Movie Picks 

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
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Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (R)
This sequel to 2004's AVP: Aliens vs. Predator finds a flock of aliens and predators facing off in another heated battle after a spaceship crashes in Gunnison. Not reviewed

*Alvin and the Chipmunks (PG)
It's cute. Actually, it's indescribably adorable as the chipmunks croon "Had a Bad Day" in falsetto while they stash away nuts for the winter. For a flick with enormous potential for driving you screaming from the theater, it's robustly not-awful. MaryAnn Johanson
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*American Gangster (R)
Russell Crowe plays a rough-edged, working-class cop who's trying to better himself by studying law at night. Denzel Washington is a ruthless lord of the streets. And you can't forget them. Mary Ann Johanson
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Atonement (R)
A 13-year-old girl, who is also an imaginative writer, falsely accuses her older sister's boyfriend of a crime and changes their lives forever. Not reviewed
Cinemark 16

August Rush (PG)
Two musicians connect on a magical evening then are torn apart from the child that is born as a result, until he uses his own musical gifts to search for them. Not reviewed
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Bee Movie (PG)
Jerry Seinfeld provides the voice of Barry Benson, a bee just graduated from college in Hive City. The film boasts a fair number of funny individual jokes. What it lacks is any idea how to tie them all together. Scott Renshaw
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Bella (PG-13)
A former soccer star and a waitress overcome odds and come together through the power of love and kindness. Not reviewed
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Beowulf (PG-13)
In this animated feature based on the epic poem, director Robert Zemeckis spent who knows how many dollars in an attempt to perfectly simulate the human face. As he surely discovered too late in production, there is no number of cleverly drawn lines around the eyes, individually drawn facial hairs or specifically calculated skin pores that can enliven a dead cartoon face. MaryAnn Johanson
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The Bucket List (PG-13)
Even if you happen to enjoy the kind of grumpy-old-terminally-ill men shenanigans on display in The Bucket List, with its life-lesson bullet points, you have to find it depressing to watch two once-great talents (Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson) relegated to what is clearly paycheck work. Scott Renshaw
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Charlie Wilson's War (R)
Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) is a congressman whose pleasures in life are drinking, women and serving America. His interest is piqued by news of Afghan rebels fighting the Soviet army. Turning this nonfiction story into what is essentially a comedy was a bold choice and not a particularly wise one. Scott Renshaw
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, 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
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*Enchanted (PG)
The sweet silliness of the collective Disney-animated, fairy-tale landscape meets the rough reality of Noo Yawk City. Why didn't someone think of this sooner? Enchanted can't go wrong. MaryAnn Johanson
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16

First Sunday (PG-13)
Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan play a pair of thieves who plan to rob a church and end up with much more than they planned for. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Fred Claus (PG)
Vince Vaughn plays Santa's not-so-warm-and-fuzzy older brother as they are reunited at the North Pole. Not reviewed
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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
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The Golden Compass (PG-13)
You're probably aware that some religious groups have worked themselves into a lather over The Golden Compass, armed with the knowledge author Philip Pullman is an avowed atheist. As it turns out, no one really needed to be so concerned ... The Golden Compass manages to make heterodoxy as boring as ass. Scott Renshaw

*The Great Debaters (PG-13)
This is the predictable, and predictably heartwarming, tale of a debate team from a small black college in Texas during the Great Depression that takes on the snobby white boys of Hahvahd University. Though we've seen underdog stories like this before, this one's a winner. MaryAnn Johanson

*I Am Legend (PG-13)
In 2012 Manhattan, Robert Neville (Will Smith) appears to be the only survivor of a virus. There aren't many actors like Smith, who can carry a quiet drama like The Pursuit of Happyness and a science-fiction blockbuster like I, Robot, but he combines those two personas here for an involving portrait of a guy trying to convince himself there's a reason to stay alive. Scott Renshaw
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16,

Cinemark 16 IMAX, Tinseltown

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (PG-13)
Jason Statham plays Farmer, a man on a mission to rescue his wife and get revenge on his son's killers, a group of animal-warriors. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

*Juno (PG-13)
Juno MacGuff, a 16-year-old high school junior, finds herself pregnant after a one-afternoon-stand with her heretofore platonic pal and opts to give her baby up for adoption. Everyone seems to agree the film is smart and funny, but it is also purely, unpredictably sweet. Scott Renshaw
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

*The Kite Runner (PG-13)
This film, which begins in Kabul in 1978, features Amir and Hassan, two boys who spend their days going to the cinema and flying their kites over city rooftops until something bad happens. It is one of the very best films of 2007, and one that perfectly puts a stamp on our confusing and distressing times. Mary Ann Johanson
Carmike 10

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (G)
When the eccentric owner of a magical toy store (Dustin Hoffman) turns his store over to its manager (Natalie Portman), changes begin to take place. Not reviewed
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National Treasure: Book of Secrets (PG)
When a missing page of John Wilkes Booth's diary is found, Nicolas Cage launches a search for the truth behind Abraham Lincoln's

assassination. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16,


One Missed Call (PG-13)
In this horror flick, young people receive voice mails from the future with the description and time of their deaths. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Orphanage (R)
A woman hopes to restore an old orphanage, but the games her son plays there with an imaginary friend quickly become threatening.

Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie (G)
Three goof-offs Larry the Cucumber, Mr. Lunt and Pa Grape dream of creating a pirate show and end up travelling in history to rescue a

family of royals. Not reviewed
Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

P.S. I Love You (PG-13)
After her husband dies, a young woman discovers he left behind messages to help her move on with life. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Resident Evil: Extinction (R)
Survivors of the apocalypse must cross the desert of Nevada and fight killer zombies and other creatures to avoid extinction. Not reviewed
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (R)
A London barber (Johnny Depp) forms a sinister alliance with his neighbor in this musical based on the hit Stephen Sondheim musical. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (PG)
This screen adaptation of the popular children's novel follows a young boy who has vowed to protect the hatchling of a mysterious egg.

Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown


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