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*(500) Days of Summer (PG-13)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Tom, a romantic soul writing platitudes for a Los Angeles greeting-card company, when into his life steps his boss' assistant, Summer (Zooey Deschanel), inspiring an instant infatuation. As charming as the film may be when it's funny, it's even better when it's poignant. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest, Kimball's Peak Three, Tinseltown

Adam (PG-13)

Adam is a new movie about a guy with Asperger's syndrome. The guy's name is Adam. He's more than a neurological disorder, however, thank you very much. In fact, he's a token nonthreatening movie version of one. And that's about all there is to it. — Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Peak Three

Aliens in the Attic (PG)

When a few teens discover aliens in their vacation house, they realize they must save their parents and the planet from the invaders. — Not reviewed

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*District 9 (R)

District 9 opens with "documentary" footage of bureaucrat Wikus Van De Merwe, who will head up the massive task of relocating 1 million otherworldly refugees living in a ghetto outside Johannesburg — while a weapons manufacturer tries to figure out how the aliens' weapons work. — MaryAnn Johanson

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

The Final Destination (R)

After a teenager's vision helps prevent a fatal car accident, Death comes looking to claim those who got away. — Not reviewed

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

*Funny People (R)

George Simmons (Adam Sandler) is a successful but miserable comedy star whose jaded soul gets a jolt when he's diagnosed with a potentially terminal disease. Ira Wright (Seth Rogen) lands a dubious gig as George's assistant. — Jonathan Kiefer

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G-Force (PG)

A team of guinea pigs, specially trained as high-tech spies through a secret government program, embarks on a mission to save the planet. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (PG-13)

A team of elite soldiers must take on a dangerous group known as Cobra, which is led by a nefarious weapons dealer. — Not reviewed

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

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (R)

Jeremy Piven plays a used car dealer who is hired to make a faltering car lot's Independence Day sale a success. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16

Halloween II (R)

Director Rob Zombie remakes this horror sequel in which killer Michael Myers is still on the loose looking for his younger sister Laurie, and wreaking havoc on Halloween night. — Not reviewed

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

*Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (PG)

Half-Blood Prince is far less dense with magical action than its predecessors, and perhaps that makes it feel mostly like a stage-setter for the finale that will be Deathly Hallows. Yet it's so rich with characterization that it scarcely matters. — Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*The Hurt Locker (R)

Set in Baghdad in 2004, The Hurt Locker follows a fictional U.S. Army bomb squad, whose members are formally known as Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians, and casually known as the bravest sons of bitches you can imagine. — Jonathan Kiefer

Carmike 10

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (PG)

This time out, Manny the mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano) is about to be a dad, but complications ensue as Diego the tiger beings to feel left out, and Sid the sloth adopts some dinosaur eggs. Which leaves me thinking: There are a couple of things that we should let go extinct. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Inglourious Basterds (R)

Quentin Tarantino's "Basterds" comprise a squad of Jewish soldiers behind enemy lines in occupied France with Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt ) as their leader. Serious Holocaust Drama this is not. It's more like a smug, glamorous, violently inclined cartoon. — Jonathan Kiefer

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

*Julie & Julia (PG-13)

Meryl Streep is delightful as cooking legend Julia Child. Endearing Amy Adams plays her counterpart Julie Powell, a would-be novelist who decides to launch a blog in which she'll chronicle preparing every recipe from Julia's cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

My Sister's Keeper (PG-13)

What would happen if a child conceived as a biological donor to her desperately ill older sister suddenly decided she was done being poked, prodded and sucked dry of her bone marrow? My Sister's Keeper wants you to sob with bittersweet acceptance and saccharine grief. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (PG)

Director Shawn Levy and screenwriters Robert Garant and Thomas Lennon found an even cooler idea for this sequel to the 2006 film Night at the Museum — the biggest, most diverse museum on the planet comes alive at night — and they squandered it in an even bigger way. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Ponyo (G)

This animated film from Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away), tells the story of a young boy and his goldfish who dreams of becoming a princess. — Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Public Enemies (R)

Being a Michael Mann film, this boils down to two elegant men on opposite sides of the law: gangster John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) and Special Agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale). — Jonathan Kiefer

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*Shorts (PG)

Shorts is a zippy, slapsticky romp about a suburban town gone bonkers when a wish-granting, rainbow-colored rock falls out of the sky. — Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Star Trek (PG-13)

While Trekkies may find it difficult to accept a U.S.S. Enterprise without William Shatner at the helm, Abrams' reboot exists in its own universe, where the next generation of Trek stars proves worth the wait. — Jeff Sneider

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*Taking Woodstock (R)

Taking Woodstock may not be a look at the Woodstock that was, but it's a fairly charming look at the Woodstock that we wish it had been. The film, adapted from the memoir by Elliot Tier and Tom Monte, follows young Elliot through the summer of 1969 as he lands the festival kicked out of other towns. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Kimball's Peak Three, Tinseltown

Terminator Salvation (PG-13)

It's 2018 and Skynet, the extremely pro-death-penalty artificial intelligence network, is just about finished scouring humanity from the face of the Earth. Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the leader of the human resistance. — Jonathan Kiefer

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*The Time Traveler's Wife (PG-13)

Henry DeTamble suffers from a genetic anomaly that causes him to become displaced in time, at random moments he can't control. People and events important to him draw him like gravity. This is science fiction that really knows what sci-fi is all about: what it means to be human. — MaryAnn Johanson

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

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (PG-13)

Director Michael Bay presides over another bloated backstory connecting kick-ass fights between giant robots. — Scott Renshaw

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*Up (PG)

Elderly curmudgeon Carl (Edward Asner) launches his house into the air with a massive cascade of balloons and a plan to head to a South American jungle. —Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Picture Show

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