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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

Black Swan (R)

Could we forget about passion and maybe see some control? — Jonathan Kiefer

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

Burlesque (PG-13)

A small-town girl heads toward the coast, and a job at a Los Angeles burlesque club. — Not reviewed

Tinseltown

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)

It doesn't help that the adventures here have no heft or emotion. — MaryAnn Johanson

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

Despicable Me (PG)

There's nothing actively wrong with Despicable Me. It's just that the whole enterprise feels somewhat lazy. — Scott Renshaw

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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

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*The Fighter (R)

The final 20 minutes feels like something of a letdown, but for 90 minutes, The Fighter serves up a marvelously loose-limbed look at fascinating people bumping against one another in a convincingly realized place. — Scott Renshaw

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

Gulliver's Travels (PG)

Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) is a perpetual underachiever and wannabe travel writer at a New York newspaper. — Not reviewed

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

*Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (PG-13)

This Potter falls somewhere between ambitious and momentous in its own way, yet it's never quite as powerful as it wants to be. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Hereafter (R)

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

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How Do You Know (PG-13)

George and Lisa meet on the worst day of each of their lives and will discover what it means to have something wonderful happen. — Not reviewed

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

Jackass 3D (R)

Johnny Knoxville and his buddies are back. — Not reviewed

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*The King's Speech (R)

Viewers expecting the stiff royal drama that the dull title implies will be just as surprised as the stuttering king when he's eventually able to deliver a flawless speech. — Tricia Olszewski

Cinemark 16, Kimball's Peak Three

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

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

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*Life As We Know It (PG-13)

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

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Little Fockers (PG-13)

It's mystifying trying to fathom just what the hell an actor with the stature of Robert De Niro is doing in a movie like this. — MaryAnn Johanson

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

Love and Other Drugs (R)

The movie tells the tale of can't-be-tamed Maggie (Anne Hathaway) meeting charming Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal). — Not reviewed

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Megamind (PG)

Megamind is the most brilliant supervillain the world has ever known, and the least successful. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

The Metropolitan Opera: Don Carlo Encore (NR)

An encore performance of Verdi's Don Carlo. — Not reviewed

Tinseltown

Paranormal Activity 2 (R)

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

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RED (PG-13)

Satisfying performances and a few strong kicks of adrenaline aren't quite enough to make me care if this particular gun-toting badass can find inner peace. — Scott Renshaw

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Secretariat (PG)

Secretariat chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. — Not reviewed

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Skyline (PG-13)

Extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth. — Not reviewed

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*Tangled (PG)

Why is something with such familiar components so praiseworthy? Because it simply nails all of those components.. — Scott Renshaw

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

The Tourist (PG-13)

The Tourist revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Toy Story 3 (G)

Another triumph of profoundly felt storytelling from Pixar that explores the theme of letting go. — Scott Renshaw

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TRON: Legacy (PG-13)

We could have enjoyed its candy-coated delights without having to be warned that there's no place like home. — Scott Renshaw

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

*True Grit (PG-13)

It may seem as though the Coen brothers just want to add "vintage Western" to the list of genre roads they've traveled. Instead, they've subtly crafted what may be their most deeply felt movie yet. — Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Kimball's Peak Three, Tinseltown

Yogi Bear (PG)

Faced with his biggest challenge ever, Yogi must prove that he really is "smarter than the average bear" — Not reviewed

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

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