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I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF (PG-13) Heavy-drinking nightclub singer April (Benjamin Button's Taraji P. Henson) attempts to care for three troubled young people with a little help from Madea in Tyler Perry's latest feature film. Look for such local stage actors as Tess Malis Kincaid and Eric Mendenhall.

ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS (PG) In the third, 3-D entry in the Ice Age franchise, the wisecracking prehistoric mammals discover a subterranean realm populated by dinosaurs. Simon Pegg joins the vocal team of Ray Romano, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, et. al.

THE INFORMANT! 3 stars (R) Looking more like Philip Seymour Hoffman than Jason Bourne, Matt Damon plays an Archer Daniels Midland executive who blows the whistle on the company's corporate malfeasance, even though he's a pathological liar up to his neck in personal misdeeds. Erin Brockovich director Steven Soderbergh takes the genre of crusading David vs. corporate Goliath on its head and reveals the commonplace banality of corporate chicanery and the flaws of the criminal justice system. Soderbergh shows little faith in the material as comedy, larding the soundtrack with whacky, kazoo-heavy ragtime, but supporting players like Tony Hale deliver enough laughs to balance the books. - Holman

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS 3 stars (R) In Quentin Tarantino's World War II revenge fantasy, the Basterds are a band of Jewish-American G.I.s, led by Brad Pitt's drawling lieutenant, who murder Nazis behind the lines in occupied France. Inglourious Basterds spends surprisingly little time on the title characters, or even caper-style action scenes of WWII mission movies, and opts for long, talky confrontations involving French, German and British agents. Christoph Waltz's misleadingly polite Nazi lives up to the hype as the villain of the year, but the film's restless approach to its multiple storylines makes it feel less, rather than more, meaningful. - HolmanIT MIGHT GET LOUD 3 stars (PG-13) Having tackled global warming with his documentary An Inconvenient Truth, director Davis Guggenheim turns to global loudening in this portrait of electric guitarists from three generations: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, U2's The Edge and the White Stripes' Jack White. The trio's "summit" - part rap session, part jam session - includes a terrific cover of a hit from the Band but doesn't seem to be quite the revelation Guggenheim hoped for. The threesome provides insightful perspectives on rock music, with the younger guitarists seeming ambivalent about the styles of the elders. Plus, their shop talk can be fascinating. - Holman

JENNIFER'S BODY 2 stars (R) A hot, slightly bitchy high schooler (Megan Fox) turns into a hotter, bitchier, boy-eating cannibal when a satanic ceremony goes wrong. A mousy teen nicknamed "Needy" (Mamma Mia!'s Amanda Seyfried) tries to stop her former BFF. The sophomore script from Diablo Cody, Oscar-winner for Juno, goes off in too many thematic directions, including high school spoof, Sept. 11 satire, female-phobic shlock and feminist empowerment fantasy. A versatile, witty lead actress could have pulled Cody's ideas together, but Fox's slammin' body can't compensate for her flat delivery and empty eyes. - Holman

JULIE & JULIA 3 stars (PG-13) A woman verging on 30 and frustrated in a temp secretary job takes on a yearlong culinary quest: to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She chronicles her trials and tribulations in a blog that catches on with the food crowd.

LORNA'S SILENCE (R) The Dardenne brothers, who directed the intriguing drama The Son, helms this film about two pretty Albanian immigrants in Belgium seeking to find better lives.

(PG-13) The beautiful Ann Devereaux (Renée Zellweger) leaves her adulterous husband Dan (Kevin Bacon) behind and hits the road. She drags her two teenage sons George (Logan Lerman) and Robbie (Mark Rendall) along for the ride and together they discover a new meaning of family.

MY SISTER'S KEEPER (PG) A young girl (Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin), brought into the world as a genetic match for her ailing older sister, sues her parents for medical emancipation. Cameron Diaz plays the no-doubt conflicted mom and Alec Baldwin plays as the younger sister's lawyer. It's hard to imagine any summer movie being a bigger, more overt tear-jerker than this one.

ORPHAN (R) Talented indie actors Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard play a couple who adopt a 9-year-old Wednesday Addams lookalike (Isabelle Fuhrman) who turns out to be a bad seed.

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