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Alice in Wonderland (PG)

In Tim Burton's disappointing Disney take on Lewis Carroll's classics, it's nice to meet young actress Mia Wasikowska as a clever, independent-minded teen-aged Alice; less nice that the adventure involves donning armor, beheading a dragon, and drinking its blood. — Jonathan Kiefer

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

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (PG)

Alvin and the Chipettes are back in this animated follow-up to 2007's singing chipmunk holiday film. — Not reviewed

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Avatar (PG-13)

Avatar is set in a computer-generated world called Pandora, a planet inhabited by the Na'vi, who are rich in a coveted resource ridiculously named Unobtainium. — Tricia Olszewski

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The Blind Side (PG-13)

The Blind Side takes on the real-life underdog-makes-good story of Michael Oher, currently a first-year left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. — Scott Renshaw

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The Book of Eli (R)

Walker (Denzel Washington) wanders through a post-apocalyptic world holding the last known copy of the King James Bible. All he knows is that he's headed west, and that he must keep the book safe. — Jonathan Kiefer

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The Bounty Hunter (PG-13)

A down-on-his-luck bounty hunter (Gerard Butler) gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife (Jennifer Aniston). — Not reviewed

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

Chloe (R)

If director Atom Egoyan told himself, "I will make a sexy, nudie, art-house, soft-core porn flick with Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried and maybe more people will see my movies," I'm OK with that. I just wish Chloe was more involving. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Dear John (PG)

John Tyree, a young soldier home on leave, falls in love with an idealistic college student. — Not reviewed

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG)

The things Jeff Kinney's cartoon-novel stick figures get away with in the books that inspired this film, suddenly seem heartless and cruel once actual flesh-and-blood kids do them. Isn't middle school bad enough already? — MaryAnn Johanson

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

Edge of Darkness (R)

What's weird about this remake is that it's surprisingly underpowered, a plodding police procedural that thinks holding back on "action" makes it "serious" even in the absence of anything substantial to take its place. — MaryAnn Johanson

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*The Ghost Writer (PG-13)

Ominous intrigue ensues when a young writer (Ewan McGregor) steps in to finish the memoirs of an embattled former British prime minister (Pierce Brosnan). However sick we are of seeing director Roman Polanski's name in headlines, it's clear the movies have missed him. — Jonathan Kiefer

Hollywood Interquest, Kimball's Peak Three

*Green Zone (R)

As long as you don't enter Green Zone expecting Bourne 4 or a totally accurate history lesson on the reasons for the Iraq War, you should emerge sufficiently entertained by this rematching of director Paul Greengrass and actor Matt Damon. — Jeff Sneider

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Greenberg (R)

Greenberg, as played by a prickly and perpetually nettled Ben Stiller, is a friendless, incompetent, attention-craving character. And in the end, I believe we are meant to admire Greenberg the movie because it doesn't take pains to redeem Greenberg the man. — Jonathan Kiefer

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Hot Tub Time Machine (R)

A group of best friends who've become bored with their adult lives wake up, after a night of drinking, in a ski resort hot tub in the year 1986. — Not reviewed

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

*How to Train Your Dragon (PG)

How to Train Your Dragon opts for the most overused premise in kid-flick-dom, that of a misfit whose unique gifts are destined to be valued by those who once mocked him. But, the film's flying sequences (especially in IMAX 3D) make the ticket price seem worthwhile. — Scott Renshaw

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

Old Dogs (PG)

Robin Williams and John Travolta star as middle-aged bachelors who unexpectedly find themselves in charge of 6-year-old twins. — Not reviewed

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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (PG)

Based on the book by Rick Riordan, a teen learns that he's descended from the mythological figure Poseidon. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

The Princess and the Frog (G)

Disney finally gives us a black princess ... and she spends most of the movie as an amphibian? — MaryAnn Johanson

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Remember Me (PG-13)

Robert Pattinson (Twilight) plays a man struggling to recover from a family tragedy, when he falls for a woman who lives each day to the fullest after witnessing a murder. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

*Repo Men (R)

Remy works for a medical company that sells human organs to transplant patients for more than they can afford, eventually enslaving recipients or killing them when Remy repossesses the organ. Repo Men delivers fast-paced action with a nod to the social commentary of science fiction's past. — Justin Strout

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

*Sherlock Holmes (PG-13)

Though director Guy Ritchie's adaptation has more in common with action films, the spirit of the Sherlock Holmes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories remains intact. — MaryAnn Johanson

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*She's Out of My League (R)

Though it has a familiar nerd-plus-hottie set up, She's Out of My League arrives to continue an appealing and hilarious recent transition: the return of the ensemble comedy. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Shutter Island (R)

Director Martin Scorsese seems to enjoy this suspense thriller as Gothic horror noir throwback. And, it lets him prove the reasons for his faith in Leonardo DiCaprio, who delivers as a U.S. Marshal pursuing a prison escapee. — Jonathan Kiefer

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Spy Next Door (PG)

Jackie Chan plays a super spy who decides to settle down with his girlfriend, but first he must complete his most difficult mission — to win over her kids. — Not reviewed

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Tooth Fairy (PG)

When a hockey player (Dwayne Johnson) crushes a girl's belief in the tooth fairy, he must spend a week performing the fairy's duties. — Not reviewed

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When in Rome (PG-13)

When a young, hopelessly single New Yorker travels to Rome, her love life is turned upside down. — Not reviewed

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The Wolfman (R)

A man discovers that he is also a wolf. Hey, it happens. Just look at the last 75 years of movie history. Unfortunately, this film never rises above the sad spectacle of an archetype reduced to the wrong kind of howler. — Jonathan Kiefer

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