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Babylon A.D. (PG-13)

Vin Diesel plays a mercenary who takes on the dangerous task of escorting a woman, who is carrying a highly deadly virus, out of Russia. Not reviewed

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Burn After Reading (R)

A CIA analyst (John Malkovich) gets pushed out of his job. Then he gets pushed out of his marriage to an icy pediatrician who's having an affair with a fidgety federal marshall (George Clooney), all the while being pushed around by two would-be blackmailers (Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand). Jonathan Kiefer

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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. 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 many thrills, some surprises and a few remarkable character transformations. Jonathan Kiefer

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Death Race (R)

In this futuristic thriller, a former prisoner (Jason Statham) is forced by the prison's warden to enter a brutal, weapon-filled automobile race that goes 'til the death. Not reviewed

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*Get Smart (PG-13)

There's a constant silliness to the proceedings of this film based on the Mel Brooks/Buck Henry-created 1960s TV series but on the whole, Get Smart is highly entertaining. Jeff Sneider

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Ghost Town (PG-13)

In this comedy, a man (Ricky Gervais) dies during a routine colonoscopy and is revived by his doctor only to find that when he wakes up he can see ghosts, who all want favors from him. Not reviewed

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*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

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The House Bunny (PG-13)

A Playboy bunny (Anna Faris) who has been kicked out of the mansion becomes the house mother at a college sorority. Not reviewed


Igor (PG)

In this animated feature, a hunchbacked lab assistant (John Cusack) longs to be a full-fledged scientist and to win top honors at the Evil Science Fair. Not reviewed

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (PG-13)

It's not Harrison Ford who feels creaky in this film, 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

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*Iron Man (PG-13)

This film, starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role, 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. 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

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest

Kung Fu Panda (PG)

Po (Jack Black), a lazy panda, is schooled by Kung Fu master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) after the panda is inadvertently chosen to be the next Dragon Warrior in this feature from DreamWorks Animation. Not reviewed

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*Lakeview Terrace (PG-13)

Oh, to live to see a horror movie for grown-ups! No mad slashers, psychopathic torturers, no creative carving up of frail human bodies. Just the plausible pettiness of human nastiness slowly building to a tragedy of suburban proportions in this film about an interracial couple who move into a new home and find trouble with their neighbor (Samuel L. Jackson). MaryAnn Johanson

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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

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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (PG-13)

Brendan Fraser stars as adventurer Rick O'Connell, who with his son Alex (Luke Ford), squares off against Jet Li as the resurrected Emperor Han in this third installment of The Mummy franchise. Not reviewed

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My Best Friend's Girl (R)

Dane Cook and Kate Hudson star in this romantic comedy about a man who takes his best friend's ex-girlfriend out on a miserable date to help her see how much better she had it before. Not reviewed

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Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway (NR)

Set in the streets of New York City, this rock musical featuring music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson tells the story of a group of young people struggling to survive and pay their rent. Not reviewed

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Righteous Kill (R)

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino star as New York City police detectives who believe a murder may be linked to one they solved years ago that possibly put the wrong man behind bars. 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

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (PG)

George Lucas himself has described this backstory to the Star Wars saga as "extraneous." Here he has a credit for creating the "characters and universe," and probably should also get a permanent one for creating a monster. Jonathan Kiefer

Hollywood Interquest

Traitor (PG-13)

In this espionage thriller featuring Don Cheadle, plots thicken, blood spills, Jeff Daniels surfaces as a shady CIA lifer, and all the major players find themselves embroiled in a race against time and an impending terrorist attack. Jonathan Kiefer

Hollywood Interquest

Transsiberian (R)

When an ordinary American couple (Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer)befriend another twosome (Kate Mara and Eduardo Noriega) on the Trans-Siberian Express, they are unknowingly drawn into a world of drug trafficking and deadly lies. Not reviewed


Tropic Thunder (R)

Through a strange turn of events three actors (Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr.) portraying soldiers in a big-budget war film are forced to actually fight. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys (PG-13)

Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard play the matriarchs of two families one upper class and one working class linked together by lies and greed. Not reviewed

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The Women (PG-13)

This comedy, packed with female star power, follows a wealthy New Englander (Meg Ryan) who discovers her husband is cheating with a salesgirl (Eva Mendes). Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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