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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (PG)

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

Chapel Hills 15

*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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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

The Girl Who Played With Fire (R)

There is enough whodunit in this second adaptation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series to keep the story engaging, but it's not nearly as thrilling as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, our introduction to the brilliant, dark, violent force of nature that is Lisbeth Salander. — Tricia Olszewski

Kimball's Peak Three

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, Tinseltown

*How to Train Your Dragon (R)

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 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

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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

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, 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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Paul Blart: Mall Cop (PG)

Summer Movie Clubhouse: In this 2009 film, a security guard (Kevin James) must come to the rescue when a mall is taken over by would-be robbers. — Not reviewed

Tinseltown

Ramona and Beezus (G)

The adventures of young Ramona Quimby (Joey King) and her big sister Beezus (Selena Gomez) come to life in this film based on the best-selling books by Beverly Cleary. — Not reviewed

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 Johanson

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*Salt (PG-13)

Angelina Jolie is a Russian spy. Or maybe not ... You'll simply have no idea what to believe, and it's downright thrilling to be kept on edge. I haven't had this much pure dumb fun at the movies this summer. — MaryAnn Johanson

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 any great loss, however, it's a pleasant surprise. — Scott Renshaw

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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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