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The A-Team (PG-13)

It takes a lot of smarts to pull off something this exhilarating. — Justin Strout

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Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (PG)

A former cat spy has gone rogue and launched a plan to leash her canine enemies. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

Charlie St. Cloud (PG-13)

Even though Charlie St. Cloud made me roll my eyes more than once, I found it impossible not to fall in love with Zac Efron's Charlie in this romantic melodrama about a young man dealing with the aftermath of his kid brother's death. — MaryAnn Johanson

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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. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13)

Few moviegoing experiences are as excruciating as watching two gifted comics struggle with terrible material. — Tricia Olszewski

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Eat Pray Love (PG-13)

A woman (Julia Roberts) who once made it her goal in life to get married, rear children and achieve domestic bliss, finds her priorities suddenly shifting in this adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir. — Not reviewed

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

The Expendables (R)

Sylvester Stallone directed, wrote and stars in the film along with a gaggle of other fading sorta-action heroes. A more proper name for this ensemble would have been The Meatheaded Geriatrics. — Tricia Olszewski

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. — Tricia Olszewski

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*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. The Christopher Nolan film proves remarkably nimble at getting us to the payoff, and what a payoff it is. — Scott Renshaw

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

*Iron Man 2 (PG-13)

Favreau and Co. have a knack for meeting the typical superhero blockbuster expectations. — Jonathan Kiefer

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The Karate Kid (PG)

In this remake, Jackie Chan will enunciate the movie's moral and young Dre (Jaden Smith) will repeat it back later, for audience members who've awakened from their naps.— MaryAnn Johanson

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*The Kids Are All Right (R)

Really, the film is about family, from pretty much every angle you can imagine. — Tricia Olszewski

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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 (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

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Lottery Ticket (PG-13)

I'm presuming Lottery Ticket may have been intended to indulge some sort of wish fulfilment fantasy, but what it ends up becoming instead is a movie you wouldn't wish even on your worst enemy. — MaryAnn Johanson

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

*Nanny McPhee Returns (PG)

The perfect antidote for this upside-down fantasy of parental indulgence and tolerance of "cute" munchkin monsters that may become the norm. — MaryAnn Johanson

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

The Other Guys (PG-13)

In this serviceable comedy, Will Ferrell plays an NYPD forensic accountant who loves his desk job. His resentful partner adds some comic embellishments of his own. — Marjorie Baumgarten

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

Piranha 3D (R)

When a tremor in Lake Havasu, Ariz., cracks the lake floor open, a prehistoric strain of fish is set loose and people begin to disappear. — Not reviewed

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

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

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

Sure, Prince of Persia is watchable, but only as a video game that's been rendered unplayable. — Jonathan Kiefer

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Ramona and Beezus (G)

The adventures of young Ramona Quimby and her big sister Beezus (Selena Gomez) come to life. — Not reviewed

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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

Cinemark 16

*Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (PG-13)

On the surface, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World seems like a meticulously faithful adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novel series. But in the end, it struggles to find the rhythms that gave the original its soul. — Scott Renshaw

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 Switch (PG-13)

A single woman (Jennifer Aniston) decides it's time to have a baby — even if it means doing it by herself with a little help from a charming sperm donor. — 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

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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13)

This is fundamentally an adolescent melodrama, and melodrama is hard for even the best actors in the best circumstances. Neither is the case here. — Scott Renshaw

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Vampires Suck (PG-13)

In this parody of angst-filled vampire mega-movies, high schooler Becca is torn between two boys. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Winter's Bone (R)

Most films waste little time introducing critical characters, and in the rural film-noir thriller Winter's Bone, it's the place (the Missouri Ozarks) that lives and breathes. Equally remarkable is that the story's human protagonist proves just as compelling. — Scott Renshaw

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