Movie Picks 

Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

27 Dresses (PG-13)
Katherine Heigel plays an unmarried woman who has been a bridesmaid 27 times, when she is asked to be in the wedding of her sister and the man she secretly loves. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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
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*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. MaryAnn 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 there is no number of cleverly drawn lines 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
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
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*Cloverfield (PG-13)
Now that I've seen Cloverfield, it's hard to imagine how anyone will top this. It's the monster movie remade for the 21st-century, post-9/11 world. MaryAnn Johanson
Carmike 10, 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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*The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (PG-13)
After a stroke, Jean-Do Bauby awakes from a coma only to be diagnosed with a condition that spares his beautiful mind, but paralyzes his body save for a single eyelid. After considerable practice and patience, he writes his memoir by painstakingly blinking each word, letter by letter in this extraordinary portrait of man's desire to leave a legacy. Jeff Sneider
Kimball's Twin Peak

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

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 that the author 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
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How She Move (PG-13)
After her sister dies from a drug overdose, a young woman returns to the tough neighborhood of her early years and discovers step dancing. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

*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
Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, 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, Tinseltown

Mad Money (PG-13)
Three women (Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes) working for the Federal Reserve hatch a plot to grab cash that is headed for the shredder. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Meet the Spartans (PG-13)
This comedy, the latest from writer-director pair Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, is a feature-length parody of historical epics. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, 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

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
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*No Country for Old Men (R)
This tale begins with a simple man making a simple, stupid decision. He stumbles upon a heroin deal-turned-bloodbath with $2 million still at hand. When he grabs the money and runs, he immediately becomes a target. Scott Renshaw
Carmike 10, 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

Rambo (R)
Sylvester Stallone reprises his role as John Rambo in this fourth action film of the series, this one set in the jungles of Thailand. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*There Will Be Blood (R)
In this devastating drama about oil, family and what happens when there isn't room for both, Daniel Day-Lewis has become the undisputed frontrunner for this year's Best Actor Oscar. Jeff Sneider
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

U2 3D (G)
This 3D feature captures the band U2 during seven stops on their international "Vertigo" tour. Not reviewed
Cinemark 16 IMAX

Untraceable (R)
Diane Lane stars as an FBI agent who must track an evasive murderer who posts video clips of his victims online. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, 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


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