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Aeon Flux (PG-13)
Charlize Theron stars as Aeon Flux, a mysterious and amoral secret agent sent to kill a government leader. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10 Stadium, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Aliens of the Deep (G)
James Cameron teams up with NASA scientists to explore the Mid-Ocean Ridge, a submerged chain of mountains, and its ecosystems. In IMAX 3-D. -- Not reviewed

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*The Brothers Grimm (PG-13)
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*Capote (R)
Instead of memorializing Truman Capote with the standard film biopic, traveling from childhood through illustrious career to death, the producer/star (Philip Seymour Hoffman), screenwriter (Dan Futterman) and director (Bennett Miller) chose to limit their drama to one brief era of his life, the years he spent writing his tour de force, In Cold Blood. Capote depicts an artist's dilemma and ultimate demise when faced with selling his soul for a story. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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Chicken Little (G)
Like many Disney films over the years, Chicken Little is a message movie. And the message is this: "Hey, Pixar, we'll show you that we don't really need you!" Perhaps Chicken Little seems disappointing because its characters and unique, off-kilter art design showed such potential to set the movie apart from the gear-grinding machinations of other Pixar wannabes. Pixar's genius always has been the ability to integrate strong stories with its humor and adventure; Chicken Little merely slaps them together side-by-side. -- Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10 Stadium, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (PG)
Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia, where they must defeat the White Witch with the help of Aslan, the lion god of Narnia. Based on the novel by C.S. Lewis. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10 Stadium, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Derailed (R)
When two married business executives (Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston) are caught having an affair and blackmailed by a violent criminal, they decide to turn the tables on him in order to save their families. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16

*Elf (PG)
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Elizabethtown (PG-13)
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First Descent (PG-13)
Five of the world's best snowboarders are taken to the mountains of Alaska for big mountain rides. Starring Shawn Farmer, Terje Haakonsen, Nick Peralta, Hannah Teter and Shaun White. -- Not reviewed


Flightplan (PG-13)
The notion of hide-and-seek within a jetliner is intriguing and buys the film some decent moments. With Flightplan, we get to see what happens when a passenger loses it and starts running up and down the aisles mid-flight. If it were anyone but Jodie Foster, we might be tempted to laugh. But because it's Jodie Foster, mother of steel, this ain't no laughing matter. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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*Good Night, and Good Luck. (PG)
Filmed in gritty but handsome black-and-white and directed by George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck. shines a light on television's power to expose evil, and television networks' ultimate failure to sustain that challenge. The son of a Cincinnati television anchorman and a confessed news junkie, Clooney tells the story of one of America's great newsmen, Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn), with control and economy, bringing in this little jewel of a film at under $8 million. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Chapel Hills 15

*Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (PG-13)
See full review on page 30.

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The Ice Harvest (R)
A lawyer (John Cusack) swindles a local mob boss on Christmas Eve, but his partner (Billy Bob Thornton) has other plans for the money. Also starring Randy Quaid and Oliver Platt. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Jarhead (R)
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx, the film is based on former Marine Anthony Swofford's book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in Saudi Arabia and fighting in Kuwait. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

Just Friends (PG-13)
Chris (Ryan Reynolds) is re-acquainted with his old high school crush, Samantha (Anna Faris), whose rejection of him turned him into a hottie and ferocious womanizer. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10 Stadium, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Just Like Heaven (PG-13)
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The Legend of Zorro (PG)
Zorro (Antonio Banderas) and his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) spring to action when California's statehood is at stake. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

Lord of War (R)
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Madagascar (PG)
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*March of the Penguins (G)
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Pride and Prejudice (PG)
A screen adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel about five sisters living in Georgian England. Starring Keira Knightley, Jena Malone, Donald Sutherland and Talulah Riley. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

Prime (PG-13)
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*Rent (PG-13)
Rent's all-singing, all-dancing, sweetly ragtag and occasionally doomed bunch displays more core family values than any 20 red-state yapdogs you might care to mention. And despite the grating, workmanlike direction of Chris Columbus (he's no Robert Wise, and Rent is nobody's idea of West Side Story), this boisterous adaptation is both a vivacious, wise-guy musical and an inarguable morality lesson: Love is all you need. Oh, and rent, of course. -- Marc Savlov

Carmike 10 Stadium, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Santa vs. the Snowman (NR)
A snowman finds his way to Santa's workshop, only to be chased away. He forms an army and captures Santa, only to have to attempt to fill Santa's shoes. -- Not reviewed

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Sky High (PG)
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*Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (PG)
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An Unfinished Life (PG-13)
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*Walk the Line (PG-13)
The movie comes to life when Joaquin Phoenix takes the stage, channeling the sober depth and power of Johnny Cash's personality and his musical voice. The on-stage moments are fabulous, and director James Mangold wisely gives us entire musical numbers instead of just snippets of songs. The film is true to Cash's life, as told in his approved biography and autobiography, and the story is a doozy. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Carmike 10 Stadium, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Yours, Mine and Ours (PG)
A widowed Coast Guard admiral (Dennis Quaid) and his eight children combine families with a widow handbag designer (Rene Russo) and her 10 children. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10 Stadium, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Zathura (PG)
John Favreau directs this fantasy adventure story of two young brothers who are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurtled through space. Based on a book written by the author of Jumanji and The Polar Express. -- Not reviewed

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