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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (PG)

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

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

*The A-Team (PG-13)

Don't let claims that this cinematic version of the 1980s TV series The A-Team is "wonderfully stupid" or "dumb fun" fool you: It takes a lot of smarts and a tank full of instinct to pull off something this exhilarating. — Justin Strout

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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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Cyrus (R)

A lonely divorced man (John C. Reilly) considers himself lucky to be dating Molly (Marisa Tomei), a woman whose relationship with her 20-year-old son soon interferes. The weird intimacy between mother and adult child is meant to be entertainingly odd, but I found it more than a bit creepy. — MaryAnn Johanson

Kimball's Peak Three

Despicable Me (PG)

There's nothing actively wrong with Despicable Me; you'll find plenty of laughs. It's just that the whole enterprise feels somewhat lazy, the creation of people who want to make a movie without having anything interesting to say. — Scott Renshaw

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

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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*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. Noomi Rapace is unforgettable as Lisbeth, a 24-year-old Goth punk who's angry and antisocial, but also brilliant. (Offered as a double feature with The Girl Who Played With Fire on Friday and Saturday.) — Tricia Olszewski

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Grown Ups (PG-13)

Five guys — played by Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider — reunite for the funeral of their former basketball coach. None of them have actually grown up, merely gotten older and, it seems, infinitely more malicious. — MaryAnn Johanson.

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*How to Train Your Dragon (R)

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

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*Inception (PG-13)

In an unspecified future, the technology exists for people to enter one another's dreams. Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) has become a fugitive corporate spy stealing ideas from the subconsciousness of executives. The Christopher Nolan film proves remarkably nimble at getting us to the payoff, and what a payoff it is. — Scott Renshaw

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

*Iron Man 2 (PG-13)

With its wily script, the film is hearty and swiftly paced, but not helped by having so many characters. Still, Favreau and Co. have a knack for meeting superhero blockbuster expectations. — Jonathan Kiefer

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Jonah Hex (PG-13)

This DC comics adaptation brings Old West antihero and bounty hunter Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) to the big screen as he battles the villainous Turnbull (John Malkovich). — Not reviewed

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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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*Knight and Day (PG-13)

From the opening airplane fistfight, to the first wild car chase, to a motorcycle dash from raging Spanish bulls, Knight and Day (starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz) plays out like a James Bond movie from the Roger Moore days: too busy inspiring smiles to generate concerns about plausibility. — Scott Renshaw

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Last Airbender (PG)

In this live-action fantasy from M. Night Shyamalan, Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements: air, earth, fire and water. — Not reviewed

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

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 seeking romantic advice. — 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 wreak havoc. — Not reviewed

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Predators (R)

Set 13 years after the events in Predator 2, the film follows Royce (Adrien Brody), a mercenary soldier, who is dropped on an alien world where humans are hunted for sport by the Predators. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, 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

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*The Secret in Their Eyes (R)

A recently retired federal investigator decides to write a book on a case that has dogged him over two decades. Hitchcockian tension, a breathtaking chase, and ambiguous victims and villains seamlessly coexist alongside existential musings in this Oscar-winning thriller. — Tricia Olszewski

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice (PG)

Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, when Balthazar recruits a seemingly average guy as his reluctant protégé. — Not reviewed

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

*Toy Story 3 (G)

The 11 years since Toy Story 2 have passed almost in real time, with a now-17-year-old Andy (John Morris) preparing for college. And due to a mixup, Woody, Buzz and company end up at Sunnyside Day Care, in yet another triumph of profoundly felt storytelling from Pixar that explores the theme of letting go. — Scott Renshaw

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

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13)

The Twilight producers keep trying; you've got to give them that. Yet the truth is, the movies are stuck with Stephenie Meyer's books as a foundation. Yet this is also fundamentally an adolescent melodrama, and melodrama is hard for even the best actors in the best circumstances. Neither is the case here. — Scott Renshaw

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

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