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Now showing at Crossroads CinemaDERAILED Cast: Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston “Derailed” is a suspense thriller about ad executive and family man Charles Schine (Clive Owen), who meets a businesswoman, Lucinda (Jennifer Aniston), on the commuter train to Chicago. Flirtation quickly escalates, but their fling turns dangerous when a violent criminal, LaRoache (Vincent Cassel), blackmails them, promising to reveal their indiscretion and threatening their families if they do not pay him. With their lives thrown terrifyingly off-course, they must figure out how to turn the tables on LaRoache and save their families. Rated R (for strong disturbing violence, language and some sexuality)A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, Maria Bello, William Hurt “A History of Violence” stars Viggo Mortensen as a pillar of a small-town community who runs a diner and lives a happy and quiet life with his wife (Maria Bello) and two children. But their lives are forever changed when Mortensen thwarts an attempted robbery and is lauded as a hero by the media, attracting the attention of some mobsters (William Hurt and Ed Harris) who believe he is someone else. Rated R Now Showing at Cascade Village Theatre JARHEAD Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Peter Sarsgaard, Lucas Black, Chris Cooper “Jarhead” follows “Swoff” (Jake Gyllenhaal), a third-generation enlistee, from a sobering stint in boot camp to active duty, sporting a sniper’s rifle and a hundred-pound ruck on his back through Middle East deserts with no cover from intolerable heat or from Iraqi soldiers. Swoff and his fellow Marines sustain themselves with sardonic humanity and wicked comedy on blazing desert fields in a country they don’t understand – against an enemy they can’t see for a cause they don’t fully fathom. Jamie Foxx portrays Sergeant Sykes, a Marine lifer who heads up Swofford’s scout/sniper platoon, while Peter Sarsgaard is Swoff’s friend and mentor, Troy, a die-hard member of STA – their elite Marine Unit. An irreverent and true account of a war that was antiseptically packaged a decade ago, “Jarhead” is laced with dark wit, honest inquisition and episodes that are at once surreal and poignant, tragic and absurd. Rated R GRIZZLY MAN Director: Werner Herzog Timothy Treadwell’s death was as sensational as his life. Having presumed he could live among the grizzly bears of the Alaskan wilderness, the outdoorsman and author (“Among Grizzlies”) – along with his partner, Amy Huguenard – was eventually killed and devoured by one of the very animals to whom he had devoted years of study. In telling this story, Werner Herzog relies considerably on Treadwell’s own video footage, shot during his time in the wild. But in the manner well known to those familiar with the stunning nonfiction films Herzog has made throughout his career, and most notably from the early ’90s through today, the famed German director takes Treadwell’s story into unexpected emotional frontiers and startling landscapes of the mind. Rated R (for language)Now showing at Riverwalk Theatre ZATHURA Two squabbling brothers are propelled into deepest, darkest space while playing a mysterious game they discovered in the basement of their old house. On their fantastic journey, they are joined by a stranded astronaut and must survive meteor showers, hostile lizard-like aliens, a rocket-propelled robot run amok and an intergalactic spaceship battle. But their greatest peril lies ahead. For unless they finish the game and reach the planet Zathura, they are doomed to be trapped in outer space forever. Rated PG (for fantasy action)CHICKEN LITTLE Voices: Zack Braff, Garry Marshall, Joan Cusack, Steve Zahn, Fred Willard This epic tale presents a new twist on the classic fable of a young chicken who causes widespread panic when he mistakes a falling acorn for a piece of the sky. In this adventure, Chicken Little is determined to restore his reputation. But just as things are starting to go his way, a real piece of the sky lands on his head! Suspense, chaos and plenty of laughs ensue as Chicken Little and his band of misfit friends, Abby Mallard (a.k.a. Ugly Duckling), Runt of the Litter and Fish Out of Water, attempt to save the world without sending the town into a whole new panic. This time, when it comes to saving the world, it helps to be a little chicken. Rated G PRIME Cast: Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep “Prime” is a character comedy set in New York about Rafi (Uma Thurman), a recently divorced 37-year-old career woman from Manhattan, and what happens when Dave (Bryan Greenberg), a talented 23-year-old painter from Brooklyn, falls in love with her. “Prime” looks at love from everyone’s point of view – friends, relatives and in this case, Rafi’s therapist (Meryl Streep) – and follows who who come apart, and some who pull it together, when two people fall in love. Rated PG-13 THE WEATHER MAN Cast: Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine, Hope Davis Popular Chicago weatherman, Dave Spitz (Nicolas Cage), has a shot at the big time when a national morning television show calls him for an audition. Professionally, Spitz is on top of the world, but his personal life is in complete disarray. His painful divorce, his dad’s illness and trouble with his kids have him poised on the knife’s edge between stability and disaster. The harder he tries to control events, the more he finds life, like the weather, is completely unpredictable. Rated R THE FOG In the small town of Antonio Bay, a terrifying and malevolent force hidden within a thick and eerie fog terrorizes its residents. Shrouded by the fog lies a ghastly secret of merciless revenge, one that the town inhabitants would do well to unravel before it’s too late. Rated PG-13 (for violence, disturbing images and brief sexuality)Now showing at Capitol Theatre CHICKEN LITTLE Rated G THE LEGEND OF ZORRO Cast: Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones The year is 1850 and our swashbuckling crusader is challenged by the most dangerous mission of his life. After fighting to help California become the 31st state of he Union, Zorro (Antonio Banderas) must live up to the promise he made his wife Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones) – to give up his secret identity and live a normal life as Alejandro de la Vega. When he hesitates, it threatens to tear them apart. Now, the same forces that conspired to keep California from becoming part of the United States are plotting to unleash a threat that has been 500 years in the making, a threat that could change the course of history forever. And only Zorro can stop it. Rated PG (for sequences of violence/peril and action, language and a couple of suggestive moments)DREAMER: INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY Cast: Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Luis Guzman, Kris Kristofferson Ben Crane (Kurt Russell) was once a great horseman, whose gifts as a trainer were now being wasted on making other men’s fortunes. Sonador – called Sonya — was a great horse whose promising future on the racetrack was suddenly cut short by a career-ending broken leg. Considered as good as dead to her owner, who also happens to be Ben’s boss, Sonya is given to Ben as severance pay, along with his walking papers. Now, it will take the unwavering faith and determination of Ben’s young daughter, Cale (Dakota Fanning), to bring these two damaged souls together in a quest for a seemingly impossible goal: to win the Bredders’ Cup Classic. Rated PG NORTH COUNTRY Cast: Charlize Theron, Sissy Spaceck, Francis McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sean Bean When Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) returns to her hometown in Northern Minnesota after a failed marriage, she needs a good job. A single mother with two children to support, she turns to the predominant source of employment in the region – the iron mines. It’s an industry long dominated by men, in a place unaccustomed to change. Encouraged by her old friend Glory (Frances McDormand), one of the few female miners in town, Josey joins the ranks of those laboring to blast ore from rock in the gaping quarries. She is prepared for the back-breaking and often dangerous work, but coping with the harassment she and the other female miners encounter from their male coworkers proves far more challenging. Rated R SAW II While investigating the bloody aftermath of a grizzly murder, Detective Eric Mason (Donnie Wahlberg) has the feeling that it is the work of Jigsaw, the notorious killer who disappeared leaving a trail of bodies – and parts – behind. And Mason is right. Jigsaw is at work again. But instead of two people locked in a room with only one unthinkable way out, there are eight. Eight strangers – unaware of their connection to each other – forced to play out a game that challenges their wits and puts their lives in jeopardy. Rated R Vail, Colorado

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