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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

Black Swan (R)

Director Darren Aronofsky has a knack for luring brittle, ropy women into masochistic lesbian-tending situations and for ending movies with a public, possibly fatal final leap. Next, could we forget about passion and maybe see some control? — Jonathan Kiefer

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, and that the only truly involving characters are the talking warrior mouse and a dragon who enters the story literally out of nowhere. — MaryAnn Johanson

Chapel Hills 15

*The Company Men (R)

Not least because Roger Deakins' cinematography supplies just the right kind of polished gloom, the men do give off a certain shine. If their familiar and presumably pitiable woe is not entirely cathartic, it is at least as watchable as a collective cringe-worthy life crisis can be. — Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Peak Three

The Dilemma (PG-13)

Ronny's world is turned upside down when he inadvertently sees his buddy Nick's wife out with another man and makes it his mission to get answers. — Not reviewed

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*Due Date (R)

When the two mismatched souls are Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis, even when the structure supporting them is sometimes shaky, it's still hard to resist. — Scott Renshaw

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The Eagle (PG-13)

The Eagle plays as a simplistic adventure that wants to be taken seriously, but never has the guts to stake out a point of view. — Scott Renshaw

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

Gnomeo & Juliet (G)

Garden gnomes play a bit of Shakespeare in this animated comedy. — Not reviewed

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

*The Green Hornet (PG-13)

If the action is out-clevered by the comedy, it's a small price to pay, for the currency of slam-bang movie enjoyment and for some satisfying superhero yuks. — MaryAnn Johanson

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

Gulliver's Travels (PG)

In this contemporary re-imagining of Jonathan Swift's classic tale, Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) is a perpetual underachiever and wannabe travel writer at a New York newspaper. — Not reviewed

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

This Potter falls somewhere between ambitious and momentous in its own way, yet never quite as powerful as it wants to be. — 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 discover what it means to have something wonderful happen. — Not reviewed

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Just Go With It (PG-13)

Adam Sandler is a plastic surgeon who creates a lie of being previously married to win a girl's affections. — Not reviewed

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

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (G)

This documentary follows Bieber on his 2010 concert tour. — Not reviewed

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

*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

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

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 that finds the height of its humor in a child's projectile vomiting and dick jokes. — MaryAnn Johanson

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The Mechanic (R)

Arthur Bishop is a "mechanic" — an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. When his mentor and close friend Harry is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Tinseltown

Megamind (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 has been a colossal failure thanks to Metro Man, an invincible hero until the day Megamind actually kills him. Suddenly, he has no purpose. — Not reviewed

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No Strings Attached (R)

A guy and girl try to keep their relationship strictly physical, but it's not long before they learn that they want something more. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Rabbit Hole (PG-13)

The tragedy this couple suffers happens every day in real life, and it's maybe the worst thing anyone could go through. But there's more than one way to do it, just like there's more than one way to show two people falling in love or going on an adventure. — Justin Strout

Kimball's Peak Three

The Rite (R)

Damn if Anthony Hopkins isn't fantastic at rendering in-your-face whispers or sudden glances creepy as hell. And when he's just Lucas, man of God, albeit an admittedly skeptical one, Hopkins is often funny. — Tricia Olszewski

Carmike 10, Tinseltown

The Roommate (PG-13)

A deranged college freshman becomes obsessed with her new roommate. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Sanctum (R)

Sanctum is a bit cheesy, but shows us gorgeous yawning caverns and claustrophobic tight spots. Watching the characters squeeze through them with essential breathing gear is nail-bitingly excruciating.— MaryAnn Johanson

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Tangled (PG)

Why is something with such familiar components so praiseworthy? Because it simply nails those components. The songs are Broadway-catchy, all three central voice performances are terrific, and the comic relief proves genuinely amusing. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15

The Tourist (PG-13)

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

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TRON: Legacy (PG-13)

Legacy lectures us about immersing ourselves in the digital world at the risk of our interactions in the real world, but we could have enjoyed its candy-coated delights without having to be warned that there's no place like home. — Scott Renshaw

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*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

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Unstoppable (PG-13)

Having played with fighter jets, race cars, submarines and subway trains in Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Crimson Tide and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, director Tony Scott still isn't done hurling around huge deadly vehicles. — Jonathan Kiefer

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Yogi Bear (PG)

Faced with his biggest challenge ever, Yogi must prove that he really is "smarter than the average bear" as he and Boo Boo join forces with their old nemesis Ranger Smith to find a way to save Jellystone Park from closing forever.— Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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