Movie Picks 

Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua (PG)

Drew Barrymore provides the voice of Chloe, a chihuahua who finds herself lost on vacation in Mexico. Not reviewed

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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 trip. Not reviewed

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Bride Wars (PG)

When their weddings are mistakenly booked on the same day, two best friends (Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway) become adversaries in a race to outdo each other. Not reviewed

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Confessions of a Shopaholic (PG)

A woman with a shopping addiction somehow lands a job at a financial magazine giving advice to consumers. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Coraline (PG)

Coraline, director Harry Selick's beautifully realized and intensely imaginative adaptation of the beloved Neil Gaiman novel, tells the story of a young girl who discovers a portal to an alternate version of her life behind a door in her living room. Jonathan Kiefer

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

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (PG-13)

Benjamin Button's unique predicament? He is born an old man. As Benjamin ages in reverse, Brad Pitt's heavily made-up face is superimposed over a succession of variously sized bodies. But while the film's chronology spans decades, its ideas don't feel particularly sweeping. Scott Renshaw


Fired Up! (PG-13)

Matthew Gross, the producer of this film admits the movie is based on his own experience when he and his friend joined the yell squad in order to meet girls at cheerleading camp. The two pals here are absurd even when grading on the idiot-comedy curve. MaryAnn Johanson

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Friday the 13th (R)

This version is not truly a remake, but a mash-up of elements from the first three films about homicidal slasher Jason Voorhees. The look-at-me cinematic theatricality that spoiled director Marcus Nispel's Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake works perfectly here, because this genre needs its scares to be over-the-top and obviously phony. Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Gran Torino (R)

Meet Walt Kowalski: Korean War vet, retired autoworker, widower, ornery racist coot. But he's played by Clint Eastwood, in an Eastwood-directed movie, so no matter what kind of bastard Walt is, you know you're probably going to like him. Jonathan Kiefer

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

He's Just Not That Into You (PG-13)

A star-studded ensemble cast (Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston) leads several interwoven stories of miscommunication and misguided romance. Not reviewed

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

Hotel for Dogs (PG)

A young boy and girl save stray dogs by hiding them in an abandoned house. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

*The International (R)

The timing of this smart, savvy thriller couldn't be better, what with its corporate-banks-are-evil theme and a hero who yells at banksters that he wants "some fucking justice." And, of course, Clive Owen is always welcome on my movie screen. MaryAnn Johanson

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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

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Marley & Me (PG)

Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston star as a couple who learns important lessons from a troublesome golden retriever. Not reviewed

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*Milk (R)

If no single moment can be completely fitting for a biographical drama about martyred civil rights hero Harvey Milk, this moment, 30 years after his assassination, sure feels close. Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (PG)

A security guard (Kevin James) must come to the rescue when a mall is taken over by would-be robbers. Not reviewed

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

The Pink Panther 2 (PG)

Steve Martin's 2006 remake of the Peter Sellers' classic may have been widely panned, but if you kept your expectations low, it did offer a few chuckles. So you might be hoping the comedian's sequel isn't completely shameful, maybe a light matinee. Wrong. Tricia Olszewski

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Push (PG-13)

A psychically gifted group of American ex-pats must join together in order to escape a secret government agency. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Rachel Getting Married (R)

In this drama from director Jonathan Demme, Anne Hathaway plays a young woman who leaves drug rehab to attend her sister's wedding, shaking up the family's status quo. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

The Reader (R)

More than 10 years after his affair with an older woman ends, a young man discovers his former lover standing trial for Nazi war crimes. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Seven Pounds (PG-13)

In a world where trailers usually give away the entire plot, Sony Pictures has been downright elusive about this one. Maybe we can tell it's a drama with some tragic elements but we can be sure that Will Smith is the hero. Scott Renshaw

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*Slumdog Millionaire (R)

Now we know why we have idiotic game shows like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Without them we wouldn't have Danny Boyle's surprising, fresh and enchanting movie about a poor Mumbai teen poised to win on the Indian version of the game. MaryAnn Johanson

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

Taken (PG-13)

In addition to, and often as a result of, kicking ass, Liam Neeson or, well, his character, ex-spy Bryan Mills also does a whole lot o' killin'. The reason for his wrath is that his teen daughter has been kidnapped by sex traffickers. Jonathan Kiefer

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

*The Tale of Despereaux (G)

You wouldn't think there would be any more lovely stories to tell about cute furry creatures (like Despereaux the mouse) who defy odds, embrace danger, find love and celebrate honor. But with this delightful, inventive film, we find there's at least one more. MaryAnn Johanson

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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 in high school, and Edward, who is the totally cute vampire teenager she meets. MaryAnn Johanson

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Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail (PG-13)

Tyler Perry plays three roles in his latest comedy including the fiery grandmother Madea, who gets into trouble with the law after leading police on a car chase. Not reviewed

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

The Unborn (PG-13)

When a woman is troubled by strange dreams, she believes she is being haunted by her twin who died before birth. Not reviewed

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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (R)

This prequel to Underworld and Underworld 2 explains the animosity between a tribe of aristocratic vampires and a tribe of vampires who were once slaves. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Valkyrie (PG-13)

A group of German officers led by Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Not reviewed

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*The Wrestler (R)

It's a mistake to suggest that The Wrestler is all about watching Mickey Rourke apply his wrecked face and ripped body to this character, a washed-up wrestler. As good as he is, it's more than that; it's one of the most unexpectedly heartbreaking dramas in a long time. Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Kimball's Twin Peak

Yes Man (PG-13)

In this comedy, Jim Carrey plays a man who pledges to say "Yes" to everything asked of him for an entire year. Not reviewed

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