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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

*American Teen (PG-13)
Documentarian Nanette Burstein spent a year at the only high school in tiny Warsaw, Ind. As I watched her intimate and incisive new documentary about five high school seniors, I simultaneously thought, "Thank God I'm not a teenager anymore," and "Wow, we never really grow up." MaryAnn Johanson
Kimball's Twin Peak

*The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PG)
The four Pevensie siblings are whisked back to Narnia. Upon their return, they discover centuries have gone by and they're revered as heroic legends and are forced to live up to them. Scott Renshaw
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Cirque du Soleil: Delirium (NR)
A live simulcast of Cirque du Soleil's unique performance mixing music, singers, acrobats, aerialists and dancers. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*The Dark Knight (PG-13)
In The Dark Knight, Batman's purposeful, gadget-abetted, vaguely libertarian vigilantism has shown results, but still he has his work cut out for him. The film offers many thrills, some surprises and a few remarkable character transformations. Jonathan Kiefer
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Encounters at the End of the World (G)
Encounters finds director Werner Herzog wondering about dreamers, and humanity cut loose from the comforts of civilization, as he captures portraits of the individuals living at McMurdo station in Antarctica. Scott Renshaw
Kimball's Twin Peak

Fly Me to the Moon (G)
Fly Me to the Moon, the first animated 3D movie, follows three flies who end up on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Hollywood Interquest

*Hellboy II: The Golden Army (PG-13)
Director Guillermo del Toro's most distinctive gift may be his way of eliciting unexpected sympathy for even the most horrific beasts. Who knew the grotesque could make movies so fun? Jonathan Kiefer
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Henry Poole is Here (PG)
A man with a terminal diagnosis leaves behind his friends and career to spend his last days alone, and instead finds himself reconnecting to life through his overly curious neighbors. Not reviewed

The Incredible Hulk (PG-13)
Edward Norton stars as Dr. Bruce Banner, the scientist who due to an experiment gone awry is transformed into a monster whenever he grows angry. Not reviewed
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*Iron Man (PG-13)
This might well be the perfect comic book flick. It's pertinent enough to feel like the real world and tongue-in-cheek enough not to get heavy about it, with enough self-respect to be sincere. It even manages to be funny. MaryAnn Johanson
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*Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D (PG)
This film, based on the Jules Verne novel, has no pretensions of being anything other than a virtual theme park ride, but what a fun ride it is. MaryAnn Johanson
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (G)
A story inspired by a toy doll, about a girl who grows up during the Great Depression. Not reviewed
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Kung Fu Panda (PG)
Po (Jack Black), a lazy panda, is schooled by Kung Fu master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman). Not reviewed
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Mamma Mia! (PG-13)
A young woman about to be married searches for her father so he can walk her down the aisle all set to the music of the Swedish pop group ABBA. Not reviewed
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Meet Dave (PG)
Tiny aliens come to earth in a spacecraft that looks like a human being (Eddie Murphy), and encounter problems when he falls for a woman. Not reviewed
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Mirrors (R)
A former police officer (Kiefer Sutherland) and his family are besieged by evil spirits that use mirrors to enter their home. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16,
Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (PG-13)
Brendan Fraser stars as adventurer Rick O'Connell squaring off against Jet Li as the resurrected Emperor Han in this third installment of The Mummy franchise. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Pineapple Express (R)
With gratuitous dope smoking and even more gratuitous violence, Pineapple Express probably could have been a meeting of minds over the joy of the old-school, low-budget aesthetic, but the story doesn't congeal. Scott Renshaw
Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Sex and the City: The Movie (R)
Together Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha endure the requisite life changes: a wedding, a pregnancy, a cheat, a pair of cold feet, a broken friendship and even an uncool New York City area code. Jonathan Kiefer
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (PG-13)
Yup, those pants are still traveling. The girls are off on their first adventures as college students the summer after freshman year. In this film though, the jeans are entirely incidental to everything that happens. MaryAnn Johanson
Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Space Chimps (G)
In this animated feature, Ham III, the grandson of the first ape in space, is sent on a mission to another planet. Not reviewed
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (PG)
Bear in mind that George Lucas himself has described this backstory to the Star Wars saga as "extraneous." Here he has a credit for creating the "characters and universe," and probably should also get a permanent one for creating a monster. Jonathan Kiefer
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16,
Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Step Brothers (R)
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly play 40-year-old losers, unemployed and still living with their respective parents when those parents meet and get married. Scott Renshaw
Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Tropic Thunder (R)
Through a strange turn of events three actors (Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr.) portraying soldiers in a big-budget war film are forced to actually fight. Not reviewed
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (PG-13)
In this latest film from Woody Allen, two women find themselves attracted to the same painter while traveling in Spain, when his ex-wife re-enters his life. Not reviewed
Cinemark 16

A trash-compacting robot abandoned on an uninhabitable Earth for 700 years, has been doing the job he was programmed to do when he falls in love with a robot probe sent by surviving humans. Scott Renshaw
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Wanted (R)
James McAvoy plays a cubicle-dwelling drone turned gun-wielding assassin. Also starring Angelina Jolie as McAvoy's predictably sexy, dangerous mentor. Not reviewed
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The X-Files: I Want to Believe (PG-13)
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their roles as Mulder and Scully in this adaptation of the sci-fi TV series. Not reviewed
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You Don't Mess with the Zohan (PG-13)
Adam Sandler stars as Zohan, a Mossad agent, who fakes his death so that he can pursue his dream of working as a hair stylist in New York City. Not reviewed
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