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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

Case 39 (R)

Devoted family services specialist Emily Jenkins 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, Tinseltown

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

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

*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, Tinseltown

Eat Pray Love (PG-13)

A woman 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)

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

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Grown Ups (PG-13)

Five guys 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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I Want Your Money (PG)

The film takes a look at our nation's economy using the words and actions of Presidents Obama and Reagan. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

*Inception (PG-13)

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

Hollywood Interquest, Picture Show

Jackass 3D (R)

Johnny Knoxville and his buddies are back. — Not reviewed

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

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

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Nanny McPhee Returns (PG)

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

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Never Let Me Go (R)

The problem with Never Let Me Go is that its pretext is a medical and political horror that's never fully acknowledged as such, as if reticence on the matter might actually be more telling. Well, it isn't. — Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Peak Three

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, Picture Show

A Prairie Home Companion With Garrison Keillor (NR)

All new skits, performances by the Guy Shoe String Band and special guests. — Not reviewed

Hollywood Interquest

Red (PG-13)

It's not that Red doesn't provide individually entertaining moments. But satisfying performances and a few kicks of adrenaline aren't quite enough to make me care if this particular gun-toting badass can find inner peace. — Scott Renshaw

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

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

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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 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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The Sound of Music Sing-Along Event (NR)

Don't miss the opportunity to sing along with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in the Academy Award-winning classic. — Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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, 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 all that has come before. But it's a forgivable failure, as everything prior was so dynamically told by a master of visual storytelling. — MaryAnn Johanson

Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest

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. The claws come out and old wounds are opened in this crazy comedy that proves that not all rivalries are forever. — Not reviewed

Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltow"

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