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Movie times are good from Friday, June 29 through Thursday, July 5 except where noted.

Film times & brief film reviews 

Movie times are good from Friday, June 29 through Thursday, July 5 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), Sarah Lupton (SL), Neil Morris (NM) or Zack Smith (ZS).

Opening This Week

APNE (ONE'S OWN)—A former Olympic boxer (Dharmendra), cheated of his gold medal, lavishes his hopes of a championship on his older son (Sonny Deol) and ignoring the dreams of his younger (Bobby Deol). A family drama centered on a sport Indians care little about, Apne banks on the first joint screen appearance of three stars, '60s-'70s hunk Dharmendra and his two real life sons. Not rated. —LB

AWARAPAN (VAGABOND'S LIFE)—Haunted by his loveless and godless past, Shivam (Emraan Hashmi) dedicates himself to his gangster boss, swearing to guard the don's mistress and kill her if she's unfaithful. Emraan's fame is largely because of his willingness to kiss his heroines on screen, but Gangster, his last underworld film for producers Mukesh and Mahesh Bhatt, was intriguing. Not rated. —LB

click to enlarge Claire Danes and Patrick Wilson star in Lajos Koltai's Evening, which opens Friday. - PHOTO BY GENE PAGE/ FOCUS FEATURES
  • Photo by Gene Page/ Focus Features
  • Claire Danes and Patrick Wilson star in Lajos Koltai's Evening, which opens Friday.
EVENING—This brutally insipid, painfully labored soap opera must be counted the recent nadir in Hollywood's fumbled attempts to make movies for grownups. Scripted by Michael Cunningham from fiction by Susan Minot, the story cuts between a dying woman being visited by her daughters and her memory of her younger self discovering the hiccups of life and love in a perfume ad's vision of 1940s New England. You want to cringe for Vanessa Redgrave being shackled with the bathos of the soon-to-croak matriarch, but far worse is second lead Claire Danes, who seems to think that a jutting jaw constitutes character. When Meryl Streep shows up in the last reel to visit Redgrave, director Lajos Koltai delivers one of the most dully lachrymose and turgidly staged climaxes in movie history. Rated PG-13. —GC

LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD—Sure, the formula's an old one, but the fourth installment in this action franchise proves that Bruce Willis saving the nation amid a hurricane of crashing helicopters and blossoming fireballs still adds up to a crackerjack popcorn movie. The premise this time piles on a lot of portentous hooey about U.S. preparedness for a digital takedown in the post-9/11 era, but the essential elements remain mercifully intact: cold-hearted villainy, kick-ass fight scenes and high-tech mayhem that delightfully rockets up to and past the bounds of cartoonish absurdity. Though longer in tooth, Willis handles the stunts as capably as the wisecracks, and the Len-Wiseman-directed film backs him up with an able supporting cast that includes Justin Long, Maggie Q and Timothy Olyphant. Rated PG-13. —GC

RATATOUILLE—Director Brad Bird offers a luminous third act on the heels of his equally superb Iron Giant and The Incredibles and firmly ensconces himself as Hollywood's animated film laureate. Here, the Parisian setting is a mere appetizer, an enchanting first course before an entrée of complex, even poignant life lessons as seen through the eyes of a rat and wannabe chef named Remy (voiced by Patton Oswalt). Pixar Animation's latest triumph underscores the human capacity for both creativity and cataclysm, and it accentuates the themes of personal achievement and nurturing one's talents in the face of countervailing cultural and societal impediments. Oh, and it's darn funny, too. Rated G. Reviewed on page 63. —NM

SICKO—If right-wing pundits thought Michael Moore was down for the count, they're apt to be staggered by this haymaker of a movie. Easily Moore's best, most skillfully argued film, it reins in the filmmaker's comic and rhetorical excesses to deliver a focused, probing and ultimately devastating critique of America's greed-driven, grotesquely inept health care system, an analysis arguably compelling enough to push that issue to the top of Election 2008's agenda. Sure, it leaves some questions unaddressed, but its overall effect is extraordinarily powerful and challenging. Rated PG-13. Reviewed on page 61. —GC

Current Releases

1408—Stephen King certainly has a knack, but sometimes the transfer to the big screen of a murder scene or an icy-fingered specter can turn into a bungled and trite affair (anyone seen Secret Window?). Based on a short story intended for inclusion in his non-fiction novel On Writing, 1408 tells the tale of Mike Enslin (an annoyingly cynical John Cusack), a writer and debunker of the paranormal who insists on checking into a haunted New York hotel room. The set-up is chilling, promising waves of terror with each evil glare from the hotel management, but once inside the ill-starred room where a whopping total of 56 guests have previously expired, the film descends into formulaic horror fare. After a steady rotation of slamming windows, alarm clocks mysteriously buzzing on and off and an ooey-gooey melting phone, Enslin's dead daughter rises from the muck, calling out to him from the grave. Way more sappy than scary. Rated PG-13. —KJ

EVAN ALMIGHTY—Ubiquitous funnyman Steve Carell (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Little Miss Sunshine) fronts this tale of a new-age Noah who is out to save humanity from, well, itself. Reviving his role as pompous news anchor Evan Baxter (from the previous Bruce Almighty), Carell plays a newly elected state representative who becomes a Biblical hero when God (Morgan Freeman, of course) charges the House newbie with saving humanity from a—gasp!—giant flood. Lying underneath the silly Biblical references (Genesis 6:14 takes the spotlight) and animal humor sits a film with an agenda that emphasizes family values and environmentalism. Still, despite the film's good will, the plot holes are big enough to suck down this ship. Carell's madcap comedy is overwrought and defiantly unfunny, causing the comedic cast to come up short. John Goodman, Lauren Graham and Wanda Sykes are left high and dry with two-bit one-liners. Rated PG. —KJ

FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER—This sequel to the 2005 superhero adaptation is like being trapped in a room with a bad comedian for an hour and a half—though the fact that the film is only 90 minutes is immensely appealing in this summer of nearly three-hour sequels. No opportunity for a lame quip, pun and/or sight gag is missed in this retelling of a classic 1960s Stan Lee/Jack Kirby comic book. The story pits the dysfunctional quartet against the titular surfer (Doug Jones from Pan's Labyrinth with Laurence Fishburne's voice), the alien herald for a planet-devouring entity called Galactus—who's reduced from the armored titan of the comics to an inane-looking death cloud. Along with corny humor and dull effects, the pace is slowed by subplots about wedding woes and power-swapping. While not as offensively dumb as the first Fantastic Four film, the lack of tension and cliched dialogue will have fans of the comic pining for the cosmic melodrama of the original story. Rated PG. —ZS

JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM (SWAY, BABY, SWAY)—One day, while waiting in London's Waterloo Station for their respective fiancés, Rikki (Abhishek Bachchan), juggling shady deals by cellphone, meets posh Alvira (Priety Zinta), and they pass the time by trading love stories. Abhishek, in flamboyant outfits dripping with bling, embroidery and the ace of spades, shanghais the movie. Jhoom is, so far, the best of 2007's commercial Hindi films. If it disappoints in comparison to director Shaad Ali's last, Bunty aur Babli, it's still diverting. Not rated. —LB

KNOCKED UPThe 40-Year-Old Virgin writer/director Judd Apatow scores another hit with this hysterical tale of a chubby slacker (Apatow alum Seth Rogen) who impregnates an out-of-his league one-night stand (Katherine Heigl from Grey's Anatomy). The plot is strictly by-the-numbers, but hilarious dialogue and great performances make this the funniest film of the year so far. Rated R. —ZS

LA VIE EN ROSE— Edith Piaf's early life might have been conjured by a 19th-century novelist. Born in the Paris district of Belleville to a café-singer mother and a street-acrobat father, she spent much of her childhood in a Normandy brothel run by her grandmother. Though writer-director Olivier Dahan doesn't go in for any heavy-handed psychologizing, his film scrambles chronology—like every other biopic these days. Still, if Hollywood can stifle its usual xenophobia, then Marion Cotillard, who gives a galvanic performance as the French chanteuse, will have a well-deserved Best Actress nomination next spring. Rated PG-13. —GC

A MIGHTY HEART—The docudrama can be just as involving as its theatrical counterpart, and it is a style oft-employed by director Michael Winterbottom. Following last year's The Road to Guantánamo, his tale of doomed Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl (Dan Futterman) is told through the eyes of his wife, Mariane (Angelina Jolie). Winterbottom traverses the race to track down Daniel and his captors before his gruesome, infamous beheading. In the process, he deftly spins the abduction of a lone American journalist into a microcosm of the morass of Middle Eastern battle lines. Rated R. —NM

MR. BROOKS—Perennial nice guy Kevin Costner flashes a dark side as the titular Earl Brooks, a successful family man who also happens to be a pathological serial killer goaded on by an ever-present imaginary devil on his shoulder (William Hurt, in full-bloom bravura). The film realizes its delectable delirium most when wallowing in the machinations of Brooks' murderous delectation. However, this potentially compelling character study—a kind of middle-aged American Psycho—becomes hijacked by some infuriating subplotting, including a police detective played by Demi Moore and her Lifetime Movie of the Week countenance. Rated R. —NM

NANCY DREW—Mix one-half of Clueless' California fashion sense with a quarter of Mean Girls girl-bashing, throw in a splash of Harry Potter-inspired ghoulish mystery and you've got the recipe for one heck of a summer blockbuster carefully crafted to catch the eyes, ears and pocketbooks of the tween set. With an updated scenario and pop-infused soundtrack, this flick may appeal to trendy tweens but ultimately, director Andrew Fleming's attempt to introduce the literary heroine to the millennium is overwrought, causing older fans of the series to find Drew's wide-eyed sincerity, mystery-busting acuity and Martha-Stewart perfection more sardonic than sincere. Rated PG. —KJ

OCEAN'S THIRTEEN—Their plots are contrivances lacking little internal logic. Fine. The actors sometimes look like they are phoning in their performances. Maybe. But, the real defining standards of the Ocean's series are cool and cachet, abundant qualities when George Clooney & Co. return to their Vegas stomping grounds—thankfully—to run a group con on casino tycoon Willie Bank (Al Pacino) after he swindles Elliott Gould's Reuben out of his fortune and health. There is much here with which to find fault, from the storyline's air of inevitability to director Steven Soderbergh's grainy cinematography. However, like a show on the Strip, this spectacle is all glitz, glamour and fun. Rated PG-13. —NM

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END—This muddled Pirates three-quel is little more than a recycling of the pillaging, rum-guzzling and sword-fighting schlock of its predecessors. Clocking in at just under three hours, the film attempts to outdo every love triangle, plot twist and ghoulish creature from the last two films in one bloated installment of cinematic excess. The extravagant effects can't make up for plot holes and lackluster romance. Instead, Disney banks on its golden ticket: swoony captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), but not even Sparrow can save the film from its own heavy hand. Rated PG-13. —KJ

SHREK THE THIRD—This burnished money grab jettisons the razor-sharp wit and offbeat charm of its predecessors for a stream of somnolence that, sans its pedigree and production budget, could be mistaken for a direct-to-DVD release. Toss in a lazily written coup d'etat by Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) and the half-hearted injection of Arthurian lore into the Grimm milieu, and the sudden illumination that greets your exit from the theater should provide more than enough sensory overload to dispel any scintilla of this film still sparking your synapses. Rated PG. —NM

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

SURF'S UP—The en vogue practice of fashioning family films from the framework of successful documentaries continues with this amalgam of March of the Penguins (yep, another animated penguin flick) and surfer docs Step Into Liquid and Riding Giants. Fortunately, directors Ash Brannon (Toy Story 2) and Chris Buck employ a mockumentary format that tacitly acknowledges this filmmaking phenomenon, although the faux-verite gimmick grows wearisome even over an efficient 85-minute running time. Shia LaBeouf voices Cody Maverick, a young penguin who escapes the icy confines of his Antarctic home for the sunny beaches of the Penguin World Surfing Championship where he hopes to carry on the legacy of his idol, Big Z (Jeff Bridges). Rated PG. —NM

SWEET LAND—The most impressive American independent film of the past year, Minnesota director Ali Selim's debut offers a poetic, lushly imagined vision of the hardships and rewards faced by Norwegian immigrants to America just after World War I. No less than Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven, the drama meditates on both the implacable grandeur of nature and the fragile bonds of community while providing an entrancing example of the expressive power of cinema; its achievements include extraordinary performances by leads Elizabeth Reaser and Tim Guinee. Rated PG. —GC

WAITRESS—Jenna, a melancholy server at Joe's Pie Diner, contemplates her oppressive marriage after discovering she's pregnant. We quickly learn, however, that this is a fairy tale as the pie-making princess (Keri Russell) discovers a fairy godfather (Andy Griffith). Her pies, creatively concocted and titled, contain within their crusts the passion for which she has little other outlet, and it's easy to believe that a crust filled with melted chocolate and blackberries could be a kitchen-centric declaration of love. Rated PG-13. —LB


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.

Evening—7:05, 9:30. Also Fri-Sun 2, 4:30. La Vie en Rose—7, 9:40. Also Fri-Sun 1, 4.

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

1408—Fri-Sun 11:55, 2:25, 4:50, 7:25, 9:55. A Mighty Heart—Fri-Sun 1:05, 3:55, 6:30, 9:35. Evan Almighty—Fri-Sun 12:10, 12:40, 1:40, 2:30, 3:10, 4, 4:55, 5:40, 7, 7:40, 8:20, 9:25, 10:10. Evening—Fri-Sun 12:30, 3:05, 6:55, 9:30. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer—Fri-Sun 11:40, 12:55, 2:10, 3:15, 4:25, 5:30, 6:50, 7:45, 9:05, 10. Knocked Up—Fri-Sun 1, 4:05, 7:10, 10:05. Live Free or Die Hard—Fri-Sun 12:20, 1:10, 2, 3:25, 4:15, 5:20, 6:40, 7:20, 8:45, 9:45, 10:30. Mr. Brooks—Fri-Sun 7:05, 9:50. Nancy Drew—Fri-Sun 1:20, 3:45, 6:15, 8:55. Ocean's Thirteen—Fri-Sun 11:50, 2:40, 5:35, 8:35. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End—Fri-Sun 12:45, 4:30, 8:10. Ratatouille—Fri-Sun 11:30, 12, 12:50, 2:20, 2:50, 3:40, 5:05, 5:50, 6:20, 7:50, 8:30, 9:15, 10:25. Shrek the Third—1:30, 3:50, 6:25, 8:50. Surf's Up—Fri-Sun 11:35, 1:50, 4:40. Call for additional times.

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

A Mighty Heart—1:20, 7:05. Apne—6:15, 9:45. Day Watch—4:05, 9:25. Evening—1:25, 4:20, 7:10, 9:30. Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties—Mon-Thu 11am, 1. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom—2:45. Sicko—1:15, 4, 7, 9:35. Sweet Land—1:05, 7:20. The Waitress—4:15, 7:15. Who Lamhe (Awarapan)—9:30.

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

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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.

1408—12:45, 2:50, 4:55, 7:25 (No Mon), 9:50 (No Mon). Evan Almighty—1:05, 3:05, 5, 7:20, 9:35. Everyone's Hero—Tue-Wed 10. Knocked Up—1:30, 4:10, 7:05, 9:30. Live Free or Die Hard—1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45. Ratatouille—1:30, 4:10, 7:10, 9:35. Transformers—1, 4, 7, 9:50. Also Mon 8.

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.

Waitress—7, 9:20. Also Sat-Sun 2, 4:30. Rocky Horror Picture Show—Fri midnight.

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

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

1408—Fri-Mon 12, 2:30, 5, 7:40, 10:30. Evan Almighty—Fri-Mon 1:30, 2:40, 4, 5:20, 6:30, 8, 9, 10:20. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer—Fri-Mon 12:20, 2:35, 5:10, 7:50, 10:10. Knocked Up—Fri-Mon 12:50, 3:50, 7:10, 10:15. Live Free or Die Hard—Fri-Mon 11:45, 1, 2:45, 3:35, 5:45, 7, 8:40, 10:25. Nancy Drew—Fri-Mon 12:40, 3:05, 5:30, 8:15. Ocean's Thirteen—Fri-Mon 1:20, 4:15, 7:15, 10. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End—Fri-Mon 1:10, 4:40, 8:10. Ratatouille—Fri-Mon 11:30, 12:30, 2:05, 3:15, 4:50, 6:15, 7:30, 8:50, 10:05. Shrek the Third—Fri-Mon 11:35 (No Fri-Sun), 1:55, 4:25, 6:45, 9:10. Surf's Up—Fri-Mon 12:10, 2:50, 5:05, 7:20, 9:30. Spider-Man 3—Fri-Mon 12:25, 3:40, 6:50, 10. Transformers—Mon 8, 9. Call for additional times.

Durham

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

Cinemas closed until August for renovations.

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

1408—11:40, 2:05, 4:35, 7:25, 10:15. Evan Almighty—12:05, 2:25, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer—12, 2:20, 4:40, 7:30, 9:50. Free Summer Movies Series: Open Season, Monster House—Tue-Wed 10am. Knocked Up—12:20, 3:20, 6:50, 9:55. Live Free or Die Hard—11:50, 12:30, 3, 3:40, 6:30, 7, 9:30, 10. Ocean's Thirteen—12:25, 3:15, 7:10, 10:05. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End—6:40, 10:10. Ratatouille—11:20, 1:50, 4:20, 7:05, 9:40. Shrek the Third—11:15, 1:40, 4:05, 6:45, 9:05. Surf's Up—11:35, 2, 4:15.

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

1408—Fri-Sun 2:05, 4:50, 7:55, 10:20. A Mighty Heart—Fri-Sun 1, 3:35, 6:15, 8:45. Evan Almighty—Fri-Sun 11:30, 12:25, 1:50, 2:50, 4:20, 5:15, 7, 7:45, 9:20, 10:10. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer—Fri-Sun 12:30, 2:40, 5, 7:15, 9:35. Knocked Up—Fri-Sun 12:20, 3:30, 7:10, 10. Live Free or Die Hard—Fri-Sun 12:45, 1:35, 3:45, 4:30, 6:45, 7:30, 9:45, 10:30. Mr. Brooks—Fri-Sun 6:10, 9:05. Nancy Drew—Fri-Sun 1:20, 3:50, 6:10, 8:30. Ocean's Thirteen—Fri-Sun 1:25, 4:10, 7:25, 10:15. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End—Fri-Sun 11:30, 3, 6:30, 10. Ratatouille—Fri-Sun 11:45, 1:10, 3:15, 4, 6:05, 6:45, 8:45, 9:30. Shrek the Third—Fri-Sun 12, 2:20, 4:40, 6:55, 9:15. Surf's Up—Fri-Sun 12:50, 3:05. Waitress—Fri-Sun 12:15, 3:25, 6:20, 8:55. Call for additional times.

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

Closed until further notice.

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.

A Mighty Heart—7:15, 9:20. Also Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:20. Evening—7, 9:30. Also Sat-Sun, Wed-Thu 2, 4:30. The Waitress—7:10, 9:15. Also Sat-Sun 2:20, 4:40.

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

Blades of Glory (Outdoor Screen)—Fri-Sat 8:30. Evan Almighty—1, 3, 5, 7:20, 9:35. Knocked Up—1:30, 4:20, 7:25, 9:55. Live Free or Die Hard—1:25, 4:10, 7:05, 9:45. Ocean's Thirteen—1:15, 4:05, 7:10 (No Mon), 9:45 (No Mon). Over the Hedge—Tue-Wed 10am. Ratatouille—12, 2:25, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40. Transformers—1, 4, 7, 9:50. Also Mon 8.

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.

La Vie en Rose—6:50, 9:30. Also Sat-Sun, Wed-Thu 1:30, 4:10. Sicko—7, 9:20. Also Sat-Sun, Wed-Thu 2, 4:30.

Graham

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

Wild Hogs—7, 9:15. Also Sat, Sun, Wed 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15.

Roxboro

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

1408—2:15, 4:40, 7:15, 9:30. Evan Almighty—2:15, 4:40, 7:15, 9:20. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer—2:10, 4:20, 7:20, 9:35. Knocked Up—Fri-Sun 9:10. License to Wed—Tue-Thu 2:15, 4:25, 7, 9:15. Live Free or Die Hard—1:50, 4:25, 7, 9:35. Nancy Drew—Fri-Mon 1:55, 4:10. Ocean's Thirteen—Fri-Sun 7, 9:25. Ratatouille—2:05, 4:35, 7:10, 9:35. Shrek the Third—2, 4:05. Also Fri-Sun 7:05, 9:15. Surf's Up—2:05, 4:30. Also Fri-Sun 7:05. Transformers—Mon 8, 9; Tue-Thu 1:45, 2:25, 4:40, 6:50, 7:35, 9:45.

Special Showings

Chronological by date and time

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

A/V Geeks: Fri, Jun 29, 8 pm: Triggerama! A program of films designed to provoke discussion among public health and safety workers. Titles include Shoot/ Don't Shoot 2, Working With Older People and Behind the Wheel. $5 suggested donation. Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham. www.avgeeks.com.

NC Museum of Art's Movies on the Lawn: Fri, Jun 29, 9 pm: Stranger than Fiction. Sat, Jun 30, 9 pm: Talladega Nights. $3. 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh. www.ncartmuseum.org.

American Summer Film Festival: Sat, Jun 30, 7 pm: In this installment of a monthly series curated by Charleen Swansea, Skip Elsheimer presents The Modern Housewife, a collection of educational films from the 1950s and '60s. $2-$4. Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. 918-7385.

Movies @ Manbites: Mon, Jul 9, 9 pm: Outdoor screening of Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times. Donations suggested. Curated by the Indy's David Fellerath. Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St, Durham. www.manbitesdogtheater.org, 682-3343.

The Lady and the Duke/ L'Anglaise et le duc: Sun, Jul 15, 7 pm: Celebrate Bastille Day, belatedly, with this day-after screening of Eric Rohmer's 2001 rendering of the true story of Grace Dalrymple Elliot, a British aristocrat trapped in Paris during the French Revolution. Free. CHICLE, 101 E Weaver St, 3rd floor over Weaver Street Market, Carrboro. 933-0398, www.chi-cle.com.

13th Annual Cucalorus Film Festival: Wilmington festival seeks submissions from independent filmmakers and video artists. Cucalorus is a non-competitive showcase of features, shorts and documentaries from around the world. Formats: 35mm, 16mm, various video formats. All entries on DVD or VHS must include entry form, one lovely poem and fee, $40 fee, deadline is July 10. Entry form online at www.cucalorus.org.

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