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Now showing at Crossroads CinemaToday through Sunday Crossroads is hosting films from the second annual Vail Film Festival. For a complete schedule and film descriptions, log on to or 476-1092.Now showing at Crossroads Cinema (Monday-Thursday)THE UPSIDE OF ANGERCast: Kevin Costner, Joan Allen, Erika Christensen, Evan Rachel Wood, Keri Russell, Alicia WittKevin Costner and Joan Allen headline a stellar ensemble cast in the comedic drama “The Upside of Anger.” Allen stars as the sharp-witted Terry Wolfmeyer, a suburban wife and mother who is left to raise her four headstrong daughters when her husband unexpectedly disappears. Things get even more hectic when Terry falls for her neighbor Denny (Costner), a once-great baseball star turned radio DJ, and her daughters forced to juggle their mom’s romantic dilemmas as well as their own. Rated R (for language, sexual situations, brief comic violence and some drug use)BE COOLCast: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, Cedric the Entertainer, Steven Tyler, Robert Pastorelli, Harvey Keitel, The Rock, Danny DeVitoJohn Travolta is back as Chili Palmer in “Be Cool,” a sequel to the comedy “Get Shorty.” This time, Chili becomes a different kind of “hit” man – he abandons the movie industry to bring his wiseguy skills and negotiation tactics to the music business. When a friend is offed while they’re at lunch, Chili takes the opportunity to visit the guy’s wife, Edie (Uma Thurman), and pitch himself as her new business partner at an independent record label. With a promising young pop-star-in-training as his protege (Christina Milian), Chili has to juggle her faux-urban manager (Vince Vaughn), his gay, wannabe-actor bodyguard (The Rock), Russian mobsters and an eloquent gangsta music producer (Cedric the Entertainer) to save the label and land a hit – and keep from getting popped himself. Rated PG-13 (for violence, sensuality, and language)ROBOTSVoices: Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Greg Kinnear, Mel Brooks, Drew Carey, Robin Williams, Amanda BynesFor the first time ever, an animated feature presents a unique, totally imagined world – a wondrously clanky universe populated soley by mechanical beings. In the film you’ll meet memorable ‘bots Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor), a young genius inventor who dreams of making the world a better place; Cappy (Halle Berry), a beautiful executive ‘bot with whom Rodney is instantly smitten; the nefarious corporate tyrant Ratchet (Greg Kinnear), who locks horns with Rodney; Bigweld (Mel Brooks), a master inventor who has lost his way; and a group of misfit ‘bots known as the Rusties, led by Fender (Robin Williams) and Piper Pinwheeler (Amanda Bynes. Rated PG (for some brief language and suggestive humor)Now Showing at Cascade TheatreToday through Sunday Crossroads is hosting films from the second annual Vail Film Festival. For a complete schedule and film descriptions, log on to or 476-1092.Now Showing at Cascade Theatre (Monday-Thursday)SIN CITYCast: Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen, Elijah Wood, Jessica AlbaA collection of interweaving stories all based in the corrupt, crime infested hellhole that is Basin City. Heavily influenced by film-noir, the main storylines concern a hulking brute called Marv (Mickey Rourke), who is seeking the murderer of a beautiful woman who was killed while asleep in bed with him; an ex-photographer called Dwight (Clive Owen) who accidentally kills a hero cop and has to cover it up; and a soon-to-be-retiring policeman called Hartigan (Bruce Willis) who is incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit. Rated R (for sustained strong stylized violence, nudity and sexual content including dialogue) 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)Now showing at Riverwalk TheatreROBOTS Rated PGTHE RING 2Cast: Naomi Watts, Simon Baker, David Dorfman, Elizabeth Perkins, Sissy SpacekThe story picks up six months after the original film’s horrifying events that terrorized Rachel Keller and her son Aidan in Seattle. To escape her haunting memories, Rachel takes Aidan and moves to the small coastal community of Astoria, Oregon, to start fresh. However, Rachel’s resolve quickly turns to dread when evidence at a local crime scene – including an unmarked videotape – seems eerily familiar. Rachel realizes that the vengeful Samara is back and more determined than ever to continue her relentless cycle of terror and death. Rated PG-13 (for violence/terror, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language)MISS CONGENIALITY 2: ARMEDAND FABULOUSCast: Sandra Bullock, Regina KingThe story catches up with FBI agent Gracie Hart shortly after she successfully disarmed a threat against the Miss United States Pageant while working undercover as a contestant in “Miss Congeniality.” Having become a media celebrity following her heroic pageant exploits, Gracie has been spending more time lately at the salon than the shooting range, working the talk-show circuit and promoting her book. When her friends, pageant winner Cheryl and emcee Stan, are kidnapped in Las Vegas, Gracie’s all-out efforts to jump back into action to save them puts her at loggerheads with the FBI top brass who don’t want to risk losing their mascot and fear she might not be up to the job anymore. Rated PG-13 (for sex-related humor) Running time 2 hoursTHE PACIFIERCast: Vin Diesel, Lauren Graham, Faith FordVin Diesel redefines what it means to be an action hero in this heartwarming family action comedy. Diesel stars Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe who, as an elite member of the world’s fiercest and most highly trained force, thought he was prepared to take on any duty no matter how perilous or impossible … until he tried babysitting. Assigned to protect the five out-of-control children of an assassinated scientist working on vital government secrets, Shane is suddenly faced with juggling two outrageously incompatible jobs: fighting the bad guys while keeping house. But while drop zones, demolitions and destroying enemy targets come naturally to Shane, he has no idea what tough really is until he pits his courage against diapering, den-mothering and driver’s education. He’s truly a SEAL out of water, and now it’s up to this one-time lone warrior to take on the most important mission of his life: keeping a family together. Rated PG (for action violence, language and rude humor)ICE PRINCESSHigh-school bookworm Casey Carlyle (Michelle Trachtenberg) has never quite fit in. Caught between her fantasy of becoming a championship figure skater and her strong-willed mother (Joan Cusack), who has her on the fast track to Harvard, she can only hope to be like Nikki, Tiffany and Gen — three elite skating prodigies who are ruthlessly competing on the US National circuit (and have attitudes to match). But when Casey gets the chance to train with Gen and her coach, a disgraced former skating champion who also happens to be Gen’s mother (Kim Cattrall), she must dash her own mother’s hopes in order to pursue her dream. Rated G (all audiences)SIN CITY Rated RTHE UPSIDE OF ANGER Rated RNow showing at Capitol TheatreMISS CONGENIALITY 2: ARMED AND FABULOUS Rated PG-13ROBOTS Rated PGMILLION 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. Rated PG-13 (for violence, some disturbing images, thematic material and language)GUESS WHOCast: Bernie Mac, Ashton KutcherPercy Jones (Bernie Mac) is taking no chances with his daughter Theresa’s future. Even before he meets Simon Green, her latest boyfriend, Percy has him checked out. On paper, he passes with flying colors – great job, good investments and a promising future. Not like the other losers she’s dated in the past. But there’s one thing the credit report didn’t tell him. Simon Green (Ashton Kutcher) is white. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Unless, of course, Simon wants to marry Percy’s daughter. Which he does. Rated PG-13 (for sex-related humor) Running time 1 hour 50 minutesHOSTAGECast: Bruce Willis, Jimmy BennettDevastaed by an unspeakable tragedy while on the job as a hostage negotiator for the LAPD, Jeff Talley (Bruce Willis) resigns and accepts a low-profile job as the chief of police in the sleepy town of Bristo Camino in Ventura County. On a slow Monday morning, Jeff Talley’s job becomes anything but quiet and sets him on a course that could change not only his professional but personal life forever. When three delinquent teenagers follow a family home intending to steal their car, they get more than they bargained for. The trio finds themselves trapped in a multi-million dollar compound on the outskirts of town with no way to escape. Panicked, they take the family hostage, placing Talley in a situation that he never wanted to face again. He is forced to take on a role he abandoned where the stakes quickly evolve into a hostage situation for more terrifying than anything he could ever imagine. Rated R (for strong graphic violence, language and some drug use)Vail, Colorado

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