New in Theaters: 'Ramona and Beezus,' 'Salt'

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Hollywood aims to strike a family friendly chord at theaters this weekend with the release of 20th Century Fox's Ramona and the Beezus

The heart-warming children's comedy tells the story of little Ramona, whose imaginative, but well-intentioned exploits more often then not land her in hot water.

The precocious 9-year-old is "part tomboy, part hopeless imaginer, part rebellious pup, part stumble-footed disaster area," wrote Plugged-In film critic Bob Hoose.

"I hope people leave the theater really embracing and appreciating the things that they have in life," director Elizabeth Allen told "And those things aren't money and they're not houses or great jobs-they're love and family and support."

For those seeking more heart-pumping entertainment, the film Salt starring Angelina Jolie is also debuting at the box office this weekend. The spy-thriller follows Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) - working mom and wife by day and CIA operative by night.

According Plugged-In's Paul Asay, Salt's covert duties include "intelligence gathering, covert operations, and looking pouty."

"Who are we, really?" Asay asked. "Are we products of our upbringing? Our environments? Our relationships?"

"We are, of course, products of all three," Asay wrote. "But in the persona of Evelyn Salt, these three influencers war against one another in a winner-take-all showdown."

Plugged-In Director Bob Waliszewski reviewed both movies on the Friday, July 23 edition of CBNNewschannel's Midday News. Click play for his comments.

*Originally published July 23, 2010.

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