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17 Again (PG-13)

Mike O'Donnell (Matthew Perry) is a defeated pharmaceutical salesman facing divorce and unemployment, when he finds himself transformed back into his 17-year-old self (Zac Efron) in this mostly perfunctory film. — Scott Renshaw

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

Bedtime Stories (PG)

A hotel maintenance man (Adam Sandler) tells bedtime stories to his niece and nephew and they begin to come true. — Not reviewed

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Confessions of a Shopaholic (PG)

In this film based on the novel by Sophie Kinsella, a woman (Isla Fisher) who has a shopping addiction somehow lands a job at a financial magazine giving advice to consumers. Not reviewed

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*Coraline (PG)

Coraline, director Harry Selick's intensely imaginative adaptation of the beloved Neil Gaiman novel, tells the story of a young girl who discovers a portal to an alternate life behind a small door in her living room. — Jonathan Kiefer

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Crank: High Voltage (R)

Jason Statham plays Chev Chelios, who seemed to die in the last Crank film, but is back chasing down the mobster who removed his heart and replaced it with a battery-operated model. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (PG-13)

Benjamin Button's unique predicament? He is born an old man. As Benjamin ages in reverse, Brad Pitt's heavily made-up face is superimposed over a succession of variously sized bodies. — Scott Renshaw

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Dolphins and Whales (NR)

This 3D documentary takes viewers to exotic locales to witness dolphins, belugas, orcas, manatees and humpback whales in their natural habitat. — Not reviewed

Cinemark 16 IMAX

Dragonball: Evolution (PG)

In this live-action film based on a popular manga series, young warrior Goku sets out to find all seven Dragonballs so he can fulfill his grandfather's last request. — Not reviewed

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Duplicity (PG-13)

Julia Roberts and Clive Owens star as competing corporate spies with a romantic past who team up to con their employers. — Not reviewed

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Fast & Furious (PG-13)

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reteam to fight a shared enemy and power exotic cars from California through the deserts of Mexico. — Not reviewed

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

*Gran Torino (R)

Meet Walt Kowalski: Korean War vet, retired autoworker, widower, ornery racist coot. But he's played by Clint Eastwood, in an Eastwood-directed movie, so no matter what kind of bastard Walt is, you know you're probably going to like him. — Jonathan Kiefer

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Hannah Montana: The Movie (G)

As Miley Stewart's days start to be overtaken by the persona of her alter ego Hannah Montana, Miley's father encourages her to return to her hometown to get some perspective on life. — Not reviewed

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

The Haunting in Connecticut (PG-13)

After a family moves for their son's health, they encounter a series of supernatural happenings, and find out their home was once a mortuary. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

He's Just Not That Into You (PG-13)

A star-studded ensemble cast leads several interwoven stories of miscommunication and misguided romance. — Not reviewed

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Hotel for Dogs (PG)

In this family film, a young boy and girl save stray dogs by hiding them in an abandoned house. — Not reviewed

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I Love You, Man (R)

The latest movie of the Judd Apatow trend about successful, yet friendless Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd), who seeks out male companionship before getting married. Unfortunately, the inventive premise is the funniest part of the film.Scott Renshaw

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Knowing (PG-13)

In this thriller, Nicolas Cage plays a man whose son brings home a piece of paper covered in numbers that seem to predict the dates of natural disasters. — Not reviewed

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

*Monsters vs. Aliens (PG)

Creature features, alien invasions, 3-D gimmickry — from start to finish Monsters vs. Aliens (from DreamWorks Animation) celebrates some of the staples of the 1950s B-movie. — Scott Renshaw

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

Observe and Report (R)

Seth Rogen's character in Observe and Report is Ronnie Barnhardt, head of security for the Forest Ridge shopping mall. While it's pretty difficult for anyone to make sense of his character, it's testimony to Rogen's likability that the audience is with him even as he is cold-cocking innocent people. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (PG)

A security guard (Kevin James) must come to the rescue when a mall is taken over by would-be robbers. — Not reviewed

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Push (PG-13)

A psychically gifted group of American ex-pats must join together in order to escape a secret government agency. — Not reviewed

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Race to Witch Mountain (PG)

Two young aliens from another planet are on the run from the American government and an assassin sent from their home planet. A gruff but decent taxi driver (Dwayne Johnson) becomes their reluctant protector. Whatever, at least you can munch popcorn to it. — Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15

Skiptracers (NR)

According to its PR, this film tells the story of a bounty-hunting Alabama family "whose fortunes are tied up in a web of fugitives, football and fellatio." (All movies in this Independent Film Series are $5.) — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

*State of Play (PG-13)

A D.C. reporter (Russell Crowe) investigates the death of a woman who worked on a committee headed by his best friend, Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) — who was also having an affair with her. The strong cast and gripping action sequences make it satisfying popcorn entertainment. — Jeff Sneider

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

Sunshine Cleaning (R)

Sunshine Cleaning would be a waste of film if it weren't for Amy Adams who stars as Rose Lorkowski, a single mom who's eking by as a maid when she decides to make some quick cash as a crime-scene scrubber. — Tricia Olszewski

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Taken (PG-13)

In addition to kicking ass, Liam Neeson — or, well, his character, ex-spy Bryan Mills — also does a whole lot o' killin'. The reason for his wrath is that his teen daughter has been kidnapped by sex traffickers. — Jonathan Kiefer

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