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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

*127 Hours (R)

For a movie about a brush with death, Danny Boyle's 127 Hours bursts with life. Its first 20 minutes are a rush of joie de vivre, with pulsing, jubilant Slumdog Millionaire-esque music. — Tricia Olszewski

Cinemark 16, Kimball's Peak Three

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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Burlesque (PG-13)

A small-town girl heads toward the coast, and a job at an LA burlesque club. — Not reviewed

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

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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Die Walküre (NR)

The second of the four operas that form the cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

*Due Date (R)

Even when the structure supporting them is sometimes shaky, fellow travelers Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis are still hard to resist. — Scott Renshaw

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

Faster (R)

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is on a mission to avenge his brother's death, while being tracked by a hit man and a cop. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*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

Carmike 10

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 it's never quite as powerful as it wants to be. — Scott Renshaw

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

*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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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (PG)

Despite some exceedingly familiar genre elements, Legend of the Guardians proves compelling because it doesn't do everything you would expect an animated feature to do. — Scott Renshaw

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Love and Other Drugs (R)

Based on Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman, this is the tale of untamed Maggie (Anne Hathaway) and charming Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal). — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Megamind (PG)

Megamind is the most brilliant supervillain the world has ever known, and 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 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 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

Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*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

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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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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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*Tangled (PG)

Why is something with such familiar components so praiseworthy? Because it simply nails those components. The songs are Broadway-catchy, all three central voice performances are terrific, and the comic relief proves genuinely amusing. — Scott Renshaw

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

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 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

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

The Warrior's Way (R)

An Asian warrior assassin is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

You Again (PG)

Successful PR pro Marni heads home for her older brother's wedding and discovers he's marrying her arch nemesis from high school. — Not reviewed

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