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Alice in Wonderland (PG)

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

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*Babies (PG)

This documentary follows four babies on four different continents through their first year of life. Say what you will about the film, but you can't accuse it of false advertising. — Jonathan Kiefer

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The Bounty Hunter (PG-13)

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

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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. The result is a movie that moves without creating any real tension. — Scott Renshaw

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*Date Night (PG-13)

Steve Carell and Tina Fey add flavor to this comedy about a couple trying to invigorate their marriage with a date night. — Scott Renshaw

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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. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Furry Vengeance (PG)

When a real estate developer's latest project threatens the local forest creatures, the animals seek revenge by turning a peaceful cul-de-sac under construction into a battlefield. — Not reviewed

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Get Him to the Greek (R)

English comedian and force of nature Russell Brand was the best part of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and now he's back starring as sex-crazed rocker Aldous Snow, this time with Jonah Hill as the record company drone who must corral the party animal and get him to his comeback concert. — MaryAnn Johanson

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

*The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (NR)

Based on the novel by Scandinavian author Stieg Larsson, the film won Sweden's Oscar-equivalent for Best Picture and Best Actress. Noomi Rapace is unforgettable as Lisbeth, a 24-year-old Goth punk who's angry and antisocial, but also a brilliant computer hacker. — Tricia Olszewski

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Hot Tub Time Machine (R)

A group of 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

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*How to Train Your Dragon (PG)

Dragon opts for the most overused premise in kid-flickdom, that of a misfit who later is valued by those who once mocked him. But, the film's flying sequences make the ticket price seem worthwhile. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15

*Iron Man 2 (PG-13)

With its wily script, this sequel (with Robert Downey Jr. once again in the title role) is hearty and swiftly paced, but not helped by having so many characters. Still, Favreau and Co. have a knack for meeting our superhero blockbuster expectations. — Jonathan Kiefer

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

Killers (PG-13)

Three years into their seemingly perfect marriage, a woman (Katherine Heigl) learns that her husband (Ashton Kutcher) is not only working secretly as a hitman, he's also being targeted by other assassins. — Not reviewed

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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

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Letters to Juliet (PG)

When a young American travels to Italy, home of the star-crossed lover Juliet of Romeo and Juliet fame, she joins a group of volunteers who answer letters to Juliet seeking romantic advice. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Losers (PG-13)

Members of a 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

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Marmaduke (PG)

Based on the newspaper comic strip about a Great Dane, this live action adaptation follows the Winslow family and their dog as they move into a new neighborhood and wreck havoc. — Not reviewed

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

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

Summer Kids' Series: In this 2009 effort, director Shawn Levy and screenwriters Robert Garant and Thomas Lennon found an even cooler idea for this sequel to 2006's 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

Chapel Hills 15

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PG-13)

Here we are, with a hairy, hunky Jake Gyllenhaal and a pretty, pouty Gemma Arterton, in an epic adventure about a dagger that is also a time machine. Sure, Prince of Persia is watchable, but only as a video game that's been rendered unplayable. — Jonathan Kiefer

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

Robin Hood (PG-13)

Robin Hood was supposed to be awesome. Did not Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott implicitly promise me awesome with their Gladiator-in-Sherwood-Forest trailer? What happened? — MaryAnn Johnson

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Sex and the City 2 (R)

This time the girls — Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha — take an all-expenses-paid trip to Abu Dhabi. Director Michael Patrick King has taken an HBO series beloved by many for its glitzy escapism wrapped in semi-relatable romantic panic, and melted it down to scrap-metal shards of asexuality and life-threatening levels of cultural illiteracy. — Justin Strout

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

*Shrek Forever After (PG)

Many of us have suspected it all along, but it's official: The Shrek film series is actually a sitcom. For those who won't find a change of personality in the characters any great loss, this reworking is a pleasant surprise. — Scott Renshaw

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

Shrek the Third (PG)

Summer Movie Clubhouse: In this 2007 installment of the Shrek series, Shrek stands to inherit the kingdom but can't bear to leave the swamp. — Not reviewed

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

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*Splice (R)

After combining the DNA of various animals into a pair of enormous, pharmacologically useful slugs, geneticists Clive and Elsa are eager to see what they might whip up with some human genes in the mix. — Jonathan Kiefer

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

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