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Cast: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Lucy Liu, Vivica a. Fox, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah; written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

After dispensing with former colleagues O-Ren Ishii and Vernita Green in “Kill Bill Volume 1,” the bride (Uma Thurman) resumes her quest for justice in the series’ second installment, “Kill Bill Volume 2.” With those two down, the bride has two remaining foes on her “Death List” to pursue — Budd (Michael Madsen) and Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) — before moving on to her ultimate goal … to kill Bill (David Carradine). Rated R (for violence, language and brief drug use)

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Cast: Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette, David Duchovny

Connie and Carla are two struggling Chicago dinner theater performers who accidentally witness a Mafia hit … and who subsequently hit the road, running for their lives. The pair head to Los Angeles, where they assume new identities – as drag queens. As their ruse becomes increasingly difficult to maintain, they discover that it is indeed lonely at the top, especially after Connie meets Jeff, a guy she’d really like to be a real girl with. With the Mafia zeroing in and the line separating their onstage/offstage personas blurring, Connie and Carla soon discover the power of not compromising to pursue your dreams, fighting the good fight and never, never underestimating the transformative power of cosmetics. Rated PG-13 (for thematic elements, sexual humor and drug references)


Cast: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Juliette Lewis, Vince Vaughn, Snoop Dogg

In “Starsky & Hutch,” the origins of the charismatic crime-fighting duo of David Starsky and Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson are explored when these undercover Bay City detectives are partnered for their very first assignment. Ben Stiller plays the tightly wound Detective David Starsky who is thrown together with Owen Wilson’s easygoing Detective Ken Hutchinson on a high-stakes case. Platinum-selling rapper and actor Snoop Dogg plays their savvy street informant Huggy Bear. Vince Vaughn also joins the cast as Reese Feldman, a smooth-talking entrepreneur with an eye toward the future. Rated PG-13 (for drug content, sexual situations, partial nudity, language and some violence)

Now Showing at Cascade Village Theatre:


Cast: Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Patric

“The Alamo” is the tale of a handful of men who stood up for their passion and ideals against an overwhelming force. In the spring of 1836, in the face of insurmountable odds, fewer than 200 ordinary men who believed in the future of Texas held the fort for 13 days against thousands of Mexican soldiers led by dictator General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, ruler of Mexico. Commanded by three men – the young, brash Lt. Col. William Travis (Patric Wilson); the zealous, passionate James Bowie (Jason Patric); and the living legend David Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton) – the Texans would sacrifice their lives for their beliefs, but their deeds at the Alamo would make history as General Sam Houson’s (Dennis Quaid) rallying call for Texas independence. Rated PG-13 (for sustained intense battle sequences)


Director Kevin Macdonald’s dramatic documentary follows the adventure of two British mountain climbers who set out to tame the unconquered west face of Siula Grande, a 21,000 ft. peak in the Peruvian Andes. The film captures one of the most gripping survival stories in mountain history. It was 1985 and the men (Joe Simpson and Simon Yates) were young, fit, skilled climbers. The west face, remote and treacherous, had not been climbed before. Following a successful three-and-a-half-day ascent, disaster struck. Simpson fell a short distance and broke several bones in his leg. With no hope of rescue, the men decided to attempt descent together with Yates lowering Simpson 300 feet at a time in a slow, painful process that could have potentially been deadly for both. One further misstep led to Yates unknowingly lowering his injured partner over the lip of a crevasse. With the gradient having gone from steep to vertical, he was no longer able to hold on. Certain they were about to be pulled jointly to their deaths, the only choice was to cut the rope. How Simpson survived the fall, and made it back to base camp is a story that will astound and inspire. In Touching the Void, Yates and Simpson return to the Siula Grande for the first time to retell their story. This film is not rated (NR)

Now showing at Riverwalk Theatre:



Cast: Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seth Green, Alicia Silverstone, Peter Boyle

In “Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,” Scooby and the gang lose their cool — and their stellar reputation – when an anonymous masked villain wreaks mayhem on the city of Coolsville with a monster machine that re-creates classic Mysters Inc. foes like The Pterodactyl Ghost, The Black Knight and The 10,000 Volt Ghost. Under pressure from relentless reporter Heather Jasper-Howe (Alicia Silverstone) and the terrified citizens of Coolsville, the gang launches an investigation into the mysterious monster outbreak that leaves Shaggy and Scooby questioning their roles in Mystery Inc. Rated PG (for some scary action, rude humor and language)


Voices: Roseanne Barr, Judi Dench, Jennifer Tilly, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Randy Quaid, Steve Buscemi

When a greedy outlaw named Alameda Slim (Randy Quaid) schemes to take possession of the “Patch of Heaven” dairy farm, three determined cows (Roseanne Barr, Judi Dench, Jennifer Tilly), a karate-kicking stallion named Buck (Cuba Gooding, Jr), and a colorful corral of critters join forces to save the farm in a wild quest full of high-spirited adventure. This unlikely assortment of animals risk their hides and match wits with a mysterious bounty hunter named Rico in a high stakes race to capture Slim and collect the reward money. With stylishly retro animation, hilarious action sequences and great new songs performed by such superstars as K.D. Land, Bonnie Raitt and Tim McGraw, this fun-filled comedy will have moo-viegoers stampeding to theatres everywhere. Rated PG (for brief mild rude humor)


Cast: Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall, Marlon Wayons, J.K. Simmons; written and directed by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Tom Hanks stars as Goldthwait Higginson Dorr III, Ph.D., a charlatan professor who’s assembled a gang of “experts” for the heist of the century. The thieves: experts in explosions, tunneling, and muscle, and the critical “inside man.” The base of operations: the root cellar of an unsuspecting, church-going little old lady named Mrs. Munson (Irma P. Hall). The ruse: the five need a place to practice their church music. The problem: it quickly becomes evident that Dorr’s thieves lack the mental capacity to do the job. The bigger problem: they have all seriously underestimated their upstairs host. Rated R (for language including sexual references)


Eighteen-year-old Matthew Kidman (Emile Hirsch) is a straight-arrow over-achiever who has never really lived life, until he falls for his new neighbor, the beautiful and seemingly innocent Danielle (Elisha Cuthbert). When Matthew discovers this perfect “girl next door” is a one-time porn star, his sheltered existence begins to spin out of control. Ultimately, Danielle helps Matthew emerge from his shell and discover that sometimes you have to risk everything for the person you love – as he helps her rediscover her innocence. Rated R (for strong sexual content, language and some drug/alcohol use)


Cast: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor

When a Nazi mystical experiment goes awry in 1944, the target of a wizard’s spell, the child of Satan, Hellboy is wrenched from his home and adopted by U.S. agents who intercept his arrival. Raised as a force of good, Hellboy grows up to be a full-fledged demon in the form of a man, complete with fierce red skin, a tail, a giant armored glove and two large circles where his horns should be. Now, the adult Hellboy, an investgator of the paranormal, is sent on a mission that brings him back in touch with the evil genius who started it all. Rated PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence and frightening images)


Cast: Julia Stiles

Paige, a pre-med student from Wisconsin, is on the fast track to creating the life she’s always wanted. Eddie, the crown Prince of Denmark, is trying to escape a life he never chose. Now they’ve fallen in love, and he’s in line to become king. Paige has to choose between her two dreams – marrying Eddie and being a doctor. Rated PG (for some sex-related material and language)

Now showing at Capitol Theatre:



Cast: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos

In this high octane story featuring one of the most revered characters in the Marvel universe, FBI undercover agent Frank castle witnesses the destruction of his family, and when the murderers go unpunished, he fearlessly takes the law into his own hands, unexpectedly finding redemption in the process. The talents of Jonathan Hensleigh (who wrote “Armageddon” and “Die Hard with a Vengeance”), producer Gale Anne Hurd (“aliens,” “The Terminator”) and Marvel Studios (“Spiderman,” “X-Men”) preside over this action-packed event movie. Rated R (for pervasive brutal violence, language and brief nudity)


Cast: Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes, Vivica A. Fox, Minnie Driver, Eric Idle

This fantasy romance tells the story of Ella (Anne Hathaway), a girl who lives in a fanciful magical world where all children are given a gift from a fairy godmother at the moment of their birth. Ella’s birthright is the gift of obedience, but she soon learns that it is also her curse. She cannot refuse any command. In order to gain control of her life, Ella goes on a quest to free herself from the curse, outwitting a kingdom filled with ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, talking books and evil plots. Along the way she also falls in love. Rated PG (for some crude humor and language)


Cast: Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Kevin Pollak, Natasha Henstridge

Thanks to falsified dental records supplied by his former neighbor, Nicholas “Oz” Oseransky (Matthew Perry), retired hitman Jimmy “The Tulip” Tudeski (Bruce Willis) now spends his days compulsively cleaning his house and perfecting his culinary skills with his wife Jill (Amanda Peet), a purported assassin who has yet to pull off a clean hit. Suddenly, an univited and unwelcome connection to their past unexpectedly shows up on Jimmy and Jill’s doorstep: it’s Oz, and he’s begging them to help him rescue his wife from a Hungarian mob. Together they’ll have to go the whole nine yards – and then some – to manage the mounting Mafioso mayhem. Rated PG-13 (for sexual content, some violence and language)


Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson

Joel (Jim Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had her memories of their tumultuous relationship erased. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson), to have Clementine removed from his own memory. But as Joel’s memories progressively disappear, he begins to rediscover his and Clementine’s earlier passion. From deep within the recesses of his brain, Joel attempts to escape the procedure. As Dr. Mierzwiak and his crew (Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood) chase him through the maze of his memories, it’s clear that Joel can’t get her out of his mind. Rated R (for language, some drug and sexual content)


Cast: James Caviezel, Maia Mergenstern, Monica Bellucci

“The Passion of the Christ” is a film about the last twelve hours of Jesus of Nazareth’s life. The film opens in the Garden of Olives (Gethsemane) where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Jesus resists Satan’s temptations. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, Jesus is arrested and taken back within the city walls of Jerusalem where the religious leaders confront him with accusations of blasphemy and his trial results in a condemnation to death. Presented in Latin and Aramaic with English subtitles. Rated R (for sequences of graphic violence)

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