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Australia (PG-13)

For the first 85 minutes, Australia's a sprawling Western set in 1939 Northern Australia (starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman). The second half is an epic wartime romance. The film has its impressive moments, but director Baz Luhrmann ends up over-reaching as he tries to staple the two movies together. Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

Bolt (PG)

A dog (voiced by John Travolta), who acts in a TV show, thinks he has superpowers until he learns the power of friendship on a cross-country journey. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (PG-13)

A World War II story told from the viewpoint of a concentration camp commandant's young son, who befriends a Jewish boy. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

City of Ember (PG)

The people of Ember have lived in their city of lights for years. When the generator begins to fail, two teens must race to find the secret that keeps their city alive. Not reviewed

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*The Dark Knight (PG-13)

Batman's purposeful, gadget-abetted vigilantism has shown results, but still he has his work cut out for him. The film offers many thrills, some surprises and a few remarkable character transformations. Jonathan Kiefer

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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

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Four Christmases (PG-13)

A couple (Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn) attempt to visit all four of their parents' homes for the holidays. Not reviewed

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

Happy-Go-Lucky (R)

An irrepressibly optimistic young teacher finds her world view challenged when she encounters a series of difficult setbacks. Not reviewed

Kimball's Twin Peak

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (G)

As the end of high school approaches, Troy (Zac Efron), Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) and the rest of the gang put on a musical to express their hopes for the future. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

Igor (PG)

In this animated feature, a hunchbacked lab assistant longs to be a full-fledged scientist and to win top honors at the Evil Science Fair. Not reviewed

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

This film, based on the 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 building to a tragedy of suburban proportions. MaryAnn Johanson

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (PG)

In this animated sequel, Alex the Lion and his zoo friends board a flight to New York City, only to end up in Africa. Not reviewed

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

Max Payne (PG-13)

Mark Wahlberg stars as a New York City DEA agent seeking revenge after his family is killed in the midst of a conspiracy. Not reviewed

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My Best Friend's Girl (R)

Dane Cook and Kate Hudson star in this romantic comedy about a man who takes his best friend's ex out on a miserable date to help her see how much better she had it before. Not reviewed

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*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

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*Pride and Glory (R)

Pride and Glory (with Colin Farrell and Edward Norton) isn't just a cop movie: It's a people movie set against the immediacy and passion of the cop world. MaryAnn Johanson

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Quantum of Solace (PG-13)

Quantum of Solace is a mean little film, grim and single-minded, without the pleasure or mischief that has made James Bond so endearing. Jonathan Kiefer

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

Religulous (R)

TV host Bill Maher takes on organized religion in this documentary directed by Larry Charles. Not reviewed

Kimball's Twin Peak

Role Models (R)

Role Models is that usual assemblage of tittering about bodily fluids, casual homophobia, random sex acts and other expressions of apparently unoutgrowable male adolescent anxiety that passes for comedy today. MaryAnn Johanson

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Soul Men (PG)

Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac star as soul singers who grudgingly reunite for a concert after the death of their former band leader. Not reviewed

Carmike 10

Transporter 3 (PG-13)

Jason Statham returns as Frank Martin, a mercenary whose expertise is the delivery of high-risk cargo. Not reviewed

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

Twilight (PG-13)

OMG! This is the best movie ever (if you're a 12-year-old fan). Twilight is all about Bella, who's a junior in high school, and Edward, who is the totally cute vampire teenager she meets at school. It's, like, so totally romantic! MaryAnn Johanson

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

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

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*WALL-E (G)

A trash-compacting robot, abandoned on an uninhabitable Earth for 700 years, falls in love with a robot probe. Scott Renshaw

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