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

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as 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, Kimball's Peak Three

9 (PG-13)

9's story is a familiar post-apocalyptic scenario in which machines have gotten the best of humans by exterminating them and laying waste to the planet. But hope is not lost: There are little puppets. — Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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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All About Steve (PG-13)

A woman who creates crossword puzzles for a living — played by Sandra Bullock — falls for a TV cameraman whose buddies encourage her to pursue him across the country. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (PG)

This animated adventure is based on the popular children's book about a village where food, rather than rain, falls from the heavens. — Not reviewed

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

*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 — while a weapons manufacturer tries to figure out how the aliens' weapons work. — MaryAnn Johanson

Tinseltown

Fame (PG)

This remake of the '80's musical set in the New York Academy of Performing Arts features a host of adolescents dancing and singing along with the return of Debbie Allen, this time as the school's principal. — Not reviewed

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

Gamer (R)

In the not-so-distant future, online gamers use real people (prisoners) as avatars, to play their deadly games. — Not reviewed

Tinseltown

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

*The Hangover (R)

Three groomsmen get so wrecked at a Vegas bachelor party that they lose their memories and their groom. The comedy's excellence will be clear to those who can appreciate a film that makes short work of acknowledging its similarity to Three Men and a Baby. — Jonathan Kiefer

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*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

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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The Informant! (R)

Aren't we due for a great black comedy about white-collar crime? Unfortunately, The Informant! isn't it. Matt Damon plays Mark Whitacre, an executive at Archer Daniels Midland Co., who informs his bosses that the company has been sabotaged, and the FBI that his bosses are price-fixing. — Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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

Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Jennifer's Body (R)

The possession of Jennifer (Megan Fox) is the film's starting point for metaphor and satire. But random might be the word that best characterizes Jennifer's Body, from the act of destruction and horror that opens the film onward. — MaryAnn Johanson

Cinemark 16, 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, Tinseltown

Love Happens (PG-13)

After a widower (Aaron Eckhart) writes a bestselling book on dealing with loss, he finds himself falling for a woman (Jennifer Aniston) he meets at one of his seminars. — Not reviewed

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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Orphan (R)

In this horror film, a couple adopts a young girl from an orphanage, but soon discovers that she harbors a dark side. — Not reviewed

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Pandorum (R)

Two men wake up in their spacecraft with no idea where they are, who they are, or why they are there. — Not reviewed

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

*The Proposal (PG-13)

The editor-in-chief (Sandra Bullock) at a New York publishing house enlists her long-suffering assistant (Ryan Reynolds) for a marriage of convenience when her work visa is about to expire. This old rom-com ground proves surprisingly comfortable. — Scott Renshaw

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*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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Surrogates (PG-13)

In a future world where people stay inside while their surrogate robots interact for them, Bruce Willis plays a cop who must emerge into the world to investigate a string of killings. — Not reviewed

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

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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Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself (PG-13)

Tyler Perry plays free-wheeling grandmother Madea, who catches a trio of young people trying to rob her home and decides to teach them a lesson in her own way. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Tinseltown

The Ugly Truth (R)

In this romantic comedy Katherine Heigl plays Abby Richter, a TV news producer whose show is floundering, when Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler), host of a raunchy cable show, is brought in against her wishes. Sadly, the characters come across as a bit chilly and unconvincing. — 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

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