Now showing at Crossroads Cinema:THE AVIATORCast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, John C. Reilly, Kate Beckensale, Jude Law, Alec Baldwin, Ina Holm, Alan Alda, Willem Dafoe; directed by Martin Scorsese”The Aviator” tells the story of aviation pioneer Howard Hughes (Leonardo Dicaprio), the eccentric billionaire industrialist and Hollywood film mogul famous for romancing some of the world’s most beautiful women. The drama recounts the years of his life from the late 1920s through the 1940s, an epoch when Hughes was directing movies and test flying innovative aircraft he designed and created. It also chronicles Hughes’ struggle with his physical disabilities and phobias, and his increasingly erratic, obsessive-compulsive behavior that led him ultimately to isolate himself from his associates and withdraw from the world. Nominated for 6 Golden Globes including Best Picture. Rated PG-13 (for thematic elements, sexual content, nudity, language and a crash sequence)THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOUCast: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum; written and directed by Wes Anderson (“Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbaums”)The story revolves around an oceanographer, his crew of eccentrics and the oceanographer’s estranged son. Rated R (for language, some drug use, violence and partial nudity)THE POLAR EXPRESSVoice: Tom HanksThe Academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for “The Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. This enchanting holiday story is vividly brought to life in full computer generated animation through Imageworks’ next-generation motion capture process, which allows live-action performances to drive the emotions and movements of the digital characters. Rated G (all audiences)Now Showing at Cascade Village Theatre:OCEAN’S TWELVECast: Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Brad Pitt, Bernie Mac, Catherine Zeta-JonesIn this sequel to “Ocean’s 11,” rival cat burglars who are masters of their craft team up to outfox the beautiful FBI agent one of them is in love with. Rated PG-13 (for language)CLOSERCast: Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen; directed by Mike NIcholsAn uncompromisingly honest look at modern relationships, “Closer” is the story of four strangers – their chance meetings, instant attractions and brutal betrayals. Funny, shocking and powerful, “Closer” is reminiscent of such classic Nichols fare as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” and “Carnal Knowledge.” Nominated for 5 Golden Globes including Best Picture. Rated R (for sequences of graphic sexual dialogue, nudity/sexuality and language)NATIONAL TREASURECast: Nicolas Cage, Harvey Keitel, Jon VoightNicolas Cage stars as the brilliant Benjamin Franklin Gates, third generation treasure hunter. All his life, Gates has been searching for a treasure no one believed existed: amassed through the ages, moved across continents, to become the greatest treasure the world has ever known. But what he thought was the final clue is only the beginning. As word of the invisible map spreads among the enemies of freedom, Gates realizes in order to protect the world’s greatest treasure, he must now do the unthinkable: steal the most revered, best guarded document in American history before it falls into the wrong hands. In a race against time, Gates must elude the FBI, stay one step ahead of his ruthless adversary (Sean Bean), decipher the remaining clues and unlock the 2000-year-old mystery behind our greatest national treasure. Rated PG (for action violence and some scary images)Now showing at Riverwalk Theatre:LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTSCast: Jim Carrey, Meryl StreepJim Carrey stars as Count Olaf, a wily villain with clever disguises and outrageous schemes, who is bent on swindling the Baudeaire orphans out of their family fortune. Featuring the unique blend of intelligence, irony and irreverence that readers of all ages have discovered in Lemony Snicket’s best-selling books. Rated PG (for thematic elements, scary situations and brief language)PHANTOM OF THE OPERAAndrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” tells the story of a disfigured musical genius (Gerard Butler) who haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera, waging a reign of terror over its occupants. When he falls fatally in love with the lovely Christine (Emmy Rossum), the Phantom devotes himself to creating a new star for the Opera, exerting a strange sense of control over the young soprano as he nurtures her extraordinary talents. Rated PG-13 (for brief violent images)SPANGLISHCast: Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni; written and directed by James L. BrooksFrom acclaimed multiple Oscar-winning writer/director/producer James L. Brooks (“As Good As It Gets,” “Tears of Endearment,” “Broadcast News”) comes the comedy/drama “Spanglish” – a look at cultures colliding as a beautiful native Mexican woman Flor (Paz Vega), the mother of an equally stunning 12-year-old girl becomes the housekeeper for an affluent Los Angeles family (Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni and Cloris Leachman). Of all the horrifying pitfalls she worried about in this new culture, Flor had never fathomed the peril of being truly embraced by an upscale American family. Rated PG-13 (for some sexual content and brief language)MEET THE FOCKERSCast: Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman, Blythe DannerThe filmmakers and stars behind “Meet the Parents” are reunited in the follow-up comedy, “Meet the Fockers.” Now that Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is “in” with his soon-to-be in-laws, Jack and Dina Byrnes (Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner), it looks like smooth sailing for him and his fiancee. But that’s before Pam’s parents meet Greg’s parents, the Fockers. The hyper-relaxed Fockers and the tightly-wound Byrneses are woefully mismatched from the start, and no matter how hard Greg and Pam try, there is just no bringing their families together – which all adds up to a disastrously funny time of “getting to know you.” Rated PG-13 (for crude and sexual humor, language and a brief drug reference)Now showing at Capitol Theatre:LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS Rated PGMEET THE FOCKERS Rated PG-13OCEAN’S TWELVE Rated PG-13FLIGHT OF THE PHEONIXCast: Dennis Quaid, Giovanni Ribisi, Tyrese GibsonA remake of the 1956 film starring Jimmy Stewart, “Flight of the Phoenix” is an action-adventure in which a group of air crash survivors are stranded in the Mongolian desert with no chance of rescue. Facing a brutal environment, dwindling resources, and an attack by desert smugglers, they realize their only hope is doing the “impossible”: building a new plane from the wreckage. Rated PG-13 (some language, action and violence)FINDING NEVERLANDCast: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman, Julie Christie”Finding Neverland” is a tale of magic and fantasy inspired by the life of James Barrie, the real-life author of the children’s classic “Peter Pan.” Set in London in 1904, the film is a fictional account of Barrie’s creative journey to bring “Peter Pan” to life, from his first inspiration for the story up until the play’s premiere at the Duke of York’s Theatre – a night that will change not only Barrie’s own life, but the lives of everyone close to him. Nominated for 5 Golden Globes including Best Picture. Rated PG (for mild thematic elements and brief language)FAT ALBERT”Hey, Hey, Hey.” Bill Cosby’s hugely popular character, “Fat Albert,” comes to the big screen as a live action/animated, big-event feature film. The “Fat Albert” movie is based on Cosby’s stand-up comedy monologues about his childhood, centered around a group of adolescents growing up in a Philadelphia neighborhood. Rated PG (for momentary language)
In terms of area, it’s the county’s smallest conservation deal ever. In terms of location, it’s one of the county’s rarest acquisitions.