Movie picks 

Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

Alice in Wonderland (PG)

In Tim Burton's disappointing Disney take on Lewis Carroll's classics, it's nice to meet young actress Mia Wasikowska as a clever, independent-minded teen-aged Alice; less nice that the adventure involves donning armor, beheading a dragon, and drinking its blood. — Jonathan Kiefer

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

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (PG)

Alvin and the Chipettes are back in this animated follow-up to 2007's singing chipmunk holiday film. — Not reviewed

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Avatar (PG-13)

Avatar is set in a computer-generated world called Pandora, a planet inhabited by the Na'vi, who are rich in a coveted resource ridiculously named Unobtainium. — Tricia Olszewski

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

The Blind Side (PG-13)

The Blind Side takes on the real-life underdog-makes-good story of Michael Oher, currently a first-year left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. — Scott Renshaw

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The Bounty Hunter (PG-13)

A down-on-his-luck bounty hunter (Gerard Butler) gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife (Jennifer Aniston). — Not reviewed

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

Cop Out (R)

Cop Out, which teams Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis as New York police officers, doesn't offer an ounce of imagination as a buddy-cop action-comedy hybrid. — Tricia Olszewski

Carmike 10

The Crazies (R)

Loosely based on the George Romero horror classic, this remake takes place in a small Iowa town where a toxin is turning people into psychopaths. — Not reviewed


Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG)

The things Jeff Kinney's cartoon-novel stick figures get away with in the books that inspired this film, suddenly seem heartless and cruel once actual flesh-and-blood kids do them. Isn't middle school bad enough already? — MaryAnn Johanson

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

Edge of Darkness (R)

What's weird about this remake is that it's surprisingly underpowered, a plodding police procedural that thinks holding back on "action" makes it "serious" even in the absence of anything substantial to take its place. — MaryAnn Johanson

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*The Ghost Writer (PG-13)

Ominous intrigue ensues when a young writer (Ewan McGregor) steps in to finish the memoirs of an embattled former British prime minister (Pierce Brosnan). However sick we are of seeing director Roman Polanski's name in headlines, it's clear the movies have missed him. — Jonathan Kiefer

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Kimball's Peak Three

*Green Zone (R)

As long as you don't enter Green Zone expecting Bourne 4 or a totally accurate history lesson on the reasons for the Iraq War, you should emerge sufficiently entertained by this rematching of director Paul Greengrass and actor Matt Damon. — Jeff Sneider

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

The Lovely Bones (PG-13)

Directed by Peter Jackson and adapted from Alice Sebold's novel, this tense but ultimately disappointing drama follows murdered 14-year-old Susie Salmon as she tells her tale from the grave and watches over her family. — Scott Renshaw

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Old Dogs (PG)

Robin Williams and John Travolta star as middle-aged bachelors who unexpectedly find themselves in charge of 6-year-old twins. — Not reviewed

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Our Family Wedding (PG-13)

This comedy revolves around the days leading up to a young couple's wedding, as their fathers (Carlos Mencia, Forest Whitaker) work to end a long-standing feud. — Not reviewed


Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (PG)

Based on the book by Rick Riordan, a teen learns that he's descended from the mythological figure Poseidon. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

Planet 51 (PG)

In this animated adventure, the residents of a far-off planet live in dread of aliens invading their homeland, when an astronaut shows up confirming their fears. — Not reviewed

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The Princess and the Frog (G)

Disney finally gives us a black princess ... and she spends most of the movie as an amphibian? — MaryAnn Johanson

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The Red Baron (Der Rote Baron) (PG-13)

The story of one of World War I's deadliest air aces comes to the screen in this historical drama. All tickets in this Independent Film Series are $5. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

Remember Me (PG-13)

Robert Pattinson (Twilight) plays a man struggling to recover from a family tragedy, when he falls for a woman who lives each day to the fullest after witnessing a murder. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Repo Men (R)

Remy's employer is a medical company that sells human organs to transplant patients for more than they can afford, and it's his job to repossess them. Repo Men delivers fast-paced action with a nod to the social commentary of science fiction's past. — Justin Strout

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

*Sherlock Holmes (PG-13)

Though director Guy Ritchie's adaptation has more in common with action films, the spirit of Holmes found in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories remains intact. — MaryAnn Johanson

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*She's Out of My League (R)

Though it has a familiar nerd-plus-hottie set up, She's Out of My League continues an appealing recent transition: the return of the ensemble comedy. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Shutter Island (R)

Director Martin Scorsese seems to enjoy this suspense thriller as Gothic horror noir throwback. And, it lets him prove the reasons for his faith in Leonardo DiCaprio, who delivers as a U.S. Marshal pursuing a prison escapee. — Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Spy Next Door (PG)

Jackie Chan plays a super spy who decides to give up espionage to settle down with his girlfriend, but first he must complete his most difficult mission — to win over her kids. — Not reviewed

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Tooth Fairy (PG)

When a hockey player (Dwayne Johnson) crushes a girl's belief in the tooth fairy, he must spend a week performing the fairy's duties. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13)

This second installment, based on the Stephenie Meyer books, features a love triangle between a vampire, his human girlfriend and a werewolf. — MaryAnn Johanson

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When in Rome (PG-13)

When a young, hopelessly single New Yorker travels to Rome, her love life is turned upside down. — Not reviewed

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The Wiggles Big Big Show (NR)

This big-screen concert film features children's TV musical group the Wiggles performing a circus-style show, with acrobats, trapeze artists and more. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest

The Wolfman (R)

A man discovers that he is also a wolf. Hey, it happens. Just look at the last 75 years of movie history. Unfortunately, this film never rises above the sad spectacle of an archetype reduced to the wrong kind of howler. — Jonathan Kiefer

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