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NEW THIS WEEK

G-FORCE (PG): Guinea pigs become mini James Bonds. Evans, Aiken, Augusta Exchange

THE HURT LOCKER ( ****, R): Director Kathryn Bigelow's visceral, harrowing drama about the experiences of three members of the U.S. Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal squad during their tour of duty in Baghdad is the first movie inspired by the Iraq war to attain greatness. Augusta Exchange

ORPHAN (R): Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard are the parents who adopt a little girl (Isabelle Fuhrman), only to discover the tyke isn't quite as innocent as she seems. Evans, Aiken, Augusta Exchange

THE UGLY TRUTH ( **, R): The battle of the sexes again, this time centering on a TV morning show producer (Katherine Heigl) and her new on-camera anchor (Gerard Butler), who bicker and argue before falling in love. In other news, the world is still round. Evans, Aiken, Augusta Exchange

ONGOING

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

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

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

IMAGINE THAT (PG): A pleasant surprise of a family comedy that makes good use of Eddie Murphy's strengths. Begins Friday at 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, ends today at Augusta Exchange

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. 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

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE AT THE SMITHSONIAN (PG): Ben Stiller returns as the museum security guard. Begins Friday at Masters

THE PROPOSAL (PG-13): Romantic 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, ends today at Aiken

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

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

FOR KIDS

bee movie (PG): Tuesday and Thursday, July 30, Evans

HORTON HEARS A WHO (PG): Tuesday and Thursday, July 30, Evans

END TODAY

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

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


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