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Alice in Wonderland (PG)

In Tim Burton's disappointing take on Lewis Carroll's classic, it's nice to meet 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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Aliens in the Attic (PG)

Summer Kids' Series: In this 2009 film, teenagers discover aliens in their vacation house, and realize they must save their parents and the planet from the invaders. — Not reviewed

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*The A-Team (PG-13)

Don't let claims that this cinematic version of the 1980s TV series The A-Team is "wonderfully stupid" or "dumb fun" fool you: It takes a lot of smarts and a tank full of instinct to pull off something this exhilarating.

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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, 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) finally meets a man she thinks might be "the one" on the day she's scheduled for an artificial insemination. — Not reviewed

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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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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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*Date Night (PG-13)

Steve Carell and Tina Fey add flavor to this comedy about a couple trying to invigorate their marriage with a date night. — Scott Renshaw

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Death at a Funeral (R)

In this 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

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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. — MaryAnn Johanson

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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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Get Him to the Greek (R)

English comedian and force of nature Russell Brand was the best part of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and now he's back starring as sex-crazed rocker Aldous Snow, this time with Jonah Hill as the record company drone who must corral the party animal and get him to his comeback concert. — 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 and Best Actress. Noomi Rapace is unforgettable as Lisbeth, a 24-year-old Goth punk who's angry and antisocial, but also brilliant. — Tricia Olszewski

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Hotel for Dogs (PG)

Summer Movie Clubhouse: In this 2009 film, a young boy and girl save stray dogs by hiding them in an abandoned house. — Not reviewed


Hot Tub Time Machine (R)

A group of 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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*Iron Man 2 (PG-13)

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

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The Karate Kid (PG)

In this remake of 1984's The Karate Kid, martial arts master Jackie Chan will enunciate the movie's moral — something about getting back on a horse, but it sounds more Chinesey — and then young Dre (Jaden Smith) will repeat it back at the appropriate moment, for audience members who've awakened from their naps. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Killers (PG-13)

Three years into their seemingly perfect marriage, a woman (Katherine Heigl) learns that her husband (Ashton Kutcher) is not only working secretly as a hitman, he's also being targeted by other assassins. — Not reviewed

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The Last Song (PG)

In a small beach town, an estranged father spends the summer with his reluctant teen daughter (Miley Cyrus), who'd rather be home in New York. — Not reviewed

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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 seeking romantic advice. — Not reviewed

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Marmaduke (PG)

Based on the newspaper comic strip about a Great Dane, this live action adaptation follows the Winslow family and their dog as they move into a new neighborhood and wreak havoc. — Not reviewed

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PG-13)

Here we are, with a hairy, hunky Jake Gyllenhaal and a pretty, pouty Gemma Arterton, in an epic adventure about a dagger that is also a time machine. Sure, Prince of Persia is watchable, but only as a video game that's been rendered unplayable. — Jonathan Kiefer

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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? What happened? — MaryAnn Johnson

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*The Secret in Their Eyes (R)

A recently retired federal investigator decides to write a book on a case that has dogged him over two decades. Hitchcockian tension, a breathtaking chase, and ambiguous victims and villains seamlessly coexist alongside existential musings in this Oscar-winning thriller. — Tricia Olszewski

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Sex and the City 2 (R)

Director Michael Patrick King has taken an HBO series beloved by many for its glitzy escapism wrapped in semi-relatable romantic panic, and melted it down to scrap-metal shards of asexuality and life-threatening levels of cultural illiteracy. — Justin Strout

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*Shrek Forever After (PG)

Many of us have suspected it all along, but 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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*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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*Splice (R)

After combining the DNA of various animals into a pair of enormous, pharmacologically useful slugs, geneticists Clive and Elsa are eager to see what they might whip up with some human genes in the mix. — Jonathan Kiefer

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