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Babel (R)
At least one-fourth of Babel ranks among the year's finest pieces of filmmaking. The problem is the rest of the story isn't nearly as captivating. Portions seem to function strictly as ethnography, rather than fulfill their promise to illuminate how we are separated by continent, culture and language. Scott Renshaw

Kimball's Twin Peak

Barnyard (PG)

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*Bobby (R)
When presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel on June 5, 1968, Emilio Estevez was 6 years old. Nearly 40 years later, he has directed Bobby, the story of Kennedy's death, and one of the year's best pictures. Estevez uses the stories of those in and around the Ambassador Hotel at the time of Kennedy's death to dramatize the story. Jeff Sneider

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (R)
Sacha Baron Cohen takes reality comedy to new heights as the character he plays, Borat, interacts with real people. The movie's subtitle describes Borat's assignment to visit the United States to bring back information to help modernize his country. Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Cars (G)

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*Casino Royale (PG-13)
In lots of little ways the film stays true to the 40-year-old formula, but this adventure is more invigorating than any Bond film in years and Bond (Daniel Craig) is more than just a tuxedo holding a martini. The filmmakers deliver something that fits into the series' history, but isn't trapped by it. Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Deck the Halls (PG)
This comedy features two small-town neighbors who battle when one of them decorates his house with a Christmas light display that is visible from space. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Dj Vu (PG-13)
An ATF agent (Denzel Washington) travels back through time to prevent a woman from being murdered, and finds himself falling in love with her. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Everyone's Hero (G)

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Fast Food Nation (R)
Greg Kinnear plays a marketing executive for a fast food chain in the film based on Eric Schlosser's nonfiction book. Most of the story takes place in a nondescript Colorado town that is home to a massive meatpacking plant. Watchful filmgoers will note that some of the scenes were filmed in Colorado Springs. Scott Renshaw

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Flicka (PG)

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Flushed Away (PG)
In this animated adventure, Roddy, a spoiled, pet mouse lives in an upper-class English flat when he is flushed down the toilet and must find his way through the sewers of London. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

For Your Consideration (PG-13)
The film, directed by Christopher Guest, follows three fictional Hollywood actors whose work becomes the focus of award ceremony buzz. Not reviewed

Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

The Fountain (PG-13)
The movie is a thoughtful, ultimately human tale about the centuries-spanning search for the Fountain of Youth and humanity's struggle with the infinite, but it occupies an awkward middle ground. The director has an epic vision for the movie, but is not able to achieve the sense of scale he seems to have intended. Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

A Good Year (PG-13)

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The Grudge 2 (PG-13)

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The Guardian (PG-13)

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Happy Feet (PG)
In this animated film featuring Elijah Wood, Robin Williams and Nicole Kidman, Mumble is an emperor penguin who can't sing like the other penguins to woo a mate, but he can tap dance like mad. Not reviewed

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

Kidtoons: Candy Land (G)
This children's film tells the story of the game "Candy Land," where a gingerbread boy and his friends must outsmart the evil Lord Licorice. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

Little Miss Sunshine (R)

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Man of the Year (PG-13)

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*Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (PG-13)

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The Queen (PG-13)
Following the death of Princess Diana, the royal family and British Prime Minister Tony Blair struggle to balance the family's personal mourning with the nation's tragedy. Not reviewed

Tinseltown

The Santa Claus 3: The Escape Clause (G)
Santa (Tim Allen), aka Scott Calvin, must stop Jack Frost (Martin Short) from taking over Christmas. Scott's extended family and lead elf Curtis work together to thwart Frost's plan. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Saw III (R)
Madman "Jigsaw" and his apprentice kidnap a hospital employee and take her to an abandoned warehouse where she must keep the dying madman alive. Not reviewed

Carmike 10

Stranger Than Fiction (PG-13)
Will Ferrell plays an IRS auditor who suddenly begins to hear his life narrated by a voice that only he can hear. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (R)

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Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny (R)
Jack Black plays a naive Midwesterner who bonds with local slacker to form the rock band Tenacious D. Together they set out to become the world's greatest band in this music-filled comedy. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Wired to Win (NR)
A documentary about the Tour de France that combines live-action footage with computer and medical imagery to demonstrate how the human brain responds to physical challenge. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16 IMAX

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