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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, Kimball's Peak Three

9 (PG-13)

9's story is a familiar post-apocalyptic scenario in which machines have gotten the best of humans by exterminating them and laying waste to the planet. But hope is not lost: There are little puppets. — Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Aliens in the Attic (PG)

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All About Steve (PG-13)

A woman who creates crossword puzzles for a living — played by Sandra Bullock — falls for a TV cameraman whose buddies encourage her to pursue him across the country. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (PG)

This animated adventure is based on the popular children's book about a village where food, rather than rain, falls from the heavens. — Not reviewed

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

*District 9 (R)

District 9 opens with "documentary" footage of bureaucrat Wikus Van De Merwe (Sharlto Copley), 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

Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Final Destination (R)

After a teenager's vision helps prevent a fatal car accident, Death comes looking to claim those who got away. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Tinseltown

*Funny People (R)

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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

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

Cinemark 16

Gamer (R)

In the not-so-distant future, online gamers use real people (prisoners) as avatars, to play their deadly games. — Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Halloween II (R)

Director Rob Zombie remakes this horror sequel in which killer Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) is still on the loose looking for his younger sister Laurie (Scout Taylor-Compton), and wreaking havoc on Halloween night. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Tinseltown

*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, Cinemark 16 IMAX

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (PG)

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The Informant! (R)

Aren't we due for a great black comedy about white-collar crime? Unfortunately, The Informant! isn't it. Matt Damon plays Mark Whitacre, an executive at Archer Daniels Midland Co., who informs his bosses that the company has been sabotaged, and the FBI that his bosses are price-fixing. — Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Inglourious Basterds (R)

Quentin Tarantino's "Basterds" comprise a squad of Jewish soldiers behind enemy lines in occupied France with Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) as their leader. Serious Holocaust Drama this is not. It's more like a smug, glamorous, violently inclined cartoon. — Jonathan Kiefer

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Jennifer's Body (R)

The possession of Jennifer (Megan Fox) is the film's starting point for metaphor and satire. But Random might be the word that best characterizes Jennifer's Body, from the act of destruction and horror that opens the film onward. — MaryAnn Johanson

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*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, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Love Happens (PG-13)

After a widower (Aaron Eckhart) writes a bestselling book on dealing with loss, he finds himself falling for a woman (Jennifer Aniston) he meets at one of his seminars. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Moon (R)

Sam Rockwell stars as a moon-base laborer who, by himself, mines the lunar soil. When a very unlikely visitor arrives and turns out to be unpleasant company, you'll be as freaked out as he is. As a throwback to the unabashedly philosophical, pre-CGI sci-fi of decades past, the assembly works. — Jonathan Kiefer

Carmike 10

My Sister's Keeper (PG-13)

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

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Orphan (R)

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*The Proposal (PG-13)

The editor-in-chief (Sandra Bullock) at a New York publishing house enlists her long-suffering assistant for a marriage of convenience when her work visa is about to expire. This old rom-com ground proves surprisingly comfortable. — Scott Renshaw

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Sorority Row (R)

After a stunt at a party goes wrong and a girl dies, a group of sorority sisters trying to cover up the death are hunted by a killer. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Star Trek (PG-13)

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*Taking Woodstock (R)

Taking Woodstock may not be a look at the Woodstock that was, but it's a fairly charming look at the Woodstock that we wish it had been. The film, adapted from the memoir by Elliot Tiber and Tom Monte, follows young Elliot through the summer of 1969 as he lands the famous festival. — Scott Renshaw

Kimball's Peak Three

Terminator Salvation (PG-13)

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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


Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (PG-13)

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Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself (PG-13)

Tyler Perry plays free-wheeling grandmother Madea, who catches a trio of young people trying to rob her home and decides to teach them a lesson in her own way. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Ugly Truth (R)

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*Up (PG)

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Whiteout (R)

A poor U.S. marshall (Kate Beckinsale) is stationed in Antarctica and about to get on the last plane back to civilization when a frozen mangled corpse arrives to suggest murder is afoot. Whiteout's cliches signal their arrival from a mile away, slowly approach, play out and then get explained. — Jonathan Kiefer

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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