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Film times are good Thursday, Dec. 13 through Friday, Dec. 21.

Opening This Week

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS—It is difficult to argue that a movie about a trio of singing chipmunks lacks internal logic, but how is it exactly that Alvin, Simon and Theodore are transplanted from their lifelong forest home to the big city already equipped with an awareness of Christmas, the ability to operate sundry household gadgets and a working knowledge of the lyrics to songs by Daniel Powter and Pussycat Dolls? Aside from the fart/poop jokes and general ineptitude, the overarching problem is the storyline casts as its principal villain the very financial profiteering and pop-culture capitulation that this film fully embraces. Rated PG. —NM

I AM LEGEND—Will Smith does solid work in this polished, tense, big-budget remake of the '70s Charlton Heston-starrer The Omega Man, about a man left alone in a city—except for hordes of night-feeding zombies—after a global plague. Although anticipated by 28 Days Later and Vanilla Sky, the views of a depopulated Manhattan are spectacular and suitably eerie. While Smith has few human costars, he gets nice support from a German shepherd. Directed by Francis Lawrence. Rated PG-13. Read our review.GC

OUTLAW—While British director Nick Love makes films that apparently have some hooligan appeal in the U.K., it's hard to understand what this cheap mash-up of Death Wish and The Fight Club is doing in American art houses. Shot in a dimly lit, shaky-cam video style normally only seen at third-tier film festivals, this film is set in a present-day London that has been overrun by thick yobs who terrorize the timid, neutered men of overcivilized society. There are moments of guilty pleasure—and an incongruously strong cast that includes Bob Hoskins, Sean Bean and Rupert Friend—but otherwise this is one to avoid. Rated R. —DF

THE PERFECT HOLIDAY—A holiday film touted as the "first African-American ensemble this Christmas" (a hair-splitting claim that requires us to consider last month's This Christmas a Thanksgiving movie), this flick features Nancy (Gabrielle Union), a lonely divorcée with three cute kids and all the bling her estranged ex-hubbie, rapper J. Jizzy, can throw her way. Her daughter makes a trip to the mall where she implores Santa (Morris Chestnut) to find her Momma a man for Christmas. What follows is a series of events so uninspired and delusional that an old soul like Father Christmas couldn't offer any redemption. Worse, the film smoothes over continuity gaps and pitiful writing with cameo hoo-hah: Queen Latifah pops in and out of the plot as the "good" Christmas spirit and Terrence Howard, as the "bad" spirit, humbugs her every move. Save your money for eggnog and stay home. Rated PG. —KJ

PIERROT LE FOU—Jean-Luc Godard's revived 1965 crime caper shows the French New Wave auteur at the peak of his '60s art-house exuberance, before his work turned astringently political. In a somewhat slapdash, written-on-the-run tale starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina as lovers on the lam, fleeing Paris for the Riviera, Godard indulges in his usual combination of philosophical whimsy, cinematic innovation and high-culture name-checking; sensibility, not storytelling rigor, is the point, one nicely abetted by Raoul Coutard's gorgeous cinematography. Unrated. Read our review.GC

Current Releases

AAJA NACHLE (COME AND DANCE)—Madhuri Dixit plays Dia, a New York transplant who heeds a call from her dying guru back home and returns to the small town dance academy that forged her art and joie de vivre. Madhuri was a '90s superstar and this carefully crafted comeback, after she married a doctor, moved to Denver and had two babies, is rapturously anticipated. Not rated. —LB

AMERICAN GANGSTER—With Denzel Washington playing an N.C.-born Harlem drug kingpin of the late '60s/early '70s, and Russell Crowe as the cop chasing him, Ridley Scott wastes loads of star power and his own technical prowess on a tale that plays like a tired mish-mash of much better movies, from The Godfather and Scarface to Superfly. Rated R. —GC

AUGUST RUSH—A newborn is sloughed off at a New York boys' home but grows up believing that through music, he will find his parents who, naturally, are a Julliard-trained cellist (Keri Russell) and a rock star (Jonathan Rhys Meyer). The boy, Evan (Freddie Highmore), is a musical prodigy, too, who can beat out symphonies on a guitar and compose concertos from city noises. His parents follow Evan's musical bread crumb all the way back to the Big Apple and reclaim their misplaced (but never forgotten) child in one magical evening. Rated PG. —KJ

AWAKE—hayden Christensen plays a man who undergoes major heart surgery but stays fully conscious during the procedure. Don't you hate it when that happens, especially when people are plotting your murder? Rated R.

BEE MOVIE—The setting is an entertaining and somewhat educational rendering of a bee's life through the eyes of young Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld), who longs for a life beyond his hive-bound, work-a-bee subsistence. Rated PG. —NM

BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD—With a gritty urban energy that recalls his own Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico and Prince of the City, veteran director Sidney Lumet traces the dreadful consequences of a misbegotten crime mounted by two suburban New York brothers, world-class screw-ups played by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke. Though Kelly Masterson's ambitious script relies too heavily on fashionable time-chopping, the film is unique among recent crime dramas for achieving the force of tragedy, and for Hoffman's frighteningly powerful performance. Albert Finney and Marisa Tomei co-star. Rated R. —GC

BELLA—Although the plot is a tad soapy, with a single day bringing the central couple's separate sagas of repressed grief bubbling to the surface, Bella contains three intrinsically appealing cinematic themes: the cooking and eating of food as a sign of affection, a cross-cultural romance (especially welcome as a sign of solidarity with the burgeoning Latino population) and the healing balm of a loving family, all of which smooth over the "well-made play" clichés. Rated PG-13. —LB

BEOWULF—This CGI version of the English 101 mainstay offers a Faustian update on the classic tale of a warrior (Ray Winstone) battling the monster Grendel and his mother. Director Robert Zemeckis has improved the quality of his motion-capture filmmaking since the creepiness of The Polar Express, but the computerized actors still suffer from Botoxed foreheads and unmoving eyebrows. Rated PG-13. —ZS

DAN IN REAL LIFE—Steve Carell's slow ascent over the shark tank continues with this cloying, derivative dramedy in which he plays Dan, a writer and widower rearing three young daughters. Together they travel to his extended family's annual fall get-together in Rhode Island for a flannel-clad weekend of word games, living room talent shows and pancake breakfasts. Rated PG-13. —NM

THE DARJEELING LIMITED—This is Anderson's most accessible, poetic and poignant to date. Rated R. —NM

DUS KAHANIYAAN (TEN STORIES)— Six directors collaborated on this anthology of unrelated tales with an art house vibe. Just a few days work for each of 25 players meant that some heavy hitting character actors, like Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Nana Patekar, Sanjay Dutt and Suniel Shetty could be recruited for this low-profile endeavor. Not rated. —LB

ENCHANTED—Amy Adams gives an energetic performance as a cartoon fairy tale princess sent to the real world, but the film doesn't really explore the possibilities of its premise. And how many times can James Marsden not get the girl? Rated PG. —ZS

FRED CLAUS—There's an impressive array of talent in this family holiday comedy that's generally associated with more ambitious fare: Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Rachel Weisz, Kevin Spacey and director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers). Rated PG.

THE GOLDEN COMPASS—This adaptation of Philip Pullman's "anti-Narnia" novel, about a young girl (Dakota Blue Richards) who battles an evil adult conspiracy in an alternate universe, rushes through the book's storyline. Nonetheless, director Chris Weitz delivers many entertaining and exciting moments, with superb performances and excellent effects throughout. The controversial anti-religious aspects of the story are made more subtle without compromising the plot, but the rush to cram the story into a stand-alone film means the book's thrilling and heartbreaking ending is cut for something more upbeat. Rated PG-13. —ZS

HITMAN—A video game is adapted into this tepid Bourne retread about a gun-for-hire known only as Agent 47 (Timothy Olyphant). Bred at an early age to become an assassin, 47 is able to evade authorities for years because, as we all know, nothing is as inconspicuous as a six-foot-tall bald guy with a bar code tattooed onto the back of his head. Rated R. —NM

I'M NOT THERE—Todd Haynes' Bob Dylan biopic is a cinematic manifestation of its subject—elusive and surreal, yet strangely calculated and manipulative. Six actors, each cast under a different character pseudonym, portray distinct stages of the singer-songwriter's life, with the two strongest segments featuring Heath Ledger and Cate Blanchett. Still, while the inherent contradictions of Dylan and this vehicle are undoubtedly intentional, at some point they become less provocative than debilitating. Ultimately, Dylan has always been what he claims to be—a master songwriter and storyteller—and what he will not admit to being—a brilliant, strategic self-marketer. Rated R. —NM

LARS AND THE REAL GIRL— Ryan Gosling is a long way from his romantic turn in The Notebook as Lars, a painfully repressed young man who orders a "RealDoll" off the Internet and talks to it as though she's real, forcing his small town to cater to his delusion. The film avoids all sexual angles, instead veering between a sitcom update of Harvey and a darker character study of Lars' pain. It could be this fall's Little Miss Sunshine—take that as you will. Rated PG-13. —ZS

MICHAEL CLAYTON—Playing a bottom-drawer Manhattan lawyer sucked into a web of corporate corruption, George Clooney gives a dead-on performance that may well be what gets this riveting, downbeat thriller to the Oscars. Yet the film's most striking virtue is Tony Gilroy's inventive script, which withholds just enough information to leave the viewer both off-center and thoroughly absorbed. Rated R. —GC

THE MIST—As an indictment of fractured humanity, writer-director Frank Darabont's third adaptation of a Stephen King story comes about three or four years past the point of relevance. A strange fog envelopes a small Maine village and carries with it strange, bloodthirsty creatures. However, the beseiged villagers' prejudices and distrust devolve into social fragmentation and a slow descent into anarchy, wherein the dangers within the store become almost as perilous as those outside. Rated R. —NM

MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM—A film too aware of its role as a cinematic ode to children's literature and whimsical fantasy, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is one of the weaker offerings of children's film fare for the holiday season. The plot is simplistic: Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman), 243-year-old, bushy-browed toy impresario, decides it's time for his departure from earth (read: death) and must leave his magical shop in the capable, but unwilling hands of Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman), his 22-year-old assistant. Rated G. —KJ

MY KID COULD PAINT THAT—Binghamton, N.Y., artist Marla Olmstead paints appealing abstract canvases that sell for tens of thousands of dollars. She's also 4 years old. At first, the story seems like fodder for the ongoing struggle between custodians of the frequently lucrative and almost always more respectable abstract styles and the practitioners of mere representation. But after a 60 Minutes II hit job insinuates that Marla's father is the unacknowledged co-creator of the works, the family turns to Bar-Lev to help exonerate them. While the story is fascinating, Bar-Lev can't escape his compromised position: that he is yet one more person exploiting this young girl. Rated PG-13. —DF

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN—Set in 1980 along the desolate Tex-Mex border, the Coen Brothers' fastidiously faithful adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's literary crime novel follows a world-weary sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones) and a cold-blooded killer (Javier Bardem, in an Oscar-bound knockout turn) as they pursue a hapless cowboy (Josh Brolin) who's stumbled across millions in drug money. Faultlessly mounted, with terrific performances and a formal sheen worthy of Hitchcock, the movie only stumbles in its final section, where McCarthy's apocalyptic allegorizing overwhelms dramatic sense. Rated R. —GC

THIS CHRISTMAS—While the plot doesn't promise surprises, the cast includes such live wires as Delroy Lindo, Loretta Devine and Regina King. Rated PG-13.



Due to the possibility of last-minute scheduling changes, we recommend calling ahead to theaters to confirm final showtimes.

Raleigh

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

Alvin and the Chipmunks—Fri-Sun: (11:50 AM, 12:50, 2:15, 3:20, 4:45), 6:10, 7:15, 8:30, 9:30.
August Rush—Fri-Sun: (1:40, 4:20), 7:20, 10.
Bee Movie—Fri-Sun: (12, 3:10, 5:20).
Beowulf—Fri-Sun: 7:35, 10:15.
Enchanted—Fri-Sun: (12:30, 3:40), 6:20, 8:50.
Fred Claus—Fri-Sun: (11:30 AM, 2:30), 6:40, 9:20.
The Golden Compass—Fri-Sun: (12:20, 1:20, 3, 4:10, 5:40), 7, 8:20, 9:40.
I Am Legend—Fri-Sun: (12:10, 2:40, 5:10), 7:40, 10:10; Fri-Sun: (1:30, 4), 6:30, 9.
The Perfect Holiday—Fri-Sun: (11:40 AM, 2, 4:30), 6:50, 9:10.
This Christmas—Fri-Sun: (12:40, 3:30), 7:05, 9:50

Carmike Blue Ridge 14 Cinema
600 Blue Ridge Rd 645-1111

The Bourne Ultimatum—Fri-Mon: 1:15, 4:10, 7, 9:45.
The Comebacks—Fri-Mon: 1, 3:05, 5:10, 7:15, 9:20.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age—Fri-Mon: 1:20, 4:15, 7:05, 9:50.
Feel the Noise—Fri-Mon: 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:45.
The Kingdom—Fri-Mon: 1:05, 4:20, 7:05, 9:35.
The Martian Child—Fri-Mon: 1:45, 4:30, 7, 9:25.
Mr. Bean's Holiday—Fri-Mon: 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40.
Mr. Woodcock—Fri-Mon: 1, 3:05, 5:10, 7:15, 9:20.
Ratatouille—Fri-Mon: 1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 9:45.
Rendition—Fri-Mon: 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10.
Resident Evil: Extinction—Fri-Mon: 1:45, 4:15, 7:10, 10.
Rush Hour 3—Fri-Mon: 1:25, 3:30, 5:35, 7:45, 10.
The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising—Fri-Mon: 1:45, 4:15, 7, 9:30.
Shoot 'Em Up—Fri-Mon: 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10.
Superbad—Fri-Mon: 1:15, 4, 7, 9:40

Regal Brier Creek Stadium 14

8611 Brier Creek Pkwy 484-9994

Alvin and the Chipmunks—Fri-Sat: (12, 2:20, 4:35), 7:10, 9:30, 11:45; Sun-Thu: (12, 2:20, 4:35), 7:10, 9:30.
American Gangster—Fri-Sat: (12:45, 4:15), 8, 11:30; Sun: (12:45, 4:15), 8; Mon-Tue: (12:45 AM); Wed: (12:45, 4:15), 8; Thu: (12:45 AM).
August Rush—Fri-Sat: (12:40, 3:50), 6:45, 9:25, 12 AM; Sun-Thu: (12:40, 3:50), 6:45, 9:25.
Bee Movie—Fri-Thu: (12:10, 2:35, 4:55). Beowulf—Fri-Thu: 7:40, 10:30.
Enchanted—Fri-Sat: (1, 4:05), 7:15, 9:55, 12:25 AM; Sun-Thu: (1, 4:05), 7:15, 9:55.
Fred Claus—Fri-Thu: (12:55, 4:20), 7:25, 10:05.
The Golden Compass—Fri-Sat: (12:20, 12:50, 4:10, 4:40), 7:05, 7:35, 9:45, 10:15, 12:20 AM; Sun: (12:20, 12:50, 4:10, 4:40), 7:05, 7:35, 9:45, 10:15; Mon-Thu: (12:20, 12:50, 4:10, 4:40), 7:05, 7:35, 9:45, 10:15.
Hitman—Fri-Mon: (12:15, 2:30, 4:50), 7:45, 10; Tue: (12:15, 2:30, 4:50); Wed: (12:15, 2:30, 4:50), 7:45, 10; Thu: (12:15, 2:30, 4:50).
I Am Legend—Fri-Sat: (12:35, 1:05, 4, 4:30), 7, 7:30, 9:40, 10:10, 12:10 AM; Sun-Thu: (12:35, 1:05, 4, 4:30), 7, 7:30, 9:40, 10:10.
National Treasure: Book of Secrets—Thu: 11:59.
No Country for Old Men—Fri-Thu: (12:30, 3:55), 6:50, 9:50.
The Perfect Holiday—Fri-Thu: (12:05, 2:40, 5), 7:50, 10:25.
This Christmas—Fri-Thu: (12:25, 4:25), 7:20, 10:20

Carmike 15

5501 Atlantic Springs Rd 645-1111

Alvin and the Chipmunks—Fri-Sat: (12:45, 2:40, 2:55, 5:05), 7:15, 7:50, 9:25, 11:35; Sun-Mon: (12:45, 2:40, 2:55, 5:05), 7:15, 7:50, 9:25.
American Gangster—Fri-Mon: (2:15), 9:45.
August Rush—Fri-Mon: (12:50).
Awake—Fri-Sat: (2:50), 7:40, 12:30 AM; Sun-Mon: (2:50), 7:40.
Bee Movie—Fri-Sat: (12:30, 2:45, 5), 7:15, 9:30, 11:45; Sun-Mon: (12:30, 2:45, 5), 7:15, 9:30.
Bella—Fri-Sat: (12:45, 3, 5:15), 7:30, 9:45, 12 AM; Sun-Mon: (12:45, 3, 5:15), 7:30, 9:45.
Beowulf: Digital 3D—Fri-Mon: (12, 2:30, 5), 7:35, 10:10.
Enchanted—Fri-Sat: (12, 12:30, 2:30, 3, 5), 5:30, 7:30, 8, 10, 10:30; Sun-Mon: (12, 12:30, 2:30, 3, 5), 5:30, 7:30, 8, 10.
Fred Claus—Fri-Mon: (12, 4:50), 9:40.
The Golden Compass—Fri-Sat: (1:30, 4:15), 7, 9:35, 12 AM; Sun-Mon: (1:30, 4:15), 7, 9:35.
Hitman—Fri-Sat: (12:10, 2:20, 4:45), 7:30, 9:50, 12:10 AM; Sun-Mon: (12:10, 2:20, 4:45), 7:30, 9:50.
I Am Legend—Fri-Sat: (12, 1:15, 4:10, 5), 7, 9:40, 10, 12:10 AM; Sun-Mon: (12, 1:15, 4:10, 5), 7, 9:40, 10.
The Mist—Fri-Sat: (4), 7:15, 10, 12:30 AM; Sun-Mon: (4), 7:15, 10.
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium—Fri-Mon: (12, 5:15), 7:30.
The Perfect Holiday—Fri-Sat: (1:10, 3:20), 5:30, 7:40, 9:50, 12 AM; Sun-Mon: (1:10, 3:20), 5:30, 7:40, 9:50.
This Christmas—Fri-Sat: (1, 4:10), 7, 9:45, 12:30 AM; Sun-Mon: (1, 4:10), 7, 9:45

Colony Theatre

Colony Shopping Center, 5438 Six Forks Rd 856-0111

30 Days of Night—Mon-Tue: 7:10, 9:30; Thu: 7:10, 9:30.
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead—Fri-Sun: (2, 4:30), 7:10, 9:30.
The Great Muppet Caper—Wed: 7:10, 9:30.
Pierrot le fou (1965)—Fri-Sun: (2:15, 4:45), 7, 9:20; Mon-Wed: 7, 9:20; Thu: 9:20

Crossroads 20

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

Alvin and the Chipmunks—Fri-Sun: (11:45 AM, 12:30, 2:15, 3, 4:45, 5:30), 7:15, 8, 9:25; Mon-Thu: (12:30, 2:15, 3, 4:45, 5:30), 7:15, 8, 9:25.
American Gangster—Fri-Thu: (1:50, 5:10), 8:40.
August Rush—Fri-Thu: (1:40, 4:55), 7:35, 10:15.
Awake—Fri-Thu: (1:05, 3:20, 5:35), 7:50, 10:30.
Bee Movie—Fri-Thu: (12:05, 2:25, 4:35).
Beowulf—Fri-Thu: 6:45, 9:30.
Enchanted—Fri-Thu: (12:20, 2:50, 5:40), 8:25.
Fred Claus—Fri-Thu: (1:10, 3:50), 6:35, 9:15.
The Golden Compass—Fri-Thu: (12, 12:50, 1:20, 2:40, 3:30, 4:10, 5:20), 6:15, 6:50, 8:10, 8:55, 9:40.
Hitman—Fri-Sun: (11:50 AM, 2:30, 5), 7:20, 10:20; Mon-Thu: (2:30, 5), 7:20, 10:20.
I Am Legend—Fri-Sun: (11:30 AM, 12:15, 12:45, 1:30, 2, 2:45, 3:15, 4, 4:30, 5:15, 5:45), 6:30, 7, 7:45, 8:15, 9, 9:35, 10:10; Mon-Thu: (12:15, 12:45, 1:30, 2, 2:45, 3:15, 4, 4:30, 5:15, 5:45), 6:30, 7, 7:45, 8:15, 9, 9:35, 10:10.
The Mist—Fri-Thu: (2:35, 5:50), 8:50.
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium—Fri-Thu: (12:40, 3:40), 6:20, 9:10.
The Perfect Holiday—Fri-Sun: (11:40 AM, 2:10, 4:40), 7:30, 9:50; Mon-Thu: (2:10, 4:40), 7:30, 9:50.
This Christmas—Fri-Thu: (1, 4:20), 7:10, 10

Galaxy Cinema

770 Cary Towne Blvd, Cary, 463-9989

Aaja Nachle—Fri-Sun: (2:55), 6:10; Mon-Thu: (3:30).
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4:20), 7:05, 9:30.
Dus Kahaniyaan—Fri-Sun: 9:45; Mon-Thu: 7:30.
I'm Not There—Fri-Thu: (1:05, 4), 6:55, 9:35.
Khuda Ke Liye—Fri: 6:10, 9:45; Sat: 9:45; Sun: 6:10, 9:45; Mon-Thu: (2:45), 7:50.
Lars and the Real Girl—Fri-Thu: (1:20), 7.
My Kid Could Paint That—Fri-Thu: (1, 4:15), 9:15.
No Country for Old Men—Fri-Thu: (1:10, 4:10), 7:10, 9:40.
Verdi's Aida at La Scala—Sat: 6:15; Sun: (3).
A Wonderful Night in Split (Ta Divna Splitska Noc)—Mon-Thu: (1), 6

UA Garner Town Square 10

2600 Timber Dr, Garner, 779-2212

Alvin and the Chipmunks—Fri-Sat: (12:05, 2:40, 4:55), 7:20, 9:45; Sun: (12:05, 2:40, 4:55), 7:20; Mon-Thu: (2:40, 4:55), 7:20. Bee Movie—Fri-Sat: (12:15, 2:25, 4:40), 7:10, 9:35; Sun: (12:15, 2:25, 4:40), 7:10; Mon-Thu: (2:25, 4:40), 7:10. Beowulf—Fri-Sat: (1:25, 4:25), 7:05, 9:40; Sun-Thu: (1:25, 4:25), 7:05. Enchanted—Fri-Sat: (12, 2:30, 5), 7:30, 10; Sun: (12, 2:30, 5), 7:30; Mon-Thu: (2:30, 5), 7:30. The Golden Compass—Fri-Sat: (1:40, 4:50), 7:25, 10:10; Sun: (1:40, 4:50), 7:25; Mon-Thu: (1:40, 4:50), 7:25. Hitman—Fri-Sat: (12:10, 2:35, 5:10), 7:40, 9:55; Sun: (12:10, 2:35, 5:10), 7:40; Mon-Thu: (2:35, 5:10), 7:40. I Am Legend—Fri-Sat: (1:25, 4:15), 7:35, 10:15; Sun-Thu: (1:25, 4:15), 7:35. The Mist—Fri-Sat: (1:05, 4:10), 7, 9:50; Sun-Thu: (1:05, 4:10), 7. The Perfect Holiday—Fri-Sat: (12:20, 2:45, 5:05), 7:45, 10:20; Sun: (12:20, 2:45, 5:05), 7:45; Mon-Thu: (2:45, 5:05), 7:45. This Christmas—Fri-Sat: (1:10, 4:35), 7:15, 10:05; Sun-Thu: (1:10, 4:35), 7:15

Wachovia IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum

201 E Hargett St 834-4040

Beowulf: Digital 3D—Fri: 4, 9, 11:20; Sat-Sun: 2:30, 7, 9:20; Mon-Thu: 4, 9, 11:20. Hurricane on the Bayou—Fri: 11:10 AM; Tue: 12; Thu: 11 AM. The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience—Fri: 2, 7; Sat-Sun: 10:30 AM, 12:30, 5; Mon: 2, 7; Wed: 10 AM, 12, 2, 7; Thu: 2, 7. The Polar Express: An IMAX Experience—Tue: 2, 7. Sea Monsters 3D: A Prehistoric Adventure—Fri: 10 AM, 1; Tue: 1; Thu: 10 AM, 1. Sharks 3D—Fri: 12; Thu: 12

Mission Valley Cinema

2109-124 Avent Ferry Rd 834-2233

Alvin and the Chipmunks—Fri-Thu: (12:45, 2:50, 4:55), 7:10, 9:30. American Gangster—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4:45), 8. The Golden Compass—Fri-Thu: (1:30, 4), 7:15, 9:45. I Am Legend—Fri-Thu: (1:25, 4:10), 7:20, 9:45. This Christmas—Fri-Thu: (1:20, 4:15), 7:20, 9:50

Regal North Hills Stadium 14

4150 Main at North Hills St 786-4511

Alvin and the Chipmunks—Fri-Sat: (12:30, 2:50, 5:05), 7:30, 10:05, 12:20 AM; Sun-Thu: (12:30, 2:50, 5:05), 7:30, 10:05. American Gangster—Fri-Thu: 7:05, 10:20. August Rush—Fri: (12:10, 2:55, 5:25), 8, 10:35; Sat: (5:25), 8, 10:35; Sun: (12:10, 2:55, 5:25), 8, 10:35; Mon: (12:10, 2:55), 10:35; Tue-Wed: (12:10, 2:55, 5:25), 8, 10:35; Thu: (12:10, 2:55). Awake—Fri-Sat: (12:35, 3:05, 5:35), 7:40, 9:55, 12 AM; Sun-Thu: (12:35, 3:05, 5:35), 7:40, 9:55. Bee Movie—Fri-Thu: (12:15, 2:30, 4:50). Beowulf: Digital 3D—Fri-Thu: (12:20, 2:55, 5:30), 8:05, 10:40. Celine Dion - NCM Event—Mon: 7:30. Dan in Real Life—Fri-Sat: 7:35, 10, 12:25 AM; Sun-Thu: 7:35, 10. Enchanted—Fri-Mon: (11:55 AM, 2:35, 5:15), 7:55, 10:25; Tue: (2:35), 10:25; Tue: (11:55 AM, 5:15), 7:55; Wed: (11:55 AM), 7:55; Wed: (2:35, 5:15), 10:25; Thu: (11:55 AM, 5:15), 7:55; Thu: (2:35), 10:25. Fred Claus—Fri-Sat: (12:50, 4:10), 7, 9:35, 12:15 AM; Sun-Thu: (12:50, 4:10), 7, 9:35. The Golden Compass—Fri: (12:05, 1, 2:40, 4:15, 5:15), 7:10, 7:50, 9:50, 10:30, 12:30 AM; Sat: (1, 4:15, 5:15), 7:10, 7:50, 9:50, 10:30, 12:30 AM; Sun: (12:05, 1, 2:40, 4:15, 5:15), 7:10, 7:50, 9:50, 10:30; Mon: (12:05, 1, 2:40, 4:15, 5:15), 7:50, 9:50, 10:30; Tue-Thu: (12:05, 1, 2:40, 4:15, 5:15), 7:10, 7:50, 9:50, 10:30. I Am Legend—Fri-Sat: (12, 12:55, 2:35, 4, 5:10), 7:15, 7:45, 9:40, 10:15, 12:05 AM, 12:40 AM; Sun-Thu: (12, 12:55, 2:35, 4, 5:10), 7:15, 7:45, 9:40, 10:15. The Metropolitan Opera: Romeo et Juliette - NCM Event—Sat: 1. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium—Fri-Thu: (12:40, 3, 5:20). National Treasure: Book of Secrets—Thu: 11:59. The Perfect Holiday—Fri-Sat: (12:25, 2:45, 5), 7:25, 9:45, 12:10 AM; Sun-Thu: (12:25, 2:45, 5), 7:25, 9:45. This Christmas—Fri: (12:45); Fri: (4:05), 7:20, 10:10; Sat: (4:05); Sat: (12:45), 7:20, 10:10; Sun: (12:45), 10:10; Sun: (4:05), 7:20; Mon: (4:05), 10:10; Mon: (12:45), 7:20; Tue-Thu: (12:45, 4:05), 7:20, 10:10

Carmike Park Place 16

9525 Chapel Hill Rd, Morrisville, 645-1111

Alvin and the Chipmunks—Fri-Sat: (12:45, 1:15, 2:55, 3:25, 5:05), 5:35, 7:15, 7:45, 9:25, 10, 11:35; Sun-Mon: (12:45, 1:15, 2:55, 3:25, 5:05), 5:35, 7:15, 7:45, 9:25, 10. American Gangster—Fri-Mon: (12:30, 3:45), 7, 10:15. August Rush—Fri-Mon: (1:10, 4:20), 7:10, 9:50. Bee Movie—Fri-Mon: (12:30, 2:45, 5), 7:15, 9:30. Beowulf—Fri-Mon: (4:30), 9:35. Beowulf: Digital 3D—Fri-Mon: (12, 2:30, 5), 7:35, 10:10. Dan in Real Life—Fri-Mon: (1:45), 7:15. Enchanted—Fri-Mon: (12, 2:30, 5), 7:30, 10. Fred Claus—Fri-Mon: (1, 4), 7, 9:35. The Golden Compass—Fri-Sat: (1:30, 4:15), 7, 9:35, 12 AM; Sun-Mon: (1:30, 4:15), 7, 9:35. I Am Legend—Fri-Sat: (1:15, 1:45, 4:10, 4:30), 7, 7:20, 9:40, 10, 12:10 AM; Sun-Mon: (1:15, 1:45, 4:10, 4:30), 7, 7:20, 9:40, 10. The Mist—Fri-Mon: (12:50, 4), 7:10, 10. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium—Fri-Mon: (12:45, 3, 5:15), 7:30, 9:45. The Perfect Holiday—Fri-Sat: (1:10, 3:20), 5:30, 7:40, 9:50, 12 AM; Sun-Mon: (1:10, 3:20), 5:30, 7:40, 9:50. This Christmas—Fri-Mon: (1, 4:10), 7, 9:45

Raleigh Grande Cinema

Corner of Glenwood Ave and Lynn Rd 226-2000

Call theater for schedule.

Raleighwood Cinema Grill

Falls Village Shopping Center 847-0326

3:10 to Yuma—Fri-Thu: 7, 9:30. The Brave One—Fri-Sun: 6:30; Tue-Thu: 6:30. Mr. Bean's Holiday—Fri-Thu: 3:30. Prancer—Fri-Tue: 12:30; Thu: 12:30. Ratatouille—Fri-Thu: 1. Saw IV—Fri-Sun: 9:10; Tue-Thu: 9:10. Underdog—Fri-Wed: 4

Rialto Theatre

1620 Glenwood Ave 856-0111

No Country for Old Men—Fri: 7, 9:30; Sat-Sun: (1:30, 4), 7, 9:30; Mon: 7, 9:30; Wed-Thu: 7, 9:30. The Rocky Horror Picture Show—Fri: 12 AM

Six Forks Station Cinema

9500 Forum Dr 846-3904

Alvin and the Chipmunks—Fri-Thu: (12:45, 2:50, 4:50), 7:05, 9:15. Enchanted—Fri-Thu: (12:30, 2:50, 5:05), 7:25, 9:40. Fred Claus—Fri-Thu: (12:15, 2:40, 5), 7:25, 9:35. The Golden Compass—Fri-Thu: (1:20, 4), 7:10, 9:45. I Am Legend—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4:15), 7:15, 9:45. Michael Clayton—Fri-Thu: (1:10, 4:05), 7:20, 9:40

White Oak Village Cinema 14

1205 Timber Dr East, Garner, 676-FILM

Alvin and the Chipmunks—Fri-Sun: (12:40, 1:50, 3, 4:10, 5:15), 6:30, 7:35, 8:50, 10. August Rush—Fri-Sun: (12:55), 7:10, 9:55. Awake—Fri-Sun: (2:45, 5:35), 8:10, 10:15. Bee Movie—Fri-Sun: (1:20, 4:20). Beowulf—Fri-Sun: 6:50, 9:35. Enchanted—Fri-Sun: (12:35, 3:20), 6:15, 9. Fred Claus—Fri-Sun: (1:10, 4:25), 7:15, 10:05. The Golden Compass—Fri-Sun: (12:45, 2, 3:10, 4:45, 5:50), 7:25, 8:30, 10:10. Hitman—Fri-Sun: 8, 10:25. I Am Legend—Fri-Sun: (12:30, 1:30, 2:55, 4, 5:20), 6:40, 7:50, 9:10, 10:20. The Mist—Fri-Sun: (3:40). Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium—Fri-Sun: (2:30, 5). The Perfect Holiday—Fri-Sun: (1:40, 4:35), 7:05, 9:50. This Christmas—Fri-Sun: (1, 3:50), 6:55, 9:40

Durham

Carolina Theatre

309 W Morgan St 560-3030

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead—7:05, 9:25 (No Screenings Fri). Also Sat-Sun 2:05, 4:25. No Country for Old Men—7, 9:30pm. Also Sat-Sun 2, 4:30. Outlaw—7:10, 9:20. Also Sat-Sun 2:10, 4:20. Retrofantasma Film Series: Silent Night Deadly Night—Fri 7:30; Black Christmas—Fri 9:30.

Northgate Stadium 10

1056 W Club Blvd 286-1001

Alvin and the Chipmunks—Fri: (10:40 AM, 12:55, 3:05, 5:10), 7:25, 9:35, 11:55; Sat-Thu: (10:40 AM, 12:55, 3:05, 5:10), 7:25, 9:35. American Gangster—Fri-Thu: 7:05. August Rush—Fri-Thu: (10:50 AM, 1:35, 4:30). Awake—Fri: 7:40, 9:55, 12 AM; Sat-Thu: 7:40, 9:55. Bee Movie—Fri-Thu: (10:45 AM, 12:55, 3:10, 5:20). Beowulf—Fri: (10:45 AM, 1:20, 4:10), 7, 9:45, 12:05 AM; Sat-Thu: (10:45 AM, 1:20, 4:10), 7, 9:45. Enchanted—Fri: (11:10 AM, 1:40, 4:20), 7:10, 9:35, 11:55; Sat-Thu: (11:10 AM, 1:40, 4:20), 7:10, 9:35. Fred Claus—Fri-Thu: (11 AM, 1:30, 4:15). The Golden Compass—Fri: (10:30 AM, 1:05, 4), 7:05, 9:40, 12 AM; Sat-Thu: (10:30 AM, 1:05, 4), 7:05, 9:40. Hitman—Fri: 7:20, 9:40, 12 AM; Sat-Thu: 7:20, 9:40. I Am Legend—Fri: (10:55 AM, 1:30, 4:25), 7, 9:45, 12:05 AM; Sat-Thu: (10:55 AM, 1:30, 4:25), 7, 9:45. The Mist—Fri-Thu: 10:10. The Perfect Holiday—Fri: (10:35 AM, 12:50, 3, 5:15), 7:30, 9:45, 12 AM; Sat-Thu: (10:35 AM, 12:50, 3, 5:15), 7:30, 9:45. This Christmas—Fri: (10:30 AM, 1:10, 4:05), 7:15, 9:55, 12:15 AM; Sat-Thu: (10:30 AM, 1:10, 4:05), 7:15, 9:55

Southpoint Cinemas

8030 Renaissance Pkwy 676-3456

Alvin and the Chipmunks—Fri-Sun 12:50, 3:10, 6:05, 8:20; Mon-Thu 1, 3:15, 6:05, 8:20. American Gangster—1, 4:40, 9 (Sun-Thu 8). August Rush—1:20, 3:55, 6:35, 9:10 (No Thu). The Bee Movie—Fri-Sun 11:50, 2:05, 4:20; Mon-Thu 12:45, 3. Beowulf—Fri-Sun 6:30, 9:05; Mon-Thu 6:15, 8:55. Dan in Real Life—4:50, 7:15, 9:45 (No Thu). Enchanted—1:35 (Mon-Thu 1:20), 4:15 (Mon-Thu 3:55), 6:50 (Sun 6:45; Mon-Thu 6:20), 9:20 (Mon-Thu 8:55). Fred Claus—12:25 (Mon-Thu 12:50), 3:05 (Mon-Thu 3:30), 6:10, 9:30 (Sun-Wed 8:50; No Thu). The Golden Compass—11:40 (Sun 11:35; No Mon-Thu), 12:35 (Mon-Thu 12:45), 2:20 (Sun-Thu 2:10), 3:25, 4:55 (Sun-Thu 4:45), 6:30 (Mon-Thu 6:15), 7:30 (Sun-Thu 7:20), 9:15 (Sun-Thu 9), 10:10 (Sun-Wed 9:55; No Thu). Hitman—Fri-Sat 7:30, 10; Sun-Thu 7:25, 9:50. I Am Legend—11:30 (No Mon-Thu), 12:15 (No Mon-Thu), 1:10 (Mon-Thu 1:15), 2, 2:45, 3:45 (Sun-Thu 3:40), 4:30 (Sun-Thu 4:25), 5:15, 6:20, 7 (Sun-Thu 6:50), 7:45 (Sun-Thu 7:35), 8:45 (Sun-Thu 8:30), 9:30 (Sun-Thu 9:15), 10:15 (Sun-Thu 10). Michael Clayton—Fri-Sun 12:40, 3:30, 6:40, 9:25; Mon-Thu 1:05, 3:50, 6:35, 9:20 (No Thu). The Mist—Fri-Sun 1:40; Mon-Thu 1:45. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium—Fri-Sun 12, 2:30, 5:05; Mon-Thu 12:50, 3:05. The Perfect Holiday—1:30 (Mon-Thu 1:35), 4:05, 7:20 (Sun-Thu 7:05), 9:55 (Sun 9:40); Mon-Thu 9:35). This Christmas—1:15 (Mon-Thu 1:10), 4, 6:55 (Sun-Thu 6:45), 9:40 (Sun-Thu 9:30).

Carmike Wynnsong 15

1800 Martin Luther King Blvd 489-9020

Alvin and the Chipmunks—Fri-Sat: 12:15, 12:45, 1:15, 2:30, 2:55, 3:25, 5:35, 7:15, 7:45, 9:25, 10, 11:35, 1:05 AM; Sun-Mon: 12:15, 12:45, 1:15, 2:30, 2:55, 3:25, 5:35, 7:15, 7:45, 9:25, 10, 1:05 AM. American Gangster—Fri-Mon: 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15. August Rush—Fri-Sat: 1:10, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50, 12:30 AM; Sun-Mon: 1:10, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50. Bee Movie—Fri-Sat: 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:30, 11:45; Sun-Mon: 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:30. Beowulf: Digital 3D—Fri-Mon: 12, 2:30, 5, 7:35, 10:10. Enchanted—Fri-Mon: 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10. The Golden Compass—Fri-Sat: 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:35, 12 AM; Sun-Mon: 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:35. Hitman—Fri-Sat: 12:10, 2:20, 4:45, 7:30, 9:50, 12:10 AM; Sun-Mon: 12:10, 2:20, 4:45, 7:30, 9:50. I Am Legend—Fri-Sat: 1:15, 1:45, 4:10, 4:30, 5:10, 7, 7:20, 8, 9:40, 10, 10:50, 12:10 AM; Sun-Mon: 1:15, 1:45, 4:10, 4:30, 5:10, 7, 7:20, 8, 9:40, 10. The Mist—Fri-Sat: 12:50, 4, 7:10, 10, 12:30 AM; Sun-Mon: 12:50, 4, 7:10, 10. The Perfect Holiday—Fri-Sat: 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50, 12 AM; Sun-Mon: 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50. This Christmas—Fri-Sat: 1, 4:10, 7, 9:45, 12:30 AM; Sun-Mon: 1, 4:10, 7, 9:45

Chapel Hill

Chelsea Theater

Timberlyne Village Mall, 1129 Weaver Dairy Rd 968-3005

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead—Fri: 7, 9:30; Sat-Sun: (2, 4:30), 7, 9:30; Mon-Thu: 7, 9:30. The Darjeeling Limited—Fri: 9:25; Sat-Sun: (4:40), 9:25; Mon-Thu: 9:25. Lars and the Real Girl—Fri: 7:10, 9:20; Sat-Sun: (2:10, 4:20), 7:10, 9:20; Mon-Thu: 7:10, 9:20

Lumina

Southern Village, NC 15-501 South 932-9000

Alvin and the Chipmunks—Fri-Thu: (12:45, 2:50, 4:55), 7:10, 9:25. August Rush—Fri-Thu: (1:30, 4:15), 7:10, 9:40. Enchanted—Fri-Thu: (12:30, 2:45, 5), 7:15, 9:45. The Golden Compass—Fri-Thu: (12:15, 2:35, 4:55), 7:20, 9:45. Michael Clayton—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4), 7:05, 9:50

Regal Timberlyne 6

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

Alvin and the Chipmunks—Fri-Thu: (1:40, 4:30), 7, 9:30. Beowulf—Fri-Thu: (1:25, 4:25), 7:15, 9:45. Enchanted—Fri-Thu: (1:35, 4:20), 7:05, 9:50. The Golden Compass—Fri-Sun: (1:30, 4:15), 7:20, 10; Mon-Thu: (1:30, 4:15), 7:20, 10. I Am Legend—Fri-Thu: (1:20, 4:05), 7:10, 9:55. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4:10), 7:35, 9:40

Varsity Theatre

123 E Franklin St 967-8665

I'm Not There—Fri: 6:50, 9:20; Sat-Sun: (1:40, 4:15), 6:50, 9:20; Mon-Thu: 6:50, 9:20. No Country for Old Men—Fri: 7:10, 9:35; Sat-Sun: (2, 4:35), 7:10, 9:35; Mon-Thu: 7:10, 9:35

Graham

Graham Cinema

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

American Gangster—Fri: 7, 10; Sat: 4, 7, 10; Sun: 4, 7; Mon-Thu: 7

Roxboro

Palace Theater

5050 Durham Rd, Roxboro, (336)598-5050

Alvin and the Chipmunks—Fri: (5:30), 7:30, 9:30; Sat: (1:25, 3:30, 5:30), 7:30, 9:30; Sun: (1:25, 3:30, 5:30), 7:30; Mon-Wed: (5:30), 7:30; Thu: (1, 5:30), 7:30. Awake—Fri-Sat: 7:35, 9:25; Sun-Thu: 7:35. Bee Movie—Fri: (5:35); Sat-Sun: (1:35, 3:35, 5:35); Mon-Wed: (5:35); Thu: (1, 5:35). Enchanted—Fri: (4:40), 7:20, 9:45; Sat: (1:55, 4:40), 7:20, 9:45; Sun: (1:55, 4:40), 7:20; Mon-Wed: (4:40), 7:20; Thu: (1, 4:40), 7:20. Fred Claus—Fri: (4:35), 7:10, 9:35; Sat: (2, 4:35), 7:10, 9:35; Sun: (2, 4:35), 7:10; Mon-Wed: (4:35), 7:10; Thu: (1, 4:35), 7:10. The Golden Compass—Fri: (4:30), 7, 9:30; Sat: (2, 4:30), 7, 9:30; Sun: (2, 4:30), 7; Mon-Wed: (4:30), 7; Thu: (1, 4:30), 7. I Am Legend—Fri: (4:45), 7:15, 9:50; Sat: (2, 4:45), 7:15, 9:50; Sun: (2, 4:45), 7:15; Mon-Wed: (4:45), 7:15; Thu: (1, 4:45), 7:15. The Perfect Holiday—Fri: (5:40), 7:45, 9:50; Sat: (1:30, 3:35, 5:40), 7:45, 9:50; Sun: (1:30, 3:35, 5:40), 7:45; Mon-Wed: (5:40), 7:45; Thu: (1, 5:40), 7:45. This Christmas—Fri: (4:30), 7:15, 9:45; Sat: (1:40, 4:30), 7:15, 9:45; Sun: (1:40, 4:30), 7:15; Mon-Wed: (4:30), 7:15; Thu: (1, 4:30), 7:15

Special Showings

Chronological by date and time

AV Geeks: Fri, Dec 14, 8 pm: "Trashy Films": A look back to the problem of garbage & litter. Films Include: Goodbye to Garbage & Thoroughly Modern Millions. $5 donation. Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham. www.avgeeks.com.

Guiseppe Verdi's Aida: Sat, Dec 15, 6:15 pm & Sun, Dec 16, 3 pm: $20. The first film In a seven-opera series. Galaxy Cinema, 770, Cary Towne Blvd, Cary. mygalaxycinema.com.

The Great Muppet Caper: Wed, Dec 19, 7 pm & 9:30 pm: $5. Colony Theatre, 5438 Six Forks Rd. 847-5677.

  • Film times are good Thursday, Dec. 13 through Friday, Dec. 21.

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