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Film times & brief film reviews 

Movie times are good from Friday, May 4 through Thursday, May 10 except where noted.

Our rating system uses zero to four stars. If a movie has no rating, it has not been reviewed by Laura Boyes (LB), Godfrey Cheshire (GC), David Fellerath (DF), Kathy Justice (KJ), Neil Morris (NM) or Zack Smith (ZS).

Opening This Week

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  • Black Book
BLACK BOOK—Paul Verhoeven ends a six-year hiatus with a return to his Dutch filmmaking roots in this entertaining yet erratic melodrama. A Jewish cabaret singer (Carice van Houten) narrowly escapes when Nazis slaughter her family, then changes her name, goes blond and joins the resistance. She infiltrates the local Gestapo by bedding and gradually falling for a SD chief (Sebastian Koch). The cast shines, although van Houten's performance occasionally suffers due to some questionable editing choices. Replete with the filmmaker's penchant for overstuffed melodrama, violence and female sexual objectification, one is tempted to label this the Showgirls of World War II Dutch resistance films: Start with the scene where van Houten is stripped naked and doused with a vat of feces, and you get the picture. Actually, it is a thematic and stylistic companion to Verhoeven's Soldier of Orange (which, like this film, was co-written by Gerard Soeteman) and explores how war, and indeed life, is as much a conflict of individuals as ideologies. Rated R. —NM

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  • Lucky You
LUCKY YOU—Curtis Hanson's long-delayed drama of a hotshot poker player (Eric Bana) who confronts his demons and claws his way past the turn and all the way to the river, has finally been released into theaters. On the same weekend as.... Rated PG-13.

SPIDER-MAN 3—While this could be the best third act in any movie series based on a comic book, much of the webbing is starting to look threadbare. The last leg of this now-trilogy represents the climax to a story arc about three carefree friends—Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) and Harry Osborn (James Franco)—each ripped from their innocent nonage and transfigured by death and sundry life-altering circumstances. Elaborate special effects sequences do not disappoint, but the screenplay squanders its potential for the safety of genre strictures. Rated PG-13. —NM

Current Releases

ARE WE DONE YET?—To ask the question is to know the answer. A remake of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, with Ice Cube in the Cary Grant role. Rated PG-13.

AVENUE MONTAIGNE—Set amidst the titular Parisian thoroughfare, a plucky, provincial waif-with-a-dream named Jessica (Cécile De France) lands a job waitressing at a chic café across the street from an art gallery, a concert hall and a theater. There she encounters an assortment of arty archetypes beset by their own worldly woes. There is an Altmanesque air to the breezy, overlapping storylines that comprise this serendipitous synthesis where bons vivants and the bourgeoisie freely interact. Art imitates life, and here that includes the lesson that even accomplished artists are beset by the same travails as the life they reveal. Rated PG-13. —NM

BLADES OF GLORY—Will Ferrell channels the same dim-witted, bloated buffoon he's played in most recent films as Chazz Michael Michaels, a sex-obsessed, leather-clad figure skater. Joining Ferrell is Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), who plays the Dorothy Hamill-haired rival, Jimmy MacElroy. Making fun of Olympic sports may be just fine, and a bevy of figure skating icons are on board but sometimes the film breaches the line of campy fun by exploiting gay stereotypes for an already sexually-anxious teenage set to laugh at and mock. Rated PG-13. —KJ

THE CONDEMNED—Call it Survivor on steroids, or call it And Then There Were None, or The Running Man, or Kinji Fukasaku's Battle Royale. Regardless, the given name aptly labels the true victims of this glorified smut film: its audience. Pro wrestler "Stone Cold" Steve Austin fills the Rambo role as a forsaken U.S. black-operative plucked from an El Salvadoran prison by an immoral television producer (Robert Mammone) to join nine other death row inmates on a deserted Southeast Asian island where they fight an Internet-streamed death match with the winner promised his freedom. The production quality is shoddy, the acting is woeful and the insipid script trades heavily on sadism, misogyny and racism—no surprise that the last two standing are Anglo men. The film legitimately ponders the nefarious potential accompanying the proliferation and democratization of multimedia. However, viewers will wonder whether it is chutzpah or sheer hypocrisy when a movie partly produced by the WWE lectures us on the veneration of violence in contemporary pop culture. Rated R. —NM

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  • Diggers
DIGGERS—Films about working-class guys in small towns are a dime a dozen, but a tight script by actor Ken Marino (MTV's The State) and restrained direction by Katherine Dieckmann help elevate what could have been Diner-with-clams into a genuinely funny and touching story. Paul Rudd heads a strong cast as a clam digger/ would-be photographer literally and metaphorically adrift after his father's death; he's left to deal with a flirtatious tourist (Lauren Ambrose) and his sexually liberated sister (Maura Tierney), while his married friend Lozo (Marino) deals with the strain of kids and a local corporation that's getting territorial with the already-sparse waters. The more cliched elements are offset by the quiet tone, a believable 1970s setting and some painfully real scenes involving Lozo and his wife Julie (Sarah Paulson). Charming and likable, Diggers deserves to find an audience. —ZS

DISTURBIA—This Rear Window for the YouTube generation has a sound set-up. A troubled teen, Kale (Shia LaBeouf), sentenced to three months house arrest for slugging his teacher, whiles away his time spying on neighbors using binoculars, camcorders and sundry tech gadgets, including leering at a comely girl-next-door (Sarah Roemer). His pastime reaps benefits once Kale becomes convinced that a neighbor (David Morse) is a serial killer. LaBeouf and Roemer are no Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly, but they exude a spunky exuberance that befits the film's contemporary setting, as when a scene of them playfully decorating Kale's house-arrest anklet becomes a sensual escapade. Problems emerge in the final act when the breezy yet taut narrative is cast aside for formulaic chills and thrills that never tie into its earlier themes of voyeurism, modern surveillance and suburban malaise. Rated PG-13. —NM

FRACTURE—Ryan Gosling and Anthony Hopkins don't disgrace themselves in this Agatha Christie-esque mystery about a murderous engineer (Hopkins) who confesses to killing his wife and proceeds to manipulate the case to his advantage. Some clever dialogue and a decent twist at the end can't overcome the flat characters and padded-out plot. Rated R.—ZS

THE HOAX—Depicting author/con man Clifford Irving's nearly successful 1971 campaign to have McGraw-Hill publish a bogus autobiography of Howard Hughes, this flashy but deeply unsatisfying drama's problems mainly stem from the producers' decision to a hire a hot young screenwriter, William Wheeler, who invents countless episodes and thereby trashes the film's capacity for incisive truth-telling. A modicum of compensation comes in director Lasse Halstrom's deft handling of a fine cast led by Richard Gere and Alfred Molina. Rated R. —GC

HOT FUZZ—Simon Pegg plays Nick Angel, a by-the-book bobby whose overachievement and high arrest rate make the rest of the London Police Service look so lousy that he is reassigned to the fictional 'burb of Sandford, where he is assigned a dimwitted new partner (Nick Frost). Pop-culture references litter the screen, from buddy-cop films to Agatha Christie to horror flicks like The Omen and The Wicker Man, but it's hard to parody material that is already beyond parodying: When screenwriter Edgar Wright fashions an extended finale that references Point Break and Bad Boys II, it is difficult to divine where the setup ends and the punchline begins. Rated R. —NM

IN THE LAND OF WOMEN—Jon Kasdan's feature debut begins with a break-up. Nursing a broken heart, Carter (The O.C.'s Adam Brody) decides to hide out in Michigan and nurse his aged Gran. He listens, and so becomes entangled with the family across the street, led by Meg Ryan (so plastic surgery-ed she looks like she's in a witness protection program), who plays mom Sarah, struggling with a breast cancer diagnosis. There is an unusually obtrusive pop soundtrack, and the production design is bogus­: There are so many artificial flowers in Sarah's front yard it looks like her landscaper is from Munchkinland. Brody is adorable, but the meandering, autobiographical, coming of age plot loses focus. You cry, and life goes on. Blah, blah. Rated PG-13. —LB

THE INVISIBLE—A teenager is killed and returns as a ghost looking for revenge. It sounds Danish, but it's a remake of a 2002 Swedish thriller. Rated PG-13.

KICKIN IT OLD SKOOL—It's been two decades since the heyday of Boogaloo Shrimp and "Freakazoid." That means it's time for it to be enshrined with a cheap movie with a cut-rate cast. David Hasselhoff and Emmanuel Lewis make cameos. Rated PG-13.

THE LAST MIMZY—Two children, Noah and Emma (Chris O'Neil and Rhiannon Leigh Wryn), find a mysterious puzzle box washed up near their lakeshore home. They fiddle and play with the mysterious objects inside, which includes Mimzy, an ominous stuffed bunny which purrs like a Tribble. Ultimately, spooky Emma, played by the accomplished Wyrn, takes center stage. A trippy meld of Tibetan Buddhism, nanotechnology and Alice in Wonderland, The Last Mimzy takes some unexpected turns (at least for those unfamiliar with the 1943 source work by Lewis Padgett), has a welcome message of environmental activism and thankfully eschews potty humor, condescension and kid-lit clichés. Rated PG. —LB

MEET THE ROBINSONS—Vacillating between unbearably saccharine and insufferably frantic, the latest dud from Disney Feature Animation is a bit of CG-sigh. Lewis, a precocious 12-year-old orphan/inventor looking for his birth mother, meets young stranger Wilbur Robinson, who whisks Lewis into the future in a time machine to track down the dastardly Bowler Hat Guy, a Snidely Whiplash clone and the film's lone highlight. Rated G. —NM

MISS POTTER—Renée Zellweger stars as Peter Rabbit creator Beatrix Potter in this catnip for the American Girls demographic. Beatrix is a drab spinster who meets a kindred spirit in publisher Norman Warne (Ewan McGregor). Full of twinkly charm, he enthuses about her "bunny book to conjure with" and sets about making her the best selling children's author of all time. Would that Emily Watson, playing Warne's tart feminist sister, was cast as Miss Potter. Sugary Zellweger seems a bit demented at times, nattering on with her—sometimes animated—little furry friends. Rated PG. ­—LB

THE NAMESAKE—Gogol Ganguli is mortified by his first name, a mark of his Indian parents' eccentricity. What possessed his father to name him after his favorite author, the Russian Nikolai Gogol? Gogol struggles to decide what's meaningful to him amidst the masala of his suburban American life and his family's stubborn Bengali traditions. Director Mira Nair and screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala's richly textured adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's novel is unusually faithful to the book's spirit, a meditation on how the most meaningful personal rebellions sometimes have deeply conservative roots. Rated PG-13. —LB

NEXT—In case you've forgotten, both Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore are multi-Oscar nominees, although you would never know it from watching them in this sci-fi snoozer based loosely on Philip K. Dick's The Golden Man. The film reshapes Dick's post-apocalyptic short story into a modern-day humdrum of Eurotrash terrorists, a stolen Russian nuclear warhead and Moore as a tedious, staccato-speaking FBI caricature whose expert idea on how to locate the loose nuke is hunting down the services of beleaguered Las Vegas mentalist Cris Johnson (Cage appropriately, since his career has devolved into the cinematic equivalent of a garish Vegas act), who can actually envision the future but only two minutes ahead (except when the plot requires otherwise) and only from his point-of-view (except when the plot requires otherwise). Director Lee Tamahori lacquers an impenetrable, plodding script with a patina of dreadful, PS2-quality CGI, culminating with a cheat ending that will leave audiences screaming "Next!" Rated PG-13. —NM

PERFECT STRANGER—A B-movie with an A-list cast, this pulp thriller is a far cry from the Hitchcockian slow burn horror it aims for and more like a glossy advertisement for product placement (Heineken, Reebok and Victoria's Secret share equal screen time with the cast). Halle Berry plays Rowena Price, an investigative reporter who gets caught in a deadly cat-and-mouse game when she attempts to uncover the story behind a childhood friend's gristly murder. Matching hot star with hot star, Bruce Willis is cast as the big-name, smugly suave ad executive Price has pinned for the murder. The plot becomes convoluted and confusing, rendering this shock fest a dud. Rated R. —KJ

TA RA RUM PUM—After a crack-up, NASCAR driver RV (Saif Ali Khan) drives a cab while struggling to get his nerve back. He endures crabby riders like Raleigh's own Kris Lundberg, who reduces our hero to tears.  Racing scenes between RV and his nemesis Rusty Finkelstein (!) filmed at the N.C. Speedway in Rockingham crackle. Ostensibly a family movie, it hammers home important morals not found in stateside kiddie films: Finish your college degree and always pay cash. —LB

VACANCY—Imagine a 90-minute version of Edgar Wright's fake trailer Don't from Grindhouse ("DON'T go up the stairs! DON'T look out the window!"). Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale play an unpleasant L.A. couple who find themselves stuck at a run-down motel where the voyeuristic staff is a bit ... hostile. Frank Whaley is fun as the twitchy manager, but the script by Mark L. Smith plays like an extended exercise from a screenwriting class full of cheap shocks and increasingly contrived twists, including a literal version of Chekhov's rule about the gun over the fireplace in the first act being fired in the third. The plot eventually devolves into a series of scenes where the couple cautiously peeks through the door and ... you get the idea. Rated R. —ZS

WILD HOGS—Not so much bad as painfully pointless. Rated PG-13. —NM

YEAR OF THE DOG—The directing debut of the talented screenwriter Mike White (The Good Girl, School of Rock) is a failed but noble effort to address seriously the plight of a lonely woman, Peggy (Molly Shannon), who responds to the death of her dog by venturing into the ethical and activist universe of people who rescue dogs and boycott animal-abusing corporations. Along the way, she adopts the discipline of veganism, embezzles money from work in order to support animal charities, and finally turns her house into a dog kennel. Sadly, the film doesn't work: It suffers from a lack of a coherent story line, a less-than-charming protagonist, coldly drawn supporting characters and stilted dialogue. Rated PG-13. —DF


Times are subject to change, and we recommend calling ahead to confirm.

Raleigh

Beaver Creek Cinema 12
Beaver Creek Shopping Center, off NC 55, Apex. 676-3456.

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Blue Ridge 14
600 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh. 282-9003.

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Brier Creek Stadium 14
8611 Brier Creek Pkwy, Raleigh. 484-9994.

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Carmike Cinema
5501 Atlantic Springs Rd, Raleigh. 645-1111.

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Colony Theatre
Colony Shopping Center, 5438 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh. 856-0111.

Hot Fuzz—7:10, 9:25. Also Fri-Sun 1:45, 4:30. Year of the Dog—2, 4:15. Also Sat-Sun 7, 9:15.

Crossroads 20
501 Caitboo Ave, Crossroads Shopping Center, Cary. 226-2000.

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Galaxy Cinema
770 Cary Towne Blvd, Cary. 463-9989, mygalaxycinema.com.

Black Book—1:05, 4, 6:55, 9:45. Diggers—1, 9:30. The Hoax—Fri-Sun 7, 9:25, 1:20 (No Sat), 4:15 (No Sat). The Lives of Others—4, 7. The Namesake—1:10, 4:10, 7:05, 9:35. Some Like it Hot—1:15, 7:10. Ta Ra Rum Pum—Fri-Sun 2:45, 6:15, 9:40; Mon-Thu 2:45, 7:30.

Garner Towne Square
2600 Timber Dr, Garner. 779-2212.

Are We Done Yet?, The Condemned, Disturbia, Fracture, The Invisible, Kickin it Old Skool, Lucky You, Next, Spiderman. Call for times.

IMAX Theatre at Exploris
201 E Hargett St, Raleigh. 834-4040.

The Greatest Places, Mystery of the Nile, Mystic India, Sharks 3D, Spider-Man 3. Call for times.

Mission Valley Cinema
2109-124 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh. 834-2233.

Blades of Glory—1:05, 2:55, 7:25, 9:40. Disturbia—1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 9:45. Kickin it Old Skool—4:50. Next—1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:20, 9:50. Spider-Man 3—1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10. Also Fri-Sat 11.

Movies at North Hills 14
4150 Main at North Hills St, Raleigh. 786-4511.

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Park Place 16
9525 Chapel Hill Rd, Morrisville. 645-1111.

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The Raleigh Grande
Corner of Glenwood Ave and Lynn Rd, Raleigh. 226-2000.

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Raleighwood Cinema Grill
Falls Village Shopping Center, Raleigh. 847-0326. www.raleighwoodmovies.com.

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Rialto Theater
1620 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 856-0111.

Black Book—7, 9:30. Also Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:15. Rocky Horror Picture Show—Fri midnight.

Six Forks Station Cinema
9500 Forum Dr, Raleigh. 846-3904.

Fracture—1:15, 4:10, 7:15, 9:45. In the Land of Women—1:20, 4:15, 7:20, 9:35. The Last Mimzy—1:10, 3:10. Also Fri-Sat 11:10. Miss Potter—1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:30. Spider-Man 3—1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10. Also Fri-Sat 11am, 11pm.

White Oak Village
1205 Timber Dr East, Garner. 676-FILM.

Are We Done Yet?—Fri-Sat 1:35, 4, 6:45, 9:10. Blades of Glory—Fri-Sat 11:30, 2:10, 5:20, 8, 10:25. Condemned—Fri-Sat 11:15, 3:35, 7:15, 10:10. Disturbia—Fri-Sat 11:50, 2:30, 5:05. Fracture—Fri-Sat 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:45, 10:30. The Invisible—Fri-Sat 2:15, 2:50, 5:40, 8:15, 11. Lucky You—Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:45, 7, 10. Meet the Robinsons—Fri-Sat 12:30, 2:55, 5:30, 7:55, 10:15. Next—Fri-Sat 1:15, 3:55, 6:20, 8:50, 11:15. Spider-Man 3—Fri-Sat 11, 12, 1, 2, 3:15, 4:15, 5:15, 6:30, 7:30, 9:45, 10:45, 11:45. Vacancy—Fri-Sat 2:35, 4:45, 7:20, 10:05. Wild Hogs—Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:25, 7:10, 9:35. Call for additional times.

Durham

Carolina Theatre
309 W Morgan St, Durham. 560-3030, www.carolinatheatre.org.

Black Book—7:30. Also Sat-Sun 2, 4:45. The Namesake—7, 9:20. Also Sat-Sun 2:10, 4:30.

Phoenix 10
1056 W Club Blvd, Durham. 286-1001, www.phoenixtheatres.com.

Are We Done Yet?—11:50, 2:20, 4:35. The Condemned11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10. Disturbia—11:25, 2:10, 4:40, 7:15, 9:40. Fracture—11:45, 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:10. The Invisible—11:30, 1:55, 4:25, 7:20, 9:50. Kickin it Old Skool—7:05, 9:35. Lucky You—11:20, 2:05, 4:55, 7:40, 10:30. Next—11:35, 2, 4:30, 7:10, 9:30. Spider-Man 3—12, 12:30, 1, 3:15, 3:45, 4:15, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45.

Southpoint Cinemas
8030 Renaissance Pkwy, Durham. 676-3456.

Are We Done Yet?—11:20 (Mon-Thu 12:25), 6:25. Blades of Glory—1:45, 4:05 (Mon-Thu 4:25; No Sun), 8 (Sun-Thu 7:05), 10:05 (Sun-Thu 9:35). The Condemned—7:20 (Sun-Thu 7), 10:35 (No Sun; Mon-Wed 9:40). Disturbia—12:35, 3:30 (Sun-Thu 4), 6:05, 9:30. Fracture—1:15, 4:35, 7:10, 9:55 (Sun-Thu 9:50). Hot Fuzz—Fri-Sat 1:55, 5:745, 10:30; Sun-Thu 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10. In the Land of Women—12:45 (Sun-Thu 12:45), 3:15, 8:30 (Mon-Thu 8:40). Also Mon-Thu 6:20. The Invisible—1:05, 4:30, 6:05, 8:30 (No Thu). Lucky You—12:40. Also Fri-Sat 3:25, 6:40, 10; Sun-Thu 3:45, 6:35, 9:35. Meet the Robinsons—Fri-Sun 11:15, 4; Mon-Thu 12:25, 3. Next—Fri-Sat 1:30, 4, 7:25, 10; Sun-Thu 1:25, 3:50, 7:25, 9:45 (No Thu). Perfect Stranger—1:35 (Mon-Thu 2:40), 10:15 (Sun-Thu 8:55). Spider-Man 3—Fri-Sat 11, 11:40, 12:20, 1:, 1:40, 2:20, 3, 3:40, 4:20, 5, 7:40, 8:20, 9, 9:40, 10:20, 11; Sun 11, 11:40, 12:15, 12:55, 1:35, 2:15, 2:50, 3:30, 4:10, 4:50, 6:50, 7:30, 8:10, 8:45, 9:20, 10; Mon-Thu 12:20, 12:55, 1:35, 2:15, 2:50, 3:30, 4:10, 4:50, 5:35, 6:10, 8:10, 8:45, 9:20, 10. Vacancy—Fri-Sat 1:25, 5:55, 10:20; Sun 1:20, 3:30, 9:55; Mon-Thu 1:20, 3:40, 7:45, 9:55.

Starlite Drive-In
2523 E Club Blvd, Durham. 688-1037.

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Wynnsong
1800 Martin Luther King Blvd, Durham. 489-9020.

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Chapel Hill

Chelsea
Timberlyne Village Mall, 1129 Weaver Dairy Rd, Chapel Hill. 968-3005.

Avenue Montaigne—7:20, 9:10. Also Sat-Sun 2:20, 4:10. The Namesake—7, 9:30. Also Sat-Sun 2, 4:30. Year of the Dog—7:15, 9:25. Also Sat-Sun 2:20, 4:20.

Lumina
Southern Village, NC 15-501 South, Chapel Hill. 932-9000.

Blades of Glory—1:20 3:20, 5:15, 7:25, 9:45. Fracture—1:15, 4:10, 7:15, 9:40. Kickin it Old Skool—9:30. Meet the Robinsons—12:50, 2:50, 4:50, 7:05. Spider-Man 3—1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10. Also Fri-Sat 11am, 11pm.

Movies at Timberlyne
Timberlyne Shopping Center, 120 Banks Dr off Weaver Dairy Rd, Chapel Hill. 933-8600.

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Varsity
123 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 967-8665.

Black Book—6:45, 9:20. Also Sat-Sun 2:30. Hot Fuzz—7, 9:30. Also Sat-Sun 2, 4:30.

Graham

Graham Cinema
119 N Main St, Graham. (336) 226-1488.

Night at the Museum—Sat-Sun 2:30, 4:45. The Queen—7. Also Fri-Sun 9.

Roxboro

Palace Pointe
5050 Durham Rd, Roxboro. (336) 598-5050.

Are We Done Yet?—4:50 Also Fri-Sun 2:20; Thu 1, 7:15. The Condemned—4:35, 7:05. Also Sat-Wed 2:05; Thu 1. Disturbia—4:45, 7:10. Also Fri-Sat 9:45; Fri-Sun 2:10; Thu 1. Fracture—7. Also Fri-Sat 9:40. Kickin it Old Skool—9:20. Lucky You—4:30, 7. Also Fri-Sat 9:25; Fri-Sun 2:15; Thu 1. Next—4:40, 7:05. Also Fri-Sat 9:30; Fri-Sun 2:10; Thu 1. Spider-Man 3—4:50, 7. Also Fri-Sun 1:30, 2, 2:30, 4:15, 4:50, 6:40, 7:10, 7:40; Fri-Sat 9:35, 10; Thu 1.

Special Showings

Chronological by date and time

The Triangle Indie Film Meetup Group: Events posted at indiefilm.meetup.com/134.

N.C. State Campus Cinema: Thu, May 3, 7 & 9 pm: Night at the Museum. Free. Witherspoon Campus Cinema. $1.50/$2.50. wwncsu.edu/cinema.

A/V Geeks: Thu, May 3, 9 pm: Other People's Property. Vintage educational films about property damage. Bickett Gallery, 209 Bickett Blvd, Raleigh. www.avgeeks.com. $5 suggested donation.

The Raven: Fri, May 4, 7 pm: Free. NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W Jones St, Raleigh. www.naturalsciences.org.

Satya: A Prayer For The Enemy & Sky Burial: Tue, May 8, 7 pm: Short documentaries about persecuted Chinese Buddhist nuns & Tibetan Buddhist burial practices. $5. All proceeds to benefit the Kadampa Center, a Tibetan Buddhist community in Raleigh. Introduction by Geshe Gelek Chodha. Colony Theatre, 5438 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh. 847-5677.

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