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Film times are good from Thursday, Sept. 25, through Friday, Oct. 3rd

Film times and brief film reviews 

Film times are good from Thursday, Sept. 25, through Friday, Oct. 3rd

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


Opening This Week

CHOKE—Demented yet strangely endearing, screenwriter-director Gregg Clark's adaptation of Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk's source novel is the blackest of comedies, cobbling together the "lighter side" of sexual addiction, dementia, religion and parental abandonment. When not deliberately choking in restaurants in hopes of being saved by wealthy, generous patrons, Victor (Sam Rockwell) sates his sexual cravings with fellow addicts in his weekly support group and the nurses at the assisted living facility housing his ailing, psychotic mother (Anjelica Huston). Razor-sharp wit and several mordant sequences evoke Palahniuk's subversive tone, including virtually every scene at Victor's day job working at a colonial America theme park and his encounter with a rape-fantasist with a few too many rules. Unfortunately, the production collapses under the weight of its diffuse subplots: Victor's search for his father's identity; his "wholesome" dalliance with a hospital doctor (Kelly Macdonald); allusions to Victor's possible sacred lineage; and poorly conceived flashbacks to his childhood, just to name a few. Clark never establishes rhythm or focus for a satire that is ultimately as hollow as its protagonist. Rated R. —NM

EAGLE EYE— A crackerjack premise riffing on our omnipresent technological age rapidly devolves into a pseudo-political howler. Shia LeBeouf and Michelle Monaghan are strangers who find themselves enslaved by the techno machinations of an unknown, omnipotent force. Matters remain suitably taut while the antagonist’s identity and motives remain cloaked in mystery. Unfortunately, a HAL-meets-Skynet supercomputer enters the film. It’s buried below the Pentagon and begins interpreting the clause in the Declaration of Independence about “the right of the people to alter or to abolish” their government a bit too literally. Four credited screenwriters slap on layers upon layers of twists and turns in hopes of stumbling upon a sensible endgame. The consequence is mind-numbing and riddled with plot holes; the film barrels toward a ludicrous climax capped by a laughable, test audience-approved coda. Tack on half-baked, political invective directed against the war on terrorism and the PATRIOT Act, and you have a film geared chiefly toward paranoid conspiracy theorists. Think of it as Hitchcock … by way of Ed Wood, but with a big budget. Rated PG-13. —NM

KENNY—Could the second coming of Crocodile Dundee be a man in coveralls who services portable toilets? This man would be Kenny, a disarmingly straightforward (and straight-faced) common man who mixes hard work with off-the-cuff philosophical asides to the camera. The star of this mockumentary, Shane Jacobson, is a co-writer along with his brother Clayton, who directs. The film rarely wavers from its droll earnestness; better still are the apparently legit details—such as the scene in which we learn how lost rings are recovered from the bottoms of portable toilets, and another in which Kenny calculates the number of "porta-loos" needed for an all-day festival by asking whether the food will include curries. Although there are strained notes—like when Kenny picks up a hot 40-something flight attendant—the film's deadpan put-on and its throwaway catchphrases ("There's no pecking order in poo, mate.") place it squarely in Christopher Guest territory. Rated PG-13. —DF

THE LUCKY ONES— An odd-trio road movie starring Tim Robbins, Rachel McAdams and Michael Peña follows three Iraq veterans on a cross country trek. Resolutely apolitical, Cheever, Colee and TK’s picaresque adventure touches the length of the red/ blue spectrum, one and all piously thanking them for their service. That Robbins is entirely believable is a given. But McAdams (Wedding Crashers) is surprisingly affecting and the naturalistic acting of Peña (Crash) steals the show. All three seek reunion with their families, but their true family is the military. For this band of brothers and sisters, the Army provides the respect and kinship they lack in their other relationships. The plot has some rather large holes (a couple with a big fancy suburban house didn’t save any money for their son’s college—really?) but this low-key actor’s film doesn’t preach, but just lets you travel along. Rated R. —LB

MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA— The sad truth is that if this had been made by anyone other than Spike Lee, it would be roundly dismissed as a hyper-reductive, racist rant. Written with the sophistication of a Robert Benigni script, this World War II epic failure trades in childish whimsy and equal-opportunity racial stereotyping. In 1983, postal clerk Hector Negron (Laz Alonso) guns down a man who tries to buy some stamps. The mystery over why Hector shot the man and why Hector has a priceless statue head stowed away in his bedroom closet forms the uneasy foundation for the rest of the film, which flashes back to 1944 and follows a group of four black GIs through the Tuscan war theater. The scope of James McBride’s lunkheaded screenplay, adapted from his own novel, is as tone-deaf as it is insulting, distilling WWII to a mere extension of America’s race war. Tack-on Terence Blanchard’s nails-on-a-chalkboard orchestration, and you have bloated, meandering misfire that is as unbearable after 5 minutes as it is by the end of its unfathomable 2 hours, 40 minutes running time. Rated R. —NM

NIGHTS IN RODANTHE—In this romance based on the novel by New Bern's Nicholas Sparks, we meet Dr. Paul Flanner (Richard Gere) as he sets out for a trip, which ends at an oceanfront B&B on Hatteras Island. Tending the inn is Adrienne (Diane Lane), herself torn over an invitation to reunite with her estranged husband. Gere's presence sates the romantic appetites of the film's target audience. But the actor's feathered coif and trademark twinkle don't suit his character, a man purportedly racked with guilt. Nevertheless, the treacly plot is mere background noise for a distinctly local visual ode. Sparks might peddle in pap, but it's our pap, dagnabit. Reviewed on page 34. Rated PG-13. —NM


Current Releases

BURN AFTER READING—A CIA agent abruptly dumped from the Balkans desk (John Malkovich) fumes that the agency is all bureaucracy and no mission. Frances McDormand and Brad Pitt, a couple of clueless personal trainers, stumble onto a computer disc of his bitter, rambling autobiography, which they fancy they can turn into ready cash—somehow. Burn After Reading depicts an irritable society where everyone is going ballistic, shrieking "What the f---?" at the telephone, at the boss, at the traffic, at their spouses and sex partners and futilely at the whole world. People exercise and hydrate frantically, joylessly, the same way they have sex, and blather about "reinvention." Like an intricate musical contraption, the people surveilling, stalking and intriguing will cross paths in writer/ directors Joel and Ethan Coen's signature style of bizarre characters and slashing humor. A phone call, a car, a gun or a hatchet will be wielded as paranoia inevitably intersects with delusion. Rated R. —LB

THE DARK KNIGHT—While terrific, Christopher Nolan's latest Batman tale is not the masterpiece many would proclaim. The storyline is at times bloated and meandering, but the late Heath Ledger's performance is so mesmerizing that it transcends the real-life tragedy surrounding his final bow: He emotes equal parts menace, humor, eeriness, melancholy and even charisma. Rated PG-13. —NM

DEATH RACE—Bereft of a sensible plot, two-dimensional characters or any glint of eight decades of cinematic evolution, this is a testosterone geyser full of muscles, cars and just enough slow-motion T&A to tide you over between explosions. Rated R. —NM

FROZEN RIVER—This low-budget first film by writer-director Courtney Hunt is an extraordinarily accomplished debut that, in the spirit of Neorealism, combines piercing social observation with impassioned storytelling. Inspired by news stories of women who engage in smuggling operations across the frozen St. Lawrence River to support their kids, the film follows Eddy (Melissa Leo), a strapped, hard-bitten mother of two who forms an uneasy partnership with Native American Lila (Misty Upham) to ferry illegal immigrants from Canada to the U.S. Keenly observed, Hunt's drama ultimately attains the narrative torque of a thriller, yet its chief glory is the terrific performance of Leo, surely a leading contender for 2009's Best Actress honors. Rated R. GC

GHOST TOWN—As you get older, it's easy to believe in ghosts; shades of the departed still live so vividly in memory. In this hybrid of Truly, Madly, Deeply, The Sixth Sense and It's a Wonderful Life, Dr. Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais) discovers that, after an anesthesia glitch during a routine colonoscopy, he can see ghosts. Gervais plays an unlikable guy, listless and anti-social to the point of petty cruelty, but somehow makes him not just funny but sympathetic. He's the heartbeat of a movie that enjoys the comic skills of Greg Kinnear as pushy Frank (dead, he still compulsively searches for a Blackberry signal), appealing Tea Leoni (one of the few 40-ish actresses not disfigured by botox) and especially The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi as Dr. Pinchas's polite—until-pushed dental partner. My expectations were low for this film, especially given the dumb trailers. But, I laughed, I cried. Who knew? Rated PG-13.

IGOR -- Hunchback dreams big. Rated PG.

THE HOUSE BUNNY—Anna Faris is a Playboy bunny who gets kicked out of Hef's mansion and becomes house mother to a sorority of misfits. When the Taliban holds their next recruitment drive, this film will be their most valuable tool. Rated PG-13. —NM

LAKEVIEW TERRACE—For fun, squint hard and try seeing this as an examination of the disparate viewpoints on Obamamania. In one corner, we have him as GOP bogeyman: an upper-middle-class African-American wielding authority. Across the ring is a lefty, Prius-driving, multi-culti type besieged by society's prejudices and governmental intrusion into their private lives. Trust me, that correlation is not nearly as silly as this ugly, unpleasant thriller about a widowed LAPD cop, Abel Turner (Samuel L. Jackson), who unleashes his anti-miscegenation demons onto an interracial couple (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington) who move next door. Never mind that Abel's knuckle-dragging bigotry somehow exempts his co-workers and other neighbors. Or, despite the offense to his puritan values when his kids witness the new neighbors canoodling in their pool, he hosts a bachelor party littered with booze and strippers. No, the true sin of this film by the director formerly known as Neil LaBute, prominent playwright and indie filmmaker, is that it is neither insightful social commentary nor an entertaining, sensible thriller. Frankly, it plays more like a bastard vignette from Crash left on the cutting room floor because even Paul Haggis thought it was too heavy-handed. Rated PG-13. —NM

MAMMA MIA!—The film adaptation of the long-running musical, based on ABBA's songbook, is a garish affair that treads the line between show-stopping and surreal. Most of the film is histrionics and caterwauling—I'd rather hear a Ringo Starr revue than one more note from Pierce Brosnan. Rated PG-13. —NM

MERA PIND (My Home)—Returning from the West to his village in the Punjab, Sidhu (cricketer, MP and TV anchor Navjot Sidhu) joins hands with Himmat (singer-actor Harbhajan Mann) to bring inspiring messages of prosperity and self-sufficiency. Director Manmohan Singh was an award-winning cinematographer in the '90s, with many Hindi film hits, and has helped revive Punjabi cinema. In Punjabi with English subtitles. Unrated. —LB

MOVING MIDWAY—Longtime Indy film critic Godfrey Cheshire follows his family's decision to relocate their ancestral Midway plantation home as a means to save it from encroaching suburban sprawl in Knightdale. The impressive result is a multileveled personal, historical and literal odyssey. Against the backdrop of the actual move, Cheshire scales the once concealed, now forgotten branches of his family tree that include African-American progeny of Midway's founder. Still, the documentary's true jolt—and enduring lesson—comes when the erstwhile plantation land is finally flattened and bulldozed to make way for a cookie-cutter shopping center and a residential subdivision, "Mingo Creek," named for the West African slave who accompanied Cheshire's ancestors to the Piedmont in the mid-1700s. Cheshire says, "original foundation of the American economy." In that sense, Midway is ultimately reclaimed by the very thing that gave rise to it in the first place: commerce. Not rated. —NM

MY BEST FRIEND'S GIRL—A guy and his friend both like the same girl. It's amazing no one's ever thought of making a movie about that before now. Rated R.

OUTSOURCED—The delightful Outsourced is the year's best romantic comedy by far. A manufacturer of "kitsch for rednecks" outsources catalogue sales to an Indian call center, and sends Todd (Josh Hamilton), the American supervisor, abroad to train his replacement. Writer-director John Jeffcoat must write from bemused experience, as he shows Todd's initial alarm at chaos and poverty dissolving as he understands the vibrant social connectedness that makes his American wealth, computer solitaire games and estrangement from his parents seem meaningless compared to India's occasionally baffling, but enfolding embrace. Rated PG-13. —LB

RIGHTEOUS KILL—Evoking the macabre, uneasy collaborations between Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi during the latter days of their careers, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino share the screen as aging NYPD cops-on-the-edge. They're on the trail of a serial killer exacting vigilante justice on rapists, pedophile priests and drug dealers (including rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson) who managed to beat their raps. The first and by no means only problem with the ponderous screenplay by Russell Gewirtz (Inside Man) is that it telegraphs the identity of the purported killer up front, ensuring that either the rest of the film is a gigantic waste of time or that there is going to be a twist ending you can see coming a mile away—and the film will still be a gigantic waste of time. Rated R. —NM

ROCK ON!!! — Rock and roll melodrama becomes the latest Western export, as the band Magik's riches to rags to riches story unfolds. Indian music has zestfully absorbed American pop since the rumba, and composers Shankar Ehsaan Loy nail the boy band sound with Magik's catchy hits. Farhan, an accomplished director,makes his on-screen debut, and he's not bad, and Arjun's sulky sex appeal has a George Harrison vibe. American movie audiences may be jaded, but it's refreshing to see this familiar arc played as if it's being invented, and for Magik's audience, it is. Not rated. —LB

TELL NO ONE—While the first half of this French thriller is plausible and well-crafted enough to hold our interest, the film's resolution is a pile-up of contrivance, culminating in a set of explanations and horse-jumping characters that haven't been in fashion since Murder, She Wrote. Not rated. —DF

TRAITOR—Sprung from a prison for terrorists in Yemen, an American-educated Muslim named Samir (Don Cheadle) joins a group aiming to wage jihad against Europe and then America. But is he a sincere warrior or a double (or triple) agent? A geopolitical thriller in the now heavily populated Three Days of the Condor tradition, Jeffrey Rachmanoff's film delivers the action and suspense as effectively as any Jason Bourne caper. Rated PG-13. —GC

TROPIC THUNDER—A wildly funny film about the making of a Platoon-style war movie in Southeast Asia, this Ben Stiller-directed "action comedy" also has the distinction of being the sharpest satire of Hollywood since Altman's The Player. The main satiric target here is not any particular war movie but current Hollywood's central power dynamic, which pits narcissistic stars like those hilariously played by Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr. and Jack Black against avaricious moguls such as the type-A screamer here brought to astonishing life by Tom Cruise in a fat suit. Rated R. —GC

TRANSSIBERIAN—Today's so-called Hitchcockian thrillers are nothing more than a series of shock edits and cheap, music-cued jolts. As a representative of a badly degraded genre, Brad Anderson's thriller—a tale of treachery and drug trafficking aboard a train traveling from Beijing to Moscow—has a certain workmanlike integrity. Even if the film has pleasurable associations with such Alfred Hitchcock efforts as The Lady Vanishes and North by Northwest, it does take a detour into more modern sensibilities with a gruesome scene that owes more to Hostel. Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer star as a Christian missionary couple while Ben Kingsley plays a stranger you don't want to meet on a train. Rated R. —DF

TYLER PERRY'S THE FAMILY THAT PREYS—Wealthy socialites go on a road trip to discover themselves and escape the self-centered schemes and affairs of their children. Then they all learn a valuable lesson. Rated PG-13.

VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA—Woody Allen takes his droll romantic pessimism to Spain, following two young Americans on a summer abroad. The film jumps to life when two Spaniards, Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz, are on screen, suggesting another, better movie for Woody to make in future. This one is pleasant and diverting enough, but hardly ranks with his best; its use of Barcelona and environs is strictly of the tourist-brochure variety. PG-13. —GC

THE WOMEN—Meg Ryan, Annette Bening and Eva Mendes star in a completely unnecessary remake/ update/ travesty of the bitter 1939 bon-bon starring Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell and Joan Crawford. It may seem quaint to see Park Avenue ladies living only for luncheon, shopping, gossip and the sex that gets them either a wedding ring or a fur coat, but I'm weary of hearing the George Cukor version described as anti-feminist. Those fierce actresses—unafraid of playing unlikable or ambitious vixens—put the modern ones, nattering their gummy, indigestible lumps of female empowerment platitudes, to shame. Today's imitators must be loveable, even Mendes' scheming Crystal Allen, but Joan Crawford would never show remorse for stealing someone's husband! Today's ladies are there for each other, learning to love themselves so they can be better wives, mothers, editors, designers, lesbians. Pointy shards of original dialogue surface unexpectedly, but these new Women substitute vulgarity for wit. Rent the Cukor version, I'm begging you. Rated PG-13. —LB


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

Raleigh

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

Burn After Reading—Fri-Thu: 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:20. The Dark Knight—Fri-Thu: 1:20, 4:40, 8. Eagle Eye—Fri-Sun: 1:40, 4:30, 7:30, 10:20; Mon-Thu: 1:40, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55. Igor—Fri-Thu: 1:50, 4:10, 6:30, 8:50. Lakeview Terrace—Fri-Thu: 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50. My Best Friend's Girl—Fri-Thu: 10:10 AM, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40. Nights in Rodanthe—Fri-Sun: 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:30; Mon-Thu: 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15. Righteous Kill—Fri-Thu: 12:50, 3:40, 6:40, 9:10. Star Wars: The Clone Wars—Fri-Thu: 1, 3:30, 6:20, 8:40. Traitor—Fri-Thu: 12:40, 3:20, 6:10, 9:30. Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys—Fri-Thu: 12:30, 3:40, 6:40, 9:40. The Women—Fri-Sun: 2, 4:50, 7:20, 10; Mon-Thu: 2, 4:50, 7:30, 10

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

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Regal Brier Creek Stadium 14
8611 Brier Creek Pkwy 484-9994

Eagle Eye—Fri: (12:40, 4:10), 7:05, 9:50. Fireproof—Fri-Thu: (1, 4), 7, 10. Miracle at St. Anna—Fri: (12:35, 4:15), 7:45, 11:15. Nights in Rodanthe—Fri: (2:15, 4:45), 7:15, 9:45, 12:15 AM

Carmike Fifteen
5501 Atlantic Springs Rd 645-1111

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

Choke—Fri-Sun: (2, 4:30), 7, 9:20; Mon-Thu: 7, 9:20. Transsiberian—Fri-Sun: (1:45, 4:15), 7:10, 9:30; Mon-Thu: 7:10, 9:30

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

Burn After Reading—Fri-Sat: 1:10, 3:35, 5:50, 8:35, 10:55; Sun-Thu: 1:10, 3:35, 5:50, 8:35. Choke—Fri-Sat: 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:05, 9:15, 11:25; Sun-Thu: 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:05, 9:15. The Dark Knight—Fri-Thu: 12:05, 3:20, 6:35, 9:50. Death Race—Fri-Sat: 7:50, 10:50; Sun-Thu: 7:50. Eagle Eye—Fri-Thu: 12:45, 2, 4:15, 5, 7:15, 9:10, 10. Fireproof—Fri-Sat: 12, 2:45, 5:30, 8:15, 11; Sun-Thu: 12, 2:45, 5:30, 8:15. Forever Strong—Fri-Thu: 1:30, 4:25, 7:45, 10:20. Ghost Town—Fri-Sat: 2:10, 4:40, 8, 11:20; Sun-Thu: 2:10, 4:40, 8. The House Bunny—Fri-Thu: 2:25, 4:50. Igor—Fri-Thu: 1:05, 3:25, 6:15, 8:25, 10:35. Lakeview Terrace—Fri-Thu: 1:35, 4:35, 7:40, 10:15. The Lucky Ones—Fri-Thu: 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 9:55. Miracle at St. Anna—Fri-Thu: 12:30, 4, 7:30. My Best Friend's Girl—Fri-Sat: 1:25, 3:55, 6:20, 9, 11:25; Sun-Thu: 1:25, 3:55, 6:20, 9. Nights in Rodanthe—Fri-Thu: 1, 3:30, 7, 9:30. Righteous Kill—Fri-Thu: 2:20, 5:15, 9:20. Star Wars: The Clone Wars—Fri-Sun: 2:40, 5:05, 8:50; Mon-Tue: 2:40, 5:05; Wed-Thu: 2:40, 5:05, 8:50. Tropic Thunder—Fri-Sat: 2:50, 5:20, 8:40, 11:10; Sun-Thu: 2:50, 5:20, 8:40. Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys—Fri-Thu: 12:20, 3, 5:45, 8:30. The Women—Fri-Thu: 12:35, 3:10, 5:55, 8:55

Galaxy Cinema
770 Cary Towne Blvd, Cary, 463-9989

Burn After Reading—Fri-Thu: (1, 3:05), 5:10, 7:20, 9:30. Kenny—Fri-Thu: (1:10, 3:15), 5:20, 7:25, 9:35. Mera Pind (My Home)—Fri-Sun: (2:50), 9:30; Mon-Tue: (2:50), 7:30. Moving Midway—Fri-Thu: (1:05), 7. Outsourced—Fri-Tue: (4:05), 7:05. Rock On!!—Fri-Sun: 6:20. Tell No One—Fri: (1:20); Sat-Tue: (1:20), 9:20. Transsiberian—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4), 7, 9:25

UA Garner Town Square 10
2600 Timber Dr, Garner, 779-2212

Burn After Reading—Fri-Sat: (1:50, 4:25), 7:45, 10:20; Sun-Thu: (1:50, 4:25), 7:45. Eagle Eye—Fri-Sat: (2, 4:40), 7:25, 10:15; Sun-Thu: (2, 4:40), 7:25. Igor—Fri-Sat: (1:30, 4), 7:40, 9:55; Sun-Thu: (1:30, 4), 7:40. Lakeview Terrace—Fri-Sat: (1:45, 4:20), 7:10, 9:45; Sun-Thu: (1:45, 4:20), 7:10. My Best Friend's Girl—Fri-Sat: (1:55, 4:30), 7:05, 9:35; Sun-Thu: (1:55, 4:30), 7:05. Nights in Rodanthe—Fri-Sat: (1:25, 4:10), 7:30, 10; Sun-Thu: (1:25, 4:10), 7:30. Righteous Kill—Fri-Sat: (1:40, 4:45), 7:35, 10:05; Sun-Thu: (1:40, 4:45), 7:35. Traitor—Fri-Sat: (1:15, 4:35), 7:20, 10:10; Sun-Thu: (1:15, 4:35), 7:20. Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys—Fri-Sat: (1:35, 4:15), 7:15, 9:50; Sun-Thu: (1:35, 4:15), 7:15. The Women—Fri-Sat: (1:20, 4:05), 7, 9:40; Sun-Thu: (1:20, 4:05), 7

Wachovia IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum
201 E Hargett St 834-4040

Bugs! in 3D—Fri: 1, 3; Sat: 12, 3; Sun: 1, 3; Tue: 12, 3; Wed: 10 AM, 4; Thu: 2. The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience—Fri-Sat: 7:30, 10:25; Sun-Mon: 7:30; Wed-Thu: 7:30. Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk 3D—Fri: 10 AM, 4; Sat: 10 AM, 2; Sun: 12, 4; Tue: 4; Wed: 12, 2; Thu: 10 AM, 1, 3. Greece: Secrets of the Past—Fri: 12; Tue: 11 AM, 1; Thu: 11 AM. U2 3D—Fri-Mon: 5:30; Tue: 9:30; Wed-Thu: 5:30. Wild Ocean 3D—Fri: 11 AM, 2; Sat: 11 AM, 1, 4; Sun: 11 AM, 2; Tue: 10 AM, 2, 5; Wed: 11 AM, 1, 3; Thu: 12, 4

Mission Valley Cinema
2109-124 Avent Ferry Rd 834-2233

Eagle Eye—Fri-Thu: (1:10, 4), 7, 9:45. Lakeview Terrace—Fri-Thu: (1:30, 4:20), 7:05, 9:45. Nights in Rodanthe—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4:05), 7:15, 9:40. Righteous Kill—Fri-Thu: (1:25, 4:10), 7:10, 9:40. Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys—Fri-Thu: (1:20, 4:15), 7:25, 9:50

Regal North Hills Stadium 14
4150 Main at North Hills St 786-4511

Fireproof—Fri: (11:30 AM, 2:20, 5:10), 8, 10:45; Sat: (11:30 AM, 5:10), 8, 10:45; Sun-Thu: (11:30 AM, 2:20, 5:10), 8, 10:45. Rent (2005)—Sat-Sun: 12

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

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Regal Raleigh Grande Stadium 16
Corner of Glenwood Ave and Lynn Rd 226-2000

Burn After Reading—Fri-Sun: 12:35, 2:55, 5:15, 7:30, 9:50; Mon-Thu: 2:15, 4:45, 7:30, 9:50. The Dark Knight—Fri-Thu: 2:30, 5:45, 9. Eagle Eye—Fri-Thu: 1:15, 4, 7, 9:45. Forever Strong—Fri-Thu: 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:40. Ghost Town—Fri-Thu: 2, 4:30, 6:55, 9:30. Igor—Fri-Sun: 12:40, 2:50, 5, 7:10, 9:20; Mon-Thu: 1:25, 4:10, 7:10, 9:20. Lakeview Terrace—Fri-Thu: 1, 3:45, 7:20, 10. Mamma Mia!—Fri-Sun: 12:50, 3:20, 6:50, 9:35; Mon-Thu: 1:20, 3:55, 6:50, 9:35. My Best Friend's Girl—Fri-Sat: 1:45, 4:45, 7:40, 10:10; Sun-Thu: 1:45, 4:35, 7, 9:35. Nights in Rodanthe—Fri-Sat: 12:30, 3, 5:20, 7:45, 10:15; Sun: 12:30, 3, 7:10, 9:40; Mon-Tue: 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:40; Wed: 11 AM, 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:40; Thu: 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:40. Righteous Kill—Fri-Sat: 12:45, 3:30, 7:35, 10:10; Sun: 12:45, 3:30, 7:25, 9:50; Mon-Thu: 1:20, 4:30, 7:25, 9:50. Star Wars: The Clone Wars—Fri-Thu: 1:10, 4:20, 6:45, 9:10. Traitor—Fri-Sun: 12:55, 3:35, 7:15, 9:55; Mon-Thu: 1:40, 4:40, 7:15, 9:55. Tropic Thunder—Fri-Thu: 1:05, 3:50, 7:25, 10. Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys—Fri-Sat: 1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 10:05; Sun-Thu: 1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 9:55. The Women—Fri-Sun: 12:40, 3:15, 6:40, 9:15; Mon-Thu: 1:10, 4:05, 6:40, 9:15

Raleighwood Cinema Grill
Falls Village Shopping Center 847-0326

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Rialto Theatre
1620 Glenwood Ave 856-0111

Moving Midway—Fri: 7; Sat-Sun: (2), 7; Mon-Thu: 7. The Rocky Horror Picture Show—Fri: 12 AM. Vicky Cristina Barcelona—Fri: 9:15; Sat-Sun: (4:30), 9:15; Mon-Thu: 9:15

Six Forks Station Cinema
9500 Forum Dr 846-3904

Burn After Reading—Fri-Thu: (12:45, 2:50, 4:55), 7:15, 9:35. Eagle Eye—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4), 7:10, 9:45. Igor—Fri-Thu: (1, 3, 5), 7:05, 9:15. Nights in Rodanthe—Fri-Thu: (12:45, 2:55, 5:05), 7:20, 9:30. Righteous Kill—Fri-Thu: (1:25, 4:10), 7:10, 9:35. The Women—Fri-Thu: (1:10, 4:05), 7:20, 9:40

Regal White Oak Stadium 14
1205 Timber Dr East, Garner, 676-FILM

Burn After Reading—Fri: 1:25, 4:10, 7:15, 9:35; Sat-Sun: 1, 3:35, 7:15, 9:35; Mon-Thu: 1:25, 4:10, 7:15, 9:35. The Dark Knight—Fri: 1:45, 5:10, 8:20; Sat-Sun: 12:35, 3:55, 7:50; Mon-Thu: 1:45, 5:10, 8:20. Eagle Eye—Fri: 1, 1:55, 4:25, 4:55, 7:05, 7:35, 9:45, 10:15; Sat-Sun: 12:55, 1:55, 4:25, 4:55, 7:05, 7:35, 9:45, 10:15; Mon-Thu: 1, 1:55, 4:25, 4:55, 7:05, 7:35, 9:45, 10:15. Ghost Town—Fri: 1:10, 3:35, 6:05, 9:30; Sat-Sun: 12:40, 3:05, 6:50, 9:30; Mon-Thu: 1:10, 3:35, 6:05, 9:30. The House Bunny—Fri-Thu: 1:35, 4:05, 6:35, 9:05. Igor—Fri: 1:20, 4:50, 7, 9:10; Sat-Sun: 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:10; Mon-Thu: 1:20, 4:50, 7, 9:10. Lakeview Terrace—Fri: 1:15, 3:50, 7:10, 9:50; Sat-Sun: 12:45, 3:20, 7:10, 9:50; Mon-Thu: 1:15, 3:50, 7:10, 9:50. My Best Friend's Girl—Fri-Thu: 2:15, 4:40, 7:40, 10:05. Nights in Rodanthe—Fri-Thu: 2:30, 5, 7:20, 9:40. Righteous Kill—Fri-Thu: 1:50, 5:05, 7:25, 9:55. Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys—Fri: 1:05, 1:30, 3:40, 4, 6:30, 7:30, 9, 10; Sat-Sun: 12:50, 1:30, 3:25, 4, 6:30, 7:30, 9, 10; Mon-Thu: 1:05, 1:30, 3:40, 4, 6:30, 7:30, 9, 10. The Women—Fri-Thu: 2:10, 4:45, 7:45, 10:20

Durham

Southpoint Cinemas
8030 Renaissance Parkway 313-6627

Fireproof—Fri: (12, 3), 6:45, 9:30; Sat: (12, 3), 6:40, 9:30; Sun: (12, 3), 6:15, 9

Carolina Theatre
309 W Morgan St 560-3030

Burn After Reading—Fri: 7:15, 9:20; Sat-Sun: (2:15, 4:20), 7:15, 9:20; Mon-Thu: 7:15, 9:20. Creepers—Fri: 7:30. Demons—Fri: 9:30. Transsiberian—Sat-Sun: (2), 7; Mon-Thu: 7. Vicky Cristina Barcelona—Sat-Sun: (4:30), 9:30; Mon-Thu: 9:30

Northgate Stadium 10
1056 W Club Blvd 286-1001

Call theater for schedule.

Carmike Wynnsong 15
1800 Martin Luther King Blvd 489-9020

Call theater for schedule.

Chapel Hill

Chelsea Theater
Timberlyne Village Mall, 1129 Weaver Dairy Rd 968-3005

Choke—Fri: 7:10, 9:15; Sat-Sun: (2:10, 4:20), 7:10, 9:15; Mon-Thu: 7:10, 9:15. Moving Midway—Fri: 7:20; Sat-Sun: (1:30, 5), 7:20; Mon-Thu: 7:20. Transsiberian—Fri: 7, 9:30; Sat-Sun: (2, 4:30), 7, 9:30; Mon-Thu: 7, 9:30. Vicky Cristina Barcelona—Fri: 9:20; Sat-Sun: (3:15), 9:20; Mon-Thu: 9:20

Lumina
Southern Village, NC 15-501 South 932-9000

Eagle Eye—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4), 7:10, 9:45. Nights in Rodanthe—Fri-Thu: (1, 3:05, 5:10), 7:15, 9:35. Righteous Kill—Fri-Thu: (1:20, 4:15), 7:05, 9:40. Vicky Cristina Barcelona—Fri-Thu: (1, 3, 5), 7:20, 9:30. The Women—Fri-Thu: (1:05, 4:15), 7:20, 9:40

Regal Timberlyne 6
Timberlyne Shopping Center, 120 Banks Dr off Weaver Dairy Rd 933-8600

Burn After Reading—Fri-Sat: (1:50, 4:40), 7:35, 10:10; Sun-Thu: (1:50, 4:40), 7:35. Eagle Eye—Fri-Sat: (1:30, 4:25), 7:25, 10:05; Sun-Thu: (1:30, 4:25), 7:25. Lakeview Terrace—Fri-Sat: (1:40, 4:35), 7:20, 10; Sun-Thu: (1:40, 4:35), 7:20. Righteous Kill—Fri-Sat: (1:45, 4:20), 7:30, 9:55; Sun-Thu: (1:45, 4:20), 7:30. Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys—Fri-Sat: (1:35, 4:30), 7:15, 9:50; Sun-Thu: (1:35, 4:30), 7:15. The Women—Fri-Sat: (1:25, 4:15), 7:10, 9:45; Sun-Thu: (1:25, 4:15), 7:10

Varsity Theatre
123 E Franklin St 967-8665

Burn After Reading—Fri: 7, 9:30; Sat-Sun: (2, 4:20), 7, 9:30; Mon-Thu: 7, 9:30. Frozen River—Fri: 7:15, 9:20; Sat-Sun: (2:15, 4:30), 7:15, 9:20; Mon-Thu: 7:15, 9:20

Graham

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

Get Smart—Fri: 7, 9:15; Sat-Sun: 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15; Mon-Thu: 7

Roxboro

Palace Theater
5050 Durham Rd (336)598-5050

Call theater for schedule.


Special Showings

Chronological by date and time

Screen/ Society: Scenes of Secrecy series: Wed, Sep 24, 7 pm: Standard Operating Procedure. Errol Morris documentary on the Abu Ghraib scandal. Free. Griffith Film Theater, Duke. www.fvd.aas.duke.due/screensociety.

Generation Engage Documentary Film Series: Thu, Sep 25, 7 pm: From Swastika to Jim Crow. The story of Jewish intellectuals who fled Nazi Germany to find racism at US universities. Cameron Village Regional Library, Raleigh. 856-6723.

Homage to Film Noir Series: Fri, Sep 26, 8 pm: Nightmare Alley. Tyrone Power stars as a conniving drifter-turned-carnival mind freak in this 1947 film. $5. NC Art Museum. 715-5923.

Presidential Debate: Fri, Sep 26, 8:30 pm: Watch the contenders debate on the big screen. Free, but advance reservation recommended. Galaxy Cinema, Cary. 463-9989. www.mygalaxycinema.com.

4: Sat, Sep 27, 7 pm: The stories of four international violinists accompanied by Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Carrboro Century Center. www.carrboro.com/carrcommctr.

Safety First: Sun, Sep 28, 8 pm: The AV Geeks present an evening of classic, kitschy 16mm safety films, including Fry It Safe, One Got Fat, Safety Belts and many more. $5. Tir Na Nog, Raleigh.

The Monastery: Mr Vig and the Nun. Mon, Sep 29, 4 pm: Rare Book Manuscript and Special Collections Library, Duke.

Call for Submissions: North Carolina Visions, UNC-TV's independent film series, is accepting film and video submissions for the upcoming season. Deadline is Sep 30. Guidelines and entry forms at www.unctv.org/ncvisions.

100-Mile Film Series: ChathamArts is seeking submissions for its film series involving directors, producers, subjects and/or locations within 100 miles of Pittsboro. Visit Web site for details. Submissions due Oct 31. 100-Mile screenings are at the General Store Cafe two Tuesdays a month. www.chathamarts.com.

  • Film times are good from Thursday, Sept. 25, through Friday, Oct. 3rd

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