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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)

Even when the structure supporting mismatched travelers Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis is sometimes shaky, this road trip is still hard to resist. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Easy A (PG-13)

Easy A is not terrible, but it's not indelible, either; it's simply an agreeable and relatively witty surprise. — Tricia Olszewski

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Fair Game (PG-13)

This story of Valerie Plame is a schmaltzy affair lacking narrative thrust or the slightest hint of humor. — Justin Strout

Kimball's Peak Three

*For Colored Girls (R)

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

Carmike 10

*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

Kimball's Peak Three

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 of them have actually grown up, merely gotten older and, it seems, infinitely more malicious. — MaryAnn Johanson

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*Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (PG-13)

This Potter falls somewhere between ambitious and momentous in its own way, yet never quite as powerful as it wants to be. — Scott Renshaw

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*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. The Christopher Nolan film proves remarkably nimble at getting us to the payoff, and what a payoff it is. — Scott Renshaw

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*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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Megamind (PG)

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

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Morning Glory (PG-13)

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

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Nanny McPhee Returns (PG)

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

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*The Next Three Days (PG-13)

This is Russell Crowe's film, and it is a triumph for him, and for us, in how he lifts the whole endeavor far above genre cheese into the stuff of great and forceful drama. — 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


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

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Resident Evil: Afterlife (R)

In a world that has been ravaged by a virus 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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Secretariat (PG)

Based on the novel Secretariat: The Making of a Champion by William Nack, Secretariat chronicles the spectacular 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. — Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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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The Town (R)

While it lacks the magnitude it's after, it doesn't lack the courtesy to entertain. It's a little bit like The Departed, although without Martin Scorsese's heavy menace. — Jonathan Kiefer

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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 and 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

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*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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