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Now showing at Crossroads CinemaMILLION DOLLAR BABYCast: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman.A hardened fighter-cum-trainer works with a determined woman in her attempt to establish herself as a boxer. Nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture. Rated PG-13 (for violence, some disturbing images, thematic material and language)THE WEDDING DATECast: Debra Messing, Dermot MulroneyDebra Messing plays Kat, a never-married New Yorker, who is invited to her parents’ London home for her younger sister’s wedding. What should be a joyous occasion bodes disaster for Kat, however, when she discovers that the best man will be her ex-fiance, who inexplicably dumped her. In a desperate attempt to face the ordeal with dignity, Kat hires Nick (Dermot Mulroney), a professional male escort, to pose as her new boyfriend and escort her to the wedding. Even more valuable to Kat than Nick’s good looks and charisma is his keen insight into human behavior. Over the course of the weekend, Nick takes on the role of the bride’s therapist, the father’s ideal son-in-law, the groom’s new best friend and the object of every woman’s affection. For Kat, what starts out as a pretend relationship with Nick begins to turn into something unexpected: a second chance at love. Rated PG-13 (for sexual content including dialogue)Now Showing at Cascade TheatreHITCHCast: Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin JamesIn this romantic comedy, Will Smith stars as Alex “Hitch” Hitchens, a true urban myth – a legendary New York City “date doctor” who, for a fee, has helped hundreds of men woo the women of their dreams. The ultimate professional bachelor, Hitch discovers that all of his tried and true tricks of the trade are no match for Sara (Eva Mendes), the one woman he truly loves. Rated PG-13 (for language and some strong sexual references)HOTEL RWANDACast: Don Cheadle, Nick Nolte, Joaquin PhoenixTen years ago, some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind took place in the country of Rwanda – and in an era of high-speed communication and round-the-clock news, the events went almost unnoticed by the rest of the world. In only three months, almost 1 million people were brutally murdered. In the face of these unspeakable actions, inspired by his love for his family, an ordinary man summons extraordinary courage to save the lives of over a thousand helpless refugees by granting them shelter in the hotel he manages. Harrowing and deeply moving, “Hotel Rwanda” is his story. Rated PG-13 (for violence, disturbing images and brief strong language)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)Now showing at Riverwalk TheatreHITCH Rated PG-13CONSTANTINECast: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LeBeouf, Tilda SwintonBased on the DC-Vertigo comic book “Hellblazer,” “Constantine” is a science fiction suspense drama about renegade occultist John Constantine (Keanu Reeves) who has literally been to hell and back. When Constantine teams up with skeptical policewoman Katelin Dodson (Rachel Weisz) to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, their investigation takes them trough the world of demons and angels that exists just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. Rated R (for violence and demonic images)SON OF THE MASKCast: Jamie Kennedy, Alan Cumming, Bob HoskinsA decade after the legendary Mask of Loki wreaked havoc on the life of an unsuspecting adult, the magical mask finds its way into the possession of a child in the family comedy “Son of the Mask.” When cartoonist Tim Avery’s (Jamie Kennedy) new son is born with the Mask’s spectacular powers – to the dismay of the family’s jealous dog – it turns the household upside down and launches a kid versus canine battle for control of the Mask. But unbeknownst to them all, Loki has come looking for his mask and is willing to do whatever it takes to get it back. Rated PG (for action, crude and suggestive humor and language)HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS”House of Flying Daggers” is set in the year 859 AD as China’s once flourishing Tang Dynasty is in decline. Unrest is raging throughout the land, and the corrupt government is locked in battle with rebel armies that are forming in protest. The largest, and most prestigious of these rebel groups is the House of Flying Daggers, which is growing ever more powerful under a mysterious new leader. Two local captains, Leo and Jin, are ordered to capture the new leader and the two hatch an elaborate plan. Captain Jin will pretend to be a lone warrior called Wind and rescue the beautiful, blind revolutionary Mei from prison, earning her trust and escorting her to the secret headquarters of the House of Flying Daggers. The plan works, but to their surprise, Jin and Mei fall deeply in love on their long journey to the house. Rated PG-13 (for sequences of stylized martial arts violence, and some sexuality)POOH’S HEFFALUMP MOVIEAwakened by a rumbling that could only be made by the much-feared Heffalump, the Hundred Acre Wood crew sets forth to catch the dreaded creature. Regarded as too young to partake in such a dangerous expedition, Roo opts to search on his own – with far greater success than his friends. But in meeting a young, playful Heffalump named Lumpy, Roo quickly discovers that Heffalumps are nothing like what he’s been told, and that the creature is equally afraid of Roo’s silly pals. Roo and Lumpy strike up a sweet friendship and work together to dispel the unfounded fears of their respective friends and families. Rated G (for General Audiences)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 five Oscars, including Best Picture; winner Golden Globes for Best Picture – Comedy. Rated R (for language, some strong sexual content and nudity)Now showing at Capitol Theatre:POOH’S HEFFALUMP MOVIE Rated GCURSEDCast: Christina Ricci, Scott Foley, Shannon Elizabeth; directed by Wes CravenAn estranged brother and sister living in Los Angeles, mourning the recent loss of their parents, are brought together by a savage werewolf attack, forcing them to fight for survival against both the beast and the dangers of its virulent curse. Rated PG-13 (for horror violence/terror, some sexual references, nudity, language and a brief drug reference)MAN OF THE HOUSECast: Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Archer, Brian Van Holt, Cedric the EntertainerIn the comedy “Man of the House,” a by-the-book Texas Ranger, Roland Sharp (Tommy Lee Jones), tracks down a key informant with the help of a streetwise preacher, Percy Stevens (Cedric the Entertainer). But when the informant is eliminated, the hardheaded Sharp is assigned to protect the only witnesses to the crime – a group of University of Texas cheerleaders – by going undercover and moving in with the five uncontrollable college coeds. Rated PG-13 (for violence, sexual content, crude humor and a drug reference)BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIECast: Jeff Daniels, Cicely Tyson, Dave Matthews, Eva Marie Saint, Anna Sophia RobbA lonely young girl adopts an orphaned dog, Winn-Dixie (so named for the supermarket where she found him), who helps her make friends in a small Florida town. The bond between the girl and her special companion brings together the townspeople, and helps her own troubled relationship with her mother. Rated PG (for thematic elements and brief mild language)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 11 Oscars, including Best Picture; winner Golden Globes for Best Picture – drama. Rated PG-13 (for thematic elements, sexual content, nudity, language and a crash sequence)

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