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by THE INLANDER & r & & r & 27 DRESSES & r & & r & Twenty-seven times the maid of honor, never the bride. After a couple dozen weddings that aren't your own, you'd think it'd get easier facilitating other people's dreams while sublimating your own. It hasn't for Jane (Katherine Heigl), especially when this latest wedding is her sister's -- the sister who's marrying the dude Jane loves. (LB) Rated PG-13


The classic cartoon is live-action and computerized here, then fortified with Jason Lee as the chipmunks' guardian, Dave, along with a healthy bit of fecal humor. (LB) Rated PG


In this story about childhood love and lost innocence set against the backdrop of WWII, director Joe Wright tells a tragic story that spans nearly 60 years, employing a raw intensity often missing from this sort of film. Atonement is a sad romantic story. (BG) Rated R


Two strangers who are complete opposites (Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman) meet in a hospital, where both have been told they have a year left. They decide to join in a series of adventures they've scrawled on a "to do" list to be finished before they, you know, kick the bucket. There are a couple of commonsense plotting problems, but Nicholson and Freeman are having so much fun, you won't care. (ES) Rated PG-13


Cloverfield combines a Godzilla movie with Blair Witch's "found footage" conceit. But setting it in Manhattan doesn't guarantee relevance to 9/11, and critics who expect incisive social commentary and sophisticated dialogue from a monster movie are just trying to make their jobs seem more important. Morons. (BK) Rated PG-13


The sweet silliness of the collective Disney animated fairy tale landscape meets the rough reality of Noo Yawk City? Why didn't someone think of this sooner? Evil queen Susan Sarandon banishes princess Amy Adams from a parody of an animated world to Central Park -- with prince James Marsden in pursuit and Patrick Dempsey lying in wait. (MJ) Rated PG


Problems with The Eye start with the title. It's about a blind girl played by Jessica Alba who gets cornea transplants that enable her to see dead people and evil things, so it should have been called The Eyes or The Corneas. The larger problem is Alba's character itself. She's supposed to have been blind for most of her life yet as the movie opens she describes her blindness in the blandest possible terms: "People say seeing is believing. Me? Not so much." How bad is The Eye? It can't even frighten teenage girls ... and it's about haunted corneas -- that should give you an idea. (BK) Rated PG-13


Fool's Gold finds Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson as divorcing spouses, formerly a team of treasure hunters. Now he's made a new discovery in their longtime search for a lost 18th-century hoard of gold and jewelry and he needs her help to find it, even though she's just divorced him and whacked him across the head with a blunt object. Not one single element works. Not one single element seems even calculated to have worked in the first place. Every single wrongheaded element ends up working together only in an apparent attempt to force you to claw your own eyes out, and perhaps pop your own eardrums, so that the torture of experiencing it will end. (MJ) Rated PG-13


That sound you hear is the screaming of tween girls: Miley Cyrus in concert! You get 3D glasses to watch with! And this time, no scalpers! Of course, the BBW movie (filmed at a Salt Lake City concert) will only be in theaters for one week, because while Disney wants you girls to have your rock-star fantasy, they'd prefer that you attend an actual concert. With a ticket price well over nine bucks. (MB) Rated G


Six actors portray six aspects of Bob Dylan, America's iconic misanthrope: Ben Whishaw (Dylan the drunken poet), a black child named Marcus Carl Franklin (Dylan the blues-loving adventurer), Richard Gere (Dylan the outlaw), Christian Bale (Dylan the born-again preacher), Heath Ledger (Dylan the star), and Cate Blanchett (Oscar-nominated for her depiction of Dylan the sellout). Meanwhile, Dylan the mythical figure empowers the jerky narrative and vibrant surrealism of this heavy, fierce, brilliant film. (LB) Rated R


Offbeat and surprising, Jason Reitman's second film is about perky, outspoken, wisecracking Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page), a 16-year-old with the kind of curiosity that leads her to have sex with her best pal Paulie (Michael Cera). That leads to a pregnancy test, the results, breaking the news to Paulie, a confession to her parents (J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney) and a trip to the abortion clinic. But something happens, and that's only the beginning of this sweet, funny, heartfelt film. (ES) Rated PG-13


George Clooney, looking ragged, plays a Manhattan law firm's "fixer" -- a cleaner-up of messes. But when a litigator in Clayton's office (Tom Wilkinson) decides to work against instead of for his mega-corporation client, the mess becomes very big indeed. A nail-biting thriller with classy performances and a tight, twisting script. Nominated for seven Oscars. (ES) Rated R


Treasure hunter Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) sets out to clear the family name (turns out an ancestor might have helped plot Lincoln's assassination) and finds himself in the middle of some plot holes and political intrigue. More of what you saw in the first installment. (JS) Rated PG


When Llewellyn Moss (Josh Brolin) finds the remnants of what looks like a drug deal gone bad -- heroin, money, bodies -- he decides to take the money. That puts a psychopath (Javier Bardem) on his trail. And while Tommy Lee Jones' sheriff provides some help, Llewellyn has now plunged himself into a world in which everyday things turn lethal. Joel and Ethan Coen return to the violent black comedy of Fargo. (ES) Rated R


If you seek redemption in a bloodbath, then 61-year-old Sylvester Stallone's latest is for you. This time, Rambo is rescuing Christian missionaries from a Burmese bad guy. With its exploding bodies and decapitations, Rambo has a finale worthy of The Wild Bunch. (BK) Rated R


Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney play siblings who bicker, in amusing and depressing ways, about moving their elderly, cantankerous father (Philip Bosco, the voice of Lexus commercials) into a nursing home. Dementia doesn't exactly make for escapist fun, but the characters of Hoffman (disheveled but increasingly responsible) and Linney (superficially together but anxiety-ridden) complement each other well. (MB) Rated R


A Scottish lad finds what looks like a baby dinosaur. So the family decides that the creature has to be set free to swim in a nearby lake. Which, since this is Scotland, is known as a "Loch." (MB) Rated PG


Martin Lawrence stars alongside a host of other mediocre actors and James Earl Jones in this story of a talk show host returning home to show off his famous fianc & eacute;es. Black ensemble comedy ensues. (LB) Rated PG-13


Daniel Day-Lewis plays Daniel Plainview, a struggling prospector who strikes oil in the early 20th century, becomes wealthy, then goes after more land, money and power. Paul Thomas Anderson's (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) newest film turns into a study of Plainview's relationships with his young son and with a fiery, unpredictable preacher (Paul Dano). Get the Oscar ready for Day-Lewis' bigger-than-life performance. (ES) Rated R

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