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Now showing at Crossroads CinemaFIRST DESCENT In the vein of surfing films “Step Into Liquid” and “Riding Giants,” the documentary “First Descent” chronicles the rebellious, inspiring and sometimes controversial rise of snowboarding as seen through the eyes of the snowboarders setting the standards and breaking the boundaries of this worldwide phenomenon. “First Descent” spotlights a handful of snowboarding’s early pioneers (including Shawn Farmer, Nick Perata and Terje Haakonsen) and some of the ultra-sponsored superstar phenoms at snowboarding’s current cutting edge (Shaun White and Hannah Teter) and literally takes them to the edge – the snow blanketed mountains of Alaska – where these five icons face some of the most challenging and hard-core natural terrain on the planet. The five come for different reasons: Perata and Farmer to see if they still have what it takes, Haakonsen to add another credit to his “big-mountain” resume, and White and Teter to undertake their first big-mountain ride ever and yet all seek to challenge themselves to accomplish the best snowboarding feat of their lives down peaks of powder no rider has ever descended. Rated PG-13 (for brief strong language and a momentary drug reference)THE ICE HARVEST Cast: John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Neilsen, Randy Quaid, Oliver Platt; directed by Harold Ramis This wickedly funny thriller takes moviegoers on a wild ride brimming with larceny, lust and lethal behavior. In icebound Wichita, Kan., it’s Christmas Eve, and this year Charlie Arglist (John Cusack) just might have something to celebrate. Charlie, an attorney for the sleazy businesses of Wichita, and his unsavory associate, the steely Vic Cavanaugh (Billy Bob Thornton) have just successfully embezzled $2 million from Kansas City boss Bill Guerrard (Randy Quaid). But the real prize for Charlie is the stunning Renata (Connie Neilsen), who runs the Sweet Cage strip club. Charlie hopes to slip out of town with Renata, but as daylight fades and an ice storm whirls, everyone from Charlie’s drinking buddy Pete Van Heuten (Oliver Platt) to the local police begin to wonder just what exactly is in Charlie’s Christmas stocking – and the 12 hours of Christmas Eve are filled with surprises. Rated R (for violence, language and sexuality/nudity)JUST FRIENDS Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, Amy Smart, Chris Klein The romantic comedy “Just Friends” stars Ryan Reynolds as a former high school geek turned trendy Los Angeles music executive. When he gets stranded in his New Jersey hometown due to bad weather with a superstar singer he is trying to sign, he finds himself reunited with his high school crush, and discovers she is his true love. Rated PG-13 (for sexual content including some dialogue)Now Showing at Cascade Village TheatreSYRIANA Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet “Syriana” is a political thriller that tracks several disparate characters across the globe as they find their lives impacted by the ruthless competition for incalculable power and wealth that drives the energy industry. Rated R (for violence and language)SHOPGIRL Cast: Steve Martin, Claire Danes, Jason Schwartzman Based on Steve Martin’s bestselling novella, “Shopgirl” is a funny and poignant story of love in the modern age. The film catches a glimpse inside the lives of three very different people on diverse paths, but all in search of the same thing. Rated R (for some sexual content and brief language)Now showing at Riverwalk Theatre THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA This spectacular live-action adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ beloved literary classic follows the exploits of four children in World War II England who enter the imaginary world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe. Once there, the children discover a charming, peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants that has become cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch. Her prophecy to take control of Narnia must be prevented with the guidance of a noble and mystical ruler, the lion Aslan. He helps the children overcome the White Witch’s powerful hold over Narnia in their efforts to free Narnia from the icy spell forever. Rated PG (for battle sequences and frightening moments)WALK THE LINE Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon “Walk the Line” chronicles the early years in the life and career of music legend Johnny Cash, whose work transcended musical boundaries to reach out to everyone. A testament to making art and music and being young, this film explores the world he came from and his experiences beginning a career during the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. It also is a love story detailing Cash’s burgeoning relationship with June Carter. Rated PG-13 (for some language, thematic material and depiction of drug dependency)HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE In “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” Harry must contend with being mysteriously selected to compete in the prestigious Triwizard Tournament, a thrilling international competition that pits him against older and more experienced students from Hogwarts and two rival European wizarding schools. Meanwhile, supporters of Harry’s nemesis, the evil Lord Voldermort, send a shockwave of fear throughout the wizard community when their dark mark scorches the sky at the Quiddictch World Cup, signaling Voldermort’s return to power. But for Harry, this is not the only harrowing news causing him anxiety?he still has yet to find a date for Hogwarts’ Yule Ball dance. Rated PG-13 (for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images)PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Cast: Keira Knightly, Matthew MacFadyen, Donald Sutherland, Judi Dench Based on Jane Austen’s beloved novel, the classic tale of love and value unfolds in the class-conscious England of the late 18th century. The five Bennet sisters – including strong-willed Elizabeth (Keira Knightly) and young Lydia (Jena Malone) – have all been raised by their mother (Brenda Blethyn) with one purpose in life: finding a husband. When a wealthy bachelor takes up residence in a nearby mansion, the Bennets are abuzz. Among the man’s sophisticated circle of friends, surely there will be no shortage of suitors for the Bennet sisters. But when Elizabeth meets up with the handsome and – it would seem – snobbish Mr. Darcy (matthhew MacFadyen), the battle of the sexes begins. Rated PG (for some mild thematic elements)Now showing at Capitol Theatre THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA Rated PG WALK THE LINE Rated PG-13 YOURS, MINE AND OURS Cast: Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo, Rip torn, Linda Hunt In this family comedy, single parents Frank (Dennis quaid) and Helen (Rene Russo) plan to tie the knot – but with 18 children between them trying to sabotage the marriage, they discover that weddings – and families – can’t be built in a day. Rated PG (for some mild crude humor)AEON FLUX Cast: Charlize Theron Based on the MTV animated series created by Peter Chung, “Aeon Flux” is set 400 years in the future, when disease has wiped out the majority of the earth’s population except for one walled, protected city-state, Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. The story centers on Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron), the top operative in the underground “Monican” rebellion – led by The Handler (Frances McDormand). When Aeon is sent on a mission to kill a government leader, she uncovers a world of secrets. Rated PG-13 (for sequences of violence and sexual content)GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK Cast: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels “Good Night, and Good Luck” takes place during the early days of broadcast journalism in 1950s America. It chronicles the real-life conflict between television newsman Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee. With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, Murrow, and his dedicated staff – headed by his producer Fred Friendly and Joe Wershba in the CBS newsroom – defy corporate and sponsorship pressures to examine the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his Communist “witch-hunts.” A very public feud develops when the senator responds by accusing the anchor of being a Communist. In this climate of fear and reprisal, the CBS crew carries on and their tenacity will prove historic and monumental. Rated PG (for mild thematic elements and brief language)DERAILED 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)Vail, Colorado


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