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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 their Western town. Not reviewed

Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Beverly Hills Chihuahua (PG)

Drew Barrymore provides the voice of a Beverly Hills chihuahua who finds herself lost on vacation in Mexico. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Body of Lies (R)

Body of Lies is 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

Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest

Burn After Reading (R)

A CIA analyst (John Malkovich) gets pushed out of his job, pushed out of his marriage, and pushed around by two blackmailers. Jonathan Kiefer

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Changeling (R)

In the clunky, overlong Changeling, a true tale of child abduction, authoritarian corruption and maternal indignation, director Clint Eastwood's restraint becomes its own kind of mugging. Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Eagle Eye (PG-13)

Two strangers fight for their lives when an unexpected phone call puts them into dangerous situations. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Express (PG)

The story of Ernie Davis' struggle to become the first African-American Heisman Trophy winner. Not reviewed

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Fireproof (PG)

To save their failing marriage, a fireman and his wife enlist in "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 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 as an ordinary guy turned reluctant superhero. MaryAnn Johanson

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The Haunting of Molly Hartley (PG-13)

After surviving a brutal attack, a girl tries to start fresh at a new high school only to be haunted by her past. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (G)

The gang put on a musical about their hopes for life beyond high school. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The House Bunny (PG-13)

A Playboy bunny becomes the house mother at a college sorority. Not reviewed

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*Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D (PG)

This film, based on the novel, has no pretensions of being anything other than a virtual theme park ride. 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) to become the Dragon Warrior. Not reviewed

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The Longshots (PG)

The story of a girl who becomes the first to play Pop Warner football. Not reviewed

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Mamma Mia! (PG-13)

A young woman searches for her father so he can walk her down the aisle at her wedding set to the music of ABBA. Not reviewed

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Max Payne (PG-13)

Mark Wahlberg stars as a New York City DEA agent seeking revenge. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Pineapple Express (R)

With gratuitous dope smoking and violence, Pineapple Express probably could have been a meeting of B-movie minds, but the story doesn't congeal. Scott Renshaw

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*Pride and Glory (R)

Pride and Glory (with Colin Farrell and Edward Norton) isn't just a cop movie: It's a people movie set against the immediacy and passion of the cop world. MaryAnn Johanson

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Religulous (R)

TV host Bill Maher takes on organized religion in this documentary directed by Larry Charles. Not reviewed

Kimball's Twin Peak

RocknRolla (R)

When a London real estate scheme puts piles of money into play, the city's underworld turns out for a piece of the prize. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Saw V (R)

Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) is the latest to carry on Jigsaw's legacy of killing. Not reviewed

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. Scott Renshaw

Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

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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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 somehow become a freaking FOX News correspondent. Jonathan Kiefer



A trash-compacting robot abandoned on an uninhabitable Earth for 700 years falls in love with a robot probe. Scott Renshaw

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What Just Happened? (R)

Robert De Niro plays a Hollywood producer trying to juggle his real life and the bizarre crises of the film world. Not reviewed

Kimball's Twin Peak

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (R)

Writer-director Kevin Smith is funny when the muse strikes, but his attempt to build romantic comedy out of sentimentalizing pornography is just too awkward. Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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