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Alice in Wonderland (PG)

In Tim Burton's take on Lewis Carroll's classics, it's nice to meet 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

Cinemark 16, 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 CGI 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 Back-up Plan (PG-13)

A single woman (Jennifer Lopez) finally meets a man she thinks might be "the one" on the day she's scheduled for an artificial insemination. — Not reviewed

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

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. — 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

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16

Clash of the Titans (PG-13)

Perseus and Co.'s battles — which include giant scorpions, a cursed king, a squadron of flying harpies, and the snake-haired Medusa — are all edited together with frantic inefficiency. — Scott Renshaw

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

The Crazies (R)

Loosely based on the George Romero horror classic, this remake takes place in a small Iowa town where a toxin is turning people into psychopaths. — Not reviewed

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*Crazy Heart (R)

Expand the story in your average country song, and it would look a lot like Crazy Heart, writer-director Scott Cooper's debut about drinkin', lovin' and livin' too hard. — Tricia Olszewski

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*Date Night (PG-13)

Steve Carell and Tina Fey add flavor, to what otherwise might have been a bland comedy, as they play a couple trying to invigorate their marriage with a date night when mobsters mistake them for another couple. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Death at a Funeral (R)

In this remake starring Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence, a father's funeral leads to a series of family arguments, exposing dark secrets and possibly murder. — Not reviewed

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

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 flesh-and-blood kids do them. Isn't middle school bad enough already? — MaryAnn Johanson

Chapel Hills 15

*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

Kimball's Peak Three

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

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16

*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

Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D (NR)

This broadcast features concert footage of country music singer Kenny Chesney. — Not reviewed

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

Kick-Ass (R)

Kick-Ass concerns a teen fanboy who decides to become an actual superhero, but becomes a viral-video curiosity instead. But mostly Kick-Ass concerns itself with the kicking of ass, as well as shooting, slicing open and blowing to bits.— Jonathan Kiefer

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Last Song (PG)

In a small beach town, an estranged father spends the summer with his reluctant teen daughter (Miley Cyrus), who'd rather be home in New York. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Losers (PG-13)

Members of a highly trained U.S. Special Forces team find themselves on a mission in the Bolivian jungle hunting down an enemy after a failed assassination attempt. — Not reviewed

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

Oceans (G)

Though the directors of this documentary have a sense for images conveying the complexity of ocean life, the film feels as if it were put together by a kid dragging his parents from one aquarium exhibit to the next every 25 seconds.— Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16

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

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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

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*The Runaways (R)

The Runaways lets us test Kristen Stewart's Twilight phenomenology and Dakota Fanning's child-actor ubiquity against the pop music mythologies of Joan Jett and Cherie Currie in a biopic about the titular, mid-'70s, all-girl teen band. For whatever that's worth. — Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Peak Three

*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

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The Spy Next Door (PG)

Jackie Chan plays a super spy who decides to give up espionage 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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Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (PG-13)

Gathered in the Bahamas for their annual one-week reunion, four couples reconnect, sharing news about their lives and analyzing their relationships. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10

Valentine's Day (PG-13)

Valentine's Day covers approximately 20 main characters and 10 romantic angles

in 120 minutes. What can each subplot possibly deliver besides a cutesy intro, perfunctory conflict and shallow happily-ever-after? — Scott Renshaw

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