This can be accomplished within SharePoint 2010 itself and by modifying the applicable list view.
Modify the list and locate the Tabular View section near the bottom. Expand this section and clear the Allow individual item checkboxes option.
Note: After modifying the view, you may need to reapply the view at the web part level on the page where it displays. Sometimes this type of changes are not immediately reflected on the pages, if never. So you have to force the change to go through, in which case you need to edit the page, edit the web part, and select the view at the Select View drop-down list within the List View section of the web part editing tool pane.