Movie Picks 

Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

Altered Courses (NR)

In the year 2042, a man and woman talk with a younger couple who need to make some hard decisions, and it becomes clear how each choice can change the direction of their future. (All Independent Film Series movies are $5.) Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

Bedtime Stories (PG)

A hotel maintenance man (Adam Sandler) tells stories to his niece and nephew and they begin to come true. 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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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. Scott Renshaw

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Duplicity (PG-13)

Julia Roberts and Clive Owens star as competing corporate spies with a romantic past who team up to con their employers. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Fired Up! (PG-13)

Producer Matthew Gross admits the movie is based upon his own experience when he and a friend joined the high school yell squad in order to meet girls. The two pals here are absurd even when grading on the idiot-comedy curve. MaryAnn Johanson

Chapel Hills 15

I Love You, Man (R)

The latest movie of the Judd Apatow trend about successful, yet friendless Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd), who seeks out male companionship before getting married. Unfortunately, the inventive premise is the funniest part of the film. Scott Renshaw

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

*Inkheart (PG)

Brendan Fraser stars as a "silvertongue," a person who can read aloud from a book and make it come to life, in this charming and cheerfully creepy fantasy. MaryAnn Johanson

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Knowing (PG-13)

Nicolas Cage plays a man whose son brings home a piece of paper covered in numbers that predict natural disasters. Not reviewed

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

The Last House on the Left (R)

After two young women are kidnapped, their attackers take refuge in a rural house owned by the vengeful parents of one of the women. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Let the Right One In (R)

Set in the 1980s, this Norwegian film follows Oskar, a 12-year-old in love with a vampire.

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Marley & Me (PG)

A couple (Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston) learn important lessons from a troublesome golden retriever. Not reviewed

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The Metropolitan Opera: La Sonnambula (NR)

This broadcast of Vincenzo Bellini's opera features a story about a sleepwalker. Not reviewed

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The One Lamb (NR)

An inspirational story of a man dying from cancer who confronts his past. (All Independent Film Series movies are $5.) Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

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

Chapel Hills 15

Race to Witch Mountain (PG)

Two young aliens from another planet are on the run from the American government and an assassin sent from their home planet. A gruff but decent taxi driver (Dwayne Johnson) becomes their reluctant protector. Whatever, at least you can munch popcorn to it. Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Revolutionary Road (R)

Like Richard Yates' novel, this film captures the soul-crushing impact of compromise required in 1950s suburban America. Scott Renshaw

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*Slumdog Millionaire (R)

Now we know why the world has idiotic game shows like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Without them we wouldn't have this enchanting movie about a poor Mumbai teen poised to win 20 million rupees. MaryAnn Johanson

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Taken (PG-13)

In addition to kicking ass, Liam Neeson or, well, his character, ex-spy Bryan Mills also does a whole lot o' killin'. His teen daughter has been kidnapped by sex traffickers. Jonathan Kiefer

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 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, a high schooler, and Edward, the totally cute vampire teenager she meets. MaryAnn Johanson

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*Two Lovers (R)

Remember when Joaquin Phoenix was known for being a talented movie actor? Instead of the public circus surrounding his actions, this film should be the main story, following Phoenix as a fragile man torn between two lovers, a good girl (Vinessa Shaw) and a bad girl (Gwyneth Paltrow). Scott Renshaw

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

Tyler Perry plays the fiery grandmother Madea, who gets into trouble with the law after leading police on a car chase. Not reviewed

Carmike 10

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (R)

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

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The Uninvited (PG-13)

In this remake of a Korean horror film, a young woman returns home after her mother's death to find her father planning to marry her mother's nurse. Not reviewed

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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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Watchmen (R)

What is truly amazing about Watchmen, the highly anticipated film version of the much-adored graphic novel about costumed crusaders investigating the murder of one of their own against an alt-history backdrop, is how forcefully the movie negates the book's most basic intentions. Jonathan Kiefer

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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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