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Now showing at Crossroads Cinema:ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13Cast: Ethan Hawke, Lawrence FishburneThis is a remake of the classic 1976 John Carpenter film “Assault on Precinct 13.” The action in this new version ignites in the present day, in an about-to-be-closed police precinct building. During a snowy New Year’s Eve, most-wanted mobster Nicholas Zambrano (Lawrence Fishburne) is temporarily incarcerated at the doomed Precinct 13 – and the address receives renewed, unwanted attention from all sides of the law. As the sun sets and a long night begins, a motley crew of policemen and prisoners, reluctantly captained by cop Jake Roenick (Ethan Hawke), must band together to fight off a rogue gang that wants to extract Zambrano at any cost. Rated R (for strong violence and language throughout, and for some drug content)A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENTCast: Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel; directed by Jean-Pierre JeunetThe film is set in France near the end of World War I in the deadly trenches of the Somme, in the gilded Parisian halls of power, and in the modest home of an indomitable provincial girl. It tells the story of this young woman’s relentless, moving and sometimes comic search for her fiance, who has disappeared. He is one of five French soldiers believed to have been court-martialed under mysterious circumstances and pushed out of an allied trench into an almost-certain death in no-man’s land. What follows is an investigation into the arbitrary nature of secrecy, the absurdity of war and the enduring passion, intuition and tenacity of the human heart. Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and star Audrey Tautou previously worked together in “Amelie.” Rated R (violence and sexuality)WHITE NOISECast: Michael Keaton, Deborah UngerA man (Michael Keaton) is contacted by his murdered wife via EVP, a phenomenon whereby people hear voices through radio and television broadcasts. Rated PG-13 (for violence, disturbing images and language)Now Showing at Cascade Village Theatre:SIDEWAYSCast: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh; directed by Alexander PayneA wine tasting road trip to salute Jack’s (Thomas Haden Church) final days as a bachelor careens woefully sideways as he and Miles (Paul Giamatti) hit the gas en route to mid-life crises. The comically mismatched pair, who share little more than their history and a heady blend of failed potential and fading youth, soon find themselves drowning in wine and women (Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen). Emerging from a haze of Pinot Noir, wistful yearnings and trepidation about the future, the two inevitably collide with reality. Nominated for 7 Golden Globes, including Best Picture. Rated R (for language, some strong sexual content and nudity)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 Riverwalk Theatre:MEET THE FOCKERS Rated PG-13THE 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)ARE WE THERE YET?Cast: Ice Cube, Nia Long, Jay MohrSuzanne (Nia Long) is a divorced mom being wooed by Nick (Ice Cube), a playboy who collects sports memorabillia. Suzanne is stuck in Vancouver, British Columbia, on New Year’s Eve, so Nick volunteers to travel with her kids – two preteens he’s never met who have a preternatural dislike for their mother’s boyfiends – from Oregon to Vancouver. Rated PG (for language and rude humor)IN GOOD COMPANYCast: Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Scarlett JohanssonWhen his company is reorganized, an aging executive (Dennis Quaid) gets demoted and finds himself with a much younger, 20-something boss (Topher Grace). To further complicate the situation, the boss begins dating the demoted man’s daughter (Scarlett Johansson). Rated PG-13 (for some sexual content and drug references)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)Now showing at Capitol Theatre: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)RACING STRIPESCast: Dustin Hoffman, Frankie Muniz (voice), David SpadeAn abandoned zebra (voice of Frankie Muniz) grows up believing he is a racehorse, and, with the help of his barnyard friends and a teenage girl, sets our to achieve his dream of racing with thoroughbreds. This movie combines live action and computer animation. Rated PG (for mild crude humor and some language)ELEKTRACast: Jennifer Garner, Terence StampJennifer Garner (TV’s “Alias) returns as Elektra, who after recovering from the mortal wounds she suffered in “Daredevil,” becomes the world’s most dangerous assassin. When she gets her latest assignment, Elektra makes a decision that can take her life in a new direction – or destroy her. Rated PG-13 (for action violence)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)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)

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