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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

Alice in Wonderland (PG)

In Tim Burton's disappointing take on Lewis Carroll's classic, 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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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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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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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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*The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (NR)

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

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Hot Tub Time Machine (R)

A group of best friends who've become bored with their adult lives wake up, after a night of drinking, in a ski resort hot tub in the year 1986. — Not reviewed

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*How to Train Your Dragon (PG)

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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Just Wright (PG)

Queen Latifah plays Leslie Wright, a physical therapist who falls for NBA star Scott McKnight, played by rapper Common. There is a great cinematic tradition of male and female leads in romantic comedies trading barbs. But not in this film. — Justin Strout

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Letters to Juliet (PG)

When a young American travels to Italy, home of the star-crossed lover Juliet of Romeo and Juliet fame, she joins a group of volunteers who answer letters to Juliet seeking advice about love. — Not reviewed

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MacGruber (R)

In the film based on the Saturday Night Live skit, it's been 10 years since his fiancée was killed, and MacGruber has sworn off a life of fighting crime, until a nuclear warhead is stolen by his enemy.

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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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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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Robin Hood (PG-13)

Robin Hood was supposed to be awesome. Did not Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott implicitly promise me awesome with their Gladiator-in-Sherwood-Forest trailer? — MaryAnn Johnson

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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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*Shrek Forever After (PG)

Many of us have suspected it all along, but with it's official: The Shrek film series is actually a sitcom. For those who won't find a change of personality any great loss, however, it's a pleasant surprise. — Scott Renshaw

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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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