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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

*(500) Days of Summer (PG-13)

A romantic soul writing platitudes for a Los Angeles greeting-card company, when into his life steps his boss' assistant, inspiring an instant infatuation. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest, Kimball's Peak Three, Tinseltown

9 (PG-13)

9's story is a post-apocalyptic scenario in which machines have gotten the best of humans by exterminating them. But hope is not lost: There are little puppets. — Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Aliens in the Attic (PG)

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All About Steve (PG-13)

A woman who creates crossword puzzles for a living — played by Sandra Bullock — falls for a TV cameraman whose buddies encourage her to pursue him across the country. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*District 9 (R)

District 9 opens with "documentary" footage of bureaucrat Wikus Van De Merwe, who will head up relocating 1 million otherworldly refugees living in a ghetto outside Johannesburg — while a weapons manufacturer tries to figure out how the aliens' weapons work. — MaryAnn Johanson

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

*Extract (R)

Joel Reynold (Jason Bateman) owns a mid-sized flavor-extract factory in a mid-sized American city, and he and his wife are in danger of turning into "one of those brother-sister couples" in this Mike Judge comedy. — Jonathan Kiefer


The Final Destination (R)

After a teenager's vision helps prevent a fatal car accident, Death comes looking to claim those who got away. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Funny People (R)

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G-Force (PG)

A team of guinea pigs, specially trained as high-tech spies, embarks on a mission to save the planet. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (PG-13)

A team of elite soldiers must take on a dangerous group known as Cobra, which is led by a nefarious weapons dealer. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Gamer (R)

In the not-so-distant future, online gamers use real people (prisoners) as avatars, to play their deadly games. — Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Halloween II (R)

Director Rob Zombie remakes this horror sequel in which killer Michael Myers is still on the loose looking for his younger sister Laurie, and wreaking havoc on Halloween night. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Tinseltown

*Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (PG)

Half-Blood Prince is far less dense with magical action than its predecessors, and perhaps that makes it feel mostly like a stage-setter for the finale that will be Deathly Hallows. Yet it's so rich with characterization that it scarcely matters. — Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Tinseltown

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (PG)

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Inglourious Basterds (R)

Quentin Tarantino's "Basterds" comprise a squad of Jewish soldiers behind enemy lines in occupied France. Serious Holocaust Drama this is not. It's more like a smug, glamorous, violently inclined cartoon. — Jonathan Kiefer

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Julie & Julia (PG-13)

Meryl Streep is delightful as cooking legend Julia Child. Endearing Amy Adams plays her counterpart, Julie Powell, a would-be novelist who blogs her experiences preparing every recipe from Julia's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

My Sister's Keeper (PG-13)

What would happen if a child conceived as a biological donor to her desperately ill older sister suddenly decided she was done being poked, prodded and sucked dry of her bone marrow? My Sister's Keeper wants you to sob with bittersweet acceptance and saccharine grief. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (PG)

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Orphan (R)

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*The Proposal (PG-13)

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*Public Enemies (R)

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*Shorts (PG)

Shorts is a zippy, slapsticky romp about a suburban town gone bonkers when a wish-granting, rainbow-colored rock falls out of the sky. — Jonathan Kiefer


Sorority Row (R)

After a stunt at a party goes wrong and a girl dies, a group of sorority sisters trying to cover up the death are hunted by a killer. — Not reviewed

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

*Star Trek (PG-13)

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*Taking Woodstock (R)

Taking Woodstock may not be a look at the Woodstock that was, but it's a fairly charming look at the Woodstock that we wish it had been. The film, adapted from the memoir by Elliot Tiber and Tom Monte, follows young Elliot through the summer of 1969 as he lands the festival kicked out of other towns. — Scott Renshaw

Kimball's Peak Three

Terminator Salvation (PG-13)

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*The Time Traveler's Wife (PG-13)

Henry DeTamble suffers from a genetic anomaly that causes him to become displaced in time, at random moments he can't control. People and events important to him draw him like gravity. This is science fiction that really knows what sci-fi is all about: what it means to be human. — MaryAnn Johanson

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (PG-13)

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Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself (PG-13)

Tyler Perry plays free-wheeling grandmother Madea, who catches a trio of young people trying to rob her home and decides to teach them a lesson in her own way. — Not reviewed

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

*Up (PG)

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Whiteout (R)

A poor U.S. marshall (Kate Beckinsale) is stationed in Antarctica and about to get on the last plane back to civilization when a frozen mangled corpse arrives to suggest murder is afoot. Whiteout's cliches signal their arrival from a mile away, slowly approach, play out and then get explained. — Jonathan Kiefer

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


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