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Alice in Wonderland (PG)

In Tim Burton's disappointing Disney take on Lewis Carroll's fantasy classics, it's nice to meet young actress Mia Wasikowska as a clever, independent-minded teen-aged Alice; less nice that the adventure involves donning Joan of Arc armor, beheading a dragon, and drinking its blood. — Jonathan Kiefer

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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

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Avatar (PG-13)

Avatar is set in a computer-generated world called Pandora, a planet inhabited by the Na'vi, who are rich in a coveted resource ridiculously named Unobtainium. — Tricia Olszewski

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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

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The Book of Eli (R)

Walker (Denzel Washington) wanders through a post-apocalyptic world holding the last known copy of the King James Bible. All he knows is that he's headed west, and that he must keep the book safe. — Jonathan Kiefer

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Cop Out (R)

Cop Out, which teams Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis as New York police officers, doesn't offer an ounce of imagination as a buddy-cop action-comedy hybrid. — Tricia Olszewski

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The Crazies (R)

Loosely based on the George Romero horror classic, this remake takes place in a small Iowa town where a toxin is turning people into psychopaths. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, 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, writer-director Scott Cooper's debut about drinkin', lovin' and livin' too hard. — Tricia Olszewski

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Daybreakers (R)

In a near-future world, a strange disease has swept the planet, turning much of humankind into vampires. — Not reviewed

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*The Ghost Writer (PG-13)

Ominous intrigue ensues when a young writer (Ewan McGregor) steps in to finish the memoirs of an embattled former British prime minister (Pierce Brosnan). However sick we are of seeing director Roman Polanski's name in headlines, it's clear that the movies have missed him. — Jonathan Kiefer

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Kimball's Peak Three

*Green Zone (R)

As long as you don't enter Green Zone expecting Bourne 4 or a totally accurate history lesson on the reasons for the Iraq War, you should emerge sufficiently entertained by this rematching of director Paul Greengrass and actor Matt Damon. — Jeff Sneider

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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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*The Last Station (R)

A charming and energetic film about the last months of War and Peace author Leo Tolstoy's life in 1910 Russia, starring Oscar-nominated actors Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy and Helen Mirren as his wife Sofya. — Scott Renshaw

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The Lovely Bones (PG-13)

Directed by Peter Jackson and adapted from Alice Sebold's 2002 novel, this tense but ultimately disappointing drama follows murdered 14-year-old Susie Salmon as she tells her tale from the grave and watches over her family from a limbo-like afterlife. — Scott Renshaw

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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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Our Family Wedding (PG-13)

This comedy revolves around the days leading up to a young couple's wedding, as their fathers (Carlos Mencia, Forest Whitaker) work to end a long-standing feud. — Not reviewed


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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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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Remember Me (PG-13)

Robert Pattinson (Twilight) plays a young man struggling to recover from a family tragedy, when he falls for a woman who lives each day to the fullest after witnessing a murder. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Sherlock Holmes (PG-13)

Though director Guy Ritchie's adaptation has more in common with the director's other films than with the Sherlock Holmes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, the spirit of Holmes remains intact. — MaryAnn Johanson

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*She's Out of My League (R)

Though it has a familiar nerd-plus-hottie set up, She's Out of My League arrives to continue an appealing and hilarious recent transition: the return of the ensemble comedy. — Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, 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, who delivers as a U.S. Marshal pursuing a prison escapee. — Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Spy Next Door (PG)

Jackie Chan plays a super spy who decides to give up espionage to settle down with his girlfriend, but first he must complete his most difficult mission — to win over her three reluctant kids. — Not reviewed

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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

Chapel Hills 15

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13)

This second installment, based on the Stephenie Meyer books, features a love triangle between the vampire Edward, his human girlfriend Bella, and Bella's werewolf friend Jacob. — MaryAnn Johanson

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The Wolfman (R)

A man discovers that he is also a wolf. Hey, it happens. Just look at the last 75 years of movie history. Unfortunately, this film never rises above the sad spectacle of an archetype reduced to the wrong kind of howler. — Jonathan Kiefer

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