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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

Appaloosa (R)

A small town hires a pair of friends to police a small Western town, but things get complicated when a pretty, young widow shows up. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Beverly Hills Chihuahua (PG)

In this comedy, Drew Barrymore stars as the voice of Chloe, a rich Beverly Hills chihuahua who finds herself lost on vacation in Mexico. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Body of Lies (R)

What Body of Lies is missing is a broader sense of consequence. It's a story that often seems poised to tell us more about why the War on Terror has turned into such a quagmire, then retreats to the relative safety of explosions and shouting matches. Scott Renshaw

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

Burn After Reading (R)

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

Kimball's Twin Peak

City of Ember (PG)

The people of Ember have lived in their city of lights for years, when the generator begins to fail and two teens must race to find the secret that keeps their city alive. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, 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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The Duchess (PG-13)

Keira Knightley plays Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, an 18th-century royal celebrity embroiled in personal and political scandal. Not reviewed

Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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

*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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*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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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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*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

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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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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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Max Payne (PG-13)

Mark Wahlberg stars as a New York City DEA agent seeking revenge after his family is killed in the midst of a conspiracy. Not reviewed

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

*Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (PG-13)

Director Peter Sollett has become cinema's reigning genius of awkward young love with this story of two bridge-and-tunnel teens who find themselves together on one New York City night. Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, 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

Chapel Hills 15, 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 the story doesn't congeal. Scott Renshaw

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Quarantine (R)

When government officials quarantine an apartment complex in California, the residents are never heard from again. Not reviewed

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

The Secret Life of Bees (PG-13)

This film's inspiration, Sue Monk Kidd's best-selling novel? Not a big fan. Maybe it's a gender thing, what with its emphasis on matriarchy and a girl's adolescence. Or maybe it's my aversion to a certain strain of fiction by white authors set in the segregated South vaguely guilty yet still nostalgic, ugly realities smothered in Fried Green Tomatoes sauce. Scott Renshaw

Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

Sex Drive (R)

In a quest to lose his virginity, a teenager heads out on a road trip with his friends to meet a woman he found on the Internet. Not reviewed

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

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

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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

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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. By the end, it's not just the characters that I wanted to tell to grow up. Scott Renshaw

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*Tell No One (NR)

It's OK to describe Tell No One as a roller-coaster ride through a labyrinth of riddles, because the movie is as cognizant of such clichs as we are. It has everything it needs: mystery, suspense, corrupt motives and pure ones, the requisite last-act explanation, plus a surplus of winning performances. Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Twin Peak

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

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*W. (PG-13)

Director Oliver Stone reportedly took a while to get this movie funded because some potential backers thought the thing was too pro-Bush. And yes, it tends to depict Dubya as a well-meaning regular fella stuck in dad's shadow. But it's not like Oliver Stone has become a freaking FOX News correspondent. Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown


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. Scott Renshaw

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