Movie Picks 

Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

*American Teen (PG-13)
Documentarian Nanette Burstein spent a year at the only high school in tiny Warsaw, Ind. As I watched her intimate and incisive new documentary about five high school seniors, I simultaneously thought, "Thank God I'm not a teenager anymore," and "Wow, we never really grow up." MaryAnn Johanson
Kimball's Twin Peak

Ballet Shoes (PG)
This drama, originally produced for British TV, is an adaptation of Noel Streatfeild's novel and follows three orphaned girls adopted by an eccentric professor in 1930s London. Not reviewed
Carmike 10

*Bottle Shock (PG-13)
This film, set in 1976, tells the story of Steven Spurrier, a wine merchant who hit upon the idea of setting up a competition between the wines of France and those of Northern California. Bottle Shock is no delicate vintage to be sipped, but a big hearty gulp of cinema. Enjoy! MaryAnn Johanson
Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

*The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PG)
The four Pevensie siblings are whisked back to Narnia. Upon their return, they discover centuries have gone by and they're revered as heroic legends and are forced to live up to them. Scott Renshaw
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*The Dark Knight (PG-13)
In The Dark Knight, Batman's purposeful, gadget-abetted, vaguely libertarian vigilantism has shown results, but still he has his work cut out for him. The film offers many thrills, some surprises and a few remarkable character transformations. Jonathan Kiefer
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Death Race (R)
In this futuristic thriller, a former prisoner is forced by the prison's warden to enter a brutal, weapon-filled automobile race that goes 'til the death. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Encounters at the End of the World (G)
Encounters finds director Werner Herzog wondering about dreamers, and humanity cut loose from the comforts of civilization, as he captures portraits of the individuals living at McMurdo station in Antarctica. Scott Renshaw
Kimball's Twin Peak

Fly Me to the Moon (G)
Fly Me to the Moon, the first animated 3D movie, follows three flies who end up on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, IMAX, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Hamlet 2 (R)
In this comedy, a high school drama teacher (Steve Coogan), who has failed as an actor, enlists his students to put on a musical he's written as a sequel to Shakespeare's classic play. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Hancock (PG-13)
There are many joys to be found in Hancock, not the least of which is Will Smith's effortless performance in the title role as an ordinary guy turned reluctant superhero. MaryAnn Johanson
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*Hellboy II: The Golden Army (PG-13)
Director Guillermo del Toro's most distinctive gift may be his way of eliciting unexpected sympathy for even the most horrific beasts. Who knew the grotesque could make movies so fun? Jonathan Kiefer
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The House Bunny (PG-13)
A Playboy bunny (Anna Faris) who has been kicked out of the mansion becomes the house mother at a college sorority. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (PG-13)
It's not Harrison Ford who feels creaky in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it's everything that has been constructed around him. The previous Indiana Jones films involved over-the-top elements, but they earned latitude thanks to their light-footedness, which is absent here. Scott Renshaw
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*Iron Man (PG-13)

This might well be the perfect comic book flick. It's pertinent enough to feel like the real world and tongue-in-cheek enough not to get heavy about it, with enough self-respect to be sincere. It even manages to be funny. MaryAnn Johanson
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*Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D (PG)
This film has no pretensions of being anything other than a virtual theme park ride, but what a fun ride it is. MaryAnn Johanson
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (G)
A story inspired by a toy doll, about a girl who grows up during the Great Depression. Not reviewed
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Kung Fu Panda (PG)
Po (Jack Black), a lazy panda, is schooled by Kung Fu master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) after the panda is inadvertently chosen to be the next Dragon Warrior. Not reviewed
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The Longshots (PG)
The "true" story of an 11-year-old girl who becomes the first female in 56 years to play football in the Pop Warner tournament. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Love Guru (PG-13)
Mike Myers stars as an American raised in India by gurus, who returns to the States to pursue his fortune in the self-help business. Not reviewed
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Mamma Mia! (PG-13)
A young woman about to be married searches for her father so he can walk her down the aisle all set to the music of the Swedish pop group ABBA. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Mirrors (R)
A former police officer (Kiefer Sutherland) and his family are besieged by evil spirits that use mirrors to enter their home. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (PG-13)
Brendan Fraser stars as adventurer Rick O'Connell squaring off against Jet Li as the resurrected Emperor Han in this third installment of The Mummy franchise. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Pineapple Express (R)
With gratuitous dope smoking and even more gratuitous violence, Pineapple Express probably could have been a meeting of minds over the joy of the old-school, low-budget aesthetic, but the story doesn't congeal. Scott Renshaw
Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Rocker (PG-13)
This is the fairy tale of a hair-band hanger-on (Rainn Wilson) who at long last has his chance to really rock. For those sick of seeing Will Ferrell or Jack Black just keep doing what they do, well, here's somebody else doing it. Jonathan Kiefer
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Sex and the City: The Movie (R)
Together Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha endure the requisite life changes: a wedding, a pregnancy, a cheat, a pair of cold feet, a broken friendship and even an uncool New York City area code. Jonathan Kiefer
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (PG-13)
Yup, those pants are still traveling. The girls are off on their first adventures as college students the summer after freshman year. MaryAnn Johanson
Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Space Chimps (G)
In this animated feature, Ham III, the grandson of the first ape in space, is sent on a mission to another planet. Not reviewed
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (PG)
George Lucas himself has described this backstory to the Star Wars saga as "extraneous." Here he has a credit for creating the "characters and universe," and probably should also get a permanent one for creating a monster. Jonathan Kiefer
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Step Brothers (R)
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly play 40-year-old losers, unemployed and still living with their respective parents when those parents meet and get married. By the end, it's not just the characters that I wanted to tell to grow up. Scott Renshaw
Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Tropic Thunder (R)
Through a strange turn of events three actors (Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr.) portraying soldiers in a big-budget war film are forced to actually fight. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

A trash-compacting robot abandoned on an uninhabitable Earth for 700 years, has been doing the job he was programmed to do when he falls in love with a robot probe sent by surviving humans. Scott Renshaw
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Wanted (R)
James McAvoy plays a cubicle-dwelling drone turned gun-wielding assassin. Also starring Angelina Jolie as McAvoy's predictably sexy, dangerous mentor. Not reviewed
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You Don't Mess with the Zohan (PG-13)
Adam Sandler stars as a Mossad agent, who fakes his death to pursue his dream of working as a hair stylist in New York City. Not reviewed
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