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Now showing at Crossroads Cinema:

ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe

The saga continues with this third film as El Mariachi makes his way across a rugged landscape on the bloody trail of Barrillo (Dafoe), a cartel kingpin who is planning a coup d’etat against the president of Mexico. Enlisted by Sands (Depp), a corrupt CIA agent, El Mariachi demands retribution, and the adventure begins against a backdrop of revolution, greed, and revenge. The character made famous by Banderas remains a slinger of guitars and guns, a tragic and bloodied hero, but a survivor forever. Rated R (for strong violence, and for language)

SPELLBOUND

This fascinating documentary focuses on eight contestants (out of 248, and none past the eighth grade) who entered the 1999 National Spelling Bee, a two-day bloodbath. Director Jeff Blitz gets in close to the eight kids and their families. Whether from a Texas ranch, a Missouri trailer park or a Washington, D.C., housing project, these spellers define something unique about the American character. By the time they’re on stage, your pulse is punding right along with theirs. Nominated for Best Documentary Academy Award. Rated G (General Audiences)

FREDDY vs. JASON

It has been almost 10 years since one of the scariest horror characters of all time, Freddy Kruger, invaded the dreams of a generation to exact his deadly form of revenge and murder. Now, Freddy has entered into the dreams of another master of evil – the unstoppable Jason Voorhees – plunging cinema’s two greatest titans of terror into a battle to end all battles. Rated R (for pervasive strong horror violence/gore, gruesome images, sexuality, drug use and language)

Now Showing at Cascade Village Theatre:

MATCHSTICK MEN

Cast: Nicholas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman; directed by Ridley Scott

Phobia-addled con artist Roy (Cage) and his protege Frank (Rockwell) are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the unexpected arrival of Roy’s teenage daughter Angela (Lohman) disrupts his carefully-ordered life and jeopardizes his high-risk scam. Rated PG-13 (for thematic elements, violence, some sexual content and language)

THE MAGDALENE SISTERS

From acclaimed director Peter Mullen comes “The Magdalene Sisters,” a controversial and provacative emotional drama, charting several years in the young lives of four “fallen women” who were rejected by their families and abandoned to the mercy of the Catholic Church in 1960s Ireland. While women’s liberation is sweeping the globe, these women are stripped of their liberty and dignity and condemned to indefinite sentences of servitude in The Magdalene Laundries, in order to atone for their “sins.” The last Magdalene Asylum in Irelend closed in 1996, and only since has the true horror of conditions in these institutions begun to emerge. Rated R (for violence/cruelty, nudity, sexual content and language)

Now showing at Riverwalk Theatre

WHALE RIDER

This contemporary story of love and rejection follows a young girl’s fight to fulfill her destiny. The movie is set in a small New Zealand coastal village, where Maori claim descent from Paikea, the Whale Rider. In every generation, a male heir has succeeded to chiefly title. In the current generation, however, after twins are born, and the boy twin dies, the chief is unable to accept his granddaughter, Pai, as a future leader. Koro, the chief, is convinced that the tribe’s misfortunes began at Pai’s birth and calls for his people to bring their sons to him, sure a new leader will be revealed. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny. Rated PG-13 (for brief language and a momentary drug reference)

SEABISCUIT

Cast: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, William H. Macy

Based on the best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand, this is the true story of a former bicycle repairman, Charles Howard (Bridges), who made his fortune introducing the automobile to the American West – and who owned a small, knobby-kneed horse called Seabiscuit. Howard teamed up with a half-blind ex-boxing prize fighter, Red Pollard (Maguire), who became the horse’s jockey, while former “mustang breaker” Tom Smith (Cooper) became the horse’s trainer. Set during the Great Depression, this is an American epic of triumph and perseverance, about three men and a down-and-out racehorse that took the entire nation on the ride of a lifetime. Rated PG-13 (for some sexual situations and violent sports-related images)

DIRTY PRETTY THINGS

Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou; directed by Stephen Frears (“High Fidelity”)

From Stephen Frears, the Oscar nominated director of “The Grifters” and “Dangerous Liaisons,” comes a new film set in London’s secret underworld, where everything is for sale. It’s the story of a young man, Okwe (Ejiofor) and a Turkish chambermaid, Senay (Tautou, from “Amelie”), who work at he same West London hotel – a breeding ground for illegal activity. They are put to the test when Okwe makes a shocking discovery late one night. Rated R (for pervasive language, strong violence, sexuality and drug content)

FREAKY FRIDAY

Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan

Dr. Tess Coleman (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her 15-year-old daughter, Anna (Lindsay Lohan), are not getting along. They don’t see eye to eye on clothes, hair, music, and certainly not in each other’s taste in men. One Thursday evening, their disagreements reach a fever pitch – Anna is incensed that her mother doesn’t support her musical aspirations and Tess, a widow about to remarry, can’t see why Anna won’t give her fiance (Mark Harmon) a break. Everything soon changes when two identical Chinese fortune cookies cause a little mystic mayhem. On the next morning, their Friday gets freaky when Tess and Anna each find herself inside the other’s body. Rated PG (for mild thematic elements and some language)

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN

Cast: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Pryce

For the roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp), the crystalline waters of the Caribbean, like the high seas the world over, present a vast playground where adventure and mystery abound. But, Jack’s idyllic life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa (Rush), steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal, kidnapping the Governor’s (Pryce) beautiful daughter, Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightly) Rated PG-13 (for action/adventure violence)

UPTOWN GIRLS

Starring Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning, Heather Locklear

Molly Gunn (Murphy) is the freewheeling daughter of a late rock legend and the toast of the Manhattan social scene. But when her inheritance is stolen, Molly is forced to do something she’s never done before – get a job. She becomes a nanny to precocious Ray Schlein (Fanning), an “8-year-old going on 40.” Emotionally distant from her fast-paced executive mother (Locklear), Ray has grown up with a revolving door of nannies and too little stability. Molly and Ray both feel painfully alone in the world, but as they try to make their new arrangement work, each discovers in the other a true friend. Rated PG-13 (for sexual content and language)

THE ORDER

Starring Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon

A conflicted, rebellious priest travels to Rome to investigate the strange death of his mentor. The young priest, a troubled artist with whom he shares a turbulent past, and his closest friend and colleague discover the mysterious death may be the work of the Sin Eater, an ancient figure who plays God on earth by absolving the unforgivable of their sins outside the Church, allowing great evil to go unpunished. Rated R (for violent images, sexuality and language)

Now showing at Capitol Theatre

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN Rated PG-13

OPEN RANGE

Cast: Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening

Academy Award winning director Kevin Costner (“Dances With Wolves”) directs and stars in this traditional Western tale of a way of life that is quickly disappearing. Boss Spearman (Duvall), Charley Waite (Costner), Mose Harrison and “Button” free graze their cattle across the vast prairies of the West, sharing a friendship forged by a steadfast code of honor and living a life unencumbered by civilization. When their wayward herd forces them near the small town of Harmonville, the cowboys encounter a corrupt sheriff and a kingpin ranger who govern the territory through fear, tyranny and violence. Boss and Charley find themselves inextricably drawn toward the inevitable showdown as they are forced to defend the freedom and values of a lifestyle that is all too quickly vanishing. Rated R (for violence)

WINGED MIGRATION

Director: Jacques Perrin

This film chronicles the population with whom we share the earth. Five teams (consisting of more than 450 people, including 17 pilots and 14 cinematographers) were necessary to follow a variety of bird migrations through 40 countries and each of the seven continents. The film covers landscapes that range from the Eiffel Tower and Monument Valley to the remote reaches of the Arctic and Amazon. All manner of man-made machines were employed, including planes, gliders, helicopters, and balloons, and numerous innovative techniques and ingeniously designed cameras were utilized to allow the filmmakers to fly alongside, above, below and in front of their subjects. Rated G (General Audiences)

FINDING NEMO

Voices: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Geoffrey Rush

Pixar, the Academy Award-winning creator’s of “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” and “Monsters, Inc.” dive into a whole new world of computer-animated fun, fantasy, and heartfelt emotion with this splashy underwater adventure. The film follows the comedic and eventful journeys of two fish – Marlin and his son Nemo – who become separated in the great Barrier Reef when Nemo is unexpectedly taken from home and thrust into a fish tank in a dentist’s office overlooking Sydney Harbor. Buoyed by the companionship of a friendly-but-forgetful fish named Dory, the overly cautious father embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic journey to rescue his son – who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home. Rated G (General audiences)

MY BOSS’S DAUGHTER

Starring Ashton Kutcher, Tara Reid, Molly Shannon, Carmen Electra, Andy Richter

Eager but accident-prone young executive Tom Stansfield has finally happened upon the opportunity of his lifetime: he can impress his megalomaniac boss and the boss’ luscious daughter, Lisa, by simply house-sitting their lavish mansion for one night. It’s a plan that could lead to love and success, if only the guests didn’t keep arriving. One by one, a barrage of wild and crazy visitors take over the house he’s supposed to be watching and turn it upside-down, as well as inside out. Rated PG-13 (for crude and sex-related humor, drug content and language)


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