Movie Picks 

Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

Bolt (PG)

A dog (voiced by John Travolta), who acts in a TV show, thinks he has superpowers until he learns the power of friendship on a cross-country journey. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (PG-13)

A World War II story told from the viewpoint of a concentration camp commandant's young son, who befriends a Jewish boy. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

Changeling (R)

In the clunky, overlong Changeling, a true tale of child abduction, authoritarian corruption and maternal indignation set in late-1920s Los Angeles, director Clint Eastwood's restraint becomes its own kind of mugging. Jonathan Kiefer

Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

City of Ember (PG)

The people of Ember have lived in their city of lights for years. When the generator begins to fail, two teens must race to find the secret that keeps their city alive. Not reviewed

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*The Dark Knight (PG-13)

Batman's purposeful, gadget-abetted 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

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Flash of Genius (PG-13)

Greg Kinnear stars as Robert Kearns, a man fighting American automakers after they allegedly stole his invention of the intermittent windshield wiper and used it on their cars. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Picture Show

*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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Happy-Go-Lucky (R)

An irrepressibly optimistic young teacher finds her world view challenged when she encounters a series of setbacks and people in difficult circumstances. Not reviewed

Kimball's Twin Peak

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (G)

As the end of high school approaches, Troy (Zac Efron), Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) and the rest of the gang put on a musical to express their hopes and dreams for the future. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The House Bunny (PG-13)

A Playboy bunny becomes the house mother at a college sorority. Not reviewed

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Igor (PG)

In this animated feature, a hunchbacked lab assistant longs to be a full-fledged scientist and to win top honors at the Evil Science Fair. Not reviewed

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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

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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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*Lakeview Terrace (PG-13)

Oh, to live to see a horror movie for grown-ups. No mad slashers, psychopathic torturers, just the plausible pettiness of human nastiness building to a tragedy of suburban proportions. MaryAnn Johanson

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (PG)

In this animated sequel, Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller) and his zoo friends board a flight to New York City, only to end up in Africa. Not reviewed

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

The Metropolitan Opera: La Damnation de Faust (NR)

The Metropolitan Opera offers a production of the Berlioz classic examining good and evil. Not reviewed

Hollywood Interquest

My Best Friend's Girl (R)

Dane Cook and Kate Hudson star in this romantic comedy about a man who takes his best friend's ex out on a miserable date to help her see how much better she had it before. Not reviewed

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*Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (PG-13)

Director Peter Sollett has become cinema's reigning genius of awkward young love with this story of two bridge-and-tunnel teens who find themselves together on one New York City night. Scott Renshaw

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Quantum of Solace (PG-13)

Quantum of Solace is a mean little film, grim and single-minded, without the pleasure or mischief that has made James Bond so endearing. Jonathan Kiefer

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

Righteous Kill (R)

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino star as New York City police detectives investigating a murder linked to a previous crime that possibly put the wrong man behind bars. Not reviewed

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Role Models (R)

Role Models is that usual assemblage of tittering about bodily fluids, casual homophobia, random sex acts and other expressions of apparently unoutgrowable male adolescent anxiety that passes for comedy today. MaryAnn Johanson

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

The Secret Life of Bees (PG-13)

What makes this kind of glorified TV-movie so frustrating? You know it's never going to dig at anything. The film does show (discreetly) the arbitrary violence against Southern blacks, but there's little pretense that the film is more than a pep rally for female strength. Scott Renshaw


Soul Men (PG)

Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac star as soul singers who grudgingly reunite for a concert after the death of their former band leader. Not reviewed

Carmike 10

Twilight (PG-13)

OMG! This is the best movie ever (if you're a 12-year-old fan). Twilight is all about Bella, who's a junior in high school, and Edward, who is the totally cute vampire teenager she meets at school. It's, like, so totally romantic! MaryAnn Johanson

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


A trash-compacting robot abandoned on an uninhabitable Earth for 700 years falls in love with a robot probe. Scott Renshaw

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Zack and Miri Make a Porno (R)

Writer-director Kevin Smith is funny when the muse strikes him, but watching his attempt to build romantic comedy out of sentimentalizing old-school pornography is just too awkward. Scott Renshaw



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