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Us Rating: ***1/2

James Cameron's epic — the all-time top-grossing film (U.S. box office: $742 million!) -- follows a paraplegic veteran (Sam Worthington) who inhabits an alien body on a distant planet. The sci-fi adventure blends impressive CGI with impassioned performances (particularly Zoe Saldana as a member of the Na'vi clan). But be warned: It’s not the 3-D extravaganza from theaters but a 2-D version with no special features. A more robust release is due in November. (20th Century Fox, $30)

--David Guggenheim