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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

17 Again (PG-13)

Mike O'Donnell (Matthew Perry) is a defeated pharmaceutical salesman facing divorce and unemployment, when he finds himself transformed back into his 17-year-old self (Zac Efron) in this mostly perfunctory film. — Scott Renshaw

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Angels & Demons (PG-13)

In Ron Howard's movie of Dan Brown's book, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) finds himself whisked to Vatican City, where a murderous, scientifically threatening, religiously confounding conspiracy is afoot. It's all trash. But blasphemy? Hell no. — Jonathan Kiefer

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*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

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Dance Flick (PG-13)

The Wayans brothers return to the big screen with this spoof of dance films about a couple from opposite sides of the tracks who bond through a dance contest. — Not reviewed

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*Drag Me to Hell (PG-13)

This hard-to-pin-down horror sort-of-comedy tells the tale of a mild-mannered bank loan officer, Christine Brown (Alison Lohman), who is afflicted with a gypsy curse. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Fast & Furious (PG-13)

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reteam to fight a shared enemy and power exotic cars from California through the deserts of Mexico. — Not reviewed

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Fighting (PG-13)

A young man moves to New York city and is persuaded by a scam artist to become a street fighter on the underground circuit. — Not reviewed

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*Gran Torino (R)

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

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*The Hangover (R)

Three groomsmen (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis) get so wrecked at a Vegas bachelor party that they lose their memories and their groom (Justin Bartha). The comedy's excellence will be clear to those who can appreciate a film that makes short work of acknowledging its similarity to Three Men and a Baby. — Jonathan Kiefer

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Hannah Montana: The Movie (G)

When Miley Stewart starts to be overtaken by her alter ego Hannah Montana, her father encourages her to return to her hometown to get some perspective on life. — Not reviewed

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Hotel for Dogs (PG)

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

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I Love You, Man (R)

The latest movie of the Judd Apatow trend about successful, yet friendless Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd), who seeks out male companionship before getting married. Unfortunately, the inventive premise is the funniest part of the film. — Scott Renshaw

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Knowing (PG-13)

In this thriller, Nicolas Cage plays a man whose son brings home a piece of paper covered in numbers that seem to predict the dates of natural disasters. — Not reviewed

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Land of the Lost (PG-13)

Will Ferrell plays Dr. Rick Marshall in this spoof of the cult classic '70s show set in an alternate universe that includes dinosaurs, a monkey creature named Chaka, and the lizard-like Sleestaks. — Not reviewed

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My Life in Ruins (PG-13)

It pains me to say that My Life in Ruins — which is all, "OMG, that girl from My Big Fat Greek Wedding gets to go to Greece at last!" — is a steaming pile of stereotypes and sitcomery. — MaryAnn Johanson


Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (PG)

Director Shawn Levy and screenwriters Robert Garant and Thomas Lennon found an even cooler idea for this sequel to the 2006 film Night at the Museum – the biggest, most diverse museum on the planet comes alive at night – and they squandered it in an even bigger way. — MaryAnn Johanson

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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

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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

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*Rudo y Cursi (R)

Filmmaker Carlos Cuarón reunites Mexican actors Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal to play brothers Beto and Tato, amateur soccer players who get a chance at the big time when they're noticed by a scout. The film is breezy enough — and the boys in the film are still pretty enough — to make this feature a relatively amusing diversion even if it inevitably turns to the sports-movie clichés. — Tricia Olszewski

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Space Chimps (G)

Summer matinee series: Chimps blasted into space must rescue a planet threatened by a villainous dictator in this animated 2008 film. — Not reviewed


*Star Trek (PG-13)

Director J.J. Abrams has been charged with resurrecting Paramount's dormant Star Trek series, which needed a literal facelift. While Trekkies may find it difficult to accept a U.S.S. Enterprise without William Shatner at the helm, Abrams' reboot exists in its own universe, where the next generation of Trek stars proves worth the wait. — Jeff Sneider

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State of Play (PG-13)

A D.C. reporter (Russell Crowe) investigates the death of a woman who did research for a committee headed by his best friend, Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) — who was also having an affair with her. The strong cast and gripping action sequences make the film satisfying popcorn entertainment. — Jeff Sneider

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Sunshine Cleaning (R)

Sunshine Cleaning would be a waste of film if it weren't for Amy Adams who stars as Rose Lorkowski, a single mom who's eking by as a maid when she decides to make some quick cash as a crime-scene scrubber. — Tricia Olszewski

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Terminator Salvation (PG-13)

It's 2018 and Skynet, the extremely pro-death-penalty artificial intelligence network, is just about finished scouring humanity from the face of the Earth. Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the leader of the human resistance. Director McG reassembles this franchise of diminishing returns in an approximation of working order, while paying much homage to the earlier three films. — Jonathan Kiefer

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*Up (PG)

Elderly curmudgeon Carl (Edward Asner) launches his house into the air with a massive cascade of balloons and a plan to head to a South American jungle: an enjoyable, at times lovely, piece of family-friendly filmmaking, that ends up feeling a bit disappointing. —Scott Renshaw

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PG-13)

This movie provides the backstory for Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), seen before in earlier X-men features — but this character isn't the same guy. While he's occasionally the familiar wise-cracker, we're mostly watching someone with a completely different psychological make-up. — Scott Renshaw

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