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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 Stadium 10

*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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*The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (PG)
Director Andrew Adamson (Shrek) has done a masterful job adapting C.S. Lewis' beloved children's book to the screen. Whether Lewis would have approved of the vicious and divisive marketing ploys claiming the film for a fundamentalist Christian audience, and casting fear and dread on secular filmgoers, has been debated widely since before the film was released. Except for a slight overdose of computer-generated special effects in the battle scenes -- Narnia on steroids -- it is simply wonderful. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (PG)
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The Family Stone (PG-13)
See full review on page 31.

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

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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*Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (PG-13)
J.K. Rowling's mega-selling series of books has been talked about for its pop-culture ubiquity, its ability to make video game and iPod junkies actually read, and its alleged unhealthy influence on those readers by dealing with the occult. Director Mike Newell's version of the fourth book keeps a surprisingly tight focus on the unnerving, dark, appropriately PG-13-rated changes in Harry's world as he wrestles with transformations that have nothing to do with magic. -- Scott Renshaw

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Jarhead (R)
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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

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*King Kong (PG-13)
In the past, it has been enough for special effects to convince us that something exists. Director Peter Jackson wants us to believe that Kong has lived. The New Zealand director has raised the bar for action set pieces, but that's not why his movies are terrific. He wants to couple modern technological wonder with genuine emotion, and he wants to do it by making us feel for things that aren't really there. -- Scott Renshaw

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

The Legend of Zorro (PG)
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*March of the Penguins (G)
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North Country (R)
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*Pride and Prejudice (PG)
This film was not made for the drawing-room crowd. It takes aim directly at a younger generation of viewers and succeeds miraculously at making Lizzie Bennet one of the most disarming and alluring screen heroines of the 21st century, while honoring Austen's gift for dialogue. If you're not moved to applaud the film's uplifting finale, well, you've been spending too much time in the drawing room. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Chapel Hills 15, 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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The Squid and the Whale (R)
A film based on the childhood experiences of writer/director Noah Baumbach. The film tells the story of two young boys coping with their parents divorce in the '80's. Starring Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Anna Paquin and William Baldwin. -- Not reviewed

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*Syriana (R)
Syriana is as much a position paper as it is a film. It's a multi-layered construction of the tangled connections between business, politics and money as concerns American policies in the Middle East -- the petroleum-trade equivalent of how Stephen Gaghan handled the drug trade in his Oscar-winning script for 2000's Traffic. Syriana is that rare politically themed film that has something to say, yet generally allows you to figure out its meaning on your own. -- Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (PG)
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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 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

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

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (G)
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Zathura (PG)
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