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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. He wraps the exposition in sharp dialogue and performances that give the pronouncements extra significance. — Scott Renshaw

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African Cats (G)

The story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother's strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a once banished lion. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Arthur (PG-13)

On the threshold of an arranged marriage with a simpering socialite whom he does not love, Arthur meets a spunky tour guide, and falls head over heels. — Not reviewed

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Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 (PG-13)

With the American society in decay, railroad magnate Dagny Taggart begins to notice the mysterious disappearances of the world's leading artists, businessmen and thinkers. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

Battle: Los Angeles (PG)

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

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The Conspirator (PG-13)

It's not like we can really feel Robert Redford yearning for the good old days of big-screen didacticism. It's more like he's on auto-pilot. The one thing a movie with a bleeding heart should not be is bloodless, and this one almost is. — Jonathan Kiefer

Chapel Hills 15

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (PG)

As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond. — Not reviewed

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Gnomeo & Juliet (G)

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

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Fast Five (PG-13)

Maybe I'm just getting too old for this, but I'm tired of seeing people who do bad championed as heroes merely because the bad they do isn't that bad. — MaryAnn Johanson

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

Hanna (PG-13)

It seems depressingly ill-advised for director Joe Wright to even bother attempting this Femme Nikita foolishness at all. Yet there he goes busying himself with pretentious allusions to harrowing fairy tales. — Jonathan Kiefer

Cinemark 16

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (PG)

This sequel finds our heroine training with a mysterious covert group called the Sisters of the Hood. But, Red is forced to cut her training short when she gets an urgent call from Nicky Flippers. — Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Hop (PG)

A comedy about E.B., the teenage son of the Easter Bunny. On the eve of taking over the family business, E.B. leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream of becoming a drummer. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

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

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Insidious (PG-13)

When tragedy strikes their young son, Josh and Renai begin to experience things that science cannot explain. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

*Jane Eyre (PG-13)

Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel has been adapted into motion pictures at least once a decade since 1914. By being greater than the sum of its parts, this Jane Eyre should stay fresh until the next one. — Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Peak Three

Jumping the Broom (PG-13)

A collision of worlds when two African-American families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds get together one weekend in Martha's Vineyard for a wedding. — Not reviewed

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

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

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*Of Gods and Men (PG-13)

Xavier Beauvois has created a fascinating, inspiring story about religion that unfolds through a secular lens. — Anders Wright

Kimball's Peak Three

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

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Prom (PG)

Several intersecting stories unfold at one high school as the big dance approaches. — Not reviewed

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

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Rio (G)

Blu thinks he's the last of his kind, but when he learns about another Macaw who lives in Rio de Janeiro, he heads to the faraway and exotic land to find Jewel, Blu's female counterpart. — Not reviewed

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

Scream 4 (R)

Sidney Prescott returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. Unfortunately Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10

Something Borrowed (PG-13)

Rachel is a talented attorney at a top New York law firm, a generous and loyal friend and, unhappily, still single, until one night when she ends up in the bed of the guy she's had a crush on since law school. — Not reviewed

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

Soul Surfer (PG)

The true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and overcame all odds to become a champion again. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest

Source Code (PG-13)

Where the whole endeavor of this action thriller of a man who wakes up in another man's body could have been kinda sorta OK but not really all that great, it ends up being hugely distasteful, and idiotic for not even realizing it. — MaryAnn Johanson

Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest

Sucker Punch (PG-13)

Those only interested in seeing attractive women in skimpy outfits kicking ass will find all they want in Sucker Punch. But those who want to see a movie that's actually good will instead leave just feeling like a sucker. — Dan Hudak

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*Thor (PG-13)

Thor shows that director Kenneth Branagh grasps these fundamental realities: He nails a unique tone, and he has a lead actor who understands how to play a god. — Scott Renshaw

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

Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family (PG-13)

When Madea's niece, Shirley, receives distressing news about her health, all she wants is to gather her three adult children around her and share the news as a family. — Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Water for Elephants (PG-13)

During the Great Depression, Jacob, a penniless and recently orphaned veterinary school student, parlays his expertise with animals into a job with a second-rate traveling circus. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Win Win (R)

Writer-director Tom McCarthy has helmed a quietly effective sports movie. But by wrapping that simple structure in silky indie garments McCarthy ends up with a cluttered, messy ensemble that works in dim light but withers the moment you leave the theater. — Justin Strout

Kimball's Peak Three

Your Highness (R)

There is no point to this unforgivable excuse for a comedy, except, obviously, for Danny McBride to make his buddies, director David Gordon Green and co-star James Franco, chortle over pot jokes. Oh, and at least pretend to get himself laid. — MaryAnn Johanson

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