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*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

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*American Gangster (R)
Russell Crowe plays a working-class cop. Denzel Washington plays a Mafioso. And you can't forget either of them.

MaryAnn Johanson

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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

Bee Movie (PG)
Jerry Seinfeld plays the voice of Barry Benson, a bee just graduated from college in Hive City. The film boasts a fair number of funny individual jokes but lacks any idea how to tie them all together Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Bella (PG-13)
A former soccer star and a waitress overcome odds and come together through the power of love. 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 like Matt Damon does. Scott Renshaw

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Bratz (PG)
Inspired by the popular line of dolls, this films follows four best friends who use song, dance and fashion to make their dreams come true. Not reviewed

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The Brave One (R)
This drama, starring Jodie Foster, could have been a smart, complex study of feeling impotent in the face of evil, but it takes an idiotic walk down a dark alley and never returns. 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

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

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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

Kimball's Twin Peak

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

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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

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

*Martian Child (PG)
John Cusack plays a fiction writer who has adopted Dennis, a troubled 8-year-old who has created a fiction for himself, believing that he's "from Mars." This is, wonderfully, a smart and snappy yet never sappy portrait of a budding family. Mary Ann Johanson

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, 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

Cinemark 16

Mr. Woodcock (PG-13)
In this comedy, a man returns to his hometown to stop his mother (Susan Sarandon) from marrying his dreaded high school gym teacher (Billy Bob Thornton). Not reviewedPicture Show

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 reviewedCinemark 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, 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

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.

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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

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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