Movie Picks 

Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

Babylon A.D. (PG-13)

Vin Diesel plays a mercenary who takes on the dangerous task of escorting a woman, who is carrying a highly deadly virus, out of Russia. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Bangkok Dangerous (R)

Nicolas Cage plays a hired killer with an assignment in Thailand who breaks the "rules" by falling for a woman and befriending a young street punk. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Bottle Shock (PG-13)

This film, set in 1976, tells the story of Steven Spurrier, a wine merchant who set up a competition between the wines of France and those of Northern California. Bottle Shock is no delicate vintage to be sipped, but a big hearty gulp of cinema. Enjoy! MaryAnn Johanson

Kimball's Twin Peak

Burn After Reading (R)

A CIA analyst (John Malkovich) gets pushed out of his job. Then he gets pushed out of his marriage to an icy pediatrician who's having an affair with a fidgety federal marshall (George Clooney), all the while being pushed around by two would-be blackmailers (Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand). Jonathan Kiefer

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

*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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*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

Death Race (R)

In this futuristic thriller, a former prisoner is forced by the prison's warden to enter a brutal, weapon-filled automobile race that goes 'til the death. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Disaster Movie (PG-13)

In this spoof from the makers of Meet the Spartans, a group of young people find themselves struck by one disaster after another. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

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

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Get Smart (PG-13)

There's a constant silliness to the proceedings of this film based on the Mel Brooks/Buck Henry-created 1960s TV series but on the whole, Get Smart is highly entertaining. Jeff Sneider

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*Hancock (PG-13)

There are many joys to be found in Hancock, not the least of which is Will Smith's effortless performance in the title role as an ordinary guy turned reluctant superhero. MaryAnn Johanson

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*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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The House Bunny (PG-13)

A Playboy bunny (Anna Faris) who has been kicked out of the mansion becomes the house mother at a college sorority. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (PG-13)

It's not Harrison Ford who feels creaky in this film, it's everything that has been constructed around him. The previous Indiana Jones films involved over-the-top elements, but they earned latitude thanks to their light-footedness, which is absent here. Scott Renshaw

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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

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Kung Fu Panda (PG)

Po (Jack Black), a lazy panda, is schooled by Kung Fu master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) after the panda is inadvertently chosen to be the next Dragon Warrior. 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. (Sing-A-Long version includes captioning.) Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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

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

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Righteous Kill (R)

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino star as New York City police detectives who believe a murder may be linked to one they solved years ago that possibly put the wrong man behind bars. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, 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)

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

Hollywood Interquest

Traitor (PG-13)

In this espionage thriller featuring Don Cheadle, plots thicken, blood spills, Jeff Daniels surfaces as a shady CIA lifer, and all the major players find themselves embroiled in a race against time and an impending terrorist attack. Jonathan Kiefer

Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Transsiberian (R)

When an ordinary American couple befriend another twosome on the Trans-Siberian Express, they are unknowingly drawn into a world of drug trafficking and deadly lies. Not reviewed


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

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys (PG-13)

Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard play the matriarchs of two families one upper class and one working class linked together by lies and greed. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown


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. Scott Renshaw

Cinemark 16

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 Women (PG-13)

This comedy, packed with female star power, follows a wealthy New Englander (Meg Ryan) who discovers her husband is cheating with a salesgirl. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown


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