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Now showing at Crossroads Cinema:FINDING NEVERLANDCast: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman, Julie Christie”Finding Neverland” is a tale of magic and fantasy inspired by the life of James Barrie, the real-life author of the children’s classic “Peter Pan.” Set in London in 1904, the film is a fictional account of Barrie’s creative journey to bring “Peter Pan” to life, from his first inspiration for the story up until the play’s premiere at the Duke of York’s Theatre — a night that will change not only Barrie’s own life, but the lives of everyone close to him. Rated PG (for mild thematic elements and brief language)THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIESIn Spanish with English subtitles, this is the true story of a 23-year-old medical student from Argentina. The movie shows a more human Communist Revolutionary Che Guevara in his youth, motor biking through South America with his best friend in the 1950s. “Che is a character who is demonized in the United States,” laments Brazillian director Walter Salles, who had an Oscar nomination for “Central Station” in 1998. “It is a story of two young men who leave on an adventurous journey throughout an unknown continent, and this journey of discovery becomes one of self-discovery as well. This is a film about the emotional and political elections we have to make in life. It’s also about friendship, about solidarity. Finally, it’s about finding one’s place in the world…” Rated R (for language)THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIEEveryone will want to dive in and soak up every second of this full-length animated feature when SpongeBob, one of Nichelodeon’s most absorbing characters, makes a huge splash in his first venture onto the big screen. Starring the squarepants-clad sponge himself along with all his trusty frinds from Bikini Bottom, this action-packed undersea adventure is based on the ever-popular Emmy-winning TV series. Rated PG (for some mild crude humor)Now Showing at Cascade Village Theatre:OCEAN’S TWELVECast: Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Brad Pitt, Bernie Mac, Catherine Zeta-JonesIn this sequel to “Ocean’s 11,” rival cat burglars who are masters of their craft team up to outfox the beautiful FBI agent one of them is in love with. Rated PG-13 (for language)THE INCREDIBLESVoices: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee, Walace ShawnThe story of a family of superheroes living in the suburbs. The family’s patriarch is Mr. Incredible, who has retired after a long career. But when the world is thrown into a dangerous situation, he goes back to work to save the planet. From Pixar Studios (“Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo”). Rated PG (for action violence)Now showing at Riverwalk Theatre:THE INCREDIBLES Rated PGCHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKSCast: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan AaykroydTim Allen plays Luther Krank, a man who decides to skip Christmas and all the surrounding trappings and go on a vacation with his wife Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) instead. But when his daughter decides, at the last minutes, to come home for the holidays, he is forced to put Christmas back together. Rated PG (for brief language and suggestive content)NATIONAL TREASURECast: Nicolas Cage, Harvey Keitel, Jon VoightNicolas Cage stars as the brilliant Benjamin Franklin Gates, third generation treasure hunter. All his life, Gates has been searching for a treasure no one believed existed: amassed through the ages, moved across continents, to become the greatest treasure the world has ever known. But what he thought was the final clue is only the beginning. As word of the invisible map spreads among the enemies of freedom, Gates realizes in order to protect the world’s greatest treasure, he must now do the unthinkable: steal the most revered, best guarded document in American history before it falls into the wrong hands. In a race against time, Gates must elude the FBI, stay one step ahead of his ruthless adversary (Sean Bean), decipher the remaining clues and unlock the 2000-year-old mystery behind our greatest national treasure. Rated PG (for action violence and some scary images)THE POLAR EXPRESSVoice: Tom HanksThe Academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for “The Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. This enchanting holiday story is vividly brought to life in full computer generated animation through Imageworks’ next-generation motion capture process, which allows live-action performances to drive the emotions and movements of the digital characters. Rated G (all audiences)AFTER THE SUNSETCast: Pierce Prosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson”After the Sunset” begins where most action capers end – with master thieves Max and Lola (Pierce Brosnan and Salam Hayek) escaping to a tropical paradise to enjoy the spoils of their labor. The thieves are content to settle into their new life after crime, until their “retirement” becomes a cover for their true intentions of pulling off a million-dollar heist on a nearby “diamond cruise.” The allure of the alleged scheme captures Max and Lola’s attention and sets off a cat and mouse game of friendship, suspicion and thievey. Rated PG-13 (for sexuality, violence and language)SPANGLISH – Sneak Preview Saturday only -Cast: Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni; written and directed by James L. BrooksFrom acclaimed multiple Oscar-winning writer/director/producer James L. Brooks ( “As Good As It Gets,” “Tears of Endearment,” “Broadcast News”) comes the comedy/drama “Spanglish” — a look at cultures colliding as a beautiful native Mexican woman Flor (Paz Vega), the mother of an equally stunning 12-year-old girl becomes the housekeeper for an affluent Los Angeles family (Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni and Cloris Leachman). Of all the horrifying pitfalls she worried about in this new culture, Flor had never fathomed the peril of being truly embraced by an upscale American family. Rated PG-13 (for some sexual content and brief languageNow showing at Capitol Theatre:OCEAN’S TWELVE Rated PG-13NATIONAL TREASURE Rated PGTHE POLAR EXPRESS Rated GBLADE: TRINITYCast: Wesley Snipes, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Kris KristoffersonWesley Snipes returns as the day-walking vampire hunter in the explosive third and final film in the “Blade” series, “Blade: Trinity.” For years, Blade has fought against the vampires in the cover of night, with the world above unaware of the brutal ongoing war. But now, after falling into the crosshairs of the FBI, he is forced out into the daylight where he is driven to join forces with a clan of human vampire hunters he never knew existed — The Nightstalkers. Together with Abigail (Jessica Biel) and Hannibal (Ryan Reynolds), two deftly trained Nightstalkers, Blade follows a trail of blood to an ancient creature that is hunting him…the original vampire, Dracula. Rated R (for strong pervasive violence and language, and some sexual content)RAYCast: Jamie Foxx, Regina KingBorn in a poor town in Georgia, Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven shortly after witnessing his younger brother’s accidential death. Inspired by a fiercely independent mother who insisted he make his own way in the world, Charles found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern musical circuit, the soulful singer gained a reputation and then exploded with worldwide fame when he pioneered incorporating gospel, country, jazz and orchestral influences into his inimitable style. As he revolutionized the way people appreciated music, he simultaneously fought segregation in the very clubs that launched him and championed artists’ rights within the corporate music business. “Ray” provides an unflinching portrait of Charles’ musical genius as he overcomes drug addiction while transforming into one of this country’s most beloved performers. Rated PG-13 (for depiction of drug addiction, sexuality and some thematic elements)

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