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Movie picks


Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

*21 Jump Street (R)

21 Jump Street is a bulldozer of hilarity. — Scott Renshaw

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Act of Valor (R)

The whole endeavor starts to feel more like a hot-box pummeling than a rallying cry. — Justin Strout

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The Adventures of Tintin (PG)

It's like Raiders of the Lost Ark, if Indiana Jones had been played by Taylor Lautner. — Scott Renshaw

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Alvin and the Chipmunks:Chipwrecked (G)

After surviving the sinking of their cruise ship, Alvin, Simon and Theodore must survive on a Polynesian island. — Not reviewed

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Beauty and the Beast (G)

A chance to catch Walt Disney Pictures' 30th animated film on the big screen once again. — Not reviewed

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Big Miracle (PG)

The rescue adventure tells the tale of a pair who join together to save a family of gray whales. — Not reviewed

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Casa de Mi Padre (R)

A comedy starring Will Ferrell stylized as a telenovela about a man who has to save his father's ranch from a local drug lord. — Not reviewed


*Chronicle (PG-13)

Chronicle makes us reconsider entirely the terms superhero and supervillain. No one here can be reduced to such black-and-white terms. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (PG)

The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. — Not reviewed

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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (PG-13)

Johnny is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect. — Not reviewed

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The Grey (R)

Battling mortal injuries and merciless weather, plane-crash survivors have only a few days to escape the icy elements. — Not reviewed

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*Hugo (PG)

Hugo is about both the dreamers and the keepers, and a masterful clarion call for new ones like them. — Justin Strout

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*The Hunger Games (PG-13)

When it works best, The Hunger Games is a showcase for the low-key ferocity of Jennifer Lawrence, playing the most compelling kind of hero: the kind who begins to change the world simply by doing what she believes is right. — Scott Renshaw

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*John Carter (PG-13)

While the conclusion sets up the prospect of sequels, I'm not sure I need to see another John Carter movie. But I had a surprisingly good time with this one. — Scott Renshaw

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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG)

A frenetic pace provides distraction from the absence of an actual story. — Scott Renshaw

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Man on a Ledge (PG-13)

An ex-cop turned con threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, and the NYPD dispatches a female police psychologist to talk him down. — Not reviewed

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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (PG-13)

A bomb destroys the Kremlin and the IMF is blamed. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team must unravel the conspiracy. — Not reviewed

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*The Muppets (PG)

When dealing with something like The Muppets, nostalgia certainly plays into one's response: you allow another generation to fall in love with them for the exact same reason the previous generation did. — Scott Renshaw

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One for the Money (PG-13)

Stephanie Plum turns to her last resort: convincing her sleazy cousin to give her a job at his bail bonding company ... as a recovery agent. — Not reviewed

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Project X (R)

Three high school seniors attempt to make a name for themselves by throwing one unforgettable house party. — Not reviewed


Safe House (R)

None of it is as brave or even as captivating as it appears to think it is. — MaryAnn Johanson


*Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13)

Guy Ritchie's latest installment is fun, witty and, perhaps most shocking of all, occasionally restrained. — Scott Renshaw

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This Means War (PG-13)

Yes, This Means War is dumb. Worse, it thinks you are, too. — Justin Strout

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A Thousand Words (PG-13)

Fast-talking agent Jack's insincere patter is his chief weapon, but it gets him into trouble with his client guru Dr. Sinja. — Not reviewed

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Tyler Perry's Good Deeds (PG-13)

A successful, wealthy businessman, Wesley Deeds has always done what's expected of him. — Not reviewed

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Underworld: Awakening (R)

After waking from a 15-year coma, Selene discovers she has a 14-year-old vampire-Lycan hybrid daughter and that they must stop a bio-tech company from creating an army of super-Lycans. — Not reviewed

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The Vow (PG-13)

Based on the true story of a newlywed couple recovering from an accident that puts the wife in a coma. — Not reviewed

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War Horse (PG-13)

War Horse boasts plenty of terrific individual scenes, but filmmaker Steven Spielberg falls back on his old bag of tricks to make sure that we grasp Significance.— Scott Renshaw

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We Bought a Zoo (PG)

Let's face it, when you take your family to the zoo, safe and predictable is exactly what you're looking for. It isn't, however, what you look for in a Cameron Crowe movie. — Anders Wright

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The Woman in Black (PG-13)

Set in Victorian England, Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is a man who finds a village of the damned, townsfolk grappling with an inexplicable epidemic of their children fatally harming themselves. But the film falls too flat after that. — Neil Morris

Chapel Hills 15

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