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An American Carol (PG-13)

A Michael Moore-like filmmaker tries to end the July 4th holiday. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Appaloosa (R)

A small Western town hires a pair of friends to police things, but a pretty, young widow shows up and complicates matters. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Beverly Hills Chihuahua (PG)

In this comedy, Drew Barrymore stars as the voice of Chloe, a rich Beverly Hills chihuahua who finds herself lost on vacation in Mexico. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Body of Lies (R)

Body of Lies is a story that often seems poised to tell us more about why the War on Terror has turned into such a quagmire, then retreats to the relative safety of explosions and shouting matches. Scott Renshaw

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

Burn After Reading (R)

A CIA analyst (John Malkovich) gets pushed out of his job and pushed out of his marriage, all the while being pushed around by would-be blackmailers. Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

Cirque du Soleil: Delirium (NR)

Featuring a theatrical presentation of acrobats, aerialists, singers, dancers and other performers. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

City of Ember (PG)

The people of Ember have lived in their city of lights for years, when the generator fails and two teens race to keep their city alive. Not reviewed

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

Death Race (R)

A former prisoner is forced to enter an auto race that goes 'til the death. Not reviewed

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The Duchess (PG-13)

Keira Knightley plays Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, an 18th-century royal celebrity embroiled in personal and political scandal. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Eagle Eye (PG-13)

Two strangers end up fighting for their lives when an unexpected phone call puts them into dangerous situations that keep escalating. Not reviewed

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

The Express (PG)

The story Ernie Davis' struggle to become the first African-American Heisman Trophy winner. Not reviewed

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

Fireproof (PG)

To save their marriage, a fireman and his wife enlist in "The Love Dare." Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Get Smart (PG-13)

There's a constant silliness to the proceedings of this film based on the Mel Brooks/Buck Henry-created 1960s TV series but on the whole, Get Smart is highly entertaining. Jeff Sneider

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*Hancock (PG-13)

There are many joys to be found in Hancock, not the least of which is Will Smith's effortless performance in the title role as an ordinary guy turned reluctant superhero. MaryAnn Johanson

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (PG-13)

It's not Harrison Ford who feels creaky here, it's everything that has been constructed around him. The previous films involved over-the-top elements, but they earned latitude thanks to the light-footedness absent here. Scott Renshaw

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*Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D (PG)

This film, based on the Jules Verne novel, has no pretensions of being anything other than a virtual theme park ride, but what a fun ride it is. MaryAnn Johanson

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Kung Fu Panda (PG)

Po (Jack Black), a lazy panda, is schooled by Kung Fu master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) after the panda is inadvertently chosen to be the next Dragon Warrior. Not reviewed

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*Lakeview Terrace (PG-13)

Oh, to live to see a horror movie for grown-ups. No mad slashers, psychopathic torturers, just the plausible pettiness of human nastiness slowly building to a tragedy of suburban proportions. MaryAnn Johanson

Carmike 10, Tinseltown

Mamma Mia! (PG-13)

A young woman about to be married searches for her father so he can walk her down the aisle all set to the music of the Swedish pop group ABBA. Not reviewed

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The Metropolitan Opera: Salome (NR)

In this encore presentation from the Met, Karita Mattila reprises her performance in the title role of the Strauss classic. Not reviewed

Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (PG-13)

Director Peter Sollett has become cinema's reigning genius of awkward young love with this story of two bridge-and-tunnel teens who find themselves together on one New York City night. Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Nights in Rodanthe (PG-13)

Travelling to meet his long lost son, a man (Richard Gere) connects with a woman (Diane Lane), who is struggling with her marriage, when he stops at a small inn. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Pineapple Express (R)

With gratuitous dope smoking and even more gratuitous violence, Pineapple Express probably could have been a meeting of minds over the joy of the old-school, low-budget aesthetic, but the story doesn't congeal. Scott Renshaw

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Quarantine (R)

When government officials quarantine an apartment complex in California, the residents are never heard from again. Not reviewed

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

Religulous (R)

TV host Bill Maher takes on organized religion, including Christianity, Islam and the Jewish faith, in this documentary directed by Larry Charles. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

Royal Opera House: Carmen (NR)

This broadcast from the Royal Opera House in London features Anna Caterina Antonacci and Jonas Kaufmann as Carmen and Don Jos. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (PG)

George Lucas himself has described this backstory to the Star Wars saga as "extraneous." Here he has a credit for creating the "characters and universe," and probably should also get a permanent one for creating a monster. Jonathan Kiefer

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Step Brothers (R)

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly play 40-year-old losers, unemployed and still living with their respective parents when those parents meet and get married. Scott Renshaw

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*Tell No One (NR)

It's OK to describe Tell No One as a roller-coaster ride through a labyrinth of riddles, because the movie is as cognizant of such clichs as we are. It has everything it needs: mystery, suspense, corrupt motives and pure ones, the requisite last-act explanation, plus a surplus of winning performances. Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Twin Peak

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys (PG-13)

Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard play the matriarchs of two families one upper class and one working class linked together by lies and greed. Not reviewed

Carmike 10

*WALL-E (G)

A trash-compacting robot abandoned on an uninhabitable Earth for 700 years, has been doing the job he was programmed to do when he falls in love with a robot probe. Scott Renshaw

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