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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an*.

Alpha and Omega (PG)

Kate and Humphrey are two wolves who are trying to get home after being taken by park rangers and shipped halfway across the country. — Not reviewed

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Despicable Me (PG)

There's nothing actively wrong with Despicable Me. It's just that the whole enterprise feels somewhat lazy. — Scott Renshaw

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*Due Date (R)

When those mismatched souls are Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis, even when the structure supporting them is sometimes shaky, it's still hard to resist. — Scott Renshaw

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The Expendables (R)

Sylvester Stallone directed, wrote and stars in the film along with a gaggle of other fading sorta-action heroes. A more proper name for this ensemble would have been The Meatheaded Geriatrics. — Tricia Olszewski

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*For Colored Girls (R)

Tyler Perry has made a film that doesn't pander, that has something meaningful to say and that is more than merely watchable. — MaryAnn Johanson

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*The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (R)

Lisbeth Salander fans will be happy to see her gothness and smug vengeance return in a most delightful way, which ultimately elevates this third installment a few notches above the disappointing second. — Tricia Olszewski

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Grown Ups (PG-13)

Five guys — played by Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider — reunite for the funeral of their former basketball coach. None have grown up, merely gotten older and, it seems, more malicious. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Hereafter (PG-13)

Like virtually every film that addresses the world beyond, this one simply regurgitates a bland pudding of comforting nondenominational platitudes. — Scott Renshaw


*Inception (PG-13)

In an unspecified future, the technology exists for people to enter one another's dreams. Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) has become a fugitive corporate spy stealing ideas from the subconsciouses of executives. This Christopher Nolan film proves remarkably nimble at getting us to the ultimate payoff, and what a payoff it is. — Scott Renshaw

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*Inside Job (PG-13)

Yes, this film somehow manages to take a breezy look at a catastrophic economic situation, and is all the more successful for it. As Matt Damon narrates, numbers and abstract economic concepts fly by in the dissection of our country's financial collapse, yet director Charles Ferguson keeps you riveted. — Tricia Olszewski

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Jackass 3D (R)

Johnny Knoxville and his buddies are back. — Not reviewed


*Let Me In (R)

Matt Reeves didn't just redo the much-lauded 2008 vampire drama Let the Right One In when he made Let Me In. He did it better. — Scott Renshaw

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*Life As We Know It (PG-13)

Life As We Know It is both feel-sad and feel-good, which is a tricky balance to achieve, yet one that's so satisfying when the right marks are hit. — Tricia Olszewski

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Megamind (PG)

Megamind is the most brilliant supervillain the world has ever known, and he's also the least successful. Over the years, he has attempted to conquer Metro City and each attempt is a colossal failure, all thanks to Metro Man, an invincible hero until the day Megamind actually kills him. Suddenly, Megamind has no purpose. — Not reviewed

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Morning Glory (PG-13)

A desperate female news producer attempts to put out the flames between an anchorman and his blustery but iconic co-host in a last-ditch effort to save their failing morning show. — Not reviewed

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*Nanny McPhee Returns (PG)

The character Nanny McPhee is the perfect antidote for the upside-down fantasy of parental indulgence and tolerance of "cute" munchkin monsters, which threatens to become the norm. — MaryAnn Johanson

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The Other Guys (PG-13)

In this serviceable comedy, Will Ferrell plays an NYPD forensic accountant who loves his desk job. His resentful partner is played by Mark Wahlberg, who adds some comic embellishments of his own. — Marjorie Baumgarten

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Paranormal Activity 2 (R)

The terror continues as a young couple copes with a potentially evil spirit in their suburban home. — Not reviewed

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RED (PG-13)

It's not that RED doesn't provide individually entertaining moments. But satisfying performances and a few kicks of adrenaline aren't quite enough to make me care if this particular gun-toting badass can find inner peace. — Scott Renshaw

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Resident Evil: Afterlife (R)

In a world that has been ravaged by a viral infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. — Not reviewed

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Saw 3D (R)

As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy, a group of survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen. — Not reviewed


Secretariat (PG)

Based on the novel Secretariat: The Making of a Champion by William Nack, Secretariat chronicles the spectacular and legendary journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. — Not reviewed

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Skyline (PG-13)

Survivors must fight for their lives as the extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth. — Not reviewed

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Takers (PG-13)

A notorious group of criminals continues to baffle police by pulling off perfectly executed bank robberies, when their plans are interrupted by a hardened detective who is hell-bent on solving the case. — Not reviewed

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*Toy Story 3 (G)

The 11 years since Toy Story 2 have passed almost in real time. Due to a mixup, Woody, Buzz and company end up at Sunnyside Day Care, in yet another triumph of profoundly felt storytelling from Pixar that explores the theme of letting go. — Scott Renshaw

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*Unstoppable (PG-13)

It's as if the director once was a kid with a model train who thought, "It would be so awesome to smash and blow this stuff up," and at long last is living that dream and telling himself and everyone around him, "Yes, this is, as I expected, so awesome." — Jonathan Kiefer

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*Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13)

The film's only major problem stems from the last few minutes clashing rather jarringly with all that has come before. But it's a forgivable failure. — MaryAnn Johanson

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