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Now showing at Crossroads CinemaSYRIANA 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)HOODWINKED Voices: Andy Dick, David Ogden Stiers, Sally Struthers The classic fable of “Little Red Riding Hood” becomes a wild and crazy, hilarious detective story. In the vein of “Shrek,” this witty and refreshing animated family film focuses on a band of furry and feathered cops investigating a domestic disturbance at Granny’s cottage. When “Red” hears the worrisome news, the hip and tough granddaughter sets out on a brave search for the culprit responsible for stealing all of the snacks at Grandma’s and all over the forest. Is it the sarcastic insatiable Wolf, an oafish Woodsman or her own thrill-seeking Granny? Rated PG (for some mild action and thematic elements)BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE 2 Cast: Martin Lawrence, Nia Long Martin Lawrence returns as FBI agent Malcolm Turner, a master of disguise who again goes deep, deep undercover as the corpulent septuagenarian “Big Momma.” To avert a national security disaster, Big Momma becomes a nanny housekeeper in the suspect’s household – only to find him/herself becoming attached to the three children of the dysfunctional clan. Rated PG-13 (for some sexual humor and a humorous drug reference)Now Showing at Cascade Village TheatreTHE MATADOR Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis “The Matador” follows Julian (Pierce Brosnan), a devil-may-care hitman, who suddenly hits a mid-life crisis when he realizes he has no friends. After a chance meeting in a hotel bar in Mexico City with Danny (Greg Kinnear), an affable down-on-his-luck businessman, Julian reaches out in desperation to make a human connection, and comedy ensues when Danny is simultaneously fascinated and appalled by what Julian does for a living. Rated R (for strong sexual content and language)FUN WITH DICK AND JANE Cast: Jim Carrey, Tea Leoni, Alec Baldwin Dick (Jim Carrey) and Jane (Tea Leoni) are in love and living the American dream – until one day it becomes an American nightmare. When the company Dick works for becomes involved in an Enron-like scandal and he is confronted with the prospect of losing everything, Dick and Jane are forced to beg, borrow and steal to get it all back. Rated PG-13 (for brief language, some sexual humor and occasional humorous drug references)Now showing at Riverwalk Theatre HOODWINKED Rated PG BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN Cast: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Linda Cardellini, Anne Hathaway, Randy Quaid Based on the short story by E. Annie Proulx, comes an epic love story set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas. “Brokeback Mountain” tells the story of two young men – a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy – who meet in the summer of 1963, and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love. Rated R (for sexuality, nudity, language and some violence)MUNICH Cast: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Geoffrey Rush; directed by Steven Spielberg Three-time Academy Award-winning director-producer Steven Spielberg directs “Munich,” a historical thriller set in the aftermath of the 1972 massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. “Munich” recounts the dramatic story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate 11 Palestinians believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre – and the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the team and the man who led it. Eric Bana stars as the Mossad agent charged with leading the band of specialists brought together for this operation. Rated R (for strong graphic violence, some sexual content, nudity and language)MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS Cast: Judi Dench, Christopher Guest, Bob Hoskins On the eve of World War II, an eccentric widow (Judi Dench) buys a London theater No one realized that this quaint theater would soon turn into the legendary home of nude revues called The Windmill. Rated R (for nudity and brief language)THE LAST HOLIDAY Cast: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton, Gerard Depardieu Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) lives a small life tucked inside big dreams. A shy cookware salesperson for a New Orleans retail outlet, she handles knives and skillets with the flair of a master chef. But when Georgia learns her days are numbered, she throws caution to the wind and embarks on a dream holiday vacation to a grand resort in Europe. There, thinking she has nothing to lose, Georgia undergoes a metamorphosis?and her transformation affects everyone around her. Georgia’s newly uninhibited personality shakes up staff and guests alike, including a venerated chef (Gerard Depardieu) as well as a retail magnate (Timothy Hutton) who becomes convinced she’s a rival intent on sabotaging his business plans. From snowy slopes to spectacular spas, delectable dinners to midnight balls, Georgia is going to live a lifetime of fun in just a few weeks. Rated PG-13 (for some sexual reference)GLORY ROAD Cast: Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Jon Voight “Glory Road” is based on the inspiring true story of the underdog Texas Western basketball team, with history’s first all African American starting lineup of players, who took the country by storm, surprisingly winning the 1966 NCAA tournament title. Josh Lucas stars as Hall of Famer Don Haskins, the passionately dedicated college basketball coach who changed the history of basketball with his team’s victory in this time of innocence. Rated PG (for racial issues including violence and epithets, and mild language)Now showing at Capitol Theatre BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE 2 Rated PG-13MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA Based on the internationally acclaimed novel by Arthur Golden, “Memoirs of a Geisha” is a sweeping romantic epic set in a mysterious and exotic world that still casts a potent spell today. The story begins in the years before WWII when a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house. Despite a treacherous rival who nearly breaks her spirit, the girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Sayri (Ziyi Zhang). Beautiful and accomplished, Sayuri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is haunted by her secret love for the man who is out of her reach (Ken Watanabe). Rated PG-13 (for mature subject matter and some sexual content) NANNY MCPHEE Cast: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury In this dark and witty fable, Emma Thompson portrays a person of unsettling appearance and magical powers who enters the household of the recently widowed Mr. Brown (Colin Firth) and attempts to tame his seven exceedingly ill-behaved children. The children have managed to drive away 17 previous nannies and are certain that they will have no trouble with this one. But as Nanny McPhee takes control, they begin to notice that their vile behavior now leads swiftly and magically to rather startling consequences. As the children’s behavior begins to change, Nanny McPhee’s arresting face and frame appear to change as well, creating even more questions about this mysterious stranger whom the children and their father have come to love. Rated PG (for mild thematic elements, some rude humor and brief language)THE PRODUCERS Cast: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Will Ferrell, Uma Thurman Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick appear as Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, a scheming theatrical producer and his mousy CPA who hit upon the perfect plan to embezzle a fortune: Raise far more money than you need to produce a sure-fire Broadway flop and then (since no one will expect anything back), Max and Leon can pocket the difference. To do this, they need the ultimate bad play, which they find in the musical “Springtime for Hitler.” Their plans come to naught and the duo are taken completely by surprise when their new production is hailed as a toast-of-the-town hit. Will Ferrell also brings his spot-on comic talents to the role of Franz Liebkind, the neoNazi playwright (and pigeon fancier) responsible for penning the “worst play ever written.” Rated PG-13 (for sexual humor and references)RUMOR HAS IT Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Mark Ruffalo, Shirley MacLaine, Kevin Costner, Mena Suvari Sarah Huttinger’s (Jennifer Aniston) life is in a tailspin. She’s finally agreed to marry her boyfriend Jeff (Mark Ruffalo), but isn’t all sure that marriage is what she really wants. In fact, she’s not sure what she wants in general. As conflicted as she is about her love life, her professional life isn’t much better. An aspiring journalist, Sarah’s career has stalled at the New York Times obituary column. To top it all off, she’s on her way home to attend her sister’s wedding, which means spending a lot of time with her tennis-obsessed Pasadena family. Somewhat of a black sheep, Sarah’s never quite felt a part of things when it comes to her relatives. But when she meets Internet millionaire Beau Burroughs (Kevin Costner), their encounter unexpectedly unlocks some well-kept secrets that may help Sarah uncover the truth about her family and finally discover who she truly is. Rated PG-13 (for mature thematic material, sexual content, crude humor and a drug reference)Vail, Colorado

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