes singing contemporary pop songs from Prince and the Clash to OutKast and Radiohead. Young@Heart begs the question, "Are you living, or are you alive?" and the chorus answers loudly. Jeff Sneider
Kimball's Twin Peak

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