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2012: (PG-13) Roland Emmerich's latest end-of-the-world spectacle concerns the confluence of disasters that some folks figure accompany the expiration date on the ancient Mayan calendar.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: (PG) Will the furry boy band be upstaged by a group of singing girl chipmunks?

Avatar: (PG-13) Sam Worthington stars as a Marine whose high-tech recon mission on the planet Pandora gets complicated.

The Blind Side: (PG-13) A pampered suburban mom (Sandra Bullock) adopts a hulking, homeless African-American teen (Quinton Aaron) and turns his life around with a lot of love and bit of football.

The Book of Eli: (R) In a post-apocalyptic United States, a lone man (Denzel Washington) fights his way across the country to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.

Couples Retreat: (PG-13) Four couples are trapped in a resort where they're forced to fix their relationships.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: (PG) Phil Lord directs (with Chris Miller) this animated adaptation of the children's book about a town where food rains from the sky.

Daybreakers: (R) In the future, vampires rule the days and nights, but they're running out of blood. Ethan Hawke stars.

Dear John: (PG-13) Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum star in this star-crossed romance filmed in the Lowcountry.

Did You Hear About the Morgans? (PG-13) An estranged NYC couple (Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker) are forced into an uncomfortable cohabitation when a witness protection program ships them to the Wyoming boonies.

Disney's A Christmas Carol: (PG) Robert Zemeckis made this motion-capture version of the Dickens holiday classic with digital versions of Gary Oldman, Robin Wright Penn, Colin Firth and Jim Carrey, who plays several roles, including Scrooge.

Edge of Darkness: (R) Mel Gibson stars as a homicide detective investigating the death of his own daughter.

An Education: (R) This coming-of-age movie starring Carey Mulligan got Oscar nominations for best picture and best actress.

Extraordinary Measures: (PG) Based on the nonfiction book "The Cure," the drama stars Harrison Ford as a biotech researcher desperate to crack the code of a rare degenerative condition known as "Pompe disease."

It's Complicated: (R) A woman (Meryl Streep, always on a winning streak) is being courted by her ex (Alec Baldwin), who now has a young trophy wife, and longtime friend Steve Martin.

Leap Year: (PG) Amy Adams heads to Ireland hoping to make a leap year proposal, but meets cute with Matthew Goode instead.

Legion: (R) When God loses faith in humankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the Apocalypse. Humanity's only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner.

The Lovely Bones: (PG-13) A murdered girl watches over her family and her killer from heaven. She must weigh a desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.

Old Dogs: (PG-13) Business partners John Travolta and Robin Williams are saddled with 6-year-old twins.

Planet 51: An American astronaut finds little green men living a suburban dream when he lands on an alien planet in this animated film.

Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire: (R) Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry have thrown their clout behind this Sundance hit about an obese, pregnant and illiterate teen who tries to turn her life around in a Harlem school.

Sherlock Holmes: Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes; Jude Law as Watson; Rachel McAdams and Kelly Reilly as the dames.

The Spy Next Door: (PG) Former CIA spy Bob Ho (Jackie Chan) has an international adventure in baby-sitting.

Tooth Fairy: (PG) A bad deed on the part of a minor-league hockey player results in an unusual sentence: He must serve one week as a real-life tooth fairy.

Up in the Air: (R) George Clooney plays an emotionally isolated downsizing expert in this adaptation of the Walter Kirn book. Vera Farmiga co-stars.

Where the Wild Things Are: (PG) The Spike Jonze version of Maurice Sendak's classic children's fantasy book stars Forest Whitaker, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo and Catherine O'Hara.

When in Rome (PG-13) Kristen Bell gets her wish - and then some - for romance. Young Victoria: (PG) Emily Blunt plays the British queen before she became the symbol of an era.

Youth in Revolt: (R) Love brings out the bad boy in a good-guy teenager (Michael Cera).

- Compiled from Staff and Wire Reports

ALSO OPENING TODAY

Wolfman: (R) Benicio Del Toro and director Joe"Jumanji" Johnston put the "Goth" back in Gothic with their old school meets the new ultra-violence remake of the horror classic.

A Single Man: (R) Colin Firth is a professor on the verge of suicide after losing his partner, set in 1960's California. With Julianne Moore. At the Nickelodeon until Feb. 25.

OPENING FEB. 19

Shutter Island: (R) Martin Scorcese directs this horror mystery starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

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