Movie Picks 

Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

12 Rounds (PG-13)

A detective (John Cena) must rescue his kidnapped girlfriend by performing 12 tasks. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

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, Kimballs Twin Peak, Tinseltown

The Haunting in Connecticut (PG-13)

After a family moves for their son's health, they encounter a series of supernatural happenings, and find out their home was once a mortuary. Not reviewed

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

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

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)

In this thriller, Nicolas Cage plays a man whose son brings home a piece of paper covered in numbers that seem to predict the dates of 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 and assaulted, their attackers take refuge in a rural house that they discover is owned by the vengeful parents of one of the women. Not reviewed

Carmike 10

Marley & Me (PG)

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

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*Monsters vs. Aliens (PG)

Creature features, alien invasions, 3-D gimmickry from start to finish Monsters vs. Aliens (from DreamWorks Animation) celebrates some of the staples of the 1950s "B-movie." Scott Renshaw

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

The One Lamb (NR)

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

Chapel Hills 15

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

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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

*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 surprising, fresh and enchanting movie about a poor Mumbai teen poised to win 20 million rupees on the Indian version of the game. 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'. The reason for his wrath is that his teen daughter has been kidnapped by sex traffickers. Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest

*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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*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

Kimball's Twin Peak

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

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest

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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