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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

17 Again (PG-13)

Mike O'Donnell (Matthew Perry) is a defeated pharmaceutical salesman facing divorce and unemployment, when he finds himself transformed back into his 17-year-old self (Zac Efron) in this mostly perfunctory film. — Scott Renshaw

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

12 Rounds (PG-13)

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

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*Battle for Terra (PG)

Yes, Battle for Terra is just another CG-animated, science-fiction action fantasy about stubbornly imperialistic and environmentally rapacious human beings. But it's reasonably well-stocked with wonders while it lasts. Jonathan Kiefer

Hollywood Interquest

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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Confessions of a Shopaholic (PG)

In this film based on the novel by Sophie Kinsella, a woman (Isla Fisher) who has a shopping addiction somehow lands a job at a financial magazine giving advice to consumers. Not reviewed

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*Coraline (PG)

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

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Dolphins and Whales (NR)

This 3D documentary takes viewers to exotic locales to witness dolphins, belugas, orcas, manatees and humpback whales in their natural habitat. — Not reviewed

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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

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Earth (G)

This documentary based on the Discovery Channel series Planet Earth follows four animal families as they migrate across the globe. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Fast & Furious (PG-13)

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reteam to fight a shared enemy and power exotic cars from California through the deserts of Mexico. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Fighting (PG-13)

A young man moves to New York and is persuaded by a scam artist to become a street fighter on the underground circuit. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (PG-13)

In this spin on Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol, a bachelor (Matthew McConaughey) is visited by the ghosts of past relationships as he tries to short-circuit his brother's wedding. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, 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

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Hannah Montana: The Movie (G)

As Miley Stewart's days start to be overtaken by the persona of her alter ego Hannah Montana, Miley's father encourages her to return to her hometown to get some perspective on life. — Not reviewed

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

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

A star-studded ensemble cast leads several interwoven stories of miscommunication and misguided romance. — Not reviewed

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Hotel for Dogs (PG)

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

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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


*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

Obsessed (PG-13)

A high-powered businessman (Idris Elba) with an attractive wife (Beyoncé Knowles) is stalked by a temp worker (Ali Larter) who makes trouble for him. Not reviewed

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

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

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Say It in Russian (NR)

In this romantic thriller, a Parisian socialite (Faye Dunaway) introduces a traveling American attorney (Steven Brand) to a mysterious Russian woman who invites him to Moscow for her father's wedding. (All movies in this Independent Film Series are $5.) Not reviewed

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*The Soloist (PG-13)

A brilliantly talented but extremely disadvantaged person of color changes a white man's life. True story, documented in a major newspaper, then a book. And now a movie. The only pending question is how much it'll matter that the white man is played by a guy who did a movie in blackface last year (Robert Downey Jr.). — Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*State of Play (PG-13)

A D.C. reporter (Russell Crowe) investigates the death of a woman who worked on a committee headed by his best friend, Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) — who was also having an affair with her. The strong cast and gripping action sequences make it satisfying popcorn entertainment. — Jeff Sneider

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Stand-Up 360 (NR)

This is one in a series of films hosted by comedian Caroline Rhea featuring stand-up routines shot live in New York City. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

Sunshine Cleaning (R)

Sunshine Cleaning would be a waste of film if it weren't for Amy Adams who stars as Rose Lorkowski, a single mom who's eking by as a maid when she decides to make some quick cash as a crime-scene scrubber. — Tricia Olszewski

Carmike 10, Kimball's Twin Peak

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

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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

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PG-13)

This movie provides the backstory for Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), seen before in three earlier X-men features but this character isn't the same guy. While he's occasionally the familiar wise-cracker, we're mostly watching someone with a completely different psychological make-up. — Scott Renshaw

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

Film Details

12 Rounds
Rated PG-13 · 108 min. · 2009
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Official Site: www.12rounds-movie.com
Director: Renny Harlin
Writer: Daniel Kunka
Producer: Mark R. Gordon, Josh McLaughlin and Michael Lake
Cast: John Cena, Ashley Scott, Brian J. White, Taylor Cole, Aidan Gillen, Steve Harris, Lara Grice, Billy Slaughter, Gonzalo Menendez and Louis Herthum
17 Again
Rated PG-13 · 102 min. · 2009
Official Site: www.17againmovie.com
Director: Burr Steers
Writer: Jason Filardi
Producer: Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot
Cast: Zac Efron, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon, Michelle Trachtenberg, Matthew Perry, Melora Hardin, Jim Gaffigan and Sterling Knight
Battle for Terra
Rated PG · 85 min. · 2009
Official Site: www.battleforterra.com
Director: Aristomenis Tsirbas
Writer: Evan Spiliotopoulos and Aristomenis Tsirbas
Producer: Keith Calder, Ryan Colucci, Dane Allan Smith and Jessica Wu
Cast: Justin Long, Brian Cox, Evan Rachel Wood, Luke Wilson, David Cross, Amanda Peet, James Garner, Dennis Quaid, Chris Evans and Danny Glover
Rated PG-13 · 125 min. · 2009
Official Site: www.duplicitymovie.net
Director: Tony Gilroy
Writer: Tony Gilroy
Producer: Laura Bickford, Jennifer Fox and Kerry Orent
Cast: Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Giamatti and Rick Worthy
Rated G · 90 min. · 2009
Director: Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield
Producer: Sophokles Tasioulis and Alix Tidmarsh
Cast: James Earl Jones
Fast & Furious
Rated PG-13 · 106 min. · 2009
Official Site: www.fastandfuriousmovie.net
Director: Justin Lin
Writer: Chris Morgan
Producer: Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, John Ortiz and Laz Alonso
Rated PG-13 · 105 min. · 2009
Official Site: www.fightingmovie.net
Director: Dito Montiel
Writer: Dito Montiel
Producer: Kevin Misher
Cast: Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Brian J. White, Luis Guzmán, Zulay Henao, Roger Guenveur Smith, Angelic Zambrana, Anthony DeSando, Aaron Behr and Cung Le
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Rated PG-13 · 100 min. · 2009
Official Site: www.ghostsofgirlfriendspastmovie.com
Director: Mark Waters
Writer: Jon Lucas, Jeff Nathanson and Scott Moore
Producer: Jonathan Shestack
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Lacey Chabert, Michael Douglas, Emma Stone, Anne Archer and Robert Forster
Hannah Montana: The Movie
Rated G · 102 min. · 2009
Official Site: disney.go.com/disneypictures/hannahmontanamovie
Director: Peter Chelsom
Writer: Daniel Berendsen
Producer: Alfred Gough
Cast: Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Emily Osment, Jason Earles, Mitchel Musso, Moises Arias, Lucas Till, Vanessa Williams, Margo Martindale and Peter Gunn
Rated PG-13 · 122 min. · 2009
Official Site: www.knowing-themovie.com
Director: Alex Proyas
Writer: Ryne Person, Richard Kelly, Juliet Snowden, Stiles White, Stuart Hazeldine and Alex Proyas
Producer: Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Alex Proyas
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury, Ben Mendelsohn, Adrienne Pickering, Tamara Donnellan, Brett Robson and Jayson Sutcliffe
Monsters vs. Aliens
Rated PG · 94 min. · 2009
Official Site: www.MonstersVsAliens.com
Director: Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon
Writer: Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky, Glenn Berger, Scott Rosenberg and Jonathan Aibel
Producer: Lisa Stewart
Cast: Will Arnett, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Reese Witherspoon, Rainn Wilson, Kiefer Sutherland and Stephen Colbert
Rated PG-13 · 105 min. · 2009
Official Site: www.sonypictures.com/movies/obsessed
Director: Steve Shill
Writer: David Loughery
Producer: William Packer
Cast: Idris Elba, Ali Larter, Beyoncé Knowles, Bruce McGill, Jerry O'Connell and Christine Lahti
Say It in Russian
Rated NR · 85 min. · 2009
Official Site: www.sayitinrussianmovie.com
Director: Jeff Celentano
Writer: Jeff Celentano and Kenneth Eade
Producer: Jefferson Richard
Cast: Rade Serbedzija, Steven Brand, Agata Gotova, Faye Dunaway, Alex Nesic, Musetta Vander, Steven Berkoff, Oleg Vidov, Elya Baskin and Asher Axe
The Soloist
Rated PG-13 · 109 min. · 2009
Official Site: www.SoloistMovie.com
Director: Joe Wright
Writer: Susannah Grant and Steve Lopez
Producer: Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander and LisaGay Hamilton
Stand-Up 360 (TM) Edition 1
Rated NR · 100 min. · 2009
Official Site: www.stand-up360.com
Director: Chris Strand
Producer: Bryan Bantry
Cast: Wali Collins, Roz, Vanessa Hollingshead, Erik Rivera, Mike Vecchione and Modi
State of Play
Rated PG-13 · 117 min. · 2009
Official Site: www.stateofplaymovie.net
Director: Kevin MacDonald
Writer: Matthew Michael Carnahan and Paul Abbott
Producer: Tim Bevan
Cast: Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe, Robin Wright Penn, Jason Bateman, Helen Mirren, Wendy Makkena, Rob Benedict, Katy Mixon and Bonita Friedericy
Sunshine Cleaning
Rated R · 102 min. · 2009
Official Site: www.sunshinecleaning-themovie.com
Director: Christine Jeffs
Writer: Megan Holley
Producer: Marc Turtletaub, Glenn Williamson, Peter Saraf and Jeb Brody
Cast: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Jason Spevack, Steve Zahn, Clifton Collins Jr. and Mary Lynn Rajskub
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Rated PG-13 · 107 min. · 2009
Official Site: www.x-menorigins.com
Director: Gavin Hood
Writer: David Benioff and Skip Woods
Producer: Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter, Hugh Jackman and John Palermo
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Dominic Monaghan and Ryan Reynolds
Dolphins and Whales 3D: Tribes of the Ocean
Rated G · 42 min. · 2008
Official Site: www.DOLPHINSandWHALES3D.com
Director: Jean-Jacques Mantello
Writer: Dr. Elisabeth Mantello and Jon Michael Johnson
Producer: Francois Mantello
Cast: Daryl Hannah and Jean-Michel Cousteau
Gran Torino
Rated R · 116 min. · 2008
Official Site: www.thegrantorino.com
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: Nick Schenk and Dave Johannson
Producer: Clint Eastwood and Robert Lorenz
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Bee Vang, Brian Haley, Geraldine Hughes, Dreama Walker, Brian Howe, John Carroll Lynch and William Hill
Hotel for Dogs
Rated PG · 100 min. · 2009
Official Site: www.hotelfordogsmovie.com
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Writer: Lois Duncan and Jeff Lowell
Producer: Jack Leslie, Lauren Shuler Donner and Jonathan Gordon Ewan Leslie
Cast: Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon and Don Cheadle
Rated R · 163 min. · 2009
Official Site: www.watchmenmovie.com
Director: Zack Snyder
Writer: Alex Tse, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Producer: Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin and Deborah Snyder
Cast: Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Patrick Wilson


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12 Rounds, 17 Again, Battle for Terra, Dolphins and Whales: Tribes of the Ocean, Duplicity, Earth, Fast & Furious, Fighting, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Gran Torino, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Hotel for Dogs, Knowing, Monsters vs. Aliens, Obsessed, Say It in Russian, Stand-Up 360 (TM) Edition 1, State of Play, Sunshine Cleaning, The Soloist, Watchmen, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine are not showing in any theaters in the area.

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