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Now showing at Crossroads Cinema:MONSTER-IN-LAWCast: Jennifer Lopez, Michael Vartan, Jane FondaUnlucky in love, beautiful Charlotte “Charlie” Cantilini (Jennifer Lopez) has finally met the man of her dreams, Dr. Kevin Fields (Michael Vartan). There’s just one problem – his mother! Overbearing and controlling, not to mention volatile, Viola Fields (Jane Fonda) has recently been canned from her job as a star news anchor. Fearing she will lose her son’s affections as she has her career, Viola decides to break up the happy couple by becoming the world’s worst mother-in-law. Helping her with her crazy schemes is Viola’s long-time assistant, Ruby (Wanda Sykes). The gloves come off when Charlie finally decides to fight back and it looks like Viola has finally met her match. Rated PG-13 (for sex references and language)SAHARACast: Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn, Penelope Cruz, Delroy Lindo, William H. MacyMaster explorer Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey) takes on the adventure of his life when he embarks on a treasure hunt through some of the most dangerous regions of West Africa. Searching for what locals call “The Ship of Death,” a long lost Civil War battleship which protects a secret cargo, Pitt and his wisecracking sidekick (Steve Zahn) use their wits and clever heroics to help Doctor Eva Rojas (Penelope Cruz) when they realize the ship may be linked to mysterious deaths in the very same area. Rated PG-13 (for action violence)Now Showing at Cascade Village Theatre:KINGDOM OF HEAVENCast: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson; directed by Ridley Scott”Kingdom of Heaven” is an epic adventure about a common man who finds himself thrust into a decades-long war. A stranger in a strange land, he serves a doomed king, falls in love with an exotic and forbidden queen and rises to knighthood. Ultimately, he must protect the people of Jerusalem from overwhelming forces – while striving to keep a fragile peace. From Ridley Scott, the master of the modern epic. Rated R (for strong violence and epic warfare)CRASHCast: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt DillonA Brentwood housewife and her DA husband. A Persian store owner. Two police detectives who are also lovers. A black television director and his wife. A Mexican locksmith. Two car-jackers. A rookie cop. A middle-aged Korean couple. They all live in Los Angeles, and in the next 36 hours, they will collide. A provocative, unflinching look at the complexities of racial conflict in America, “Crash” is that rare cinematic event – a film that challenges audiences to question their own prejudices. Rated R (for language, sexual content and some violence)Now showing at Riverwalk Theatre:KINGDOM OF HEAVEN Rated RKICKING AND SCREAMINGCast: Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall”Kicking and Screaming” stars Will Ferrell as Phil Weston, an average Joe who’s had to put up all his life with his overly competitive father, Buck (Robert Duvall). When Phil decides to coach his 10-year-old son’s soccer team, he goes head-to-head for the league championship against Buck, who coaches his own young son on the preeminent team of the league. Old scores come into play as Phil and Buck find themselves going to extreme measures to win the championship trophy. Rated PG (for thematic elements, language and some crude humor)HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXYCast: Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, John MalkovichEarthman Arthur Dent is having a very bad day. His house is about to be bulldozed, he discovers that his best friend is an alien and to top things off, planet Earth is about to be demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Arthur’s only chance for survival: hitch a ride on a passing spacecraft. For the novice space traveler, the greatest adventure in the universe begins when the world ends. Arthur sets out on a journey in which he finds that nothing is as it seems: He learns that a towel is just the most useful thing in the universe, finds the meaning of life and discovers that everything he needs to know can be found in one book: “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Rated PG (for thematic elements, action and mild language)THE INTERPRETERCast: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Richard Gere; directed by Sydney PollackKidman stars as South African U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome, who inadvertently overhears a hushed, after-hours conversation in the General Assembly Hall. And what she hears could topple a government … if she can just survive long enough to get someone to believe her. In the right hallway, at the right time, all it takes is a whisper to tip the balance of power. Rated PG-13 (for violence, some sexual content and brief strong language)XXX: STATE OF THE UNIONCast: Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Willem DafoeNSA Agent Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson), fresh off the success of the last renegade recruitment, once again finds himself in need of an outsider. Gibbons and his new agent (Ice Cube), also code-named “XXX,” must track a dangerous military splinter group led by Willem Dafoe that is conspiring to overthrow the U.S. government in the nation’s capitol. Rated PG-13 (for sequences of intense action violence and some language)Now showing at Capitol Theatre:KICKING AND SCREAMING Rated PGMONSTER-IN-LAW Rated PG-13SAHARA Rated PG-13HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY Rated PGTHE 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 deejay, 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)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. All based on the brilliant graphic novels by Frank Miller. Rated R (for sustained strong stylized violence, nudity and sexual content including dialogue)

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