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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

*21 Jump Street (R)

Yes, there are ways to convince us that throwing the title of an old TV series on a big screen actually had a point — and the bulldozer of hilarity that is 21 Jump Street belongs in that conversation. — Scott Renshaw

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

Act of Valor (R)

About, and starring, a Navy SEAL squadron. By the time a death is memorialized in an endless military funeral, the endeavor starts to feel more like a hot-box pummeling than a rallying cry. — Justin Strout

Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G)

After surviving the sinking of their cruise ship, Alvin, Simon and Theodore must survive on a Polynesian island. — Not reviewed

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Beauty and the Beast (G)

A chance to catch Walt Disney Pictures' 30th animated film on the big screen once again. — Not reviewed

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Being Flynn (R)

A film about the difficulties that come when Nick Flynn re-encounters his con man father while working in a homeless shelter. — Not reviewed

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Big Miracle (PG)

Inspired by the true story, the rescue adventure tells the tale of a small town news reporter and a Greenpeace volunteer who join together to save a family of gray whales trapped by ice in the Arctic Circle. — Not reviewed

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*Chronicle (PG-13)

Chronicle makes us reconsider entirely the terms superhero and supervillain. No one here can be reduced to such black-and-white terms. They're just people doing the best they can with what they have. It's just that they suddenly have so much more than the rest of us. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (PG)

The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. — Not reviewed

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

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (PG-13)

In the successor to the worldwide hit Ghost Rider, Johnny, who still struggles with the curse of being the devil's bounty hunter, is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect to save a young boy from the devil. — Not reviewed

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The Grey (R)

The plane carrying an unruly group of oil-rig roughnecks crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Battling mortal injuries and merciless weather, the survivors have only a few days to escape the icy elements — and a vicious pack of rogue wolves on the hunt — before their time runs out. — Not reviewed

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*The Hunger Games (PG-13)

When it works best, The Hunger Games is a showcase for the low-key ferocity of Jennifer Lawrence, playing the most compelling kind of hero: the kind who begins to change the world simply by doing what she believes is right. — Scott Renshaw

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

John Carter (PG-13)

While the conclusion sets up the prospect of sequels, I'm not sure I need to see another John Carter movie. But I had a surprisingly good time with this one. — Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG)

A frenetic pace provides distraction from the absence of an actual story. But it's frustrating to sit through yet another movie in which no one appears to care that adventure works best when the biggest investment isn't the special-effects budget, but the audience's investment in the people running from the digital dangers. — Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Man on a Ledge (PG-13)

An ex-cop turned con threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, and the NYPD dispatches a female police psychologist to talk him down. However, unbeknownst to the police on the scene, the suicide attempt is cover for the biggest diamond heist ever pulled. — Not reviewed

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Mirror Mirror (PG-13)

A fresh retelling of the Snow White legend, the film features Lily Collins as Snow White, a princess in exile, and Oscar-winner Julia Roberts as the evil queen who rules her captured kingdom. — Not reviewed

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

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (PG-13)

A bomb destroys the Kremlin and the IMF is blamed. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team must unravel the conspiracy. — Not reviewed

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*The Muppets (PG)

When dealing with something like The Muppets, nostalgia certainly plays into one's response. But there's the nostalgia that comes from simply trotting out a bunch of characters and saying, "Hey, remember them?" and then there's showing such a deep respect for your source material that you allow another generation to fall in love with them for the exact same reason the previous generation did. — Scott Renshaw

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October Baby (PG-13)

As the curtain rises, Hannah hesitantly steps onto the stage for her theatrical debut in college. Yet before her first lines, she collapses. Countless medical tests all point to one underlying factor: Hannah's difficult birth. — Not reviewed

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Safe House (R)

None of it is as brave or even as captivating as it appears to think it is, and the film has nowhere near the conscience it would like you to think it has by the time it's done throwing some car chases and showers of broken glass at you. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG-13)

A fisheries scientist with Asperger syndrome is called upon to bring salmon fishing to Yemen. Nothing short of British political history, not to mention his life, hang in the balance. — Not reviewed

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (PG)

In Star Wars: Episode I, Darth Vader is a hopeful 9-year-old boy named Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi is a brash young Jedi Knight. — Not reviewed

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A Thousand Words (PG-13)

Fast-talking agent Jack's insincere patter is his chief weapon, but it gets him into trouble with his client guru Dr. Sinja. Jack suffers karmic repercussions from Sinja's magical tree, which sheds one leaf for each word Jack speaks; after one thousand words, Jack will die. — Not reviewed

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Tyler Perry's Good Deeds (PG-13)

A successful, wealthy businessman, Wesley Deeds has always done what's expected of him, whether it's assuming the helm of his father's company or planning to marry his beautiful but restless fiancée, Natalie. But Wesley is jolted out of his predictable routine when he meets Lindsey, a down-on-her-luck single mother who works as a cleaning person in his office building. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10

Underworld: Awakening (R)

After waking from a 15-year coma, Selene discovers she has a 14-year-old vampire-Lycan hybrid daughter and that they must stop a bio-tech company from creating an army of super-Lycans. — Not reviewed

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The Vow (PG-13)

Based on the true story of newlyweds recovering from an accident that puts the wife in a coma. She wakes up with memory loss and can't remember life with her new husband, so he has to win her heart again. — Not reviewed

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War Horse (PG-13)

War Horse boasts plenty of terrific individual scenes, but Spielberg falls back on his old bag of tricks to make sure we grasp Significance: his trademark slow zoom-in; under-the-chin hero shots; glorious landscapes set to John Williams' music.— Scott Renshaw

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We Bought a Zoo (PG)

Let's face it, when you take your family to the zoo, safe and predictable is exactly what you're looking for. It isn't, however, what you look for in a Cameron Crowe movie. — Anders Wright

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The Woman in Black (PG-13)

This adaptation of Susan Hill's 1983 novel pays homage to the Gothic Hammer Horror films. Set in Victorian England, Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is a man who finds a village of the damned, townsfolk grappling with an inexplicable epidemic of their children fatally harming themselves. But the film falls too flat after that. — Neil Morris

Chapel Hills 15

Wrath of the Titans (PG-13)

Now we learn the secret of the dreadful Clash of the Titans. Its incoherence? Its soullessness? They were all by design. We know this now because the sequel, Wrath of the Titans, is actually just the same. Only worse, all frenzied aural assault and random visual chaos. — MaryAnn Johanson

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

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