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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

2012 (PG-13)

As the end of the world nears, as predicted by the Mayan calendar, a group of would-be heroes struggles to survive. — Not reviewed

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (PG)

Alvin and the Chipettes are back in this animated follow-up to 2007's singing chipmunk holiday film. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

Avatar (PG-13)

Avatar is set in a computer-generated world called Pandora, a planet inhabited by the Na'vi. — Tricia Olszewski

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

The Blind Side (PG-13)

The Blind Side takes on the real-life underdog-makes-good story of Michael Oher, currently a first-year left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Book of Eli (R)

Walker (Denzel Washington) wanders through a post-apocalyptic world holding the last known copy of the King James Bible.— Jonathan Kiefer

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Brothers (R)

A soldier is lost in Afghanistan and presumed dead. His family mourns, then has to readjust when he is found alive. This powerful film represents the stress fractures pulling apart many military families. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Celine: Through the Eyes of the World (NR)

This documentary features footage from pop singer Celine Dion's 2008-9 Taking Chances World Tour. — Not reviewed

Tinseltown

*Crazy Heart (R)

Expand the story in your average old-fashioned country song to feature-film length, and it would look a lot like Crazy Heart. — Tricia Olszewski

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Kimball's Peak Three, Tinseltown

Dear John (PG)

John Tyree, a young soldier home on leave, falls in love with an idealistic college student. — Not reviewed

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

Did You Hear About the Morgans? (PG-13)

Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker star in this romantic comedy about a New York couple who witness a murder and are moved to a tiny Wyoming town for their protection. — Not reviewed

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Edge of Darkness (R)

What's weird about this remake is that it's surprisingly underpowered, a plodding police procedural that thinks holding back on "action" makes it "serious" even in the absence of anything substantial to take its place. — MaryAnn Johanson

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Extraordinary Measures (PG)

Brendan Fraser plays a man who abandons his high-paying job when his two children contract a terminal illness. He finds an ally in a doctor played by Harrison Ford. — Not reviewed

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From Paris With Love (R)

An intelligence operative working in France takes on more than he bargained for when he partners with a U.S. agent sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack. — Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Invictus (PG-13)

Directed by Clint Eastwood, this film set in post-Apartheid South Africa, stars Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in the true story of human-rights hero Nelson Mandela and rugby player Francois Pienaar. — Jonathan Kiefer

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*It's Complicated (R)

Jane Adler (Meryl Streep) thought she had life figured out, until an empty nest drives her into an affair with a married man — her ex-husband (Alec Baldwin). — Scott Renshaw

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Leap Year (PG)

After getting no marriage proposal, a woman (Amy Adams) decides to turn the tables on her boyfriend. — Not reviewed

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Legion (R)

When God sends his angels to destroy humanity, the planet's only defenders sit in a remote diner where they work to save the human race. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

Old Dogs (PG)

Robin Williams and John Travolta star as middle-aged bachelors who unexpectedly find themselves in charge of 6-year-old twins. — Not reviewed

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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (PG)

Based on the book by Rick Riordan, a teen learns that he's descended from the mythological figure Poseidon. — Not reviewed

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

Planet 51 (PG)

In this animated adventure, the residents of a far-off planet live in dread of aliens invading their homeland, when an astronaut shows up confirming their fears. — Not reviewed

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*Precious (R)

Though some have called this frank film racist or exploitive, how do we tell a story about the worst that a girl's experience can be — raped, abused and ignored — if we're not up-front about it? — MaryAnn Johanson

Kimball's Peak Three

The Princess and the Frog (G)

Disney finally gives us a black princess ... and she spends most of the movie as an amphibian? — MaryAnn Johanson

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*Sherlock Holmes (PG-13)

Though this adaptation has much in common with action films, the spirit of Holmes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories remains intact. — MaryAnn Johanson

Hollywood Interquest

*A Single Man (R)

Colin Firth is a college professor in early 1960s Los Angeles mourning the death of his longtime partner. — MaryAnn Johanson

Tinseltown

*Shutter Island (R)

Director Martin Scorsese seems to enjoy this rather commercial exercise, a suspense thriller as Gothic horror noir throwback. And, it lets him prove the reasons for his faith in Leonardo DiCaprio. — Jonathan Kiefer

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

Tooth Fairy (PG)

When a hockey player (Dwayne Johnson) crushes a little girl's belief in the tooth fairy, he must spend a week performing the fairy's duties. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13)

This second installment of the series is based on Stephenie Meyer's books, complete with vampire, humans and werewolves. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Valentine's Day (PG-13)

Valentine's Day covers approximately 20 main characters and 10 significant romantic angles in 120 minutes. Do the math, and what can each subplot possibly deliver besides a cutesy intro, perfunctory conflict and shallow happily-ever-after? — Scott Renshaw

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

When in Rome (PG-13)

When a young, hopelessly single New Yorker travels to Rome, her love life is turned upside down. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Wolfman (R)

A man discovers that he is also a wolf. Hey, it happens. Unfortunately, this film never rises above the sad spectacle of an archetype reduced to the wrong kind of howler. — Jonathan Kiefer

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

The Young Victoria (PG)

As she is about to turn 18 and take England's throne, young Princess Victoria is tangled in a royal struggle for power and a budding romance. — Not reviewed

Kimball's Peak Three

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