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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

Appaloosa (R)

A small Western town hires a pair of friends to serve as law enforcement. Not reviewed

Hollywood Interquest

Beverly Hills Chihuahua (PG)

Drew Barrymore provides the voice of Chloe, a rich 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 would-be blackmailers (Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand). Jonathan Kiefer

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Changeling (R)

In the clunky overlong Changeling, a true 1920s 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

*The Dark Knight (PG-13)

The latest in the Batman franchise offers many thrills, some surprises and a few remarkable character transformations. Jonathan Kiefer

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Eagle Eye (PG-13)

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

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest

Fireproof (PG)

In an attempt to save their 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 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 by her mother, a girl tries to start fresh at a new high school only to be haunted by her past. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (G)

As graduation approaches, the gang puts on a musical. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

House (PG)

Two couples running from a madman hide in a house in the woods. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, 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 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. Not reviewed

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The Longshots (PG)

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

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (PG)

In this animated sequel, Alex the Lion and his zoo friends end up in Africa. Not reviewed

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

Mamma Mia! (PG-13)

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

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Metropolitan Opera: Doctor Atomic (NR)

The Met presents a modern opera about the creation of the atomic bomb. Not reviewed


Miracle at St. Anna (R)

Spike Lee's 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. Jeff Snieder

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Rachel Getting Married (R)

A young woman leaves drug rehab to attend her sister's wedding. Not reviewed


Religulous (R)

TV host Bill Maher takes on organized religion in this documentary. Not reviewed

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Role Models (R)

Role Models is the usual assemblage of tittering about bodily fluids, homophobia, sex acts and other expressions of male adolescent anxiety that passes for comedy today. MaryAnn Johanson

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

Romeo and Juliet: London's Royal Ballet (NR)

The London Royal Ballet performs a production based on the Shakespearean classic. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

Saw V (R)

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

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Secret Life of Bees (PG-13)

This film's inspiration, Sue Monk Kidd's novel? Not a big fan. Maybe it's a gender thing, since it features 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. Scott Renshaw


Soul Men (PG)

Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac star as soul singers who grudgingly reunite for a concert. Not reviewed

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

Traitor (PG-13)

In this espionage thriller, plots thicken, blood spills, and the characters race to prevent a terrorist attack. Jonathan Kiefer

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Tropic Thunder (R)

Three actors in a big-budget war film are forced to actually fight. Not reviewed

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*W. (PG-13)

Director Oliver Stone took a while to get this movie funded because some potential backers thought it was too pro-Bush. But it's not like Stone has become a freaking FOX News correspondent. Jonathan Kiefer



A robot abandoned on Earth for 700 years falls in love with a robot probe. Scott Renshaw

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Zack and Miri Make a Porno (R)

Writer-director Kevin Smith's 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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