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HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE ( ***1/2, PG): The sixth movie in J.K. Rowling's fantasy series about the young wizard is the franchise's best so far, blending rich drama and easy camaraderie among the actors with the visual spectacle that until now has been the real star. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken


ANGELS & DEMONS ( ***, PG-13): Its twists, turns and revelations are just as ridiculous as those in The Da Vinci Code. Begins Friday at Masters

BRUNO ( *1/2, R): The comic mind behind Borat returns with a new character, an effete and equally clueless Austrian fashion reporter equally capable of shock, awe and taking on long-established convention. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

DANCE FLICK (PG-13): The Wayans Brothers take a cue from the idiots who brought you Date Movie and Disaster Movie for this catch-all comedy that pokes fun at the High School Musical genre. Masters

GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST (PG-13): Matthew McConaughey portrays a playboy haunted by the girls he's loved before. Masters

THE HANGOVER (R): Four friends retrace their steps the morning after a night of hard partying in Las Vegas. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE ( ***, G): Big-time fame or quiet country life? That's the question for teen sensation Miley Stewart. Masters

ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS ( **, PG): Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary and Queen Latifah return to provide the voices for the various prehistoric critters in the third installment of the popular computer-animated franchise. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Masters

I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER ( **, PG-13): A high school valedic-torian uses his graduation speech to profess his love, and perhaps kick-start a little romance. Things do not go as planned. Evans

LAND OF THE LOST (PG-13): The big-screen version of the 1970s TV series about a family that travels back in time to the dinosaur era. Begins Friday at Masters

MONSTERS VS. ALIENS ( ****, PG): Animated spacemen invade the planet. Who are you going to call? Monsters, evidently. Masters

MY SISTER'S KEEPER (PG-13): Domestic drama about a family dealing with illness stars Cameron Diaz as the family matriarch and Little Miss Sunshine Abigail Breslin as the child who must shoulder the familial burden. Augusta Exchange, Evans, ends today at Aiken

OBSESSED (PG-13): A happily married man (Idris Elba) is threatened by a stalker temp. Masters

THE PROPOSAL (PG-13): Roman-tic comedy about an executive (Sandra Bullock) who forces her underling (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her so she can avoid deportation. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

PUBLIC ENEMIES ( ****, R): Johnny Depp is the notorious bank robber John Dillinger and Christian Bale is Melvin Purvis, the FBI man who brought him down. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Masters

THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123 (PG-13): A low-key, steadily paced thriller from 1974 about a New York subway hijacking has been amped up. Augusta Exchange, ends today at Evans

TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN (PG-13): The robots in disguise return to unleash more destruction. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

UP (PG): A grumpy retiree and a Scout travel by balloon-borne house to the wilds of South America. Augusta Exchange, Evans


HOTEL FOR DOGS (PG): Tuesday and Thursday, July 23, Evans

THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES (PG): Tuesday and Thursday, July 23, Evans


EARTH ( ***, G): This Disney documentary celebrates the third rock from the sun. Masters



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