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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

*(500) Days of Summer (PG-13)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Tom, a romantic soul writing platitudes for a Los Angeles greeting-card company, when into his life steps his boss' assistant, Summer (Zooey Deschanel), inspiring an instant infatuation. As charming as the film may be when it's funny, it's even better when it's poignant. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest, Kimball's Peak Three, Tinseltown

Aliens in the Attic (PG)

When a few teens discover aliens in their vacation house, they realize they must save their parents and the planet from the invaders. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

Bandslam (PG)

An outsider connects with one of the popular girls in high school and together they start a band, hoping to win a music competition. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*District 9 (R)

District 9 opens with "documentary" footage of bureaucrat Wikus Van De Merwe, who will head up the massive task of relocating 1 million otherworldly refugees living in a ghetto outside Johannesburg — while a weapons manufacturer tries to figure out how the aliens' weapons work. — MaryAnn Johanson

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

Earth (G)

This documentary based on the Discovery Channel series Planet Earth follows four animal families as they migrate across the globe. — Not reviewed

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*Food, Inc. (PG)

Food, Inc. is about as well-meaning as a movie can be as it chronicles the industrial ruination of American agriculture. But is a fresher, less processed-seeming film really too much to ask? — Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Peak Three

*Funny People (R)

George Simmons (Adam Sandler) is a successful but miserable comedy star whose jaded soul gets a jolt when he's diagnosed with a potentially terminal disease. Ira Wright (Seth Rogen) lands a dubious gig as George's assistant. Yes, we get it: They're not just funny; they're people. — Jonathan Kiefer

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

G-Force (PG)

A team of guinea pigs, specially trained as high-tech spies through a secret government program, embarks on a mission to save the planet. — Not reviewed

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

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (PG-13)

In this spin on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a bachelor (Matthew McConaughey) is visited by the ghosts of past relationships as he tries to short-circuit his brother's wedding. — Not reviewed

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (PG-13)

A team of elite soldiers must take on a dangerous group known as Cobra, which is led by a nefarious weapons dealer. — Not reviewed

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

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (R)

Jeremy Piven plays a used car dealer who is hired to make a faltering car lot's Independence Day sale a success. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Hannah Montana: The Movie (G)

As Miley Stewart's days start to be overtaken by alter egoHannah Montana, Miley's father encourages her to return to her hometown to get perspective on life. — Not reviewed

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*Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (PG)

Half-Blood Prince is far less dense with magical action than its predecessors, and perhaps that makes it feel mostly like a stage-setter for the finale that will be Deathly Hallows. Yet it's so rich with characterization that it scarcely matters. — Scott Renshaw

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

*The Hurt Locker (R)

Set in Baghdad in 2004, thisfollows a fictional U.S. Army bomb squad, formally known as Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians, also known as the bravest sons of bitches you can imagine. — Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Peak Three

I Love You, Beth Cooper (PG-13)

During a graduation speech, the geeky valedictorian professes his love for Beth Cooper, the most desirable girl in school. — Not reviewed

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (PG)

This time out, Manny the mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano) is about to be a dad, but complications ensue as Diego the tiger beings to feel left out, and Sid the sloth adopts some dinosaur eggs. — MaryAnn Johanson

Carmike 10

Imagine That (PG)

Eddie Murphy plays a man whose career in finance is coming apart. When he enters his daughter's imaginary world, things begin to look up. — Not reviewed

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*Julie & Julia (PG-13)

Meryl Streep is delightful as cooking legend Julia Child. Endearing Amy Adams plays her counterpart Julie Powell, a would-be novelist who decides to launch a blog in which she'll chronicle preparing every recipe from Julia's cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Land of the Lost (PG-13)

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

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*Monsters vs. Aliens (PG)

Creature features, alien invasions, 3-D gimmickry — from start to finish Monsters vs. Aliens (from DreamWorks Animation) celebrates some of the staples of the 1950s B-movie. — Scott Renshaw

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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

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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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Orphan (R)

In this horror film, a husband and wife (Peter Sarsgaard and Vera Farmiga) adopt a young girl (Isabelle Fuhrman) from an orphanage, but soon discover she harbors a very dark side. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10

A Perfect Getaway (R)

A couple believes they're set for a relaxing getaway in the jungles of Hawaii, when they learn vacationers are being hunted down and murdered. — Not reviewed


Ponyo (G)

This animated film from Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away), tells the story of a young boy and his unusual goldfish, who dreams of becoming a princess. — Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Public Enemies (R)

Being a Michael Mann film, this boils down to two elegant men on opposite sides of the law: gangster John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) and Special Agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale). — Jonathan Kiefer

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*Star Trek (PG-13)

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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Terminator Salvation (PG-13)

In 2018, Skynet, the pro-death-penalty artificial intelligence network, is just about finished scouring humanity from Earth. Christian Bale stars as John Connor, 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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*The Time Traveler's Wife (PG-13)

Henry DeTamble suffers from a genetic anomaly that causes him to become displaced in time, at random moments he can't control. People and events important to him draw him like gravity. This is science fiction that really knows what sci-fi is all about: what it means to be human. — MaryAnn Johanson

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

The Ugly Truth (R)

Katherine Heigl plays Abby Richter, a TV news producer whose show is floundering, when Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler), host of a raunchy cable show, is brought in to help. — Scott Renshaw

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*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. —Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PG-13)

This movie provides the backstory for Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), seen before in three earlier X-Men features — but this character isn't the same guy. — Scott Renshaw

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