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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.
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
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*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
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*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, Hollywood Interquest

*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
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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
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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, 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
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Pineapple Express (R)
With gratuitous dope smoking and even more gratuitous violence, Pineapple Express probably could have been a meeting of minds over the joy of the old-school, low-budget aesthetic. But something doesn't quite congeal in this story about a pothead and his dealer on the run. Scott Renshaw
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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. Jonathan Kiefer
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (PG-13)
Yup, those pants are still traveling. The girls are off on their first adventures as college students the summer after freshman year. In this film though, the jeans are entirely incidental to everything that happens. MaryAnn Johanson
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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
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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

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
Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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, 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
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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
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You Don't Mess with the Zohan (PG-13)
Adam Sandler stars as Zohan, a Mossad agent, who fakes his death so that he can pursue his dream of working as a hair stylist in New York City. Not reviewed
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