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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

Conviction (R)

It's the filmmakers' prerogative to have a point of view, but theirs is too protective, too packaged. At worst, that seems patronizing; at best, it lacks a certain courage of conviction. — Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Peak Three, 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 inside an elevator, and one of them actually is the devil. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10

*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

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 — 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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Hereafter (PG-13)

Like virtually every film that addresses the world beyond, this one simply regurgitates a bland pudding of comforting nondenominational platitudes. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Kimball's Peak Three, Tinseltown

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

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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, 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

Megamind in 3D (PG)

Megamind is the most brilliant supervillain the world has ever known, and the least successful. Over the years, he has tried to conquer Metro City and each attempt is a colossal failure thanks to Metro Man, an invincible hero until the day Megamind actually kills him. Suddenly, Megamind has no purpose. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, 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

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*Nanny McPhee Returns (PG)

The character named 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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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

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Paranormal Activity 2 (R)

The terror continues as a young couple copes with a potentially evil spirit in their suburban home. — Not reviewed

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

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

Saw 3D (R)

As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy, a group of survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen. — Not reviewed

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

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

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

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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Suzanne Somers' Breakthrough Tour (NR)

Suzanne Somers brings an engaging and often humorous discussion on cancer, aging, menopause and other women's issues to the movie screen. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

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

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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

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*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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