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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, 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

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*Bright Star (PG)

The young gentleman might think he has made a capital move by taking his date to see this film about the tubercular Romantic poet whose muse enjoys sewing and butterflies. But the young gentleman also should be advised to proceed with caution, for the tubercular Romantic poet in question, John Keats, was among the finest of his kind. — Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Peak Three

Capitalism: A Love Story (R)

If Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story teaches us one thing about the global economic crisis, it's that the stunt-doc gold standard has become obsolete. — Jonathan Kiefer

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

Couples Retreat (PG-13)

This half-assed update of Fantasy Island, manages to feel somehow both shriveled to short-sitcom proportions and bloated to feature-film length. — Jonathan Kiefer

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

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Fame (PG)

This remake of the '80s 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

Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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, Picture Show

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

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*The Hangover (R)

Three groomsmen get so wrecked at a Vegas bachelor party that they lose their memories and groom. — 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

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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? 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

Tinseltown

The Invention of Lying (PG-13)

In this romantic comedy's alternate reality, even the idea of a lie doesn't exist, until a man (Ricky Gervais) discovers and begins to use the ability to his benefit. — Not reviewed

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

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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Opa! (PG-13)

The story of an archaeologist (Matthew Modine) who believes he has discovered the best find of his career on a magical Greek island, where it lies buried under a restaurant owned by an alluring but uncompromising woman. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

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

Chapel Hills 15, 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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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

Toy Story & Toy Story 2 in 3D Double Feature (G)

This 3D double feature includes the Disney/Pixar-animated favorites about a boy and his toys — space ranger Buzz Lightyear and the cowboy Woody. — Not reviewed

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

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

*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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Whip It (PG-13)

Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut in this film about an indie-rocker who joins the roller derby. — Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Kimball's Peak Three, Tinseltown

*Zombieland (R)

The flesh-eating undead are not, understandably, every movie-goer's taste. But this time, skipping the latest zombie flick will mean missing what may be the funniest American comedy of 2009. — Scott Renshaw

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

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