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Robert Downey Jr. ponders the marvels of stage makeup in - Tropic Thunder.
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Brideshead Revisited (PG-13)
Set in a pre-WWII England, this romantic tale about innocence lost is based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh, which also became a 1981 BBC miniseries. Not reviewed
Kimball's Twin Peak

*The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PG)
The four Pevensie siblings are whisked back to Narnia. Upon their return, they discover centuries have gone by and they're revered as heroic legends and are forced to live up to them. The filmmakers behind this adaptation must understand the feeling. Scott Renshaw
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*The Dark Knight (PG-13)
In The Dark Knight, Batman's purposeful, gadget-abetted, vaguely libertarian vigilantism has shown results, but still he has his work cut out for him. The film offers much: a terrific opening sequence, many thrills, some surprises and a few remarkable transformations of character. Jonathan Kiefer
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Hollywood Interquest, 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
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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
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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
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*Get Smart (PG-13)
The Mel Brooks/Buck Henry-created 1960s TV series Get Smart predates this reviewer and, in all likelihood, this film's target audience as well. There's a constant silliness to the proceedings, but on the whole, Get Smart is a highly entertaining two-hour diversion for a hot summer afternoon. Jeff Sneider
Hollywood Interquest

*Hancock (PG-13)
There are many joys to be found in Hancock, not the least of which is Will Smith's effortless performance in the title role as an ordinary guy turned reluctant superhero.

MaryAnn Johanson
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Hellboy II: The Golden Army (PG-13)
Director Guillermo del Toro's most distinctive gift may be his way of eliciting unexpected sympathy for even the most horrific beasts. Who knew delighting in the grotesque could make comic book-based movies so fun?

Jonathan Kiefer
Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Incredible Hulk (PG-13)
Edward Norton stars as Dr. Bruce Banner, the scientist who due to an experiment gone awry is transformed into a monster whenever he grows angry. Not reviewed
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*Iron Man (PG-13)

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
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*Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D (PG)
This film, based on the Jules Verne novel, has no pretensions of being anything other than a virtual theme park ride, but what a fun ride it is. MaryAnn Johanson
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (G)
A story inspired by a toy doll, about a girl who grows up during the Great Depression. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15

Mamma Mia! (PG-13)
A young woman about to be married searches for her father so he can walk her down the aisle all set to the music of the Swedish pop group ABBA. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown Meet Dave (PG)
Tiny aliens come to earth in a spacecraft that looks like a human being (Eddie Murphy), and encounter problems when he falls for a woman. Not reviewed
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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (PG-13)
Brendan Fraser stars as adventurer Rick O'Connell squaring off against Jet Li as the resurrected Emperor Han in this third installment of The Mummy franchise.

Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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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Space Chimps (G)
In this animated feature, Ham III, the grandson of the first ape in space, is sent on a mission to another planet. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15

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 this film loses its inner kid, it stumbles over the reality that making family entertainment is not always so simple.

Scott Renshaw
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Step Brothers (R)
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly play 40-year-old losers, unemployed and still living with their respective parents when those parents meet and get married. This may be the story of two man-children, but by the end, it's not just the characters that I wanted to tell to grow up. Scott Renshaw
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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
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Swing Vote (PG-13)
Swing Vote thinks it can cute-ify the genuine evil of the political villainy of a Karl Rove by packaging it into the faux-Hollywood moustache-twirling "evil" of Stanley Tucci. Someone forgot to tell writer/director Joshua Michael that American culture, media and politics are beyond satire.

MaryAnn Johanson
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*WALL-E (G)

In this technological marvel from Pixar, WALL-E, a trash-compacting robot abandoned on an uninhabitable Earth for 700 years, has been doing the job he was programmed to do when he falls in love with a robot probe sent by the surviving humans. Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Wanted (R)
James McAvoy plays a cubicle-dwelling drone turned gun-wielding assassin. Also starring Angelina Jolie as McAvoy's predictably sexy, dangerous mentor.

Not reviewed
Tinseltown

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (PG-13)
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in this feature-length adaptation of the popular sci-fi TV series. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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