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Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

*The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13)

Director George Nolfi does a terrific job of explaining details that might seem like arbitrary plot devices, as well as giving an ordinary mortal a fair shot against what are clearly the equivalent of angels. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13)

What were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. — Not reviewed

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

Beastly (PG-13)

A modern take on the classic Beauty and the Beast story. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (PG-13)

Big Momma is back and this time he has big backup: his teenage stepson Trent. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Picture Show

*Biutiful (R)

It's hard to describe but also hard to overstate just how extraordinary Javier Bardem's performance is: chock full of contradictions yet entirely at ease with itself and therefore the film's truest hope of genuine humanity. — Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Peak Three

Black Swan (R)

Director Darren Aronofsky has a knack for luring brittle, ropy women into masochistic lesbian-tending situations and for ending movies with a possibly fatal final leap. Could we forget about passion and maybe see some control? — Jonathan Kiefer

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Carmen in 3D (PG-13)

A co-production of RealD and London's Royal Opera House, the film gives viewers the best seat in the house, taking them on a magic carpet ride into the heart of the production. — Not reviewed

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Cedar Rapids (R)

After the death of his professional mentor, a shy Wisconsin insurance agent must represent his company at a regional insurance convention in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. — Not reviewed

Kimball's Peak Three

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)

It doesn't help that the adventures here have no heft or emotion, and that the only truly involving characters are the talking warrior mouse and a dragon who actually enters the story literally out of nowhere. — MaryAnn Johanson

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*The Fighter (R)

For 90 minutes, The Fighter serves up a marvelously loose-limbed look at fascinating people. — Scott Renshaw

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Gnomeo & Juliet (G)

Garden gnomes play a bit of Shakespeare in this animated comedy. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

*The Green Hornet (PG-13)

If the action is out-clevered by the comedy, it's a small price to pay, for the currency of slam-bang movie enjoyment and for some satisfying superhero yuks. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Gulliver's Travels (PG)

In this contemporary re-imagining of Jonathan Swift's classic tale, Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) is a perpetual underachiever and wannabe travel writer at a New York newspaper. — Not reviewed

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Hall Pass (R)

When two men begin to show signs of restlessness at home, their wives take a bold approach to revitalizing their marriages: granting them one week of freedom to do whatever they want. — Not reviewed

Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (PG-13)

This Potter falls somewhere between ambitious and momentous in its own way, yet never quite as powerful as it wants to be. — Scott Renshaw

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I Am Number Four (PG-13)

A thriller about an extraordinary young man who is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. — Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

Just Go With It (PG-13)

Adam Sandler is a plastic surgeon who creates a lie of being previously married to win a girl's affections. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (G)

This documentary follows Bieber on his 2010 concert tour. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10

*The King's Speech (R)

Viewers expecting the stiff royal drama that the dull title implies will be just as surprised as the stuttering king when he's eventually able to deliver a flawless speech. — Tricia Olszewski

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

Limitless (PG-13)

Aspiring author Eddie Morra suffers from chronic writer's block, but his life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a new pharmaceutical that allows him to tap his full potential. — Not reviewed

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

*The Lincoln Lawyer (R)

The Lincoln Lawyer features a completely different Matthew McConaughey. He's gaunt, mature and compelling in this enthralling, gritty crime drama from young director Brad Furman. — Justin Strout

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

Little Fockers (PG-13)

It's mystifying trying to fathom just what the hell an actor with the stature of Robert De Niro is doing in a movie that finds the height of its humor in a child's projectile vomiting and dick jokes. — MaryAnn Johanson

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Lord of the Dance 3D (G)

Lord of the Dance tells a timeless Irish folktale of the epic struggle between good and evil. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

The Magic Flute at La Scala Opera House (NR)

From the Queen of the Night's pyrotechnic high notes to Papagenoís' chirpy bird songs, The Magic Flute is one of Mozart's most charming and engaging operas. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

Mars Needs Moms (PG)

We get elaborate set designs that are terribly cool in an "Isn't this awesome in 3-D" sort of way. Yet with these motion-captured characters, it feels even less genuinely engaging than a now-conventional computer-animated story. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Megamind (PG)

Megamind is the most brilliant supervillain the world has ever known, and the least successful. He has tried to conquer Metro City and each attempt is a colossal failure thanks to Metro Man, an invincible hero until the day Megamind kills him. Suddenly, he has no purpose. — Not reviewed

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No Strings Attached (R)

A guy and girl try to keep their relationship strictly physical, but it's not long before they learn that they want something more. — Not reviewed

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Paul (R)

Like it was some sort of nerdnip, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost give us familiar one-liners to roll around in until we're too giddy to think straight. Past that, Paul doesn't offer much. — Scott Renshaw

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

*Rango (PG)

Rango isn't just a great feature-length cartoon: it's effortlessly the best movie of 2011 so far, and it's the best Western in ages. — MaryAnn Johanson

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

Red Riding Hood (PG-13)

Despite a creaky start, Orphan screenwriter David Leslie Johnson works matinee magic, contorting the material into an easy bull's-eye for director Catherine Hardwicke to hit. — Justin Strout

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

Tangled (PG)

Why is something with such familiar components so praiseworthy? Because it simply nails those components. The songs are Broadway-catchy, all three central voice performances are terrific and the comic relief proves genuinely amusing. — Scott Renshaw

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TRON: Legacy (PG-13)

Legacy lectures us about immersing ourselves in the digital world at the risk of our interactions in the real world, but we could have enjoyed its candy-coated delights without having to be warned that in fact there's really no place like home. — Scott Renshaw

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Unknown (PG-13)

Dr. Martin Harris awakens after a serious automobile accident in Berlin, only to discover that his wife suddenly doesn't recognize him and, meanwhile, another man somehow has assumed his identity. — Not reviewed

Hollywood Interquest

Yogi Bear (PG)

Yogi must prove that he really is "smarter than the average bear" and find a way to save Jellystone Park from closing forever. — Not reviewed

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