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*The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13)

Director George Nolfi does a terrific job of explaining details that might seem like arbitrary plot devices, as well as giving an ordinary mortal a fair shot against what are clearly the equivalent of angels. He wraps the exposition in sharp dialogue and performances that give the pronouncements extra significance. — Scott Renshaw

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African Cats (G)

The story features the tales of two African lions and a cheetah. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Arthur (PG-13)

On the threshold of an arranged marriage with a simpering socialite whom he does not love, Arthur meets a spunky tour guide, and falls head over heels. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 (PG-13)

With American society in decay, railroad magnate Dagny Taggart begins to notice the mysterious disappearance of the world's leading artists, businessmen and thinkers. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

The Conspirator (PG-13)

It's not like we can really feel Robert Redford yearning for the good old days of big-screen didacticism. It's more like he's on auto-pilot. The one thing a movie with a bleeding heart should not be is bloodless, and this one almost is. — Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (PG)

As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond. — Not reviewed

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Gnomeo & Juliet (G)

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

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*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

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Hanna (PG-13)

It seems depressingly ill-advised for director Joe Wright to even bother attempting this Femme Nikita foolishness at all. Yet there he goes busying himself with pretentious allusions to harrowing fairy tales. — Jonathan Kiefer

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

Hall Pass (R)

When two men begin to show signs of restlessness at home, their wives take a bold approach to revitalizing their marriages.. — Not reviewed

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Hop (PG)

A comedy about E.B., the teenage son of the Easter Bunny. On the eve of taking over the family business, E.B. leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream of becoming a drummer. — Not reviewed

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

I Am Number Four (PG-13)

A thriller about an extraordinary young man who is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. — Not reviewed

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Insidious (PG-13)

When tragedy strikes their young son, Josh and Renai begin to experience things that science cannot explain. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Jane Eyre (PG-13)

By being greater than the sum of its parts, this Jane Eyre should stay fresh — at least until the next one. — Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Peak Three

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

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*The King's Speech (PG-13)

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

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Limitless (PG-13)

Aspiring author Eddie Morra suffers from chronic writer's block, but his life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

*The Lincoln Lawyer (R)

The Lincoln Lawyer features a completely different Matthew McConaughey. He's gaunt, mature and compelling in this enthralling, gritty crime drama from young director Brad Furman. — Justin Strout

Hollywood Interquest

Memphis Broadway Musical (NR)

Captured live on Broadway, the performance bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. — Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest

Paul (R)

Like it was some sort of nerdnip, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost give us familiar one-liners to roll around in until we're too giddy to think straight. Past that, Paul doesn't offer much. — Scott Renshaw

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*Red Riding Hood (PG-13)

Despite a creaky start, Orphan screenwriter David Leslie Johnson works matinee magic, contorting the material into an easy bull's-eye for director Catherine Hardwicke to hit. — Justin Strout

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Rio (G)

Blu think he's the last of his kind, but when he learns about another Macaw who lives in Rio de Janeiro, he heads to the faraway and exotic land to find Jewel, Blu's female counterpart. — Not reviewed

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

Scream 4 (R)

Sidney Prescott returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. Unfortunately Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Soul Surfer (PG)

The true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and overcame all odds to become a champion again. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest

Source Code (PG-13)

Where the whole endeavor could have been kinda sorta OK but not really all that great, it ends up being hugely distasteful, and idiotic for not even realizing it. — MaryAnn Johanson

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Sucker Punch (PG-13)

Those who want to see a movie that's actually good will instead leave just feeling like a sucker. — Dan Hudak

Carmike 10

*Tangled (PG)

The songs are Broadway-catchy, all three central voice performances are terrific and the comic relief proves genuinely amusing. — 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

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Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family (PG-13)

When Madea's niece, Shirley, receives distressing news about her health, all she wants is to gather her three adult children around her and share the news as a family. — Not reviewed

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

Unknown (PG-13)

Dr. Martin Harris awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife suddenly doesn't recognize him and another man has assumed his identity. — Not reviewed

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Water for Elephants (PG-13)

Set during the Great Depression, Jacob, a penniless and recently orphaned veterinary school student, parlays his obvious expertise working with animals into a job with a second-rate traveling circus. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Win Win (R)

Writer-director Tom McCarthy has helmed a quietly effective sports movie built around high school wrestling. But by wrapping that simple structure in silky indie garments he ends up with a cluttered, messy ensemble that works in dim light but withers the moment you leave the theater. — Justin Strout

Kimball's Peak Three

Your Highness (R)

There is no point to this unforgivable excuse for a comedy, except, obviously, for Danny McBride to make his buddies chortle over pot jokes. — MaryAnn Johanson

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