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Riverwalk Theatre, Edwards

“THERE WILL BE BLOOD”

This joint venture between actor Daniel Day-Lewis and director Paul Thomas Anderson might be the most incendiary combination since the Molotov cocktail. This morality play set in the early days of California’s oil boom can be over the top and excessive, but it also creates considerable heat and light. (2:39) R for some violence.

“27 DRESSES”

Katherine Heigl stars as a woman who re-evaluates her perennial bridesmaid status when her little sister wins the heart of the man Jane has had a secret crush on in this romantic comedy. With James Marsden, Edward Burns and Malin Akerman. Directed by Anne Fletcher. PG-13 for language, some innuendo and sexuality.

“ATONEMENT”

As directed by Joe Wright and acted with fervor by Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, this is one of the few adaptations that gives a splendid novel (by Ian McEwan) the film it deserves. An assured and deeply moving work, “Atonement” is at once one of the most affecting of contemporary love stories and a potent meditation on the power of fiction to destroy and create, to divide and possibly heal. It is about the effects a young girl’s false accusations have on her older sister (Knightley) and her lover (McAvoy). (2:03) R for disturbing war images, language and some sexuality.

“JUNO”

Ellen Page plays a pregnant teen who tries to find the right set of adoptive parents for her unborn baby in this seriocomic tale from writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman. With Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner and Allison Janney. PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual content and language.

Capitol Theatre, Eagle

“MEET THE SPARTANS”

After skewering Hollywood horror films (“Scary Movie”), romantic comedies (“Date Movie”) and blockbusters (“Epic Movie”), writers-directors-producers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer now set their sights on “300.” The heroic Leonidas, armed with nothing but leather underwear and a cape, leads a ragtag group of 13 Spartans to defend their homeland against the invading Persians (whose ranks include Ghost Rider, Rocky Balboa, the Transformers and a hunchbacked Paris Hilton). PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language and some comic violence.

“CLOVERFIELD”

Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the event. With Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel and Odette Yustman. Directed by Matt Reeves. PG-13 for violence, terror and disturbing images.

“ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM”

Round 1 went to the Predator. Who will win this rematch in a small Colorado town? With Reiko Aylesworth and Steven Pasquale. Written by Shane Salerno. R for violence, gore and language.

“THE WATER HORSE: LEGEND OF THE DEEP”

This enchanting tale of friendship and evolving relationships engagingly grafts coming-of-age movie chestnuts onto a Scottish folk tale. Though most of the narrative won’t surprise anyone who has seen “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” or numerous similar stories, director Jay Russell and screenwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs create a realistic world where the fantastical is credible. Alex Etel and Emily Watson star. (1:51) PG for some action/peril, mild language and brief smoking.

“THE BUCKET LIST”

This travelogue of triteness is the story of two older men with terminal medical conditions. It arrived on Christmas Day to remind us to live life to its fullest and leave no cliche unturned. Its watchability almost entirely depends on your tolerance of Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson doing the things that made them stars and won them Oscars, only much more so. (1:37) PG-13 for language, including a sexual reference.

L.A. Times-Washington Post News Service


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