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  • Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) gets mystical in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Aliens of the Deep (G)
James Cameron teams up with NASA scientists to explore the Mid-Ocean Ridge, a submerged chain of mountains, and its ecosystems. In IMAX 3-D. -- Not reviewed

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*The Brothers Grimm (PG-13)
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*Capote (R)
See full review on page 30.

Kimball's Twin Peak

*Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (PG)
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Chicken Little (G)
Like many Disney films over the years, Chicken Little is a message movie. And the message is this: "Hey, Pixar, we'll show you that we don't really need you!" Perhaps Chicken Little seems disappointing because its characters and unique, off-kilter art design showed such potential to set the movie apart from the gear-grinding machinations of other Pixar wannabes. Pixar's genius always has been the ability to integrate strong stories with its humor and adventure; Chicken Little merely slaps them together side-by-side. -- Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Doom (R)
A space-action film loosely based on the "Doom" video games. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, TInseltown

Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (PG)
A horse trainer (Kurt Russell) and his daughter (Dakota Fanning) nurse an injured horse back to health with the intent of racing her in the Breeders' Cup. Also starring Kris Kristofferson and Elizabeth Shue. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Elizabethtown (PG-13)
If Cameron Crowe had managed to find a way to connect Elizabethtown's touches of bliss with a clearer sense of purpose, it might have been transcendent. But he meanders around thematically, at times grappling with tangled father-son connections, then drifting over to grief awkwardly manifested by Drew's mother (Susan Sarandon), then wandering back to Drew (Orlando Bloom) wallowing in self-pity. The only ray of sunshine comes from chatty flight attendant Claire (Kirsten Dunst), who soon never is far from Drew's life. -- Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (PG-13)
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Flightplan (PG-13)
The notion of hide-and-seek within a jetliner is intriguing and buys the film some decent moments. With Flightplan, we get to see what happens when a passenger loses it and starts running up and down the aisles mid-flight. If it were anyone but Jodie Foster, we might be tempted to laugh. But because it's Jodie Foster, mother of steel, this ain't no laughing matter. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16

The Fog (PG-13)
A quiet seaside town is engulfed by a thick fog of ghosts a century after a boat full of lepers sunk just off its coast. -- Not reviewed

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The 40-Year-Old Virgin (R)
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Good Night, and Good Luck. (PG)
Directed by George Clooney, this is the story of broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow during the era of McCarthyism. -- Not reviewed

Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

The Greatest Game Ever Played (PG)
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*In Her Shoes (PG-13)
Curtis Hanson's detour from testosterone-laden texts (L.A. Confidential, Wonder Boys, 8 Mile) to chick lit is an imperfect success. In Her Shoes wanders for about 30 minutes too many, between the worlds of Maggie Mae Feller (Cameron Diaz), a pretty party girl whose direction in life is obscured by a literacy problem and a careless attitude, and Rose Feller (Toni Collette), Maggie's serious and seriously plodding older and more successful sister. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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*A History of Violence (R)
This is the story of mild-mannered family man Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen), owner of a town diner, and the fateful day two sleazebags walk in and threaten him and his business. Knocking off both bad guys in record time, Stall's newfound fame as hero beckons more bad guys to the diner, headed by a darkly comic Ed Harris, who believes Tom really is a former tough guy from Philly. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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Jarhead (R)
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx, the film is based on former Marine Anthony Swofford's book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in Saudi Arabia and of fighting in Kuwait. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Legend of Zorro (PG)
Zorro (Antonio Banderas) and his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) spring to action when California's statehood is at stake. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Madagascar (PG)
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A Magnificent Desolation (NR)
Walking on the moon in 3-D. Produced by Tom Hanks. -- Not reviewed

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*March of the Penguins (G)
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North Country (R)
Earnestly Political Legal Dramas -- like this one, based as it is on a real-life landmark sexual harassment class action case -- can pretend all they want to that they are about the characters and their journeys, but they're not. They are about an Issue, and movies about an Issue are annoying. They bury all the good, hard work of talented filmmakers beneath a blanket of thesis statements thicker than a Minnesota snowpack. -- Scott Renshaw


Prime (PG-13)
A professional woman from the Upper East Side (Uma Thurman) falls in love with a young painter from Brooklyn, the son of her psychoanalyst (Meryl Streep). -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Saw II (R)
In this sequel, Jigsaw locks some unlucky folks in a death-trapped shelter, where they must find a way out before they inhale too much lethal nerve gas and die. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Serenity (PG-13)
Damn you, Joss Whedon! Damn you and your honesty and integrity and unwillingness to succumb to Hollywood bull and ... This is total-immersion science fiction. Creator/writer/director Joss Whedon throws you in the deep end of the pool, and you either just can't deal with it, and sink, or you're so thrilled to find something so smart and believable that you swim through it like it's an alternate aspect of your own reality. -- MaryAnn Johanson

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Shopgirl (R)
The story of Mirabelle (Claire Danes), a disenchanted salesgirl and aspiring artist who has two men in her life: a wealthy divorc (Steve Martin) and a struggling musician (Jason Schwartzman). Based on the novella written by Steve Martin. -- Not reviewed


Sky High (PG)
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Valiant (G)
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Waiting (R)
Young employees at Shenanigan's restaurant stave off boredom and adulthood together. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (G)
Wallace and his dog Gromit set out to find out who is sabotaging their garden in this stop-action film.

-- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Weather Man (R)
Nicolas Cage stars as a Chicago weatherman who, after a divorce, debates whether professional and personal successes are mutually exclusive.

-- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Zathura (PG)
John Favreau directs this fantasy adventures story of two young brothers who are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurtled through space. Based on a book written by the author of Jumanji and The Polar Express. -- Not reviewed

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