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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

Bad for Business (NR)

A man starts a business to help women recover from bad relationships by "stalking" them. (All movies in this Independent Film Series are $5.) Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

Bedtime Stories (PG)

A hotel maintenance man (Adam Sandler) tells stories to his niece and nephew and they begin to come true. Not reviewed

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Bolt (PG)

A dog (voiced by John Travolta), who acts in a TV show, thinks he has superpowers until he learns the power of friendship on a cross-country trip. Not reviewed

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Bride Wars (PG)

When their weddings are mistakenly booked on the same day, two best friends (Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway) become adversaries in a race to outdo each other. Not reviewed

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Confessions of a Shopaholic (PG)

A woman with a shopping addiction somehow lands a job at a financial magazine giving advice to consumers. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

*Coraline (PG)

Coraline, director Harry Selick's intensely imaginative adaptation of the beloved Neil Gaiman novel, tells the story of a young girl who discovers a portal to an alternate life behind a door in her living room. Jonathan Kiefer

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (PG-13)

Benjamin Button's unique predicament? He is born an old man. As Benjamin ages in reverse, Brad Pitt's heavily made-up face is superimposed over a succession of variously sized bodies. Scott Renshaw


Fired Up! (PG-13)

Producer Matthew Gross admits the movie is based upon his own experience when he and a friend joined the high school yell squad in order to meet girls. The two pals here are absurd even when grading on the idiot-comedy curve. MaryAnn Johanson

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Gran Torino (R)

Meet Walt Kowalski: Korean War vet, retired autoworker, widower, ornery racist coot. But he's played by Clint Eastwood, so no matter what kind of bastard Walt is, you know you're probably going to like him. Jonathan Kiefer


He's Just Not That Into You (PG-13)

A star-studded ensemble cast (Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston) leads several interwoven stories of miscommunication and misguided romance. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest

Hotel for Dogs (PG)

A young boy and girl save stray dogs by hiding them in an abandoned house. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

*Inkheart (PG)

Brendan Fraser stars as a "silvertongue," a person who can read aloud from a book and make it come to life, in this charming and cheerfully creepy fantasy. MaryAnn Johanson

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The Last House on the Left (R)

After two young women are kidnapped and assaulted, their attackers take refuge in a rural house that they discover is owned by the vengeful parents of one of the women. Not reviewed

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

Marley & Me (PG)

A couple (Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston) learn important lessons from a troublesome golden retriever. Not reviewed

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Miss March (R)

After hitting his head at prom and laying in a coma for four years, a man awakens wanting to reconnect with his prom date who has become a centerfold model. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (PG)

A security guard (Kevin James) must come to the rescue when a mall is taken over by would-be robbers. Not reviewed

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

The Pink Panther 2 (PG)

Steve Martin's 2006 remake of the Peter Sellers' classic may have been widely panned, but if you kept your expectations low, it did offer a few chuckles. So you might be hoping the comedian's sequel isn't completely shameful, maybe a light matinee. Wrong. Tricia Olszewski

Hollywood Interquest

Race to Witch Mountain (PG)

Two young aliens from another planet are on the run from the American government and an assassin sent from their home planet. A gruff but decent taxi driver (Dwayne Johnson) becomes their reluctant protector. Whatever, at least you can munch popcorn to it. Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Reader (R)

More than 10 years after his affair with an older woman (Kate Winslet) ends, a young man (David Kross) discovers his former lover standing trial for Nazi war crimes. Not reviewed


*Revolutionary Road (R)

I'm not sure what audiences will make of Sam Mendes' pitch-perfect adaptation of the novel by Richard Yates, but like the novel, it captures the soul-crushing impact of compromise required in 1950s suburban America. Scott Renshaw

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*Slumdog Millionaire (R)

Now we know why the world has been overrun by idiotic game shows like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Without them we wouldn't have Danny Boyle's surprising, fresh and enchanting new movie about a poor Mumbai teen (Dev Patel) poised to win 20 million rupees on the Indian version of the popular game show. MaryAnn Johanson

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

Taken (PG-13)

In addition to kicking ass, Liam Neeson or, well, his character, ex-spy Bryan Mills also does a whole lot o' killin'. The reason for his wrath is that his teen daughter has been kidnapped by sex traffickers. It's a good thing Neeson is here to class this stuff up. Except maybe it's not such a good thing at all. Jonathan Kiefer

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

*The Tale of Despereaux (G)

You wouldn't think there would be any more lovely stories to tell about cute furry creatures (like Despereaux the mouse, voiced by Matthew Broderick) who defy odds, embrace danger, find love and celebrate honor all from the confines of a cartoon. But with this delightful, inventive film, we find there's at least one more. MaryAnn Johanson

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Twilight (PG-13)

OMG! This is the best movie ever (if you're a 12-year-old fan). Twilight is all about Bella (Kristen Stewart), who's in high school, and Edward (Robert Pattinson), the totally cute vampire teenager she meets at her new school. MaryAnn Johanson

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Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail (PG-13)

Tyler Perry plays the fiery grandmother Madea, who gets into trouble with the law after leading police on a car chase. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (R)

This prequel to Underworld and Underworld 2 explains the animosity between a tribe of aristocratic vampires and a tribe of vampires who were once slaves. Not reviewed

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The Uninvited (PG-13)

In this remake of a Korean horror film, a young woman (Emily Browning) returns home after her mother's death to find her father planning to marry her mother's nurse (Elizabeth Banks). Not reviewed

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Valkyrie (PG-13)

A group of German officers led by Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Not reviewed

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Watchmen (R)

What is truly amazing about Watchmen, the highly anticipated film version of the much-adored graphic novel about costumed crusaders investigating the murder of one of their own against an alt-history backdrop, is how forcefully the movie negates the book's most basic intentions. Jonathan Kiefer

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

Yes Man (PG-13)

In this comedy, Jim Carrey plays a man who lives a sad and uneventful life until he pledges to say "Yes" to everything asked of him for an entire year. Not reviewed

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