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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

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

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

Choke (R)

Just because Victor Mancini is a fatherless, sex-addicted med-school dropout who solicits bankable pity from diners at upscale restaurants by pretending to let them rescue him from choking, that doesn't mean he's wrong. He uses the resulting pity money to keep his demented mother cared for in a nursing home. Jonathan Kiefer

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. 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

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Death Race (R)

In this futuristic thriller, a former prisoner 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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Eagle Eye (PG-13)

Two strangers (Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan) end up fighting for their lives together when an unexpected phone call puts them into dangerous situations that keep escalating. Not reviewed

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

Fireproof (PG)

In an attempt to help their failing marriage, a fireman and his wife enlist in a stunt called "The Love Dare." Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*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 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

Chapel Hills 15, 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

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Igor (PG)

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

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

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 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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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. 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, just the plausible pettiness of human nastiness slowly building to a tragedy of suburban proportions. MaryAnn Johanson

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, 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

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Miracle at St. Anna (R)

Spike Lee's new film about World War II can be seen as a response to what he sees as historical inaccuracies in Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers. While it's Lee's more ambitious and technically accomplished work, and the story confronts important questions of race and identity, Lee veers into melodrama. Jeff Snieder

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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

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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 out on a miserable date to help her see how much better she had it before. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Nights in Rodanthe (PG-13)

Travelling to meet his long lost son, a man (Richard Gere) connects with a woman (Diane Lane), who is struggling with her marriage, when he stops at a small inn. Not reviewed

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

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

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

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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

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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


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

Carmike 10

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. Not reviewed


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