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Movie times are good from Friday, Sept. 21 through Thursday, Sept. 27 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), Sylvia Pfeiffenberger (SP) or Zack Smith (ZS).

Opening This Week

EASTERN PROMISES—For David Cronenberg, an early purveyor of the body/venereal horror genre, this is his most genuine work since 1996's Crash—a wallow in the multicultural borscht running through London's seamy underbelly. The film's yuletide setting is no coincidence, for this is also Cronenberg's Nativity story and as such is one of his most subversive works. A baby named Christina is born and wiseguys are summoned from the East—including laconic thug Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen)—to exterminate the child and her adoptive caregiver (Naomi Watts). Rated R. —NM

GOOD LUCK CHUCK—In lieu of the bomb pictured next to this review, a mushroom cloud would more accurately gauge the measure of a film for which there are no stars, grades or thumbs low enough. Dane Cook plays Chuck, a guy cursed to never find happiness because every woman he sleeps with automatically finds true love with the next man she meets. Chuck falls for Cam (Jessica Alba), the caretaker of a penguin preserve who has a penchant for klutziness that mysteriously disappears midway through this morass of mediocrity. Yet, amazingly, the movie's nadir is Chuck's odious childhood friend Stu (Dan Fogler, already a contributor to the loathsome Balls of Fury), a creepy boob who performs boob jobs when not spending his free time spewing verbal bile or jerking off into grapefruits. I am now certain of three things: Cook and Alba are awful actors, Fogler is a blight on the medium of cinema and this is the worst film I have ever seen in a theater. Rated R. —NM

IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH—As a retired military man who launches an intensive personal investigation after his soldier son, just back from Iraq, goes missing, Tommy Lee Jones gives a haunted, finely calibrated performance that is the one reason to see the latest from writer-director Paul Haggis. Otherwise, the Big Statement Haggis imagines he's making about the Iraq War's consequences gets almost entirely ground up in the gears of crime-movie mechanics. And though Haggis thankfully dispenses with the simplistic bombast of Crash, the "restraint" he practices here is dull and formulaic. Rated R. —GC

click to enlarge Lady Chatterley and her lover
  • Lady Chatterley and her lover
LADY CHATTERLEY—French director Pascale Ferran's quiet adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's erotically charged tale of adulterous love is a breath of fresh air when compared to the lurid sexual politics of the novel. Lawrence, in fact, wrote three versions of this story and the iteration taught in high school is the third, most densely written one. Ferran preferred the lighter second take, however, and reformulated the lusty narrative by framing Lady Chatterley and her lover with an air of innocence instead of guilt. By freeing the characters from the seismic shifts in social mores that marked the novel, Ferran relates a humble tale of human connectivity and the film ebbs and flows with the natural budding of romance between the aristocratic heroine (Marina Hands) and the gamekeeper (Hippolyte Girardot). Shot beautifully against a backdrop of blooming flowers, running streams and rainstorms, Ferran's adaptation stirs the soul with its bucolic images, but nonetheless delivers full frontals and passionate love scenes. Not rated. —KJ

MOLIÈRE—Laurent Tirard's biopic of the famed 17th-century French playwright/ actor is romantic, yet uninformative farce marching to the rhythm of a Shakespeare in Gaul. Tirard draws on the text of Molière's plays to assemble a largely comedic screenplay intersecting with dramatic and tragic grace notes. However, the vacillating tones never fully coalesce around an emotionally or factually genuine core. Distilling the life of Molière (Romain Duris) into a speculative summer spent in indentured servitude to a provincial nobleman (Fabrice Luchini) and his hot-to-trot wife (Laura Morante) marginalizes an otherwise profound, provocative life. The performances are uniformly solid save the most important, Duris, who plays Molière as a blithe fop who resembles the lead for an '80s hair band. Rated PG-13. —NM

RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION—The presence of those canaries in the B-movie coal mines, Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter, should tell us what we need to know. Rated R.

SYDNEY WHITE—A film aimed straight at the heart of tween girls, Sydney White is a less-than-classy retelling of the Grimms' Snow White. This isn't much of a stretch for director Joe Nussbaum, who remade Cinderella in his 2004 effort, Sleepover, complete with Valley Girl lingo and a Spice Girl soundtrack. Nussbaum's film opts for a more faithful version—in addition to the sublimely sweet Sydney (Amanda Bynes), there's a sorority bitch named Rachel Witchburn (Sara Paxton), a poisoned apple (in the form of a virus-ridden laptop), seven dorky dudes and a wakening kiss from the campus prince—it overplays these fairytale figures to the point of exhaustion. Predictable, boring and even sexist (all Greek girls eat carrots for breakfast, love Gucci and are blond, right?), this film fails to achieve its purported theme of reconciling geeks and Greeks, and instead makes individualism look lame. Rated PG-13. —KJ

Current Releases

2 DAYS IN PARIS—Perhaps the least romantic Paris movie ever made, 2 Days in Paris charts the disintegrating relationship curve between Marion (Julie Delpy), a testy photographer, and Jack (Adam Goldberg), her neurotic soulmate. Writer-director Delpy's two years at NYU's film school has given her a keen eye for American insecurities and the garrulous wisecracking that disguises a fundamental national Puritanism. The insightful 2 Days in Paris devolves into a little too much arguing toward the end, but the sharp characterizations make it a cinematic trip worth taking. Rated R. —LB

3:10 TO YUMAWalk the Line director James Mangold helms a spirited remake of Delmer Daves' 1957 Western, in which a financially strapped rancher (Christian Bale) joins a posse attempting to deliver a captured outlaw (Russell Crowe) to the train to prison. Compared to the sleek original, the new movie is bigger, noisier, more violent and longer. But at a time when Westerns are rare, it's a pleasure to see one done with this film's energy and conviction; it brims with the genre's traditional satisfactions, and Crowe's subtle, commanding performance ranks with his best. Rated R. —GC

BALLS OF FURY—The tale of the washed-up sports hero marches on with this lackluster attempt at turning ping-pong politics into comedic fodder. Randy Daytona (Broadway star Dan Fogler) is a down-and-out former child ping-pong champ who lost his nerve to compete after an upset at the 1988 Summer Olympics. The film moves on to parody both the underdog sports film and martial arts cinema—a funny proposition—but on-screen, the jokes about ping-pong just don't elicit the knee-slapping humor hoped for by funnyman director Ben Garant (of Reno 911! fame). Nice try, but no cigar. Rated PG-13. —KJ

BECOMING JANEPride and Prejudice is one of the most popular novels in English literature, and Becoming Jane attempts to shoehorn Jane Austen's scant biographical details into an outline resembling her most famous work. Anne Hathaway is far too pretty to play our Jane—it's impossible to believe she must live by her wits alone. James McAvoy charms as a sly rogue who steals Jane's heart, much in the manner of the fictional Mr. Darcy. Although the film is bloodless, Jane Austen completists should not be discouraged from its slight pleasures. Rated PG. —LB

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM—A gritty and taut atmosphere lingers as director Paul Greengrass and screenwriter Tony Gilroy handle plot and character development with a deft touch, punctuated by sensational stunt work and intricate set pieces. If there is a criticism to be issued, it is the air of redundancy that sets in after making three films using the same general formula. Rated PG-13. —NM

THE BRAVE ONE—Jodie Foster's career has known many violent films, but the former child actress achieves a new level of hardened rage as she transforms from optimist to tortured gunslinger in this vigilante tale. Foster plays the once-peaceful Erica Bain, a NPR-style talk jockey whose life is transformed after three street punks attack her and her fiancé, David (Naveen Andrews), in Central Park. Director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Breakfast on Pluto), is most interested in the aftermath: the psychological turmoil of a woman whose safety has been jeopardized. Foster, who long ago was in a little movie called Taxi Driver, is powerless until she picks up a 9mm and takes back control by killing off society's corrupt. Although the intense violence will make some uncomfortable, this film is compelling and captivating in its critique of the morality of revenge, the power of unplanned rage and redemption from the confines of the psychosomatic mind of the victim. Rated R. —KJ

CHAK DE INDIA (LET'S GO, INDIA)—Shah Rukh Khan, the de facto King of Bollywood, stars in this hybrid of an underdog sports movie and a ecumenical patriotic rabble-rouser. A disgraced field hockey coach seeks to restore his honor by training a raggedy group of athletes for the Women's World Cup. The women, for their part, are defying family pressures in order to compete. Feminism, religious and political unity, a dash of humor and a plucky team: It's hard to be curmudgeonly about Chak De India. Not rated. —­LB

DHAMAAL (TURMOIL)—Was anyone clamoring for a remake of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World? Yet, the Indian press has given thumbs-up (perhaps too kindly) and the cast is full of such amusing fellows as Arshad Warsi, Ritiesh Deshmukh and Javed Jaffrey, who all scramble after a treasure with Sanjay Dutt, as the Spencer Tracy character, in hot pursuit. Not rated. —LB

DEATH AT A FUNERAL—Set in a bristlingly clean English countryside manor, Frank Oz's film features Matthew Macfadyen as Daniel, the son of a recently deceased man who must orchestrate his father's funeral single-handedly. Daniel is overshadowed (and threatened) by his brother Robert (Rupert Graves), who threatens to disrupt the funeral. But things really bubble over when the plot explodes into a sort of comedic jack-in-the-box that employs a gay subplot, powerful hallucinogens and bathroom blowouts to form a dark, off-kilter British farce that's absurdly hilarious and delightfully irreverent. Rated R. —KJ

DRAGON WARS—Hailing from the country that brought us The Host, director Hyung-rae Shim delivers a story of a brave reporter who fights a swarm of monsters that are bent on destroying civilization. Rated PG-13.

HAIRSPRAY—The 1988 film Hairspray was indie-film maverick John Waters' valentine to his high school BFF, the flamboyant plus-size drag queen Divine. A Utopian view of rock 'n' roll and rhythm 'n' blues as a powerful force for good, the euphoric Hairspray embraces the pleasantly plump and the oppositely colored, without explicitly voicing Waters' real plea, acceptance of the differently oriented. John Travolta, as Edna Turnblad, is clearly enjoying himself in a fable that asserts one can be oneself and still be catnip to the cutest boy in town. Rated PG. —LB

HALLOWEEN—Director Rob Zombie destroys the mystique of John Carpenter's original and comes up empty-handed as the psychological melodrama of the creation of a killer is super-sized to epic proportion. Angel-faced Michael Myers (Daeg Faerch) is a 10-year-old with a family so white trash they'd be at home on Jerry Springer. Zombie wills us to believe that Myers' dysfunctional childhood is the culprit of his unspeakable evil nature, but it was scarier when Carpenter implied inherent evil emerged from average middle America with no impetus (besides sexual misconduct, of course). More splatter than suspense, Zombie's remake is gratuitously violent and sleazy, lacking the slow-burning brilliance of Carpenter's original. Rated R. —KJ

KING OF KONG: A FISTFUL OF QUARTERS—Few non-political documentaries have the clear-cut villainy, conspiracy theorists, intrigue and heartbreak of this dissection of championship video gaming—specifically the cut-throat competition to break the scoring record for Donkey Kong. Sinister restaurateur and hot sauce magnate Billy Mitchell wrote himself into the history books in 1982, towering over rivals with his 874,300 tally. Challenged two decades later by nice-guy science teacher Steve Wiebe, the factions align to see who will receive the ultimate benediction, a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. King of Kong explains and dramatizes the classic arcade game, making you care about a subject you may never even have thought about before. An eye for characters (Wiebe's saintly wife and understandably impatient children are contrasted with Mitchell's dim spouse, who sports monumental breast implants) and a final reckoning of joystick justice make this a superior entry into the competition doc sub-genre. Rated PG-13. —LB

MR. WOODCOCK—Billy Bob Thornton, who rumor has it once won an Oscar, continues his well-worn Bad period as the title character, a sadistic high school gym teacher who prowls flyover country. One of his ex-students/victims, John Farley (Seann William Scott), now a successful author, returns to his Nebraska hometown receive the key to the city, only to find that his ex-tormentor is dating his widowed mother (Susan Sarandon). To add insult to inanity, tack on Farley's undeveloped love interest and a final act full of phony sappiness that attempts to salvage characters—and a film—way beyond saving. Rated PG-13. —NM

MY BEST FRIEND— François (Daniel Auteuil), a dapper antiques dealer, learns from his chic birthday party guests that he hasn't a single real friend. Challenged to produce a "best friend," he sets out to procure this person, as if friendship was simply another valuable acquisition. Bruno (Dany Boon), an affable cabbie, mentors him as François haltingly learns the three S's of companionship—sympathique, souriant, sincère: to be likeable, smiling and sincere. A funny and emotionally satisfying character-centered film by writer-director Patrice Leconte. —LB

THE NANNY DIARIES—Married documentarians Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, directors of the bracing American Splendor, tackle more conventional material as Scarlett Johansson's nanny becomes a Stockholm Syndrome victim through her pity for the helpless boy being propelled through a loveless childhood by his aspirational parents (Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti). The satirical conceit of having Annie's field work result in dioramas at the Museum of Natural History is amusing, but the film cries out for a supporting village of sympathetic nannies—and the dreamboat boyfriend is a crutch. The film is musing enough, but it lacks the scalpel needed to expunge the dreary rom-com clichés. Rated PG-13. —LB

NO END IN SIGHT—The best film yet about the Iraq War is no slice of street-level vérité but a searingly lucid overview of how the Bush team bungled the occupation from the first, making a series of mistakes (such as its excessive "de-Ba'athification" project and disbanding the Iraqi military) destined to produce the current chaos. Interestingly, filmmaker Charles Ferguson doesn't argue whether the invasion was right or wrong; but he provides plenty evidence of why Bush, Cheney and company deserve impeachment for their lethal incompetence. Not rated. —GC

RATATOUILLE—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. —NM

RUSH HOUR 3—The reported $20 million salary paid to Chris Tucker to reprise the role of Detective James Carter seems like money well spent. Rated PG-13. —NM

SHOOT 'EM UP—On one hand paying homage to the likes of John Woo, this theater of the absurd is also more of the mindless, hyperkinetic schlock that crops up twice a year or so—Smokin' Aces, Running Scared, Crank and so on. British director Michael Davis' stylish, if overly sadistic, actioner benefits from the curious yet welcome presence of two past Oscar nominees—Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti—who relish riffing on everything from grindhouse cinema to Bugs Bunny cartoons. However, Davis provides just enough intricate, audacious set pieces to justify the ticket price. Rated R. —NM

THE SIMPSONS MOVIE—There are more genuine laughs per each of this film's 87 minutes than any movie you will see this summer. Still, a similar declaration can usually be made about any given Simpsons television episode, so elongating one of them to feature-film length does not by itself make a transcendent feature film. Rated PG-13. —NM

STARDUST—Thirty minutes in, this adaptation of author Neil Gaiman's 1997 comic novella-turned-hardback sensation feels as banal as it is byzantine. Unicorns, magical spells and sundry other gimcracks abound in a cheeky adventure-comedy penned by filmmakers who have clearly seen A Princes Bride too many times. Rated PG-13. —NM

SUPERBAD—This teen comedy, co-written by Knocked Up star Seth Rogen, tells of a couple of misfits (Jonah Hill and Michael Cera) out to get booze to help them hook up at a wild party. The language is unrelentingly foul, but there's a good, sweet movie about friendship underneath the dirty words. Rated R. —ZS


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

3:10 to Yuma—Fri-Mon: (12:50, 3:30), 6:50, 9:35; Tue-Thu: (1:15, 3:55), 6:50, 9:35. Balls of Fury—Fri-Thu: (2:30, 5:10), 7:35, 9:50. The Bourne Ultimatum—Fri-Thu: (1:05, 3:50), 6:35, 9:20. The Brave One—Fri-Mon: (12:45, 4), 7, 9:45; Tue-Thu: (1:10, 4), 7, 9:45. Dragon Wars (D-War)—Fri-Mon: (1:45, 4:05), 6:25, 8:45; Tue-Thu: (1:20, 3:45), 6:10, 8:25. Good Luck Chuck—Fri-Mon: (2:15, 5:15), 7:45, 10:10; Tue-Thu: (2:15, 5:15), 7:40, 10. Halloween—Fri-Mon: (3:35), 8:50; Tue-Thu: (4:10), 9:15. Mr. Woodcock—Fri-Mon: (1:30, 4:15), 6:45, 9; Tue-Thu: (1:45, 4:15), 6:25, 8:35. The Nanny Diaries—Fri-Mon: (12:55), 6:15; Tue-Thu: (1:40), 6:45. Resident Evil: Extinction—Fri-Thu: (2, 5), 7:30, 10. Rush Hour 3—Fri-Thu: (2:10, 4:30), 7:10, 9:30. Superbad—Fri-Mon: (1:15, 4:20), 7:15, 9:55; Tue-Thu: (1:35, 4:20), 7:05, 9:40. Sydney White—Fri-Mon: (1, 3:45), 6:30, 9:15; Tue-Thu: (1, 3:40), 6:15, 8:45

Carmike Blue Ridge 14 Cinema

600 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, 645-1111

1408—Fri-Sun: 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:35. Daddy Day Camp—Fri-Sun: 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:35, 9:45. Evan Almighty—Fri-Sun: 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:40. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer—Fri-Sun: 1:10, 3:20, 5:25, 7:40, 9:55. Hairspray—Fri-Sun: 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:45. Hot Rod—Fri-Sun: 1:45, 4:15, 7:10, 9:30. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry—Fri-Sun: 1:15, 4:10, 7, 9:50. The Invasion—Fri-Sun: 1:30, 4:10, 7:10, 9:30. Knocked Up—Fri-Sun: 1:10, 4:20, 7:15, 10. License to Wed—Fri-Sun: 1:15, 3:35, 5:35, 7:45, 9:55. Live Free or Die Hard—Fri-Sun: 1, 4, 7, 9:55. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End—Fri-Sun: 1, 4, 7, 9:55. Shrek the Third—Fri-Sun: 1:10, 3:25, 5:40, 7:35, 9:50. Who's Your Caddy?—Fri-Sun: 1:45, 4, 7:15, 9:30

Regal Brier Creek Stadium 14

8611 Brier Creek Pkwy, Raleigh, 484-9994

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Carmike 15

5501 Atlantic Springs Rd, Raleigh, 645-1111

3:10 to Yuma—Sat-Sun: (1, 4), 7, 9:40. Balls of Fury—Sat-Sun: (1:10, 3:25), 5:40, 7:50, 10. The Bourne Ultimatum—Sat-Sun: (1:15, 4:10), 7, 9:45. The Brave One—Sat-Sun: (1:15, 4:05), 7:05, 9:50. Dragon Wars (D-War)—Sat-Sun: (1:10, 3:25), 5:35, 7:45, 9:55. Good Luck Chuck—Fri-Sun: (1, 3:15), 5:30, 7:45, 10. Halloween—Sat-Sun: (1:45, 4:30), 7:15, 9:50. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—Sat-Sun: (1), 7. Mr. Woodcock—Sat-Sun: (1, 3:05, 5:10), 7:15, 9:20. Resident Evil: Extinction—Fri-Sat: (1, 1:45, 3:25, 4:15), 5:50, 7:10, 8:15, 9:35, 10:40; Sun: (1, 1:45, 3:25, 4:15), 5:50, 7:10, 8:15, 9:35. Rush Hour 3—Sat-Sun: (1:15, 3:20, 5:25), 7:35, 9:45. Shoot 'Em Up—Sat-Sun: (1, 3:15), 5:30, 7:45, 10. The Simpsons Movie—Sat-Sun: (4), 9:55. Sydney White—Fri-Sun: (1:15, 4:10), 7, 9:45. Transformers—Sat-Sun: (1, 4), 7, 10

Colony Theatres

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

2 Days in Paris (Deux jours a Paris)—Fri-Sun: (2:15, 4:45), 7:15, 9:20; Mon-Thu: 7:15, 9:20. Death at a Funeral—Fri-Sun: (2, 4:30), 7, 9:15; Mon-Thu: 7, 9:15

Crossroads 20

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

3:10 to Yuma—Fri-Thu: (1:30, 4:20), 7:10, 9:55. Balls of Fury—Fri-Thu: (2:05, 5:40), 8:35. The Bourne Ultimatum—Fri-Thu: (1:40, 4:40), 7:30, 10:10. The Brave One—Fri-Thu: (1:10, 4:05), 7:15, 10:05. Dragon Wars (D-War)—Fri-Thu: (2:15, 5), 8:20, 10:30. Eastern Promises—Fri-Thu: (12:50, 4:30), 6:55, 9:35. The Game Plan—Sat: 7:05. Good Luck Chuck—Fri-Thu: (12:45, 1:55, 3:05, 4:15), 6:30, 7:20, 8:50, 9:45. Hairspray—Fri-Thu: (3:45), 9:25. Halloween—Fri-Thu: (3:30), 8:40. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—Fri-Thu: (1:50), 8:10. In the Valley of Elah—Fri-Thu: (12:30, 3:20), 7, 10. Mr. Bean's Holiday—Fri-Wed: (2:40, 5:20), 8; Thu: (2:40, 5:20). Mr. Woodcock—Fri-Thu: (2:50, 5:10), 7:40, 9:50. The Nanny Diaries—Fri-Thu: (1:05), 6:15. No Reservations—Fri-Thu: (5:45). Ratatouille—Fri: (12:40), 7:05; Sat: (12:40); Sun-Thu: (12:40), 7:05. Resident Evil: Extinction—Fri-Thu: (1:20, 2:30, 3:40, 4:50), 6:50, 7:50, 9:20, 10:20. Rush Hour 3—Fri-Thu: (2:20), 6:45. Shoot 'Em Up—Fri-Thu: (4:35), 9. The Simpsons Movie—Fri-Thu: (3:25), 10:25. Stardust—Fri-Thu: (12:55), 6:25. Superbad—Fri-Thu: (2, 5:30), 8:25. Sydney White—Fri-Thu: (1, 3:55), 6:35, 9:10

Galaxy Cinema

770 Cary Towne Blvd, Cary, 463-9989

Chak De India—Fri: 6:15; Sun: 6:15; Mon-Thu: (3:30). Death at a Funeral—Fri: (1:05), 5, 7:15, 9:20; Sat: (1:05), 5, 7:15; Sun-Thu: (1:05), 5, 7:15, 9:20. Dhamaal—Fri-Sun: (2:45), 9:45; Mon-Thu: 7:35. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters—Fri-Thu: (3:05), 9:40. Manufactured Landscapes—Fri-Tue: (1:15, 3:20), 5:25, 7:25, 9:25; Wed: (1:15, 3:20), 5:25, 9:25; Thu: (1:15, 3:20), 5:25, 7:25, 9:25. Moliere (Moliere ou Le comedien malgre lui)—Fri-Thu: (1:20, 4), 7. My Best Friend (Mon meilleur ami)—Fri-Thu: (3:15), 5:15, 9:30. No End in Sight—Fri-Thu: (1), 7:20. Poison Friends (Les Amities malefiques)—Fri: (12:55, 3:10), 5:20, 7:30; Sat: (12:55), 7:30; Sun-Thu: (12:55, 3:10), 5:20, 7:30

IMAX Theater Exploris

201 E Hargett St, Raleigh, 834-4040

The Greatest Places—Fri: 10 AM; Tue-Thu: 10 AM. Hurricane on the Bayou—Fri: 11 AM, 1, 3; Sat-Sun: 11 AM, 1, 6; Tue-Thu: 11 AM, 1, 3. Sharks 3D—Fri: 12, 2; Sat: 10 AM, 5; Sun: 12, 5; Tue-Thu: 12, 2. Transformers: The IMAX Experience—Fri: 4, 7, 9:30; Sat: 2, 7, 9:50; Sun: 2, 7; Mon: 4, 7, 9:50; Tue-Thu: 4, 7, 9:30

Mission Valley Cinema

2109-124 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh, 834-2233

The Brave One—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4:10), 7:15, 9:50. Halloween—Fri-Thu: (1:30, 4), 7:15, 9:45. Resident Evil: Extinction—Fri-Thu: (1:45, 4:20), 7, 9:45. Shoot 'Em Up—Fri-Thu: (1:05, 3, 4:55), 7:20, 9:40. Superbad—Fri-Thu: (1:20, 4:15), 7:30, 9:55

Regal North Hills Stadium 14

4150 Main at North Hills St, Raleigh, 786-4511

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Carmike Park Place 16

9525 Chapel Hill Rd, Morrisville, 645-1111

3:10 to Yuma—Sat-Sun: (1, 4), 7, 9:40. Balls of Fury—Sun: (4:35), 10. Becoming Jane—Sun: (1:10), 7:25. The Bourne Ultimatum—Sun: (1:15, 4:10), 7, 9:45. The Brave One—Sun: (1:15, 4:05), 7:05, 9:50. Dragon Wars (D-War)—Sun: (1:10, 3:25), 5:35, 7:45, 9:55. Eastern Promises—Fri-Sun: (1:15, 4:20), 7, 9:30. Good Luck Chuck—Fri-Sun: (1, 1:30, 3:15, 3:40), 5:30, 7:45, 8:15, 10. Mr. Bean's Holiday—Sun: (1, 3:10, 5:20), 7:30, 9:40. Mr. Woodcock—Sun: (1, 3:05, 5:10), 7:15, 9:20. The Nanny Diaries—Sun: (1:30, 4:15), 7, 9:30. Resident Evil: Extinction—Fri-Sat: (1:45, 4:15), 5:50, 7:10, 9:35, 10:25; Sun: (1:45, 4:15), 5:50, 7:10, 9:35. Rush Hour 3—Sun: (1:15, 3:20, 5:25), 7:35, 9:45. Superbad—Sun: (1:15, 4), 7, 9:40. Sydney White—Fri-Sat: (1:15, 1:45, 4:10, 4:40), 7, 7:30, 9:45, 10:15; Sun: (1:15, 1:45, 4:10, 4:40), 7, 7:30, 9:45

Raleigh Grande Cinema

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

3:10 to Yuma—Fri-Sat: (12:30, 3:15), 7:10, 9:55; Sun: (12:30, 3:15), 7:10, 9:50; Mon-Thu: (1:30, 4:10), 7, 9:50. Balls of Fury—Fri-Sat: (12:35, 2:45, 5), 7:20, 9:40; Sun: (12:35, 2:45, 5), 7:20, 9:35; Mon-Thu: (1:05, 3:15), 6:10, 8:20. Becoming Jane—Fri-Sat: (1, 3:40), 6:25, 9:15; Sun: (1, 3:45), 6:50, 9:40; Mon-Thu: (1:05, 3:40), 6:15, 8:50. The Bourne Ultimatum—Fri-Sat: (1:05, 3:50), 6:45, 9:35; Sun: (12:55, 3:50), 6:45, 9:20; Mon-Thu: (1:20, 4), 6:35, 9:10. The Brave One—Fri-Sun: (1:10, 4), 6:55, 9:45; Mon-Thu: (1:10, 3:55), 6:45, 9:40. Dragon Wars (D-War)—Fri-Sun: (1:30, 4:15), 6:30, 8:50; Mon-Thu: (2:30, 5:15), 7:30, 9:45. Eastern Promises—Fri-Sat: (12:55, 3:20), 6:15, 8:45; Sun: (1:05, 3:25), 6:15, 8:45; Mon-Thu: (2:15, 4:35), 7:15, 9:55. Good Luck Chuck—Fri-Sat: (12:40, 3, 5:30), 7:50, 10:10; Sun: (12:50, 4:05), 6:25, 9; Mon-Thu: (3, 5:20), 7:40, 10. Hairspray—Fri-Sat: (12:45, 3:25), 6:10, 9; Sun: (12:45, 3:30), 6:10, 9:05; Mon-Thu: (1:15, 4:05), 6:55, 9:35. Halloween—Fri-Sat: (2:15), 7:15; Sun: (2:15), 10; Mon-Thu: (1:45), 7:20. Mr. Woodcock—Fri-Sun: (1:25, 3:35), 6:20, 8:30; Mon-Thu: (2:45, 5), 7:45, 9:55. Resident Evil: Extinction—Fri-Sat: (1:15, 3:30, 5:45), 8, 10:15; Sun: (1:15, 4:20), 6:40, 9:10; Mon-Thu: (2, 4:20), 7:05, 9:20. Rush Hour 3—Fri-Sat: (2:30, 4:45), 7:05, 9:20; Sun: (2:30, 4:45), 7:05, 9:15; Mon-Thu: (1:35, 3:45), 6:30, 8:40. Shoot 'Em Up—Fri-Sat: (5:15), 9:50; Sun: (5:15), 7:45; Mon-Thu: (4:45), 10. Stardust—Fri-Sat: (12:50, 3:45), 6:35, 9:25; Sun: (12:40, 3:40), 6:35, 9:30; Mon-Thu: (1, 3:50), 6:40, 9:30. Superbad—Fri-Sat: (2, 4:35), 7:25, 10; Sun: (2, 4:35), 7:15, 9:55; Mon-Thu: (1:40, 4:15), 6:50, 9:25. Sydney White—Fri-Sat: (1:45, 4:30), 7, 9:30; Sun: (1:45, 4:30), 7, 9:25; Mon-Thu: (1:25, 4:20), 7:10, 9:45; Wed: (11 AM)

Raleighwood Cinema Grill

Falls Village Shopping Center, Raleigh, 847-0326

Evan Almighty—Fri-Thu: 3:30. Hairspray—Fri-Sun: 6:30; Tue-Thu: 6:30. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry—Fri-Thu: 7. Live Free or Die Hard—Fri-Thu: 9:20. Ocean's Thirteen—Fri-Sun: 9; Tue-Thu: 9. Ratatouille—Fri-Thu: 12:30, 4. Surf's Up—Sat-Thu: 1

Rialto Theatre - Raleigh

1620 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, 856-0111

In the Valley of Elah—Fri: 7, 9:25; Sat-Sun: (1:30, 4:15), 7, 9:25; Mon-Wed: 7, 9:25. The Kite Runner—Thu: 7. The Rocky Horror Picture Show—Fri: 12 AM

Six Forks Station Cinema

9500 Forum Dr, Raleigh, 846-3904

3:10 to Yuma—Fri-Thu: (1:20, 4:05), 7:10, 9:35. Becoming Jane—Fri-Thu: (1:30, 4:15), 7:15, 9:40. The Bourne Ultimatum—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4:10), 7:20, 9:50. Mr. Woodcock—Fri-Thu: (1, 3, 5), 7:20, 9:30. Ratatouille—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4), 7, 9:25. Sydney White—Fri-Thu: (1:25, 4), 7:05, 9:35

Durham

Carolina Theatre - Durham

309 W Morgan St, Durham, 560-3030

2 Days in Paris (Deux jours a Paris)—Fri: 9:15; Sat-Sun: (4:15), 9:15; Mon-Thu: 9:15. Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning—Sat-Sun: 7:30. Ganja Queen—Tue-Thu: (1, 3:30). Manufactured Landscapes—Fri: 7:10; Sat-Sun: (2:10), 7:10; Mon-Thu: 7:10. Moliere (Moliere ou Le comedien malgre lui)—Fri: 7, 9:20; Sat-Sun: (2, 4:30), 7, 9:20; Mon-Thu: 7, 9:20. Special Program—Fri: 9:30

Northgate Stadium 10

1056 W Club Blvd, Durham, 286-1001

Call theater for schedule.

Southpoint Cinemas

8030 Renaissance Pkwy, Durham, 676-3456

3:10 to Yuma—Fri-Sun: (12:45, 3:35), 6:45, 9:25; Mon-Thu: (12:50, 3:30), 6:40, 9:25. Balls of Fury—Fri-Sun: (12:40, 3, 5:20), 7:35, 9:45; Mon-Wed: (1:30, 4:40), 6:50, 9:05; Thu: (1:30, 4:40), 9:05. The Bourne Ultimatum—Fri-Sun: (1:40, 4:20), 7:05, 9:45; Mon-Thu: (1:15, 3:55), 6:55, 9:15. The Brave One—Fri-Sat: (1, 4), 7, 9:55; Sun: (1, 4), 6:55, 9:40; Mon-Thu: (1:20, 4:05), 6:55, 9:40. Dragon Wars (D-War)—Fri-Sun: (12:15, 2:25, 4:35), 6:45, 8:55; Mon-Thu: (1:35, 4:20), 6:30, 8:40. Eastern Promises—Fri-Sat: (12:15, 2:35, 5), 7:25, 10; Sun: (12:15, 2:35, 5), 7:20, 9:50; Mon-Thu: (2:15, 4:30), 7:10, 9:30. The Game Plan—Sat: 6:55. Good Luck Chuck—Fri-Sat: (12:30, 2:55, 5:15), 7:40, 10:10; Sun: (12:30, 2:55, 5:15), 7:40, 10; Mon-Thu: (1, 5:10), 7:30, 9:50. Halloween—Fri-Sat: (3:10), 10:20; Sun: (3:10), 9; Mon-Thu: (3:40), 9. Mr. Bean's Holiday—Fri-Sun: (12:55, 3:15), 6:05, 8:15; Mon-Thu: (12:55, 3:15), 6:05, 8:10. Mr. Woodcock—Fri-Sat: (12:30, 2:45, 5), 7:15, 9:35; Sun: (12:30, 2:45, 5), 7:15, 9:30; Mon-Thu: (1:40, 4:50), 7, 9:10. The Nanny Diaries—Fri-Sat: (1:20, 3:45), 6:20, 9; Sun-Wed: (1:20, 3:45), 6:20, 8:45; Thu: (1:20, 3:45), 6:20. Ratatouille—Fri-Sun: (1:15, 3:50); Mon-Thu: (1:10, 3:50). Resident Evil: Extinction—Fri-Sat: (1:05, 3:25, 5:40), 8, 10:30; Sun: (1:05, 3:25, 5:40), 7:55, 10:10; Mon-Thu: (1:55, 5:25), 7:40, 10. Rush Hour 3—Fri-Sat: (1:45, 3:55), 6:30, 9:30; Sun: (1:45, 3:55), 6:30, 8:40; Mon-Thu: (1:45, 4:10), 6:20, 8:30. Shoot 'Em Up—Fri: 6:55, 9:05; Sat: 9:05; Sun-Thu: 6:50, 9:05. Stardust—Fri-Sun: (12:20), 6:10; Mon-Thu: (12:50), 6:10. Superbad—Fri-Sat: (2, 4:45), 7:50, 10:25; Sun: (2, 4:45), 7:30, 10:05; Mon-Thu: (2, 4:35), 7:15, 9:50. Sydney White—Fri-Sat: (1:30, 4:05), 6:35, 9:10; Sun: (1:30, 4), 6:30, 9; Mon-Thu: (1:05, 3:35), 6:05, 8:35

Carmike Wynnsong 15

1800 Martin Luther King Blvd, Durham, 489-9020

3:10 to Yuma—Fri-Sat: 1, 4, 7, 9:40, 12:20 AM; Sun: 1, 4, 7, 9:40. The Bourne Ultimatum—Fri-Sat: 1:15, 4:10, 7, 9:45, 12:15 AM; Sun: 1:15, 4:10, 7, 9:45. The Brave One—Sat: 1:15, 4:05, 7:05, 9:50, 12:30 AM; Sun: 1:15, 4:05, 7:05, 9:50. Dragon Wars (D-War)—Fri-Sat: 1:10, 3:25, 5:35, 7:45, 9:55, 12:05 AM; Sun: 1:10, 3:25, 5:35, 7:45, 9:55. Eastern Promises—Fri-Sat: 1:15, 4:20, 7, 9:30, 12 AM; Sun: 1:15, 4:20, 7, 9:30. Good Luck Chuck—Fri-Sat: 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10, 12:15 AM; Sun: 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10. Halloween—Fri-Sat: 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50, 12:25 AM; Sun: 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50. Mr. Bean's Holiday—Fri-Sat: 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40, 11:50; Sun: 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40. Mr. Woodcock—Sat: 1, 3:05, 5:10, 7:15, 9:20, 11:30; Sun: 1, 3:05, 5:10, 7:15, 9:20. Resident Evil: Extinction—Fri-Sat: 1, 1:45, 3:25, 4:15, 5:50, 7:10, 8:15, 9:35, 10:40, 12 AM; Sun: 1, 1:45, 3:25, 4:15, 5:50, 7:10, 8:15, 9:35. Rush Hour 3—Sat: 1:15, 3:20, 5:25, 7:35, 9:45, 11:55; Sun: 1:15, 3:20, 5:25, 7:35, 9:45. Shoot 'Em Up—Sat: 4, 10, 12:15 AM; Sun: 4, 10. Stardust—Sat-Sun: 1:10, 7. Superbad—Sat: 1:15, 4, 7, 9:40, 12:20 AM; Sun: 1:15, 4, 7, 9:40. Sydney White—Fri-Sat: 1:15, 4:10, 7, 9:45, 12:30 AM; Sun: 1:15, 4:10, 7, 9:45

Chapel Hill

Chelsea Theater

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

Death at a Funeral—Fri: 7, 9:10; Sat-Sun: (2, 4:20), 7, 9:10; Mon-Thu: 7, 9:10. Lady Chatterley—Fri: 8:10; Sat-Sun: (3:15), 8:10; Mon-Thu: 8:10. My Best Friend (Mon meilleur ami)—Fri: 7:10, 9:20; Sat-Sun: (2:10, 4:10), 7:10, 9:20; Mon-Thu: 7:10, 9:20. No End in Sight—Fri: 6:30; Sat-Sun: (1:30), 6:30; Mon-Thu: 6:30

Lumina

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

3:10 to Yuma—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4:10), 7:15, 9:45. Becoming Jane—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4:10), 7:10, 9:30. The Brave One—Fri-Thu: (1:20, 4), 7:05, 9:40. Live Free or Die Hard—Fri-Sat: 7:30. Mr. Woodcock—Fri-Thu: (1:10, 3:10, 5:10), 7:25, 9:50. Sydney White—Fri-Thu: (1:30, 4:15), 7:20, 9:35

Regal Timberlyne 6

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

3:10 to Yuma—Fri-Sun: (2, 4:35), 7:25, 10; Mon-Thu: (2, 4:35), 7:25. The Bourne Ultimatum—Fri-Thu: (2:15, 4:50), 7:20. The Brave One—Fri-Sun: (2:05, 4:45), 7:30, 10:10; Mon-Thu: (2:05, 4:45), 7:30. Dragon Wars (D-War)—Fri-Sun: 9:50. Good Luck Chuck—Fri-Sun: (2:20, 4:30), 7:15, 9:55; Mon-Thu: (2:20, 4:30), 7:15. Resident Evil: Extinction—Fri-Sun: (2:30, 4:55), 7:40, 10:05; Mon-Thu: (2:30, 4:55), 7:40. Sydney White—Fri-Sun: (2:10, 4:40), 7:10, 9:45; Mon-Thu: (2:10, 4:40), 7:10

Varsity Theatre

123 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, 967-8665

2 Days in Paris (Deux jours a Paris)—Fri: 7:10; Sat-Sun: (2, 4:20), 7:10; Mon-Thu: 7:10. Eastern Promises—Fri: 7, 9:20; Sat-Sun: (2, 4:30), 7, 9:20; Mon-Thu: 7, 9:20. Superbad—Fri-Thu: 9:30

Graham

Graham Cinema

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

Call theater for schedule.

Special Showings

Chronological by date and time

The Triangle Indie Film Meetup Group: Wed, Sep 19, 7:30 pm: Chinatown. The Colony Theatre.

NCSU Campus Cinema: Wed, Sep 19, 7 pm: What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire. — Thu, Sep 20, 7 pm; Fri, Sep 21, 9:30 pm; Sat, Sep 22, 7 pm; Sun, Sep 23, 9:30 pm: Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End. — Thu, Sep 20, 10:30 pm; Fri, Sep 21, 7 pm; Sat, Sep 22, 10:30 pm; Sun, Sep 23, 7 pm: The Namesake. — Mon, Sep 24, 7 pm: Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes. — Thu, Sep 27, 7pm: Ocean's Thirteen. Witherspoon Student Center, NCSU campus, Raleigh. www.ncsu.edu/cinema.

Duke Screen/Society: Wed, Sep 19, 8 pm: M*A*S*H: Robert Altman Tribute. Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West campus. — Thu, Sep 20, 7 pm: The Death of Mr. Lazarescu: Romanian Film Series. Part of a film series complementing the exhibit "States of Mind: Dan and Lia Perjovschi," curated by Prof. Kristine Stiles. Nasher Auditorium at the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke West campus. — Sun, Sep 23, 8pm: Nuremberg: Les nazis face à leurs crimes: Director Christian Delage's documentary reconstructs the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, Germany, using rare footage from the National Archives (including newsreels shot by John Ford). Followed by a Q&A with director Christian Delage. Richard White Lecture Hall. Free. — Mon, Sep 24, 8 pm: Public Fears in Private Places: Six individuals collide and influence each other's lives in significant ways as they navigate the cold winter months in Paris. Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West campus. — Tue, Sep 25, 8 pm: Killer of Sheep: FVD Showcase. Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West campus. — Wed, Sep 26, 8 pm: McCabe & Mrs. Miller: Robert Altman Tribute. Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West campus. — Thu, Sep 27, 5pm: The Ister: A documentary that takes us up the Danube from the Black Sea to Germany looking at life, art, politics, history and other things through the prism of a lecture given in 1942 by Martin Heidegger on a poem by Friedrich Hölderlin. Nasher Auditorium at the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke West campus.

Central Carolina Community College: Thu, Sep 20, 6:45 pm: Love Lived on Death Row: A documentary chronicling the Syriani sibling's journey from hate and anger to love and forgiveness for their father Elias who was sentenced to die for the 1990 stabbing murder of their mother and the friendship that began with letters between Elias Syriani and Meg Eggleston. Pittsboro Campus, multimedia room.

NC Museum of Art: Fri, Sep 21, 8 pm: Walkabout: Two prim English schoolchildren, lost in the rugged Australian outback, encounter an Aboriginal boy on his six-month "walkabout"—his journey to adulthood. $5, $3.50 for Cinema, Inc. members and students.

  • Movie times are good from Friday, Sept. 21 through Thursday, Sept. 27 except where noted.

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