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*Apocalypto (R)
Set in the Mayan kingdom of pre-Columbus America, the film tells the story of a man fleeing his fate as a human sacrifice. Director Mel Gibson has created an adventure that moviegoers will find gripping mostly because the characters on the screen matter more than the man behind the camera. Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Barnyard (PG)

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Blood Diamond (R)
Two very different African men, one a mercenary (Leonardo DiCaprio) and the other a Mende fisherman (Djimon Hounsou), band together to retrieve a rare diamond. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (R)

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*Casino Royale (PG-13)
In lots of little ways, the film stays true to the 40-year-old formula, but this adventure is more invigorating than any Bond film in years and Bond (Daniel Craig) is more than just a tuxedo holding a martini. The filmmakers deliver something that fits into the series' history, but isn't trapped by it. Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Charlotte's Web (PG)
Based on the children's book, this film features Wilbur the pig and his friend Charlotte, a spider, who devises a plan to keep her friend off the dinner table. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Deck the Halls (PG)
This comedy features two small-town neighbors who battle when one of them decorates his house with a Christmas light display that is visible from space. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

*Employee of the Month (PG-13)

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Eragon (PG)
A boy finds a dragon's egg, an event that launches him on an adventure to protect his homeland against a villainous king. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Everyone's Hero (G)

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Flicka (PG)

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Flyboys (PG-13)

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The Guardian (PG-13)

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Happy Feet (PG)
In this animated film featuring Elijah Wood, Robin Williams and Nicole Kidman, Mumble is an Emperor Penguin who can't sing like the other penguins to woo a mate, but he can tap dance like mad. Not reviewed

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

The Holiday (PG-13)
Two women, sick of their man problems at home, swap houses for a vacation, and find new flames in the process. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Illusionist (PG-13)

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The Nativity Story (PG)
This drama tells the Biblical story of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem for Jesus' birth. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Open Season (PG)

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*Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (PG-13)

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The Prestige (PG-13)

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*The Pursuit of Happyness (PG-13)
Will Smith stars as a down-on-his-luck salesman attempting an ambitious career change when his wife leaves him and their 5-year-old son (played by Smith's real-life son). Call it corny, but it's an old-school human drama that just works. Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Queen (PG-13)
Following the death of Princess Diana, the Royal family and British Prime Minister Tony Blair struggle to balance the family's personal mourning with the nation's tragedy. Not reviewed

Kimball's Twin Peak

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (G)
Santa (Tim Allen), aka Scott Calvin, must stop Jack Frost (Martin Short) from taking over Christmas. Scott's extended family and lead elf Curtis work together to thwart Frost's plan. Not reviewed

Tinseltown

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