Movie Picks 

Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

Australia (PG-13)

For the first 85 minutes, Australia's a sprawling Western set in 1939 Northern Australia (starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman). The second half is an epic wartime romance. The film has its impressive moments, but director Baz Luhrmann ends up over-reaching as he tries to staple the two movies together. Scott Renshaw

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

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, Kimball's Twin Peak

*Cadillac Records (R)

Writer-director Darnell Martin tells the tale of Chess Records, the momentous mixed-up musical family assembled by Leonard Chess, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James and Willie Dixon, among others. I must say, I want more. Jonathan Kiefer

Cinemark 16, 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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Eagle Eye (PG-13)

Two strangers (Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan) end up fighting for their lives together when an unexpected phone call puts them into dangerous situations that keep escalating. Not reviewed

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Fireproof (PG)

In an attempt to help their failing marriage, a fireman and his wife enlist in a stunt called "The Love Dare." Not reviewed

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Four Christmases (PG-13)

A couple (Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn) attempt to visit all four of their parents' homes for the holidays. Not reviewed

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

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 for the future. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

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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*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, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Max Payne (PG-13)

Mark Wahlberg stars as a New York City DEA agent seeking revenge after his family is killed in the midst of a conspiracy. Not reviewed

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Nobel Son (R)

Barkley Michaelson is working on his Ph.D. when he learns that his difficult and dysfunctional father has won the Nobel Prize for chemistry. When Barkley is kidnapped, his father refuses to pay any of the Nobel money to his captors. Not reviewed

Hollywood Interquest

*Pride and Glory (R)

Pride and Glory (with Colin Farrell and Edward Norton) isn't just a cop movie: It's a people movie set against the immediacy and passion of the cop world. MaryAnn Johanson

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Punisher: War Zone (R)

This time around Ray Stevenson (of TV's Rome) plays Frank Castle (aka the Punisher) as he tracks down violent criminals in this sequel to 2004's The Punisher. Not reviewed

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

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

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Quarantine (R)

When government officials quarantine an apartment complex in California, the residents are never heard from again. 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, Tinseltown

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

Transporter 3 (PG-13)

Jason Statham returns as Frank Martin, a mercenary whose expertise is the delivery of high-risk cargo. Not reviewed

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

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

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

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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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