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Alpha and Omega (PG)

Kate and Humphrey are two wolves who are trying to get home after being taken by park rangers and shipped halfway across the country. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

Carmen (R)

Director Carlos Saura's Carmen develops a fictional story revolving around the rehearsals of Georges Bizet's opera about the brash and colorful cigarette factory woman. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

Case 39 (R)

Devoted family services specialist Emily Jenkins (Renée Zellweger) has seen domestic horrors of every type. That is, until she takes on case 39: the case of 10-year-old Lillith Sullivan. That's when the real terror begins. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Catfish (R)

A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue. — Not reviewed

Tinseltown

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

Former cat spy Kitty Galore has gone rogue and launched a plan to leash her canine enemies as well as her former kitty comrades, making the world her scratching post. — Not reviewed

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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

Devil (PG-13)

A group of people are trapped in an elevator, and one of them is the devil. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13)

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

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*Easy A (PG-13)

Easy A is not terrible, but it's not indelible, either; it's simply an agreeable and relatively witty surprise. — Tricia Olszewski

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, 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

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The Expendables (R)

A more proper name for this ensemble would have been The Meatheaded Geriatrics. — 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

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*Inception (PG-13)

In an unspecified future, the technology exists for people to enter one another's dreams. The film proves remarkably nimble at getting us to the payoff, and what a payoff it is. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest

*It's Kind of a Funny Story (PG-13)

With a bunch of conspicuously quirky supporting characters, the film feels ever on the verge of turning into kind of an exploitative story. Yet it never quite does.— Scott Renshaw

Cinemark 16, Kimball's Peak Three

*Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (PG)

Despite some exceedingly familiar genre elements, Guardians proves compelling because it doesn't do everything you expect an animated feature to do. — Scott Renshaw

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

*Let Me In (R)

Matt Reeves didn't just redo the much-lauded 2008 vampire drama Let the Right One In when he made Let Me In. He did it better. — Scott Renshaw

Tinseltown

*Life As We Know It (PG-13)

Life As We Know It is both feel-sad and feel-good, which is a tricky balance to achieve, yet one that's so satisfying when the right marks are hit. — Tricia Olszewski

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

My Soul to Take (R)

In the sleepy town of Riverton, legend tells of a serial killer who swore he would return to murder the seven children born the night he died. — Not reviewed

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

*Nanny McPhee Returns (PG)

The character Nanny McPhee is the perfect antidote for the upside-down fantasy of parental indulgence, and tolerance of "cute" munchkin monsters, which threatens to become the norm. — MaryAnn Johanson

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The Other Guys (PG-13)

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

Chapel Hills 15

Resident Evil: Afterlife (R)

In a world ravaged by a viral infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

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. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (PG-13)

On the surface, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World seems like a meticulously faithful adaptation. But in the end, it struggles to find the rhythms that gave the original its soul. — Scott Renshaw

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Secretariat (PG)

Based on the novel Secretariat: The Making of a Champion by William Nack, Secretariat chronicles the spectacular journey of the unbeaten, legendary 1973 Triple Crown winner. — Not reviewed

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

The Social Network (PG-13)

For all its real enough ideas — about young people making jobs instead of taking them, about the end of the old privacy and the beginning of a new obscurity — The Social Network falls short of full articulation. — Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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 he recruits a seemingly average guy as his reluctant protégé — Not reviewed

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Takers (PG-13)

A notorious group of criminals continues to baffle police by pulling off perfectly executed bank robberies, when their plans are interrupted by a hardened detective who is hell-bent on solving the case. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10

*The Town (R)

While it lacks the magnitude it's after, it doesn't lack the courtesy to entertain. It's a little bit like The Departed, although without Martin Scorsese's heavy menace. — Jonathan Kiefer

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Kimball's Peak Three, Tinseltown

*Toy Story 3 (G)

The 11 years since Toy Story 2 have passed almost in real time. 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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Vampires Suck (PG-13)

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

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*Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13)

The film's only major problem stems from the last few minutes clashing rather jarringly with what has come before. But it's a forgivable failure, as everything prior was so dynamically told. — MaryAnn Johanson

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

You Again (PG)

Successful PR pro Marni heads home for her older brother's wedding and discovers that he's marrying her high school arch nemesis. — Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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