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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

*3:10 to Yuma (R)
A remake of the 1957 western, this solid adaptation of an Elmore Leonard short story stars Christian Bale and Russell Crowe on opposite sides of the law. Jeff Sneider

Tinseltown

30 Days of Night (R)
During the darkest month of the year, a small Alaskan town is attacked by a gang of vampires. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Across the Universe (PG-13)
With a soundtrack based on The Beatles songbook and a title and characters named after Beatles' songs, this musical tells a story of love and protest set in the '60s. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (R)
Outlaw gang member Robert Ford (Casey Affleck) both admires and resents the notoriety of anti-hero Jesse James (Brad Pitt). Not reviewed

Tinseltown

Bella (PG-13)
A former soccer star and a waitress overcome odds and come together through the power of love and kindness.

Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

*The Bourne Ultimatum (PG-13)
The third installment in Bourne's story improves upon a franchise that just keeps getting better. The badass with a grudge may be an action-movie staple, but few play it with this kind of resigned, single-minded determination. Scott Renshaw

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The Comebacks (PG-13)
This spoof of sports movies follows an unlucky football coach and his team of misfits who strive to make it to the championships. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

*Dan in Real Life (PG-13)
Steve Carell stars as an advice columnist in this film about family and it's about family in a more genuine way than most movies are able to manage. Jeff Sneider

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*The Darjeeling Limited (R)
Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman star in this melancholic, serio-comedy about three estranged brothers who reunite for a journey to India. With this film, director Wes Anderson cements his status as one of the most distinctive and original voices working in American cinema today. Jeff Sneider

Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

The Game Plan (PG)
A professional football player and confirmed bachelor discovers that he has a 7-year-old daughter as the result of an earlier fling. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Gone Baby Gone (R)
The disappearance of 4-year-old Amanda McCready from her bedroom in Dorchester launches the plot of this film. Director Ben Affleck, a Boston native, gathers a terrific cast and crafts a portrait of a world as riveting as it is heartbreaking. Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Hairspray (PG)
There are sprigs of bitter irony, but, mostly, Hairspray wears its tender heart on its sleeve, singing itself hoarse on chipper tunes about being nice, being in love and being yourself no matter what anyone thinks. MaryAnn Johanson

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*Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (PG-13)
With an unexpected directorial flair, David Yates has managed to take a blockbuster fantasy and craft a dark, coming-of-age drama. Scott Renshaw

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*Into the Wild (R)
Director Sean Penn thoroughly and satisfyingly retells the tale of Christopher McCandless' wilderness journeys, which author Jon Krakauer first eloquently brought to light in his 1996 best-selling book. Cole Smithey

Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

The Kingdom (R)
The bombing of Westerners living in Saudi Arabia leads an FBI agent to gather a special team to find the villainous mastermind behind the plot. Not reviewed

Tinseltown

Michael Clayton (R)
George Clooney plays a dissatisfied lawyer who "fixes" messy cases for large corporate clients when he encounters his biggest challenge yet. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Nanny Diaries (PG-13)
Based on the novel co-written by two former nannies, the film follows a college student (Scarlett Johansson) who cares for the children of a rich Manhattan family. Not reviewed

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The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D (PG)
The 1993 Tim Burton claymation classic about the Halloween King who discovers Christmas Town returns to theaters in 3D. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16

No Reservations (PG)
This romantic comedy features Catherine Zeta-Jones as a chef whose high-powered career path is altered when she receives custody of her niece (Abigail Breslin). Not reviewed

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Ratatouille (G)
For the most part, Ratatouille marks the first occasion where a Pixar film manages to get only the visual presentation right, while serving up a recipe we've sampled many times before. Scott Renshaw

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Rush Hour 3 (PG-13)
Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker accidentally get themselves involved with the Chinese Triad crew. Not reviewed

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Saw IV (R)
Detectives are thrown into a madman's deadly trap while searching for answers to his grizzly murders. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure (NR)
Dolly, a curious dolichorhynchops of the Late Cretaceous period, maneuvers her way through dangerous waters and encounters fellow sea creatures in this computer-animated journey. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16 IMAX

The Seeker: The Dark is Rising (PG)
On his birthday, a boy discovers that he belongs to a group dedicated to defending all of humankind from the Dark, an evil entity. Not reviewed

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Shrek the Third (PG)
It's ... fine. It's fine. But it's not Shrek. Or Shrek 2. This effort exists on only one level as fluff. MaryAnn Johanson

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*Transformers (PG-13)
It's busy, it's silly but the Transformers truly are kick-ass movie creations, an amazing combination of organic fluidity and mechanized bulk. Scott Renshaw

Cinemark 16 IMAX, Picture Show

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? (PG-13)
In this adaptation of the stage play, a man's marriage is threatened when a beautiful, young vixen appears in his life. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Tinseltown

Underdog (PG)
Based on the classic cartoon series, this live-action film stars Shoeshine, a crime-fighting dog with superpowers. Not reviewed

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We Own the Night (R)
A nightclub manager, who is the black sheep of a multi-generational family of New York cops, allows himself to become an informant for the police after his brother is shot. The situation is compelling, but the film is confused about how to deal with the people in that situation. Scott Renshaw

Cinemark 16

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