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Movie times are good from Friday, July 20 through Thursday, July 26 except where noted.

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

Opening This Week

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

I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY—I cannot decide which is more egregious—an ostensibly pro-gay tolerance film crammed with more demeaning stereotypes than I can count, or that some modicum of this bile was penned by Alexander Payne and his longtime co-scribe Jim Taylor. Some contrivance about the threat of a lost pension leads a widower (Kevin James) to enlist his best friend (Adam Sandler), a fellow firefighter and raving hetero lothario, into posing as a gay couple and forming a domestic partnership. Like most of Sandler's lowbrow laughers, a wad of infantile, offensive humor—Rob Schneider again dons yellow-face in a marriage scene that simultaneously insults homosexuals, Asians, Jews and the homeless—tries to camouflage itself behind a facade of issue-oriented earnestness. I'm not buying it, any more than two straight men taking advantage of a hard-fought legal status for their financial gain being propped up as spokesmen for the gay cause. Rated PG-13. —NM

PAPRIKA—This is a Japanime film where everyone's dreams come true, seriously. Dr. Tokita, an enormously obese genius, and Dr. Chiba, a serious but attractive psychotherapist, have developed the DC-MINI, which allows outsiders to step inside someone else's dreams. But when the device gets into the wrong hands, the dreams begin to merge into one another as a strengthening, collective dream that dangerously invades reality. Luckily, the demure Dr. Chiba has a dream counterpart, Paprika, whose curvaceous body is just one of her powers. Playing an obvious "girls kick butt" card, Paprika not only saves the world from its all-consuming dreams, she also helps Dr. Chiba in finding a more fulfilling identity, which leads to an unlikely romance. The mediocre dialogue, including the "exquisite-corpse" lines of DC-MINI victims, is just satisfying enough to keep your attention, though after the third supposed finale, you may lose interest. Rated R. —SL

PARTNER—The desi version of Will Smith's Hitch stars Salman Khan as Prem (his name means "love" so expect punning) as the romance doctor curing the relationship ills of shy Bhaskar (Govinda). David Dhawan helped make Govinda (now on the comeback trail) a star 20 years ago, and is considered India's foremost comedy director. On the distaff side are Salman's talent-free real-life girlfriend Katrina Kaif and Lara Dutta. —LB

Current Releases

1408—Stephen King certainly has a knack, but sometimes the transfer to the big screen of a murder scene or an icy-fingered specter can turn into a bungled and trite affair (anyone seen Secret Window?). 1408 tells the tale of Mike Enslin (John Cusack), a writer and debunker of the paranormal who insists on checking into a haunted New York hotel room. The set-up is chilling, promising waves of terror with each evil glare from the hotel management, but once inside the ill-starred room where a whopping total of 56 guests have previously expired, the film descends into formulaic horror fare. Rated PG-13. —KJ

CAPTIVITY—Following in the footsteps of torture-tease cinema (Saw, Hostel and Turista), director Roland Joffe (The Scarlet Letter, City of Joy) whips up a tale of female domination and captivation that's as sleazy as the ear-and-eyeball cocktail a hooded thug serves up in the first half of the film. But where other torture-teasers match plot and style tete-a-tete, Joffe ramps up the evil setting (a dark labyrinth of torture chambers complete with rusty medical equipment and hydrochloric acid-dripping shower heads) and leaves the plot somewhere on the cutting-room floor. Basically a vapid rip-off of Saw with an emphasis on female degradation, Captivity emphasizes the role of the Final Girl (Elisha Cuthbert), who is armed with wit and a shiny new shotgun in the last moments of heart-pounding terror. Sick and sadistic, this is no more than horrific smut-house cinema. Rated R. —KJ

click to enlarge Eagle vs Shark - PHOTO BY MATT GRACE/ MIRAMAX FILMS
EAGLE VS SHARK—This feature film debut from director Taika Cohen (aka Taika Waititi) has been compared with Napoleon Dynamite since both movies are about social misfits floundering to discover their relevance and self-worth. Lily (Loren Horsley), a wistful, timid fast-food worker, becomes smitten with one of her customers, another oddball named Jarrod (Jemaine Clement). After an amusing opening act, a trip to Jarrod's hometown and his archetypal eccentric family ushers an inconsistent mood and monotonous narrative into a Sundance-workshopped script that is quirky for quirky's sake. Rated R. Read our review.NM

EVAN ALMIGHTY—Ubiquitous funnyman Steve Carell fronts this tale of a new-age Noah who is out to save humanity from, well, itself. Reviving his role as pompous news anchor Evan Baxter (from the previous Bruce Almighty), Carell plays a newly elected state representative who becomes a Biblical hero when God (Morgan Freeman, of course) charges the House newbie with saving humanity from a—gasp!—giant flood. Despite the film's good will, the plot holes are big enough to suck down this ship. Carell's madcap comedy is overwrought and defiantly unfunny, causing the comedic cast to come up short. John Goodman, Lauren Graham and Wanda Sykes are left high and dry with two-bit one-liners. Rated PG. —KJ

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

FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER—This sequel to the 2005 superhero adaptation is like being trapped in a room with a bad comedian for an hour and a half—though the fact that the film is only 90 minutes is immensely appealing in this summer of nearly three-hour sequels. No opportunity for a lame quip, pun and/or sight gag is missed in this retelling of a classic 1960s Stan Lee/Jack Kirby comic book. The story pits the dysfunctional quartet against the titular surfer (Doug Jones from Pan's Labyrinth with Laurence Fishburne's voice), the alien herald for a planet-devouring entity called Galactus—who's reduced from the armored titan of the comics to an inane-looking death cloud. Rated PG. —ZS

GOLDEN DOOR—Stirred by doctored photographs depicting a land of man-size vegetables, money-growing trees and rivers flowing with milk, the poor Mancuso family embarks on a harrowing voyage from their native Sicily to the United States. The best moments are informational rather than inspirational—e.g., the extensive physical and psychological examinations that greeted those arriving at Ellis Island, and the ban against admitting single women into a country that cultivates a cottage industry of flesh-peddling and brokered marriages. Unfortunately, the rest of the film gets bogged down in ponderous pacing, intrusive phantasmagoria and a soundtrack comprised of two Nina Simone songs. Rated PG-13. —NM

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX—Adapted from the first Potter novel written after 9/11, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) issue a call to arms against the amassing army of evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), but are met with disbelief and derision by bureaucratic forces more bent upon transforming Hogwarts into an Orwellian micro-society. This is Harry Potter at its most subversive and jingoistic, a revitalizing reprieve from the incessant array of banal curses and secret passageways. Even still, the film winds up like all the others: a wand-waving showdown against the backdrop of Harry's ongoing Skywalker-esque temptation by the Dark Side. Rated PG-13. —NM

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

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

LICENSE TO WED—It's high time to file for divorce from the Anger Management/ School for Scoundrels gimmick of introducing a dufus ex machina who razes the life of a milquetoast for the ostensible purpose of making him a "better man." Here, Robin Williams plays Reverend Frank, whom we encounter teaching grade school-age kids about the Ten Commandments using such illustrative tics as a shiv, homosexuality and chlamydia. When not insulting religion, Rev. Frank runs a pre-nuptial boot camp that educates a happily engaged couple—Ben (John Krasinski) and Sadie (Mandy Moore)—about the bittersweet realities of married life by nearly ruining their relationship. Rated PG-13. —NM

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

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

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

ONCE—You can look at this ingenious Irish low-budgeter as a sketch of a young pop musician's life, or as a refreshingly oblique romance. Either way, John Carney's 88-minute coup is one of recent indie cinema's most adroit and charming films. A struggling young guitarist-songwriter is busking on a Dublin street when a Czech immigrant girl engages him in conversation and asks him to fix her vacuum cleaner(!). From there, we head toward the tricky intersection of musical ambition and fragile romantic possibility. The scene where the couple first sits down at a piano and plays, as well as the out-of-left-field final scene, are pure inspiration. Rated R. —GC

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END—This muddled Pirates three-quel is little more than a recycling of the pillaging, rum-guzzling and sword-fighting schlock of its predecessors. Clocking in at just under three hours, the film attempts to outdo every love triangle, plot twist and ghoulish creature from the last two films in one bloated installment of cinematic excess. The extravagant effects can't make up for plot holes and lackluster romance. Rated PG-13. —KJ

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

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

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

TRANSFORMERS—Less than meets the eye. Rated PG-13. —ZS

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

YOU KILL ME—Director John Dahl returns to his neo-noir stomping grounds with this black comedy about Frank (Ben Kingsley), an alcoholic hitman for a Buffalo mob boss exiled to San Francisco on a forced sabbatical. There, Frank attends Alcoholics Anonymous, lands a part-time gig as a mortician's assistant and romances a sexy, jaded woman played by Téa Leoni (giving one of her best performances in years). Dahl navigates this diffuse tableau with his trademark light, breezy touch, generally compensating for the story's derivative underpinnings—world-weary hitmen were the subjects of Grosse Pointe Blank and The Matador, while major subplots seem spun from The Sopranos and Six Feet Under. While Kingsley is suitably morose, one wishes Frank was more a sexy beast than glum 12-stepper; it is not until he returns home to exact some Old World vengeance that he and the film finally flash their mojo. Rated R. —NM

Times are subject to change, and we recommend calling ahead to confirm.


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

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Blue Ridge 14
600 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh. 282-9003.

300—1, 4, 7, 9:45. Are We Done Yet?—1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10. Blades of Glory—1:05, 3:15, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50. Bridge to Terabithia—1:05, 3:20, 5:35, 7:45, 9:55. Disturbia—1:45, 4:30, 7, 9:30. Hostel: Part II—1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8, 10:15. Hot Fuzz—1:10, 4, 7, 9:50. Invisible—1:50, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10. Lives of Others—1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:55. Meet the Robinsons—1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10. Perfect Stranger—1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:40. Premonition—1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10. Spider-Man 3—1, 4, 7, 10. Wild Hogs—1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10.

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

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Carmike Cinema
5501 Atlantic Springs Rd, Raleigh. 645-1111.

1408—1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30, 12. Captivity—11:45am (No Tue-Wed), 2:10 (No Tue-Wed), 4:30, 7, 9:20. Also Fri-Sat 11:40. Evan Almighty—12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:15, 11:30. Hairspray—12:45, 1:30, 3:15, 4:15, 5:45, 7:10, 8:15, 9:45. Also Fri-Sat 10:40. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—12:30, 1:30, 3:30, 4:30, 7, 7:30, 10. Also Fri-Sat 10:30. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry—12:30, 1:15, 3:10, 4:10, 5:50, 7, 8:30, 9:50. Also Fri-Sat 11:15. License to Wed—4:45, 9:15. Also Fri-Sat 11:30. Live Free or Die Hard—1, 4, 7, 9:55. Ratatouille—11:45am, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10. Sicko—1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:40. Shrek the Third—12:15, 2:30, 7. Transformers—11:30am, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30, 10. Also Fri-Sat 11:30.

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

The Lives of Others—9:15. Also Fri-Sun 4:15. Waitress—7:05. Also Fri-Sun 2. You Kill Me—7, 9:30. Also Fri-Sun 2:30, 4:45.

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

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

Apart From That—Wed 7:15. Charlotte's Web—Mon-Thu 11am, 1. Evening—12:55, 5. Golden Door—12:45, 5:10. Naqaab—3:05, 9:40 (No Mon-Thu). Once—3:20, 5:15, 7:10, 9:10. Paprika—1, 3, 7:25, 9:25. Partner—Fri-Sun 6:20, 9:45; Mon-Thu 7:35. Sicko—1:20, 4:15, 7, 9:20. Waitress—1:10, 4, 7:20 (No Wed). You Kill Me—1 (No Mon-Thu), 3:10, 7:35, 9:35.

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

Evan Almighty, Hairspray, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, License to Wed, Live Free or Die Hard, Ratatouille, Sicko, Transformers. Call for times.

IMAX Theatre at Exploris
201 E Hargett St, Raleigh. 834-4040.

The Greatest Places, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 3D, Mystery of the Nile, Mystic India, Sharks 3D. Call for times.

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

Hairspray—1:15, 4:05, 7:20, 9:45. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—1, 4, 7, 9:55. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry—1:25, 4:20, 7:25, 9:50. Madagascar—Tue-Wed 10am. Ratatouille—1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 9:35. Transformers—1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10.

Movies at North Hills 14
4150 Main at North Hills St, Raleigh. 786-4511.

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

Captivity—9:15. Evan Almighty—12, 2:20, 7:35. Hairspray—11:30am, 12, 12:45, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3:15, 4:15, 4:45, 5, 5:45, 7:10, 7:30, 7:45, 8:15, 9:45, 10, 10:15. Also Fri-Sat 10:40. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry—11:45am, 12:30, 1:15, 1:45, 2:25, 3:10, 4:10, 4:30, 5:05, 5:50, 7, 7:15, 7:45, 8:30, 9:50, 10. Also Fri-Sat 10:25, 11:15. License to Wed—12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—11:30am, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 7, 7:30, 8:30, 10. Also Fri-Sat 10:30. Live Free or Die Hard—1, 4, 7, 9:55. Ocean's Thirteen—4:40, 9:50. Ratatouille—11:45am, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10. Transformers—1, 4, 7, 10.

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

1408—1:30, 4:45, 7:35, 10:10. Evan Almighty—11:25am (No Mon-Thu), 1:55, 4:20, 6:50, 9:10. Evening—6:55, 9:40. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer—Fri-Sun 11:40, 2:05, 4:35; Mon-Thu 12:05, 2:20, 4:35. Hairspray—Fri-Sun 11:20am, 2, 4:40, 7:20, 10; Mon-Thu 11:20, 3:50, 6:35, 9:15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—11:15am (No Mon-Thu), 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 7, 8, 9, 10:15. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry—11:30am (No Mon-Thu), 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:20. Knocked Up—1, 4:15, 7:05, 9:55. License to Wed—12:35, 3:05, 5:25, 7:45, 10:05. Live Free or Die Hard—12:20, 3:45, 6:40, 9:50. Nancy Drew—11:50am (Mon-Thu 12), 2:30, 5:20. Ocean's Thirteen—7:40, 10:25. Ratatouille—12:30, 3:10, 6:10, 8:50. Transformers—11:45am (No Mon-Thu), 12:45, 1:45, 3, 4, 5, 6:15, 7:10, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30.

Raleighwood Cinema Grill
Falls Village Shopping Center, Raleigh. 847-0326.

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Rialto Theater
1620 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 856-0111.

Once—7, 9:15. Also Sat-Sun 2:30, 4:30. Rocky Horror Picture Show—Fri midnight.

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

Happy Feet—Tue-Wed 10am. Hairspray—11am (No Sun-Thu), 1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 9:40. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—11am (No Sun-Thu), 1:15, 2, 4:15, 5, 7:15, 8, 10:05. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry—11:10am (No Sun-Thu), 1:25, 4:20, 7:25, 9:50. Ratatouille—11:05am (No Sun-Thu), 1:20, 4, 7:10, 9:30. Transformers—1, 4:10, 7, 9:50.

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

Call for shows and times.


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

Cinemas closed until August for renovations.

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

1408—12:05, 2:25, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50. Captivity—9:35. Free Summer Movies Series: Doogal, Hoodwinked—Tue-Wed 10am. Hairspray—11:25am, 2:05, 4:45, 7:25, 10:05. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—11:30am, 12, 12:30, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 6:05, 6:30, 7, 9:20, 9:45, 10:15. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry—11:35am, 2:15, 4:55, 7:35, 10:10. Licensed to Wed—11:55am, 2:20, 4:40, 7:15. Live Free or Die Hard—11:50am, 3:10, 6:40, 9:30. Ratatouille—11:20am, 1:50, 4:20, 7:10, 9:40. Transformers—11:45am, 3:15, 6:45, 10.

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

1408—1:40, 4:55 (No Thu), 7:45, 10:20. Evan Almighty—1:55, 4:30, 6:45, 9:05 (No Thu). Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer—12:20, 9:35. Hairspray—12:15, 3:15, 6:20, 9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—11:15am, 11:50, 12:30, 2:15, 3, 3:45, 5:20, 6:10, 7 (No Sat), 8:30, 9:15, 10:05 (No Thu). I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry—1:15, 2, 4:05, 4:50, 6:45, 7:35, 9:30, 10:15. Knocked Up—12:50, 3:55, 7:05, 9:55. License to Wed—1:30, 4:35 (No Thu), 6:55, 9:10. Live Free or Die Hard—12, 3:35, 7:20, 10:10. Ocean's Thirteen—1:15, 4:25 (No Thu), 7:10, 9:55. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End—2:30, 6:05. Ratatouille—11:30am, 2:35, 6:05, 8:45. Transformers—12:05, 1, 3:25, 4:20, 6:30, 7:25, 9:45, 10:30.

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

Call for shows and times.

1800 Martin Luther King Blvd, Durham. 489-9020.

Captivity—11:45am (No Tue-Wed), 2:10 (No Tue-Wed), 4:30, 7, 9:20. Also Fri-Sat 11:40. Evening—12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10, 12:30. Hairspray—12:45, 1:30, 3:15, 4:15, 5:45, 7:10, 8:15, 9:45. Also Fri-Sat 10:40, 12:30. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—12:30, 1:30, 3:30, 4:30, 7, 7:30, 10, 10:30. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry—12:30, 1:15, 3:10, 4:10, 5:50, 7, 8:30, 9:50. Also Fri-Sat 11:15. License to Wed—12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15. Also Fri-Sat 11:30. Live Free or Die Hard—1, 4, 7, 9:55. Ocean's Thirteen—1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:40, 12:15. Ratatouille—11:45am, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10. Also Fri-Sat 12:30. Sicko—1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:40. Also Fri-Sat 12:20. Transformers—1, 4, 7, 10.

Chapel Hill

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

Golden Door—7:10, 9:30. Also Sat-Sun 2:10, 4:30. Once—7:15, 9:20. Also Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:20. You Kill Me—7, 9. Also Sat-Sun 2, 4.

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

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—1:10, 2, 4:10, 5, 7:10, 8, 10. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry—12:30, 2:50, 5:05, 7:20, 9:45. Open Season—Tue-Wed 10am. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Outdoor Screen)— Fri-Sat 8:30. Ratatouille—12, 2:25, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40. Transformers—1, 4, 7, 9:50.

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

Call for shows and times.

123 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 967-8665.

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


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

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

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—1:50, 2:25, 4:45, 6:55, 7:40, 9:50. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry—2:15, 4:40, 7:15, 9:40. License to Wed—2:10, 4:25, 7, 9:30. Live Free or Die Hard—1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55. Ratatouille—2, 4:35, 7:05, 9:35. Transformers—2:20, 6:50, 9:50.

Special Showings

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2001: A Space Odyssey: Wed, Jul 18, 8 pm: The Stanley Kubrick sci-fi classic. Colony Theatre, 5438 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. 847-5677.

Gettysburg: Fri, Jul 20, 7 pm: A four-hour movie about the famous Civil War battle. Bennett Place State Historic Site, 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd, Durham. 383-4345. Free.

P.S.A.: Fri, Jul 20, 8 pm: An evening of public service announcements from the 1960s and 1970s featuring B-list celebrities educating you about diseases and organizations you've never heard of. Titles include Drugs Are Like That, Learn Not To Burn and Adventures of a Man in Search of a Heart. $5 suggested donation. Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 Pettigrew St, Durham. 660-6262,

NC Museum of Art's Movies on the Lawn: Fri, Jul 20, 9 pm: The Departed. Sat, Jul 21, 9 pm: Happy Feet. $3. 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh. 839-6262,

Movies @ Manbites: Mon, Jul 23, 8 pm: Ron Shelton's Bull Durham. Donations suggested. Curated by the Indy's David Fellerath. Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St, Durham., 682-3343.

Filmmakers Film Series: Last Fridays in Hillsborough. Fri, Jul 27, 8 pm: John Huston and the Dubliners. Lilyan Sievernich's hour-long documentary about the working methods of the celebrated director. Hillsborough Masonic Lodge, 142 W King St, Hillsborough. $5, children under 12 free.

American Summer: A Film Festival About American Spirit: Jul 28, 7 pm: Three short documentaries about the American experience: Forging a Nation, Chapel Hill filmmaker Diane Bloom's Ollie and the Go-Go's and Durham archivist/filmmaker Tom Whiteside's The Cameraman Has Visited Our Town. Carrboro Century Center, 100 N Greensboro St. 918-7385.

13th Annual Cucalorus Film Festival: Wilmington festival seeks submissions from independent filmmakers and video artists. Cucalorus is a non-competitive showcase of features, shorts and documentaries from around the world. Formats: 35mm, 16mm, various video formats. All entries on DVD or VHS must include entry form, one lovely poem and $55 fee for extended deadline of July 28. Entry form online at


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