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Movie times are good from Friday, Aug. 31 through Thursday, Sept. 6 except where noted.


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

Opening This Week

BALLS OF FURY—From the Reno 911! creative duo Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant comes this tale of an over-the-hill ping-pong champ and the dangerous mission for which he is recruited. With Christopher Walken as arch-villain Feng. Rated PG-13.

DEATH SENTENCE—With this relaunch of the Death Wish franchise, Kevin Bacon now is an honorary degree removed from Charles Bronson. Rated R.

HALLOWEEN—Rob Zombie remakes the seminal slasher classic. This time, it's 17 years after little Michael Myers was institutionalized, and now he has been mistakenly released. Among the cameos: Malcolm McDowell, Udo Kier and Dee Wallace. Rated R.

MY BEST FRIEND— François (Daniel Auteuil), a dapper antiques dealer, learns from his chic birthday party guests that he hasn't a single real friend. Challenged to produce a "best friend," he sets out to procure this person, as if friendship was simply another valuable acquisition. Bruno (Dany Boon), an affable cabbie, mentors him as François haltingly learns the three S's of companionship—sympathique, souriant, sincère: to be likeable, smiling and sincere. A funny and emotionally satisfying character-centered film by writer-director Patrice Leconte. See film spotlight on page 57. —LB

THE TEN—This compilation of loosely connected vignettes based upon each of the Ten Commandments forgets the first rule of comedy: Thou Shalt Be Funny. Written and directed by David Wain and the rest of the comedy troupe at The State, this unofficial riff on Krzysztof Kieslowski's Dekalog bears all the trappings of a film school project distended by the steroid of star wattage, which includes the wasted talents of Paul Rudd, Famke Janssen, Jessica Alba, Gretchen Mol and others. The shorts vary only in their watchability since none of them illuminate their respective divine directive. Only Liev Schreiber and Winona Ryder acquit themselves well. While the self-deprecating irony of Ryder starring in a short about the perils of stealing is a flicker of inspiration, the sight of her having sex with a ventriloquist's puppet is proof of a career interrupted. Rated R. —NM

Current Releases

ARCTIC TALE—Anthropo-morphized nature footage and humor that never rises above the level of walrus flatulence hamstrings an otherwise poignant, cautionary parable that illustrates, at moments even better than An Inconvenient Truth, the environmental calamity facing not just the polar icecaps but the wildlife that subsist there. Still, the narrative—tracking the life cycles of a mother polar bear and her cubs and a walrus and her calf—is strictly for kids only, a mélange of manipulative editing, '70s and '80s pop music anthems, and hipsta' narration by Queen Latifah that includes incisive observations such as walruses hunt together "because that's just how they roll." Rated G. —NM

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

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

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

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

EL CANTANTE—Director Leon Ichaso (Pinero) translates the bacchanalian rhythm of '70s nightlife into a modern visual idiom in this biopic starring singer Marc Anthony as Puerto Rican salsa superstar Hector Lavoe. Lavoe's meteoric rise and tragic setbacks (deaths, drug use, AIDS) unfold from the point of view of Puchi, his wife, played by Anthony's real-life wife Jennifer Lopez. Chemistry between the couple and a great soundtrack can't save the jumbled plot, part melodrama and part history lesson, from unraveling. Rated R. —SP

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

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX—This is Harry Potter at its most subversive, a revitalizing reprieve from the incessant array of banal curses and secret passageways. Rated PG-13. —NM

HEYY BABYY—The Hindi take on Three Men and a Baby finds carefree Sydney, Australia, bachelors Akshay Kumar, Fardeen Khan and Ritesh Deshmukh with an unexpected bundle of joy on their doorstep. The previous French and American versions date from a time (mid-1980s) when the simple notion of a man as a child's caregiver was uproariously funny. Times have changed ... a little. Thankfully, the ridiculous heroin subplot has been jettisoned and a more plausible explanation for the abandoned baby provided. This time, the roommates don't know who's the father, and their callous regifting of the tiny girl on a church doorstep nearly results in her death. This catharsis evokes a symbolic responsibility for all the community's children and the realization that the hotties they have been debauching are people's daughters, too. There are amusing sequences, enjoyable parodies of beloved Bollywood films and several bouncy songs, but the pace slackens after the interval and there's too much slapsticky cinematic flab. Not rated. —LB

ILLEGAL TENDER—A revenge shoot-'em-up aimed at the Latino market, with a predominantly Spanglish cast, this film was produced by John Singleton, who is still best known for Boyz in the Hood. Rated R.

I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY—I can't decide which is more egregious—an ostensibly pro-gay 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 (Election, Sideways). Rated PG-13. —NM

THE INVASION—After seeing original cut by German director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, Das Experiment), the Hollywood bosses called the film a snooze and hired V for Vendetta director James McTeigue and the Wachowski Brothers to inject the film with high-octane action. The result is a hack job from the hell mouth of post-production. Rated PG-13. —KJ

MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY—Rowan Atkinson wants to amuse you. Rated PG.

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

RATATOUILLE—Pixar Animation's latest triumph underscores the human capacity for both creativity and cataclysm, and it accentuates the themes of personal achievement and nurturing one's talents in the face of countervailing cultural and societal impediments. Oh, and it's darn funny, too. Rated G. —NM

RESURRECTING THE CHAMP—Ten years ago, J.R. Moehringer penned one of the most riveting sports-journalism articles to date: the story of a homeless man posing as 1950s boxer Bob Satterfield on the streets of L.A. But where Moehringer lets you in on the secret early in his piece, the Hollywood retelling keeps the viewer in the dark for at least 75 percent of the film. The difference is simple: Moehringer peddled the truth while Hollywood buys into the lie. A calculated move by director Rod Lurie, who fills his film with tearjerking sentimentality in the absence of truth: Sports writer Erik (Josh Hartnett) pens an article on the imposter Satterfield, a homeless man who calls himself "Champ" (Samuel L. Jackson), then sued for libel and turned into the fictional Denver Times' newest scapegoat and his own son's worst embarrassment. Masking a tale of shoddy journalism (when its basis was an article that focused on the truth) and self-defamation in homage to a well-written sports piece is not only asinine, it's incongruous. Most boxing films hinge on redemption, but there's no comeback for this blathering male-weepie. Rated PG-13. —KJ

ROCKET SCIENCE—There was always a peculiar undercurrent to Jeffrey Blitz's Spellbound, his otherwise orthodox documentary about eight teenagers on their quest to win the National Spelling Bee, in the way he lingered over the eccentric, semi-stunted lives of its subjects. In his new teen-centered fiction film, Blitz seems to be projecting his own opinion—and probably experience—of adolescence and life through Hal Hefner (Reece Thompson), a 14-year-old social misfit who joins his high school debate team to impress the first girl who takes notice of him. Thompson gives a sublime lead performance but the real revelation is Anna Kendrick as his chain-smoking sexpot classmate and debate partner. Rated R. —NM

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

SEPTEMBER DAWN—In this already-controversial retelling of an ugly massacre that occurred in the nascent Mormon country of 1857 Utah, Terence Stamp plays Brigham Young while Dean Cain is Joseph Smith. Rated R.

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

STARDUST—Thirty minutes in, this adaptation of author Neil Gaiman's 1997 comic novella-turned-hardback sensation feels as banal as it is byzantine. Unicorns, magical spells and sundry other gimcracks abound in a cheeky adventure-comedy penned by filmmakers who have clearly seen A Princess Bride too many times. However, you become immersed in this fantasy and its Gen Y verve, thanks to director Matthew Vaughn's sterling cinematography and set design and an enthusiastic, eclectic cast, including Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, a dandy Robert De Niro and a sensational Michelle Pfeiffer. Rated PG-13. —NM

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

UNDERDOG—Unlike the original, the film version uses a live-action dog with the gravely voice of Jason Lee, and trades in the cuteness for lousy talking-dog effects and every bad canine joke known to man. Even Peter Dinklage, in the thankless role of mad scientist Simon Bar Sinister, can't keep his dignity. Kids might find Underdog cute, but please, please just take them to Ratatouille again. Horrifyingly, Jason Lee is due to appear in another live-action cartoon adaptation, Alvin and the Chipmunks, in just a few months. It's a sad, sad era for children's cinema. Rated PG. —ZS

VITUS— This Swiss import works as an instructional video for parents of child geniuses. For the remaining 99.99 percent of the moviegoing public, there is precious little to cheer about a petulant, precocious student and concert pianist who, weary of the pressure of parents who seemingly want the best for him, fakes a head injury and opts for the simple life of learning how to fly an airplane and parlaying millions earned through stock speculation into buying an apartment and his father's waning employer. There is a creepy quality to Vitus (various child actors, including real-life piano prodigy Teo Gheorghiu) and his half-wit grandfather (Bruno Ganz), offsetting strong performances by Urs Jucker and Julika Jenkins as Vitus' parents. Rated PG. —NM

WAR—Jason Statham and Jet Li square off in this East-meets-West martial arts workout. Rated R.

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.

Balls of Fury—12:10, 2:30, 4:45, 7:10, 9:40. The Bourne Ultimatum—1, 4, 7, 9:50. Death Sentence—1:30, 4:15, 7:30, 10:05. Hairspray—12:15, 3:20, 6:15, 9. Halloween—2:10, 5, 7:40, 10:15. The Invasion—4:20, 9:10. The Nanny Diaries—1:20, 3:50, 6:40, 9:20. Ratatouille—12:30, 6:10. Resurrecting the Champ—3:10, 8:50. Rush Hour 3—12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:50, 10:10. The Simpsons Movie—2, 4:10, 6:30, 8:40. Stardust—12:55, 3:45, 6:40, 9:40. Superbad—1:10, 4:30, 7:20, 10. Underdog—12, 2:15, 6:45.

Blue Ridge 14
600 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh. 645-1111.

1408—1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:35. Captivity—2, 4:20, 7:05, 9:25. Evan Almighty—1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:40. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer—1:10, 3:20, 5:25, 7:40, 9:55. I Know Who Killed Me—1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40. Knocked Up—1:10, 4:20, 7:15, 10. License to Wed—1:15, 3:35, 5:35, 7:45, 9:55. Live Free or Die Hard—1, 4, 7, 9:55. Meet the Robinsons—1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10. Nancy Drew—1:45, 7. Ocean's Thirteen—1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:40. Pirates of the Caribbean 3—1, 4, 7, 9:55. Shrek the Third—1:10, 3:25, 5:40, 7:35, 9:50. Spider-Man 3—4, 9:20. Surf's Up—1:20, 3:30, 5:35, 7:45, 9:55.

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

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

Balls of Fury—1:10, 3:25, 5:40, 7:50, 10. The Bourne Ultimatum—1:15, 4:10, 7, 9:45. Death Sentence—1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55. Halloween—1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—1, 4, 7. Illegal Tender—1, 4, 7, 9:40. The Invasion—4:10, 9:30. The Laugh Factor Comedy Show—Thu 7:45, 9:45. Mr. Bean's Holiday—1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40. The Nanny Diaries—1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30. Resurrecting the Champ—4:30, 10 (No Thu). Rush Hour 3—1:15, 3:20, 5:25, 7:35, 9:45. The Simpsons Movie—1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 9:55. Stardust—1:20, 7:15 (No Thu). Superbad—1:15, 4, 7, 9:40. Transformers—1, 4, 7, 10. Underdog—1, 7:25. War—1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10.

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

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

Balls of Fury—12:45, 3, 5:25, 7:50, 10. The Bourne Ultimatum—1, 3:40, 7, 9:40. Death Sentence—2, 5:35, 8, 10:25. Hairspray—12:55, 4, 6:40, 9:20. Halloween—12:15, 1:35, 3:15, 4:35, 6:25, 7:35, 9, 10:10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—12, 3:10, 8:30. Illegal Tender—2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:20. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry—6:50, 9:25. The Invasion—1:20, 4:05, 7:15, 9:35. Mr. Bean's Holiday—12:40, 3:25, 6:35, 8:45. The Nanny Diaries—12:20, 2:45, 6:45, 9:15. Ratatouille—12:10, 2:50. No Reservations—1:25, 3:50, 7:20, 9:50. Resurrecting the Champ—7:05, 9:45. Rush Hour 3—1:30, 4:25, 8:20, 10:30. The Simpsons Movie—1:15, 3:35, 5:45, 8:35. Stardust—2:20, 5:10, 8:15. Superbad—12:30, 1:45, 3:30, 4:20, 6:15, 7:10, 8:50, 9:55. Underdog—12:25, 2:30, 4:45. War—1:10, 4:10, 7:25 (No Sun), 10:05.

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

Becoming Jane—1:05, 4:05, 7, 9:30. Chak De India—Fri-Sun 3, 9:40; Mon-Thu 3 only. Death at a Funeral—1:10, 3:10, 7:15, 9:20. My Best Friend—1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15. Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag—Fri-Mon 3, 9:45; Tue-Thu 7:30. Resurrecting the Champ—3:10, 9:40. Rocket Science—5:30, 7:35. Also Fri-Sat 1:05. The Ten—1, 7:05, 9:25. Vitus—1:10, 9:35.

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

Balls of Fury, Becoming Jane, The Bourne Ultimatum, Death Sentence, Halloween, Nanny Diaries, Rush Hour 3, The Simpsons Movie, Superbad, Transformers, War. 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.

Balls of Fury—1, 2:55, 4:50, 7:10, 9:35. The Bourne Ultimatum—4:10, 7:20, 9:50. Death Sentence—1:25, 4:20, 7:25, 9:40. Halloween—1:30, 4, 7:15, 9:45. Resurrecting the Champ—1:15. Superbad—1:20, 4:15, 7:30, 9:55.

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.

Arctic Tale—1:10, 3:25, 5:40, 7:50, 10. Balls of Fury—1:10, 3:25, 5:40, 7:50, 10. Becoming Jane—1:10, 4:35, 7, 9:40. The Bourne Ultimatum—1:15, 4:10, 7, 9:45. Death Sentence—1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55. El Cantante—1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:45. Hairspray—1:30, 7:20 (No Thu). Halloween—1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—4, 10. The Laugh Factor Comedy Show—Thu 7:45, 9:45. Mr. Bean's Holiday—1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40. The Nanny Diaries—1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30. Resurrecting the Champ—4:30, 9:50 (No Thu). Rush Hour 3—1:15, 3:20, 5:25, 7:35, 9:45. The Simpsons Movie—1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 9:55. Stardust—1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 9:55. Superbad—1:15, 4, 7, 9:40. Underdog—1:30, 7. War—1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10.

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

Balls of Fury—Fri-Mon 12:45, 2:55, 5:15, 7:25, 9:35; Tue-Thu 2:05, 4:25, 7, 9:35. The Bourne Ultimatum—Fri-Mon 1, 4, 6:45, 9:25; Tue-Thu 1:55, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55. Death Sentence—Fri-Mon 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:15; Tue-Thu 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:40. Hairspray—Fri-Mon 12:55, 3:40, 6:30, 9:10; Tue-Thu 1:10, 3:50, 7:05, 9:50. Halloween—Fri-Mon 1:45, 4:30, 7, 9:45; Tue-Thu 1:15, 3:55, 6:30, 9:15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—Fri-Mon 12:40, 6:10; Tue-Thu 1, 6:25. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry—Fri-Mon 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:40; Tue-Thu 1:40, 4:15, 6:50, 9:25. The Invasion—Fri-Mon 2:10, 4:40, 7:40, 10:05; Tue-Thu 2, 4:20, 6:40, 9. Mr. Bean's Holiday—Fri-Mon2:30, 4:45, 6:55, 9:20; Tue-Thu 1:20, 3:30, 6:20, 9:05. The Nanny Diaries—Fri-Mon 12:30, 3, 6:15, 8:45; Tue-Thu 1:30, 4:10, 6:35, 9:10. No Reservations—Fri-Mon 3:45, 9:15; Tue-Thu 4, 9:30. Resurrecting the Champ—Fr-Mon 3:30, 8:30; Tue-Thu 3:40, 8:20. Rush Hour—Fri-Mon 12:35, 2:45, 5:10, 7:20, 9:30. The Simpsons Movie—Fri-Mon 12:50, 3:15, 5:30, 8, 10:10; Tue-Thu 2:30, 4:45, 7:10, 9:20. Stardust—Fri-Mon 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10; Tue-Thu 1:05, 4:05, 6:55, 9:45. Superbad—Fri-Mon1:20, 4:20, 7:15, 9:55; Tue-Thu 2:10, 4:50, 7:25, 10. Underdog—Fri-Mon 1:15, 6:20; Tue-Thu 1:35, 6:15. War—Fri-Mon 2, 4:35, 7:30, 9:50; Tue-Thu 1:25, 3:45, 6:10, 8:45.

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

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

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

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

Balls of Fury—2, 5:10, 7:40, 10. The Bourne Ultimatum—1:40, 4:20, 7:05, 9:45. Death Sentence—1:30, 4:10, 7:20, 9:55. Hairspray—1:25, 4:05, 6:55, 9:50. Halloween—1, 3:35, 7, 9:40. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry—8:30. Mr. Bean's Holiday—2:10, 4:30, 6:45, 9. The Nanny Diaries—1:10, 3:40, 6:20, 8:50. Ratatouille—2:30, 5:30. Resurrecting the Champ—8:40. Rush Hour 3—2:20, 5:20, 7:45, 10. The Simpsons Movie—1:20, 3:55, 6:30. Stardust—1, 3:45, 6:40, 9:35. Superbad—1:05, 3:50, 6:35, 9:20. Transformers—8:15. Underdog—2:05, 5. War—1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:30.


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

Becoming Jane—7, 9:25. Also Sat-Sun 2, 4:25. China's Stolen Children—Tue-Thu 1, 3:30. My Best Friend—7:10, 9:10. Also Sat-Sun 2:10, 4:10. The Ten—7:20, 9:20. Also Sat-Sun 2:20, 4:20.

Northgate Stadium 10
1058 W Club Blvd, Durham. 286-1001,

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

Balls of Fury, The Bourne Ultimatum, Death Sentence, Hairspray, Halloween, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Invasion, Mr. Bean's Holiday, The Nanny Diaries, No Reservations, Ratatouille, Resurrecting the Champ, Rush Hour 3, The Simpsons Movie, Stardust, Superbad, Underdog, War. Call for times.

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

Arctic Tale—1:10, 3:25, 5:40, 7:50, 10. Also Fri-Sat 12:10. Balls of Fury—1:10, 3:25, 5:40, 7:50, 10. Also Fri-Sat 12:15. The Bourne Ultimatum—1:15, 4:10, 7, 9:45. Also Fri-Sat 12:15. Death Sentence—1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55. Also Fri-Sat 12:30. Hairspray—1:30, 4:15, 7:10 (No Thu), 9:45 (No Thu). Also Fri-Sat 12:30. Halloween—1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50. Also Fri-Sat 12:25. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—1, 7. The Invasion—4:10, 9:55. Also Fri-Sat 12:15. Also Fri-Sat 12:15. The Laugh Factor Comedy Show—Thu 7:45, 9:45. Mr. Bean's Holiday—1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40. Also Fri-Sat 11:50. The Nanny Diaries—1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30. Also Fri-Sat 12. No Reservations—1:15, 7:10. Resurrecting the Champ—4:40, 10. Also Fri-Sat 12:30. Rush Hour 3—1:15, 3:20, 5:25, 7:35, 9:45. Fri-Sat 11:55. September Dawn—1:55, 7:25. The Simpsons Movie—4, 9:55. Also Fri-Sat 12:05. Stardust—1:10, 4, 7, 9:45. Also Fri-Sat 9:45. Superbad—1:15, 4, 7, 9:40. Also Fri-Sat 12:20. War—1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10. Also Fri-Sat 12:15.

Chapel Hill

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

Becoming Jane—7, 9:30. Also Sat-Sun 2, 4:30. Death at a Funeral—7:20, 9:20. Also Sat-Sun 2:20, 4:20. My Best Friend—7:10, 9:10. Also Sat-Sun 2:10, 4:10.

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

Balls of Fury—1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:25, 9:35. The Bourne Ultimatum—12, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50. Hairspray (Outdoor Screen)—Fri-Sat 8:15. Halloween—1:30, 4, 7:05, 9:40. Mr. Bean's Holiday—1, 3, 5, 7:15, 9:30. Resurrecting the Champ—4:10. Stardust—1:15, 7:10, 9:45.

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

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

Rocket Science—7, 9:10. Also Sat-Sun 2, 4:10. Superbad—7:10, 9:30. Also Sat-Sun 2:10, 4:40.


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

Evan Almighty—Fri 5. Also Sat-Mon 1, 3, 5. Live Free or Die Hard—7. Also Fri-Sun 9:30.


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

Balls of Fury—4:40, 7:10. Also Fri-Sun 9:10; Sat-Mon 2:20; Thu 1. The Bourne Ultimatum—4:20, 6:50. Also Fri-Sun 9:15; Sat-Mon 1:55; Thu 1. Halloween—4:15, 6:45. Also Fri-Sun 9:15; Sat-Mon 1:45; Thu 1. The Nanny Diaries—4:30, 7. Also Fri-Sun 9:20; Sat-Mon 2:15; Thu 1. Resurrecting the Champ—4:35, 7:05. Also Sat-Mon 2:05; Thu 1. Rush Hour 3—4:45, 7. Also Fri-Sun 9:05; Sat-Mon 2:10; Thu 1. Superbad—4:25, 6:55. Also Fri-Sun 9:25; Sat-Mon 2; Thu 1. Underdog—4:05, 7:05. Also Fri-Sun 9:10; Sat-Mon 2:20; Thu 1. War—4:35, 7:05. Also Fri-Sun 9:20; Sat-Mon 1:50; Thu 1.Call for shows and times.

Special Showings

Chronological by date and time

The Triangle Indie Film Meetup Group: Events posted at

NCSU Campus Cinema: Wed, Aug 29-Fri, Aug 31, 7 & 9:30 pm: Hot Fuzz. —Thu, Sep 6, 7 pm; Fri, Sep 7, 9:30 pm; Sat, Sep 8, 7 pm; Sun, Sep 9, 9:30 pm: Spider-Man 3. Witherspoon Student Center, NCSU campus, Raleigh.

Duke Screen/Society: Fri, Aug 31, 8 pm: The Last Rice Farmer: A Taiwanese documentary that traces how the WTO affects the livelihood of rice farmers. Richard White Lecture Hall, Duke West campus. — Mon, Sep 3, 8 pm: Paris, je t'aime: Vignettes that go beyond the "postcard" view of Paris to portray aspects of the city rarely seen on the big screen. Griffith Theater, Bryan Center at Duke, Science Dr. — Tue, Sep 4, 8 pm: Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams: Addresses the human need for connection & the difficulties that get in the way. Written & directed by Jasmila Zbanic, a survivor of Sarajevo's 46-month siege. Griffith Theater, Bryan Center at Duke, Science Dr. — Wed, Sep 5, 8 pm: Bohemians in Taipei & Rhythm in Wulu Village: Two Taiwanese documentaries. Richard White Lecture Hall, Duke West campus. — Thu, Sep 6, 7 pm: Videogram of a Revolution: German filmmaker Harun Farocki & Romanian media-theorist Andrei Ujica reconstruct Ceausescu's fall in Romania through TV footage. Nasher Auditorium at the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke West campus.

Carrboro Century Center: Thu, Sep 6, 7 pm: God Grew Tired of Us: Documentary that follows the lives of three "Lost Boys" from Sudan who fled the genocide infecting their land in the 1980s. Ways to support the re-building of Southern Sudan will be discussed at the end of the film. 100 N Greensboro St. Free.

AV Geeks: Fri, Sep 7, 7 pm: Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Director Steven Spielberg shows us what happens when ordinary people are contacted by extraterrestrial beings. Free. NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W Jones St, Raleigh.

Carrboro Film Festival: The 2nd annual Carrboro Film Festival is seeking submissions from filmmakers. The only requirements are that the filmmaker has had a brush with Orange County & that the film is no longer than 20 minutes. Formats: film, video or digital photos. Fees are $15/entry submitted by Aug 30; $30/entry submitted by Sep 20. Entry forms at

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