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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), Grayson Currin (DGC), David Fellerath (DF), Nathan Gelgud (NG), Kathy Justice (KJ), Neil Morris (NM), Zack Smith (ZS), Sam Wardle (SW), Sarah Ewald (SE), Belem Destefani (BD).

Opening This Week

EDGE OF DARKNESS—Mad Mel returns to the big screen with a hopeful tale of love and redemption. Just kidding. Gibson plays a homicide detective investigating his own daughter's murder. Rated R.

THE MESSENGER—Even without a modicum of character development, the premise of Oren Moverman's directorial debut would be resonant and profound: Two soldiers (Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson) are assigned to the Army's casualty notification service, which is responsible for informing families of the deaths of their loved ones. These "messengers" must repeatedly revisit their own wounds and demons as they experiencing the raw grief of others. But, beyond the affecting subject matter, the strength of the film is its ensemble cast. Not since The People vs. Larry Flynt has Harrelson been this good. Samantha Morton solidifies her standing as one of our best, most underrated actresses as a war widow whose relationship with one messenger skirts procedural and ethical boundaries. But, this film truly belongs to Foster (Alpha Dog; 3:11 to Yuma), who offers the sort of stellar, transcendent performance that defines and catapults careers. Rated R. Read our review.NM

WHEN IN ROME—Kristen Bell stars as a young woman being pursued by a pack of men in the Old World. Rated PG-13.

Current Releases

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL­—After an accident leaves Dave (Jason Lee), the guardian and manager to our favorite singing vermin anchored to a hospital bed, Alvin, Theodore and Simon are forced to return to high school. Inevitable battles with the jocks and teen queens lead to familial strife as a school popularity poll pulls the brothers apart. To make matters worse, new competition emerges in the form of the shrill-voiced singing sisters The Chipettes (voiced by Amy Poehler, Anna Faris and Christina Applegate). Picking up somewhere close to where the original left off, this sequel any adult appeal as it panders exclusively to the kindergarten set with fart jokes and a soundtrack of auto-tuned songs. Rated PG. —KJ

AVATAR—The hardest thing to stomach about Avatar is James Cameron's delusion that—with a few possible exceptions—there is nothing to laugh about in this schmaltzy, wanna-be epic about an ex-marine who falls in love with a giant blue cartoon. Self-serious and chock full of New Age hokum, Avatar is trippier in the scenes that take place on the military base, where 3-D effects give the film an eerie ground-shifting feel, than it is in its fantasyland of the planet Pandora, where giant blue humanoids prance around in faux-hippie jewelry and make feline hissing sounds when they're angry. Rated PG-13. —NG

THE BLIND SIDE—Another sanctimonious tale masquerading as story of hope and inspiration. Sandra Bullock is the matriarch of a well-heeled Memphis family that becomes guardians to a homeless teenage man-child, Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), in hopes of improving his life, grades and, oh by the way, his chances at a college scholarship to play offensive left tackle at the University of Mississippi. Rated PG-13. —NM

THE BOOK OF ELIThe Road meets Rambo. Denzel Washington plays a post-apocalyptic badass protecting a copy of the Bible. Rated R.

BROKEN EMBRACES—In Broken Embraces, Pedro Almodóvar tells the story of a film director named Mateo Blanco, who is directing a film starring Lena (Penélope Cruz), a first-time actress who has trapped herself in a relationship with the financier who bankrolled Mateo's film. With camera movement and rich detail, in a meticulous visual vernacular, Almodóvar is constantly giving you more information than you might realize you're getting. As he nails every camera move, every plot turn, and every set decoration, the master director proves that--at least when he is in his instantly recognizable world of bold imagery conveying humanity's extreme fragility—he can do anything. Rated R. —NG

EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES—Based on the nonfiction book The Cure by Geeta Anand, this film tells the story of John Crowley (Brendan Fraser), a high-powered executive who has two children who have inherited a rare disorder called Pompe disease, a progressive illness that weakens their muscles and confines them to wheelchairs. Crowley's search for a cure leads him to Dr. Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford), a renegade scientist in Nebraska with a penchant for fishing and doing his work with classic rock playing in the background. They make for an easy contrast: Crowley is buttoned-up and by-the-book, while Stonehill dresses down and shoots from the hip. Can these two put aside their differences to work together and come up with a solution as time runs out? Jared Harris (lately seen as Lane Pryce in Mad Men) puts in a memorable turn as Dr. Kent Webber, a foil to Crowley and Stonehill who represents the medical establishment. The telegenic children tug gently at the heartstrings, and the story is uplifting enough, one supposes, but it would be more at home on Lifetime's Sunday afternoon movie lineup. Rated PG. —SE

THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS—Traveling through London with his theater troupe, Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) offers audience members the chance to escape reality through a "magic mirror" that actually serves as a portal into the doctor's phantasmagorical mind. This film's real protagonist is director Terry Gilliam, the mad cinematic wizard who has described his latest shambolic fantasy trip as "autobiographical." Still, an avoidable pall hangs over Imaginarium, because of the untimely demise of its star, Heath Ledger, who died during filming. His role is completed in surprisingly effective fashion by Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell. Gilliam's visual flourishes remain as dizzying and hypnotic as ever, but they obscure the same lack of narrative underpinning that has crippled many of his lesser concoctions. While this film is a polished clunker, Ledger manages to wring out one last dynamic performance. Rated PG-13. —NM

IT'S COMPLICATED—In this latest effort from Nancy Meyers (Something's Gotta Give), Jane (Meryl Streep) and Jake (Alec Baldwin) pride themselves on their civilized divorce: When their son's college graduation prompts a temporary family reunion, the estranged parents, loosened by drink, fall into each other's arms. Certainly, one can sympathize with Jane's dilemma: Do you have the strength to discover another person when someone in whom you have invested a score of years, like an ex-husband, reappears? In any event, the laughs keep coming, and there is a great comic set piece as the trio rediscovers the joys of smoking weed. With Steve Martin. Rated PG-13. —LB.

LEAP YEAR—Control-freak Anna (Amy Adams) thinks Jeremy (Adam Scott), her perfect cardiologist boyfriend, is going to propose to her. When he doesn't, she decides to propose to him on leap day in Dublin—which, it seems, has a tradition of women proposing to men on leap day. Anna's meticulous plan goes awry when her plane is forced to land in Wales instead of Dublin and she has to make her way to the historic city with the help of handsome, but brutish, innkeeper Declan (Matthew Goode). Penned by writing team Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Made of Honor and Can't Hardly Wait), this romantic comedy is predictably sappy and twee, but boasts its fair share of chuckles. The gorgeous Irish backdrops and the cheeky interplay between Adams and Goode will no doubt engage most viewers, but the film and the plot themselves are far less impressive. Rated PG. —BD

LEGION—Angels and demons and grenade launchers, oh my! Rated R.

THE LOVELY BONES—The real problem with Peter Jackson's adaptation of Alice Sebold's mega-bestseller isn't his much-maligned decision to not film the rape and dismemberment of 14-year-old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan, Oscar-nominated for Atonement); indeed, such a combustible scene would have sucked the oxygen out of the rest of the film. Nor is it Jackson's aesthetic choices, although his busy, psychedelic CGI renderings of Susie's "in-between" afterlife are hit or miss. Instead, Jackson seems caught in his own in-between world, taking Sebold's cumbersome plot points and lacquering them with jolting narrative and tonal shifts. The story's meditative core metastasizes into a psychological thriller, police procedural, revenge saga, love story, coming-of-age tale, dark comedy and, yes, spiritual odyssey. The result is schizophrenic and strangely emotionless, with intermittent moments of brilliance suffocated under the weight of great expectations and muddled implementation. Rated PG-13. —NM

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG—Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose) yearns to open a New Orleans restaurant, but her plans are derailed when she's turned into a frog after being persuaded to kiss Prince Naveen (Bruno Campos). The backdrops are gorgeous with meticulous details depicting Jazz Age N'awlins and the surrounding swamps. Notable song-and-dance set pieces include a waltz surrounded by lit-up lily pads and an Art Deco-inspired interlude. An endearing new heroine and a new twist on the classic princess tale make for a fun and heartfelt trip down South. Rated G. —SE

SHERLOCK HOLMES—Guy Ritchie's kinetic update might not be "your father's Sherlock Holmes," but it's actually a lot closer to your great-great grandfather's. While Ritchie's frenzied filmmaking style is strictly mod, his Holmes—portrayed ably and energetically by Robert Downey Jr.—is informed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's intellectually complex, personally flawed literary incarnation. Indeed, at this point it is difficult to decide whether Downey's own travails inform his performances or merely steer his choice of roles. You can almost smell the muck in Ritchie's rendering of 19th-century London, although his editing and pacing are choppy in the best of times. And, when Holmes begins deciphering ancient spells and maps to predict where the villain will strike next, the script takes an turn toward a Victorian-era version of The Da Vinci Code. Rated PG-13. —NM

SINGLE MAN—Tom Ford, longtime creative director for Gucci, has turned his attention to the movies with his debut, A Single Man, based on the 1964 novel by Christopher Isherwood. Set in 1962, it depicts one day in the life of George Falconer (Colin Firth), a 50ish, gay English college professor living in a Los Angeles glass-and-timber home, eight months after the sudden death of his longtime partner, Jim (Matthew Goode). Single Man contains moments of filmmaking at its most exquisite, with camerawork, costumes, set designs and a brooding soundtrack so sumptuous and evocative that they essentially become their own characters. Still, the film's pace suffers from a surfeit of slow-motion montage; what rescues the film are its two headline performances. Foremost is Firth, who effectively underplays to convey George's crippling inner anguish. The other is Julianne Moore's brief but blazing turn as Charley, George's longtime, gin-fueled gal pal, in what is in many ways the film's most complex character. Firth and Moore breathe life into Ford's glossy canvas, elevating A Single Man from a superficial photo spread into a work of poignant elegance. Rated R. —NM

THE SPY NEXT DOOR—Age has not been kind to action star Jackie Chan. His latest, a schmaltzy ode to multicultural families, finds the fading star playing Bob, a boring pen salesman who moonlights as a spy. Bob's life isn't all bombs and fake pen sales though: He also has a vivid love life with the neighborhood's hottest mom (Amber Valleta), whose only objection to marrying Bob is his failure to connect with her three kids. The next part of the plot is a predictable sequence of events that riffles through storylines from Mrs. Doubtfire and True Lies. Chan turns into Mr. Mom while his girlfriend out of town, burning breakfast and mangling housework before accidentally involving the kids in a Russian terrorist plot to destroy the earth's oil supply. The result is a lackluster sequence of played-out sitcom gags with Chan and other washed-out stars (George Lopez and Billy Ray Cyrus) mugging for the camera. Rated PG. --KJ

TOOTH FAIRY—Remember when The Rock was the coolest pro wrestler since Hacksaw Jim Duggan? Neither do we. Rated PG.

UP IN THE AIR—With just three feature films now under his belt, Jason Reitman has ensconced himself as a talented, unique filmmaker and torchbearer for the seriocomic lineage. He follows Juno and Thank You For Smoking with another smart, ingratiating comedy. George Clooney stars as Ryan Bingham, a smooth-talking veteran "career transition counselor," a euphemism for being a hired gun paid to handle employee layoffs by corporate bosses too cowardly to do it themselves. Clooney's retro leading-man charisma is perfect for this material, while the talented Anna Kendrick, playing his intense sidekick, would feel right at home in a screwball comedy. Vera Farmiga, as Ryan's love interest and fellow traveler of the friendly skies, radiates the sophistication of classic noir divas. Rated R. —NM

VEER—Salman Khan is Veer, the fiercest tribal warrior opposing the British in 1875 India. Seemingly a cracktastic musical movie mash-up of sword and sandal epic, Indian mythological and Masterpiece Theater—well, your guess is as good as mine. Not rated. —LB

THE YOUNG VICTORIA­— A period piece about the turbulent early years of Queen Victoria's reign must have seemed like a plum role for Emily Blunt, the brunette beauty who has flashed talent and cross-genre versatility in such films as My Summer of Love and The Devil Wears Prada. Unfortunately, Blunt's vitality dissipates in The Young Victoria, a derivative, somnolent biopic directed by Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y.). Rated PG. —NM


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

Raleigh

Raleigh Grande 16
4840 Grove Barton Rd, 226-2012

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel—Fri-Sat: 12:30, 2:40, 5:05, 7:35, 9:40, 11:50; Sun-Thu: 12:30, 2:40, 5:05, 7:35, 9:40. Avatar—Fri-Sat: 8, 11:25; Sun-Thu: 8. Avatar 3D—Fri-Thu: 11:40 AM, 3:05, 6:45, 10:15. The Blind Side—Fri-Thu: 1:25, 4:15, 7:05, 10:05. The Book of Eli—Fri-Sat: 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:35, 12:20 AM; Sun-Thu: 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:35. Edge of Darkness—Fri-Sat: 1:45, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55, 12:35 AM; Sun-Thu: 1:45, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55. Extraordinary Measures—Fri-Thu: 12:10, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:35. It's Complicated—Fri-Thu: 11:50 AM, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30. Leap Year—Fri-Sat: 12, 2:15, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30, 11:55; Sun-Thu: 12, 2:15, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30. Legion—Fri-Sat: 12:05, 2:45, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10, 12:40 AM; Sun-Thu: 12:05, 2:45, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10. The Lovely Bones—Fri-Thu: 12:25, 4, 6:55, 10. The Princess and the Frog—Fri-Thu: 12:15, 2:50, 5:30. Sherlock Holmes—Fri-Thu: 1:35, 4:30, 7:20, 10:25. The Spy Next Door—Fri-Thu: 1:50, 6:50. To Save a Life—Fri-Sat: 4:10, 9:25, 12:05 AM; Sun-Thu: 4:10, 9:25. The Tooth Fairy—Fri-Sat: 11:45 AM, 2:20, 4:55, 7:25, 9:50, 12:15 AM; Sun-Thu: 11:45 AM, 2:20, 4:55, 7:25, 9:50. Up in the Air—Fri-Thu: 11:55 AM, 2:25, 5, 7:40, 10:20. When in Rome—Fri-Sat: 12:20, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45, 12 AM; Sun-Thu: 12:20, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45

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

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel—Fri-Sun: (1:20, 3:55); Mon-Thu: (2:30, 4:45). Avatar—Fri-Sun: (12, 4), 7:50; Mon-Thu: (1, 4:30), 8:10. The Blind Side—Fri-Sun: (12:10, 3:10), 6:20, 9:20; Mon-Thu: (1:40, 4:40), 7:40. The Book of Eli—Fri-Sun: (1:30, 4:20), 7, 9:40; Mon-Thu: (1:15, 4:10), 6:50, 9:30. Edge of Darkness—Fri-Sun: (1:40, 4:30), 7:20, 10:10; Mon-Thu: (1:30, 4:20), 7, 9:40. Extraordinary Measures—Fri-Sun: (1:10, 4:10), 6:45, 9:15; Mon-Thu: (2:05, 4:35), 7:10, 9:55. It's Complicated—Fri-Sun: (12:50, 3:50), 7:10, 10:05; Mon-Thu: (2:20, 5:20), 8:20. Leap Year—Fri-Sun: 6:10, 9; Mon-Thu: 7:20, 9:45. Legion—Fri-Sun: (1:50, 4:40), 7:40, 10; Mon-Thu: (1:05, 3:50), 6:40, 9:20. The Lovely Bones—Fri-Sun: (12:40, 3:40), 6:50, 9:55; Mon-Thu: (2, 5), 8. Sherlock Holmes—Fri-Sun: (12:20, 3:20), 6:30, 9:30; Mon-Thu: (1:50, 4:50), 7:50. The Tooth Fairy—Fri-Sun: (1, 3:30), 6:40, 9:10; Mon-Thu: (1:20, 4), 6:30, 9. When in Rome—Fri-Sun: (12:30, 2:50, 5:10), 7:30, 9:50; Mon-Thu: (2:40, 5:10), 7:30, 9:50

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

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

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel—Fri-Thu: (1:45, 4:10), 6:25, 9:10. Avatar—Fri-Thu: (12:55, 4:25), 7:55. The Blind Side—Fri-Thu: (12:40, 3:35), 6:45, 9:40. Bold and Fresh Tour: O'Reilly and Beck ENCORE—Tue: 8. Bold and Fresh Tour: O'Reilly and Beck LIVE—Sat: 8. The Book of Eli—Fri: (1, 3:45), 6:50, 7:20, 9:35, 10:10; Sat: (1, 3:45), 7:20, 10:10; Sun-Mon: (1, 3:45), 6:50, 7:20, 9:35, 10:10; Tue-Thu: (1, 3:45), 7:20, 10:10. Edge of Darkness—Fri-Thu: (1:30, 4:15), 7, 9:45. Extraordinary Measures—Fri-Thu: (1:05, 3:40), 6:35, 9:20. It's Complicated—Fri-Thu: (1:35, 4:20), 7:15, 10. Legion—Fri-Thu: (1:20, 4:30), 7:25, 9:50. The Lovely Bones—Fri-Thu: (12:50, 3:50), 6:55, 9:55. The Metropolitan Opera: Carmen Encore—Wed: 6:30. A Prairie Home Companion LIVE With Garrison Keillor—Thu: 8. The Princess and the Frog—Fri-Thu: (1:40, 4:05). Sherlock Holmes—Fri-Thu: (12:45, 4), 7:05, 10:05. The Spy Next Door—Fri-Thu: (1:10), 6:30. To Save a Life—Fri-Thu: (3:30), 9:15. The Tooth Fairy—Fri-Thu: (1:25, 3:55), 6:40, 9:25. When in Rome—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4:35), 7:10, 9:30

Carmike 15
5501 Atlantic Springs Rd, 645-1111

Dr. Wayne Dyer: Wishes Fulfilled—Thu: 7:30

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

Broken Embraces—Fri-Thu: 9:15. The Messenger—Fri-Sun: (2, 4:30), 7, 9:20; Mon-Thu: 7, 9:20. The Young Victoria—Fri-Sun: (2:15, 4:45), 7:10; Mon-Thu: 7:10

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

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel—Fri-Thu: (1:25, 3:35, 5:50), 8:50. Avatar—Fri-Thu: 7:30. Avatar 3D—Fri-Thu: (12:30, 4:15), 8:15. The Blind Side—Fri-Sat: (1:15, 4:25), 7:25, 10:20; Sun-Thu: (1:15, 4:25), 7:25. The Book of Eli—Fri-Sat: (1:10, 2:10, 3:50), 6:30, 7:50, 9:10, 10:30; Sun-Wed: (1:10, 2:10, 3:50), 6:30, 7:50, 9:10; Thu: (1:10, 2:10, 3:50), 7:50. Edge of Darkness—Fri-Sat: (1, 2, 3:45), 5, 7, 8, 9:45, 10:40; Sun-Thu: (1, 2, 3:45), 5, 7, 8, 9:45. Extraordinary Measures—Fri-Thu: (2:15, 5:10), 8:20. Invictus—Fri-Thu: (4:50). It's Complicated—Fri-Thu: (12:55, 3:40), 6:45, 9:25. Legion—Fri-Sat: (1:30, 2:30, 4, 5:20), 6:20, 7:40, 8:40, 10:10; Sun-Thu: (1:30, 2:30, 4, 5:20), 6:20, 7:40, 8:40. The Lovely Bones—Fri-Sat: (1:05, 4:05), 7:10, 10:05; Sun-Thu: (1:05, 4:05), 7:10. The Messenger—Fri-Thu: (1:45, 4:30), 7:15, 9:40. The Princess and the Frog—Fri-Thu: (12:35, 3:15). Sherlock Holmes—Fri-Thu: (1:35, 5:45), 9. The Spy Next Door—Fri-Thu: (2:35, 4:55), 8:25. To Save a Life—Fri-Thu: (2:20, 5:25), 8:05. The Tooth Fairy—Fri-Thu: (12:50, 1:50, 3:30, 4:40), 6:10, 7:05, 8:35, 9:30. When in Rome—Fri-Thu: (12:45, 3, 5:15), 7:45, 10

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

3 Idiots—Fri-Sun: (3), 9:30; Mon-Thu: (3). Broken Embraces—Fri-Thu: (12:55), 6:55. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus—Fri-Tue: (12:50, 3:40), 7; Wed: (12:50, 3:40); Thu: (12:50, 3:40), 7. Nine—Fri-Thu: (12:30). Opera Royal de Wallonie: Falstaff—Sun: (3); Wed: 7. Rann—Fri-Sun: 6:35, 9:45; Mon-Thu: 7:30. A Single Man—Fri-Thu: (1, 3:55), 7:15, 9:25. Up in the Air—Fri-Thu: (1, 3:45), 7:05, 9:35. Veer—Fri-Sun: 9:40; Mon-Thu: (3). The Young Victoria—Fri-Thu: (12:45, 4), 7:10

Garner Towne Square 10
2600 Timber Dr, Garner, 779-2212

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel—Fri-Sat: (12:30, 2:45, 5:10), 7:20, 9:30; Sun-Thu: (12:30, 2:45, 5:10), 7:20. Avatar—Fri-Sat: (12:05, 3:30), 7, 10:15; Sun-Thu: (12:05, 3:30), 7. The Blind Side—Fri-Sat: (12:10, 2:55), 7:05, 9:55; Sun-Thu: (12:10, 2:55), 7:05. The Book of Eli—Fri-Sat: (12:35, 3, 5:30), 7:50, 10:20; Sun-Thu: (12:35, 3, 5:30), 7:50. Edge of Darkness—Fri-Sat: (12, 2:35, 5:05), 7:35, 10:10; Sun-Thu: (12, 2:35, 5:05), 7:35. Extraordinary Measures—Fri-Sat: (12, 2:25, 4:55), 7:15, 9:40; Sun-Thu: (12, 2:25, 4:55), 7:15. Legion—Fri-Sat: (12:20, 2:40, 5), 7:30, 9:45; Sun-Thu: (12:20, 2:40, 5), 7:30. The Lovely Bones—Fri-Sat: (12:45, 3:40), 7:10, 10:05; Sun-Thu: (12:45, 3:40), 7:10. The Spy Next Door—Fri-Sat: (12:15, 2:30, 4:35), 7:40, 9:50; Sun-Thu: (12:15, 2:30, 4:35), 7:40. The Tooth Fairy—Fri-Sat: (12:10, 2:30, 4:50), 7:10, 9:35; Sun-Thu: (12:10, 2:30, 4:50), 7:10

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

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

The Book of Eli—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4:15), 7, 9:45. Edge of Darkness—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4:15), 7:15, 10. Legion—Fri-Thu: (1:30, 4:30), 7:30, 10. The Lovely Bones—Fri-Thu: (4), 9:45. The Tooth Fairy—Fri-Thu: (1:30, 4), 7:15, 9:30. Up in the Air—Fri-Thu: (1), 7

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

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel—Fri-Tue: (12:35, 3), 6:20; Wed: (12:35, 3); Thu: (12:35, 3), 6:20. Avatar 3D—Fri-Thu: (1:40, 5:30), 9:15. The Blind Side—Fri-Sat: (1:20, 4:30), 7:50, 11:10; Sun-Thu: (1:20, 4:30), 7:50. Bold and Fresh Tour: O'Reilly and Beck ENCORE—Tue: 8. Bold and Fresh Tour: O'Reilly and Beck LIVE—Sat: 8. The Book of Eli—Fri: (2:30, 5:20), 7:05, 8:10, 10:20, 11:20; Sat: (2:30, 5:20), 8:10, 11:20; Sun-Mon: (2:30, 5:20), 7:05, 8:10; Tue-Thu: (2:30, 5:20), 8:10. Edge of Darkness—Fri-Thu: (1, 4), 7, 10. Extraordinary Measures—Fri-Sat: (12:30, 3:15, 5:50), 8:30, 11:30; Sun-Thu: (12:30, 3:15, 5:50), 8:30. It's Complicated—Fri-Sat: (2, 5), 8, 11; Sun-Thu: (2, 5), 8. Legion—Fri-Mon: (2:15, 4:45), 7:15, 9:50; Tue-Thu: (2:15), 7:15; Tue-Thu: (4:45), 9:50. The Lovely Bones—Fri-Sat: (1:30, 4:35), 7:40, 10:50; Sun-Thu: (1:30, 4:35), 7:40. The Metropolitan Opera: Carmen Encore—Wed: 6:30. A Prairie Home Companion LIVE With Garrison Keillor—Thu: 8. Sherlock Holmes—Fri-Sat: (1:10, 4:25), 7:30, 10:40; Sun-Thu: (1:10, 4:25), 7:30. The Spy Next Door—Fri-Tue: (1:50, 4:20); Wed-Thu: (1:50, 4:15). To Save a Life—Fri-Tue: 9:40; Thu: 9:40. The Tooth Fairy—Fri-Mon: (12:45), 6:45; Fri-Mon: (3:50), 9:25; Tue-Thu: (12:45, 3:50), 6:45, 9:25. Up in the Air—Fri-Thu: (12:55, 3:35), 6:25, 9:05. When in Rome—Fri-Thu: (2:05, 5:05), 7:45, 10:10

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

Dr. Wayne Dyer: Wishes Fulfilled—Thu: 7:30

Raleighwood Cinema Grill
Falls Village Shopping Center, 847-0326

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs—Fri-Thu: 1, 4. It's Complicated—Fri-Sun: 6:30, 8:50; Mon: 6:30; Tue-Thu: 6:30, 8:50. Planet 51—Fri-Thu: 12:30, 3:30. Up in the Air—Fri-Thu: 7, 9

Rialto Theatre
1620 Glenwood Ave, 856-0111

A Single Man—Fri: 7, 9:20; Sat: (2, 4:30), 7, 9:20; Sun: (2, 4:30), 7; Mon-Thu: 7, 9:20

Six Forks Station Cinema
9500 Forum Dr, 846-3904

Edge of Darkness—Fri-Thu: (1:10, 4:15), 7:15, 9:45. Extraordinary Measures—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4), 7:05, 9:30. It's Complicated—Fri-Thu: (1:20, 4:10), 7:20, 9:45. Leap Year—Fri-Thu: (12:50, 3), 7:25, 9:35. The Spy Next Door—Fri-Thu: (5:05). The Tooth Fairy—Fri-Thu: (12:45, 2:50, 5), 7:10, 9:25. When in Rome—Fri-Thu: (12:45, 2:50, 4:55), 7:20, 9:40

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

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel—Fri-Thu: (12:40, 2:50, 5:25), 8. Avatar—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4:45), 8:10. Avatar 3D—Fri-Thu: (12:45, 4:15), 7:40. The Blind Side—Fri-Thu: (1:10, 4:55), 8:05. The Book of Eli—Fri-Thu: (1:20, 4:10), 7:25, 10:05. Edge of Darkness—Fri-Thu: (12:50, 4:20), 7:30, 10:15. Extraordinary Measures—Fri-Thu: (1:30, 4:05), 7, 9:35. It's Complicated—Fri-Thu: (2:15), 6:50, 9:40. Legion—Fri-Thu: (1:25, 3:45), 7:10, 9:45. The Lovely Bones—Fri-Thu: (1, 3:55), 6:55, 9:55. Sherlock Holmes—Fri-Thu: (2:05, 5), 7:50. The Spy Next Door—Fri-Thu: (1:05, 3:20, 5:35), 7:45, 10. The Tooth Fairy—Fri-Thu: (12:50, 3:15), 7:05, 9:30. When in Rome—Fri-Thu: (1:35, 3:50), 7:20, 9:50

Durham

Southpoint Cinemas
8030 Renaissance Pkwy, 313-6627

Call theater for schedule.

Carolina Theatre
309 W Morgan St,, 560-3030

Army of Darkness—Fri: 9:30. Broken Embraces—Fri: 7:10, 9:35; Sat-Sun: (2:10, 4:35), 7:10, 9:35; Mon-Thu: 7:10, 9:35. The Dark Crystal—Fri: 7. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus—Sat-Sun: (2, 4:20), 7, 9:20; Mon-Thu: 7, 9:20. The Messenger—Fri: 7:20, 9:30; Sat-Sun: (2:20, 4:30), 7:20, 9:30; Mon-Thu: 7:20, 9:30

Northgate Stadium 10
1056 W Club Blvd 286-1001

Call theater for schedule.

Wynnsong 15
1800 Martin Luther King Blvd, 489-9020

Edge of Darkness—Fri-Thu: 1:15, 4:10, 7:05, 9:40. When in Rome—Fri-Thu: 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10

Chapel Hill

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

Broken Embraces—Fri: 6:50, 9:10; Sat: (1:50, 4:10), 6:50, 9:10; Sun: (1:50, 4:10), 6:50; Mon-Thu: 6:50, 9:10. The Messenger—Fri: 7:10, 9:30; Sat: (2:10, 4:30), 7:10, 9:30; Sun: (2:10, 4:30), 7:10; Mon-Thu: 7:10, 9:30. A Single Man—Fri: 7, 9:20; Sat: (2, 4:20), 7, 9:20; Sun: (2, 4:20), 7; Mon-Thu: 7, 9:20

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

The Book of Eli—Fri-Thu: (4:15), 7:05, 9:45. Edge of Darkness—Fri-Thu: (1:10, 4:05), 7:10, 9:40. It's Complicated—Fri-Thu: (1:20, 4:10), 7:20, 9:45. Sherlock Holmes—Fri-Thu: (1:15, 4), 7:15, 9:55. The Spy Next Door—Fri-Thu: (1:35). The Tooth Fairy—Fri-Thu: (12:45, 2:55, 5:05), 7:15, 9:35

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

The Book of Eli—Fri-Sat: (1:40, 4:25), 7:15, 9:55; Sun-Thu: (1:40, 4:25), 7:15. Edge of Darkness—Fri-Sat: (1:55, 4:35), 7:20, 10:05; Sun-Thu: (1:55, 4:35), 7:20. Legion—Fri-Sat: (1:50, 4:30), 7:30, 9:50; Sun-Thu: (1:50, 4:30), 7:30. The Lovely Bones—Fri-Sat: (1:30, 4:20), 7:10, 10; Sun-Thu: (1:30, 4:20), 7:10. The Tooth Fairy—Fri-Sat: (1:35, 4:15), 7:05, 9:40; Sun-Thu: (1:35, 4:15), 7:05. When in Rome—Fri-Sat: (1:45, 4:10), 7:25, 9:45; Sun-Thu: (1:45, 4:10), 7:25

Varsity on Franklin
123 E. Franklin St. 967-8665

Pulp Fiction—Fri-Thu: (1:30, 4:15), 7, 9:45. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) Fri-Thu: (1:45, 4), 7:10, 9:15 (no late show Fri or Tue)

Graham

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

Old Dogs—Sat-Sun: 1:30. The Twilight Saga: New Moon—Fri: 7, 9:45; Sat-Sun: 3:30, 7, 9:45; Mon-Thu: 7

Roxboro

Palace Theater
5050 Durham Rd, (336)598-5050

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel—Fri: (4:20); Sat-Sun: (1:35, 4:20); Mon-Wed: (4:20); Thu: (1, 4:20). Avatar—Fri: (4:30), 8; Sat: (1, 4:30), 8; Sun: (1), 6; Mon-Wed: 6; Thu: (1), 6. The Blind Side—Fri-Sat: 6:40, 9:30; Sun-Thu: 6:40. The Book of Eli—Fri: (4:15), 7, 9:40; Sat: (1:20, 4:15), 7, 9:40; Sun: (1:20, 4:15), 7; Mon-Wed: (4:15), 7; Thu: (1, 4:15), 7. Edge of Darkness—Fri: (4), 6:45, 9:25; Sat: (1:10, 4), 6:45, 9:25; Sun: (1:10, 4), 6:45; Mon-Wed: (4), 6:45; Thu: (1:10, 4), 6:45. Extraordinary Measures—Fri: (4:05), 6:50, 9:20; Sat: (1:05, 4:05), 6:50, 9:20; Sun: (1:05, 4:05), 6:50; Mon-Wed: (4:05), 6:50; Thu: (1, 4:05), 6:50. Legion—Fri: (4:25), 7:05, 9:35; Sat: (1:25, 4:25), 7:05, 9:35; Sun: (1:25, 4:25), 7:05; Mon-Wed: (4:25), 7:05; Thu: (1, 4:25), 7:05. The Lovely Bones—Fri: (4:35), 7:50; Sat: (1:30, 4:35), 7:50; Sun: (1:30), 6:10; Mon-Wed: 6:10; Thu: (1), 6:10. The Tooth Fairy—Fri: (4:10), 6:55, 9:30; Sat: (1:15, 4:10), 6:55, 9:30; Sun: (1:15, 4:10), 6:55; Mon-Wed: (4:10), 6:55; Thu: (1, 4:10), 6:55

Special Showings

Chronological by date and time

Lola Montes: Thu, Jan 28: Screening of 1955 Max Ophuls masterwork. NC Museum of Art, Raleigh. www.ncartmuseum.org.

Screen/ Society: Thu, Jan 28, 7 pm: Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film, Part 2 (Drella). Nasher Museum of Art, Durham. —Sun, Jan 31, 7 pm: The Cove: Documentary on the dolphin capture trade in Taiji, Japan. Duke Campus: White Lecture Hall, Durham. —Wed, Feb 3, 7 pm: Films of Ariel Dorfman: Screening of My House is on Fire and A Promise to the Dead, introduced by Dorfman. Duke Campus: Griffith Film Theater. —Sat, Feb 6, 2:30 pm: Framing Language: Screenings of short international experimental films, presented by visiting filmmaker David Gatten. Nasher Museum of Art. http://fvd.aas.duke.edu/screensociety.

Found Footage Film Festival: Thu, Jan 28, 7:30 pm: Traveling festival of hilarious and odd films. $10. Rialto Theater, 1620 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. www.foundfootagefest.com.

100-Mile Film Series: Fri, Jan 29, 7 pm: Looking for Ms Locklear: Showing of local documentary about former classmates searching for their first grade teacher. $10. Fearrington Village, Pittsboro. www.chathamarts.org.

Italian Movie Night: Sun, Jan 31, 4 pm: A Wedding for Bella: The Triangle Sons of Italy present a classic Italian film, with snacks. $10. Carey C Jones Community Center, 309 Holleman St, Apex. www.trianglesonsofitaly.org.

The Visioneers: Mon, Feb 1, 8:30 pm: Screening of early film from North Carolinian Zach Galafanakis (The Hangover). Limited seating. Six Plates, Durham. www.sixplates.com.

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin: Tue, Feb 2, 6 pm: NCCU Outlaw, Colors of NCCU & Shades of Pride present the documentary film. NCCU Campus: Miller-Morgan Auditorium, Durham. info@triangleblackpride.org.

Movie Nite @ the Library: Tue, Feb 2, 6:45 pm: Get on the Bus. Chapel Hill Public Library.

Short Circuit Film Festival: Sat, Feb 6, 1 pm: Traveling festival that spotlights short works by Southern filmmakers. $2.50. Clayton Center, 111 E Second St, Clayton. 553-1737 x2. www.southarts.org/shortfilms.

  • Film times are good from Thursday, Jan. 28, through Friday, Feb. 5

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