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Now showing at Crossroads Cinema: BATMAN BEGINS Cast: Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, Michael Caine, Katie Holmes, Morgan Freeman “Batman Begins” explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight’s emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents’ murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city. Rated PG-13 (for intense action violence, disturbing images and some thematic elements)MR. AND MRS. SMITH Cast: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Adam Brody John and Jane Smith (Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie) are an ordinary suburban couple with an ordinary, lifeless suburban marriage. But each of them has a secret: They are legendary assassins working for competing organizations. When the truth comes out, John and Jane end up in each other’s cross-hairs. Rated PG-13 (for sequences of violence, intense action, sexual content and brief strong language) THE ADVENTURES OF SHARKBOY AND LAVA GIRL 3-D Cast: David Arquette, Kristin Davis Sometimes the most amazing superheroes are the ones inside your dreams. Ten-year-old Max is an outcast boy who has become lost in his own fantasy world in an attempt to escape the everyday worries of dealing with parents, school bullies and no-fun summer vacations. Now, Max is blasting off on a mission to Planet Drool where Shark Boy and Lava Girl live in a realm of astonishing wonders. Teeming with mountainous roller coasters and violent skies, Planet Drool looks like the perfect paradise until Max meets up with the shocking Mr. Electric and his sidekick, Minus, who are trying to do away with all dreams forever. With Shark Boy and Lava Girl in trouble, only Max can guide them – by imagining every clever move of their wily escape from Mr. Electric’s lair. Speedily conjuring up an incredible array of gadgets, gizmos, contraptions and cool ideas, Max learns the power of turning his dreams into reality. This 3-D adventure is from director Robert Rodriguez (“Spy Kids”) Rated PG (for mild action and some rude humor)Now Showing at Cascade Village Theatre: WAR OF THE WORLDS Cast: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins; directed by Steven Spielberg This summer, the earth goes to war. A contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells’ seminal classic, the sci-fi adventure thriller reveals the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it. Rated PG-13 (for frightening sequences of sci-fi violence and disturbing images)BEWITCHED Cast: Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine An all-star cast led by Oscar-sinner Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell cast their spell on the movie version of one of TV’s most memorable and beguilling shows “Bewitched.” Ferrell plays a television actor who plans to revive his flagging career with an updated version of the popular situation comedy about a man who marries a witch. He gets much more than he bargained for, however, when Nicole Kidman’s character takes on the role of Samantha, his TV wife. Rated PG-13 (for some language, including sex and drug references, and partial nudity)GEORGE A. ROMERO’S LAND OF THE DEAD Cast: Simon Baker, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper Writer-director George A. Romero creates a harrowing vision of a modern-day world where the walking dead roam an uninhabited wasteland and the living try to lead “normal” lives behind walls of a fortified city. A new society has been built by a handful of enterprising, ruthless opportunists, who live in the towers of a skyscraper, high above the hard scrabble existence on the streets below. But outside the city walls, an army of the dead is evolving. Inside, anarchy is on the rise. With the very survival of the city at stake, a group of hardened mercenaries is called into action to protect the living from an army of the dead. Rated R (for pervasive strong violence and gore, language, brief sexuality and some drug use)Now showing at Riverwalk Theatre: WAR OF THE WORLDS Rated PG-13 BATMAN BEGINS Rated PG-13 MR. AND MRS. SMITH Rated PG-13 MADAGASCAR Rated PG HERBIE FULLY LOADED Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Justin Long, Breklin Meyer, Matt Dillon, Michael Keaton Start your engines! Lindsay Lohan stars as Maggie Peyton, the new owner of Number 53 – the free-wheelin’ Volkswagen bug with a mind of its own – who puts the car through its paces on the road to becoming a NASCAR competitor. Herbie’s got some new tricks under his hood as he takes audiences for an action-packed spin in this high-speed comedy. With an all-star cast along for a wild ride, this comedy puts Herbie to the test – on-road, off-road, on the track and into the record books. Rated G (all audience)CINDERELLA MAN Cast: Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko, Bruce McGill, Paddy Considine; directed by Ron HowardRussell Crowe stars as Jim Braddock, a once-promising light heavyweight boxer forced into retirement after a string of losses in the ring. As the nation enters the darkest years of the Great Depression, Braddock accepts a string of dead-end jobs to support his wife, Mae, and their children, while never totally abandoning his dream of boxing again. Thanks to a last-minute cancellation, Braddock finds himself back in the ring against the second-ranked world contender and wins. Despite being pounds lighter than his opponents and repeated injuries to his hands, Braddock continues to fight against challengers and win. Carrying on his shoulders the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised, Braddock, dubbed the “Cinderella Man,” faces his toughest challenger in Max Baer, the heavyweight champion of the world, renowned for having killed two men in the ring. Braddock climbed into the ring seeking nothing more than to provide for his wife and children, his commitment to them inspired him to championship, elevating the family man with a simple cause to the level of legend. Rated PG-13 (for intense boxing violence and some language)Now showing at Capitol Theatre: WAR OF THE WORLDS Rated PG-13 HERBIE FULLY LOADED Rated G BEWITCHED Rated Pg-13 BATMAN BEGINS Rated PG-13 THE PERFECT MAN Cast: Hilary Duff, Heather Locklear, Chris Noth Teenager Holly Hamilton (Hilary Duff) is tired of moving every time her single mom Jean (Heather Locklear) has another personal meltdown involving yet another second-rate guy. To distract her mother from her latest bad choice, Holly conceives the perfect plan for the perfect man – an imaginary secret admirer who will romance Jean and boost her shaky self-esteem. When the virtual relationship takes off, Holly finds herself having to produce the suitor, borrowing her friend’s charming and handsome Uncle Ben (Chris Noth) as the face behind the e-mails, notes and gifts. Holly must resort to increasingly desperate measures to keep the ruse alive an protect her mom’s new found happiness?almost the real perfect man when he does come along. Rated PG (for some mildly suggestive content)

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