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Alice in Wonderland (PG)

In Tim Burton's disappointing take on Lewis Carroll's classics, it's nice to meet young actress Mia Wasikowska as an independent-minded teen Alice; less nice that the adventure involves donning 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 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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*Babies (PG)

This documentary follows four babies on four different continents through their first year of life. Say what you will about the film, but you can't accuse it of false advertising. — Jonathan Kiefer

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The Back-up Plan (PG-13)

A single woman (Jennifer Lopez) who has given up on getting married, finally meets a man she thinks might be "the one" on the day of her artificial insemination. — Not reviewed

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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 must keep the book safe. — Jonathan Kiefer

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The Bounty Hunter (PG-13)

A bounty hunter (Gerard Butler) gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife (Jennifer Aniston). — Not reviewed

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*Brooklyn's Finest (R)

In a film that doesn't pretend to have all answers, three very different cops in the same tough Brooklyn precinct struggle to balance their individual senses of honor with the realities of what it takes to survive on the job. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Clash of the Titans (PG-13)

Perseus and Co.'s battles — which include giant scorpions, a cursed king, a squadron of flying harpies, and the snake-haired Medusa — are all edited together with frantic inefficiency. The result is a movie that moves without creating any real tension. — Scott Renshaw

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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

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*Date Night (PG-13)

Steve Carell and Tina Fey add flavor to what otherwise might have been a bland comedy, as they play a couple trying to invigorate their marriage with a date night when mobsters mistake them for another couple. — Scott Renshaw

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Death at a Funeral (R)

In this comedy remake starring Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence, a father's funeral leads to a series of family arguments, exposing dark secrets and possibly murder. — Not reviewed


Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG)

The things Jeff Kinney's cartoon-novel stick figures get away with in the books that inspired this film, suddenly seem heartless and cruel once actual flesh-and-blood kids do them. Isn't middle school bad enough already? — MaryAnn Johanson

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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

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Furry Vengeance (PG)

When a real estate developer's latest project threatens the local forest creatures, the animals seek revenge by turning a peaceful cul-de-sac under construction into a battlefield. — Not reviewed

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*The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (NR)

Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson, the film won Sweden's Oscar-equivalent for Best Picture. Noomi Rapace is Lisbeth, a 24-year-old Goth punk who's angry, antisocial and violent — also a brilliant hacker for a security company. — Tricia Olszewski

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*How to Train Your Dragon (PG)

How to Train Your Dragon opts for the most overused premise in kid-flick-dom, that of a misfit whose unique gifts are destined to be valued by those who once mocked him. But, the film's flying sequences make the ticket price seem worthwhile. — Scott Renshaw

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*Iron Man 2 (PG-13)

With its wily script by Justin Theroux, Favreau's film is hearty and swiftly paced, but not helped by having so many characters. Favreau and Co. have a knack for meeting superhero blockbuster expectations. — Jonathan Kiefer

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Kick-Ass (R)

Kick-Ass concerns a teen fanboy (Aaron Johnson) who decides to become an actual superhero. But mostly the film concerns itself with the kicking of ass, as well as shooting, slicing open and blowing to bits. — Jonathan Kiefer


The Losers (PG-13)

Members of a U.S. Special Forces team find themselves on a mission in the Bolivian jungle hunting down an enemy after a failed assassination attempt. — Not reviewed


A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) (R)

In this remake, a group of teenagers share one common bond: they are all being stalked by Freddy Krueger, who hunts them in their dreams. — Not reviewed

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Oceans (G)

Though the directors of this DisneyNature documentary have a sense for images conveying the mystery of ocean life, the film feels as if it were put together by a kid dragging his parents from one aquarium exhibit to the next every 25 seconds.— Scott Renshaw

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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

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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

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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

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*Shutter Island (R)

Director Martin Scorsese seems to enjoy this 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

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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 kids. — Not reviewed

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Tooth Fairy (PG)

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

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Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (PG-13)

Gathered in the Bahamas for their annual one-week reunion, four couples reconnect, sharing news about their lives and analyzing their relationships. — Not reviewed

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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 and shallow happily-ever-after? — Scott Renshaw

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