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THE BANK JOB

½

In 1971 London, thieves steal millions' worth of jewelry in a case with links to murder, corruption, a sex scandal and the royal family. Inspired by true events. With Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows. (R)

PLAYING AT: Sonora Regal

COLLEGE ROAD TRIP

No reviews

Martin Lawrence plays an overprotective father who crashes his daughter's (Raven-Symone) tour of prospective schools. With Donny Osmond. Directed by Roger Kumble. (G)

PLAYING AT: Merced Mainplace, Modesto Regal, Turlock Regal

DOOMSDAY

No reviews

When a lethal virus resurfaces, a team is sent on a mission to infiltrate a quarantined area and find a cure. (R)

PLAYING AT: Brenden

DRILLBIT TAYLOR

½

A come-of-age/face-your-bullies comedy about boys being boys being beaten up by other boys. A laugh-out-loud riff as three dorky high school freshmen hire a homeless bull artist (Owen Wilson) to protect them, train them and make life tolerable in a new school. (PG-13)

PLAYING AT: Brenden, Galaxy, Marketplace, Merced Mainplace, Modesto Regal, Sonora Regal, Turlock Regal

DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO!

It might not be the most groundbreaking animated movie in recent years, but the bright and bighearted new adaptation of the 1954 Dr. Seuss classic certainly hits its target. Without resorting to the crude comedy and shrill theatrics of the most recent live-action Dr. Seuss adaptations, directors Steve Martino and Jimmy Hayward vividly bring to life the author's off-kilter universe. They also remain deeply faithful to Seuss' original story, a quietly spiritual fable about learning to believe in a higher power -- and, sometimes, a smaller one, too. (G)

PLAYING AT: Brenden, Galaxy, Marketplace, Merced Mainplace, Modesto Regal, Oakdale Twin, Sonora Regal, Turlock Regal

FOOL'S GOLD

½

This painfully lifeless and lame romantic comedy leaves you desperately wishing that someone -- anyone -- would swoop down and fix it. Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson team up as the newly divorced Tess and Finn, awkwardly reconcile when a clue emerges that could lead to the hidden treasure they'd been obsessed with for years. (PG-13)

PLAYING AT: Merced Mainplace

NEVER BACK DOWN

½

An ultra-sleek mixed-martial-arts teen drama for the viral-video generation. Even though it's as predictable as a pro-wrestling match, what it lacks in originality it makes up for in nervous energy and testosterone. (PG-13)

PLAYING AT: Brenden, Galaxy, Marketplace, Merced Regency, Turlock Regal

THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL

½

Natalie Portman plays Anne Boleyn as she schemes to persuade King Henry VIII (Eric Bana) to break with the Catholic Church and divorce Catherine of Aragon. It's a part that calls for a heaving bosom and a commanding presence, and the pixielike Portman has neither. (PG-13)

PLAYING AT: Brenden, Merced Mainplace

RUN FATBOY RUN

½

A likable, if formulaic, feel-good romantic comedy set in London. Much of the film's spark is generated by Simon Pegg, who plays Dennis, a charmingly neglectful guy who doesn't pay his rent and abandons his pregnant fiancée, Libby (Thandie Newton). But Dennis decides he wants to change his life. To prove to Libby that he can complete something, and perhaps win her back, couch-potato Dennis decides to start training for a 26.2-mile race, even though he gets winded just bellying up to the bar. (PG-13)

PLAYING AT: Brenden, Galaxy, Turlock Regal

SHUTTER

No reviews

Another remake of an Asian horror movie, "Shutter" is about what happens when newlyweds discover that their honeymoon photos feature some gruesome ghostly images. Joshua Jackson stars with Rachael Taylor. (PG-13)

PLAYING AT: Brenden, Galaxy, Marketplace, Merced Regency, Modesto Regal, Sonora Regal, Turlock Regal

STOP-LOSS

½

"Stop-Loss" is one of the best of the many war-in-Iraq/war-on-terror dramas because it is the most personal. Brilliantly observed and vividly shot, built on a career-making performance by Ryan Phillippe, it's an Iraq movie for Americans who've been avoiding Iraq movies. This one is mainly about disconnection and disillusionment on the home front and also stars Modesto native Timothy Olyphant. (R)

PLAYING AT: Brenden, Galaxy, Merced Mainplace, Turlock Regal

THE SUPERHERO MOVIE

Not reviewed

Hey, you know what's funny? Comic-book movies! Well, not really. But the producers of "Scary Movie" needed another movie to make while they prepped "Scary Movie 5," so here's "Superhero Movie," which spoofs tights-wearing superdudes and dudettes. (R)

PLAYING AT: Brenden, Galaxy, Marketplace, Merced Mainplace, Modesto Regal, Sonora Regal, Turlock Regal

STEP UP 2: THE STREETS

Poor girl tries to make a break for herself by winning a big step competition. Her academics and her new school compete with her old "crew" for her mortal soul. Ahem, sole. "Step Up 2," the sequel to 2006's "Step Up," is a slicker, more graceful and sexier drama about step dance -- rhythmically choreographed high-speed break-dancing. (PG-13)

PLAYING AT: Merced Mainplace

10,000 B.C.

No reviews

A prehistoric hunter pursues a group of warlords that raids his village and kidnaps his true love. With Steven Strait, Camilla Belle and Cliff Curtis. Directed by Roland Emmerich. (PG-13)

PLAYING AT: Brenden, Galaxy, Marketplace, Merced Regency, Modesto Regal, Sonora Regal, Turlock Regal

21

The new blackjack dramedy "21," about MIT math whizzes beating the bank in Las Vegas, stands when it should hit, never doubles down and wimps out to the point that it turns a pretty compelling tale into a bust. It's about bright young things who blitz casinos as a team, "card counting" so that they bend the odds in their favor. Kevin Spacey is the oily MIT professor who recruits the kids for the team. (PG-13)

PLAYING AT: Brenden, Galaxy, Marketplace, Merced Mainplace, Modesto Regal, Sonora Regal, Turlock Regal

27 DRESSES

½

Katherine Heigl stands front and center in this effortlessly adorable if overpredictable and overlong romance. In the best Meg Ryan tradition, when she pines, we pine. Heigl is the ultimate bridesmaid. James Marsden finally earns a straight romantic lead role as a slightly snarky newspaper reporter who covers weddings. They meet cute and everyone knows where it goes from there. (PG-13)

PLAYING AT: Merced Mainplace

TYLER PERRY'S MEET THE BROWNS

No reviews

The writer/director/star adapts his stage play about a single mother from Chicago who goes to Georgia for the funeral of the father she never knew and encounters the family she may not be ready for. With Angela Bassett and Sofia Vergara. (PG-13)

PLAYING AT: Brenden, Merced Mainplace, Modesto Regal

UNDER THE SAME MOON

½

A crowd-pleaser when it debuted at Sundance 2007 under the title "La Misma Luna," this largely Spanish-language film brings on the tears because its core story of a young son and his mother separated by the U.S.-Mexico border is undeniably affecting. The whole movie, however, would be more convincing if the elements around that vital core were more multidimensional and less contrived. (PG-13)

PLAYING AT: Brenden, Galaxy, Marketplace

VANTAGE POINT

½

An overplotted, gimmicky presidential-assassination thriller, its interlocking pieces have to fit just-so for it to stay coherent and ratchet up the tension. The tricky business here is showing, from half a dozen points of view, a terrorist attempt on the life of a U.S. president (William Hurt) during an anti-terrorism summit in Spain. And it clicks. "Vantage Point" allows us time to care about what happens, about who lives and who will die. (PG-13)

PLAYING AT: Turlock Regal

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