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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

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

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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 Book of Eli (R)

Walker (Denzel Washington) wanders through a post-apocalyptic world holding the last known copy of the King James Bible. All he knows is that he's headed west, and that he must keep the book safe. — Jonathan Kiefer

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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

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Chloe (R)

If director Atom Egoyan told himself, "I will make a sexy, nudie, art-house, soft-core porn flick with Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried and maybe more people will see my movies," I'm OK with that. I just wish Chloe was more involving. — MaryAnn Johanson

Kimball's Peak Three

Clash of the Titans (PG-13)

Perseus and Co.'s battles — which include giant scorpions, a cursed king, a squadron of flying harpies, and the snake-haired Medusa — are all edited together with frantic inefficiency. The result is a movie that moves without creating any real tension. — Scott Renshaw

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

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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

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*Crazy Heart (R)

Expand the story in your average old-fashioned country song to feature-film length, and it would look a lot like Crazy Heart, writer-director Scott Cooper's debut about drinkin', lovin' and livin' too hard. — Tricia Olszewski

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*Date Night (PG-13)

Steve Carell and Tina Fey add flavor, to what otherwise might have been a bland comedy, as they play a couple trying to invigorate their marriage with a date night when mobsters mistake them for another couple. — Scott Renshaw

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

Death at a Funeral (R)

In this comedy remake starring Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence, a father's funeral leads to a series of family arguments, exposing dark secrets and possibly murder. — Not reviewed

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

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

Chapel Hills 15

*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

Kimball's Peak Three

Hot Tub Time Machine (R)

A group of best friends who've become bored with their adult lives wake up, after a night of drinking, in a ski resort hot tub in the year 1986. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*How to Train Your Dragon (PG)

How to Train Your Dragon opts for the most overused premise in kid-flick-dom, that of a misfit whose unique gifts are destined to be valued by those who once mocked him. But, the film's flying sequences (especially in IMAX 3D) make the ticket price seem worthwhile. — Scott Renshaw

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

Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D (NR)

This special broadcast features concert footage of country music singer Kenny Chesney performing live in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Seattle, Indianapolis and Foxboro, Mass. — Not reviewed

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

Kick-Ass (R)

Kick-Ass concerns a teen fanboy (Aaron Johnson) who decides to become an actual superhero, but becomes a viral-video curiosity instead. But mostly Kick-Ass concerns itself with the kicking of ass, as well as shooting, slicing open and blowing to bits.— Jonathan Kiefer

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Last Song (PG)

Based on Nicholas Sparks' novel, The Last Song is set in a small beach town where an estranged father spends the summer with his reluctant teen daughter (Miley Cyrus), who'd rather be home in New York. — Not reviewed

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

Letters to God (PG)

A young boy with cancer begins to write letters to God, inspiring the postal worker whose task it is to deliver them. — Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

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

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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

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The Runaways (R)

The Runaways lets us test Kristen Stewart's Twilight phenomenology and Dakota Fanning's child-actor ubiquity against the pop music mythologies of Joan Jett and Cherie Currie in a biopic about the titular, mid-'70s, all-girl teen band. For whatever that's worth. — Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Peak Three

*Sherlock Holmes (PG-13)

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

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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

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Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (PG-13)

Gathered in the Bahamas for their annual one-week reunion, four couples reconnect, sharing news about their lives and analyzing their relationships. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Valentine's Day (PG-13)

Valentine's Day covers approximately 20 main characters and 10 significant romantic angles in 120 minutes. Do the math, and what can each subplot possibly deliver besides a cutesy intro, perfunctory conflict and shallow happily-ever-after? — Scott Renshaw

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