Movie Picks 

Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

*Alvin and the Chipmunks (PG)
For a flick with enormous potential for driving you screaming from the theater, it's robustly not-awful. MaryAnn Johanson
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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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Be Kind Rewind (PG-13)
Mos Def and Jack Black star as video-store employees renting VHS tapes in a DVD world. When they de-magnetize and erase all the tapes in the store, they begin re-recording the missing movies, but the fun of watching them work with cardboard props and limited talent begins to fade. Scott Renshaw
Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

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 Bartlett (R)
Like Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Charlie Bartlett becomes a satire about how a generation is shaped by its elders and this one is awash in mood-altering pharmaceuticals. MaryAnn Johanson
Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Definitely, Maybe (PG-13)
Ryan Reynolds plays a Manhattan father with a 10-year-old daughter (Abigail Breslin) who wants to understand the relationships in her dad's mysterious past. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*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
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Fool's Gold (PG-13)
Matthew McConaughey plays Finn Finnegan, a man who spends his days scavenging the sea floor for treasure, and Kate Hudson plays his disillusioned wife. In a movie this shallow, it's fitting that the star comes off as a Malibu Ken doll. Scott Renshaw
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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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Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour (G)
Singer and Disney Channel queen Miley Cyrus (aka Hannah Montana) performs her music in this concert film of her latest tour. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16

*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 portrait of a guy trying to convince himself there's a reason to stay alive. Scott Renshaw
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Jumper (PG-13)
A genetic mutation allows a man to teleport anywhere leading him to discover a war raging between "jumpers" and those wanting to kill them. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, 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
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
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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
Cinemark 16

*No Country for Old Men (R)
This tale begins with a simple man making a simple but 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 the target of Anton Chigurh, a relentless killing machine. Scott Renshaw
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

*Persepolis (PG-13)
Nine-year-old Marjane, who lives in Tehran and likes heavy-metal music and giggles like any schoolgirl you've ever known, is startling in an eye-opening way. Yet somehow Persepolis the movie doesn't quite soar like Persepolis the astonishing graphic novel upon which it's based. MaryAnn Johanson
Kimball's Twin Peak

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
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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
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The Spiderwick Chronicles (PG)
Twin boys and their sister find themselves in an other-worldly reality populated by strange creatures after moving to the shabby Spiderwick Estate. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Tinseltown

Step Up 2 the Streets (PG-13)
Two dancers from vastly different backgrounds find romance when they meet at a performing-arts school. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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
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*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 gives this year's Best Actor Oscar-winning performance. Jeff Sneider
Carmike 10, Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

U2 3D (G)
This 3D feature captures the band U2 during seven stops on its international Vertigo tour. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16 IMAX

Vantage Point (PG-13)
Eight strangers with different viewpoints on an attempted assassination of the President, try to piece together their stories to determine the truth. 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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Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (PG-13)
Martin Lawrence plays Roscoe Jenkins, a talk show host who leaves Los Angeles to return with his family in the South. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Tinseltown

Witless Protection (PG-13)
Larry the Cable Guy stars as a small-town deputy who kidnaps a woman from the witness-protection program when he mistakes FBI agents for thugs. Not reviewed


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