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Now showing at Crossroads Cinema:STAR WARS: EPISODE III – REVENGE OF THE SITHCast: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christiansen, Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy SmitsAfter three long years of relentless fighting, the Clone Wars are nearly at an end. The Jedi Council dispatches Obi-Wan Kenobi to bring the deadly leader of the Separatist droid army to justice. Meanwhile, backon Coruscant, Chancellor Palpatine has grown in power. His sweeping political changes transform the war-weary Republic into the mighty Galactic Empire. To his closest ally, Anakin Skywalker, he reveals the true nature of power and the promised secrets of the Force in an attempt to lure him into the dark side. Rated PG-13 (for sci-fi violence and some intense images)THE LONGEST YARDCast: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, James Cromwell, Burt Reynolds”The Longest Yard” is the story of pro quarterback Paul Crewe (Adam Sandler) and former college champion and coach Nate Scarborough (Burt Reynolds), who are doing time in the same prison. Asked to put together a team of inmates to take on the guards, Crewe enlists the help of Scarborough to coach the inmates to victory in a football game “fixed” to turn our quite another way. Rated PG-13 (for crude and sexual humor, violence, language and drug references)Now Showing at Cascade Village Theatre:CINDERELLA MANCast: Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko, Bruce McGill, Paddy Considine; directed by Ron HowardRussell Crowe stars as Jim Braddock, a once-promising light heavyweight boxer forced into retirement after a string of losses in the ring. As the nation enters the darkest years of the Great Depression, Braddock accepts a string of dead-end jobs to support his wife, Mae, and their children, while never totally abandoning his dream of boxing again. Thanks to a last-minute cancellation, Braddock finds himself back in the ring against the second-ranked world contender and wins. Despite being pounds lighter than his opponents and repeated injuries to his hands, Braddock continues to fight against challengers and win. Carrying on his shoulders the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised, Braddock, dubbed the “Cinderella Man,” faces his toughest challenger in Max Baer, the heavyweight champion of the world, renowned for having killed two men in the ring. Braddock climbed into the ring seeking nothing more than to provide for his wife and children, his commitment to them inspired him to championship, elevating the family man with a simple cause to the level of legend. Rated PG-13 (for intense boxing violence and some language) Running time 2 hours 30 minutesMADAGASCARVoices: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Andy Richter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the EntertainerAlex the lion (Ben Stiller) is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) have lived their entire lives in blissful captivity. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty allows his curiosity to get the better of him and, with the help of some prodigious penguins, makes his escape to explore the world he has been missing. Alex, Melman and Gloria go after him, but before they can go wild in the streets, they are captured, crated and put on a ship to Africa to be ultimately set free. When those plotting penguins sabotage the ship, Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria find themselves washed ashore on the exotic island of Madagascar. Now, these native New Yorkers have to figure out how to survive in the wild and discover the true meaning of the phrase – “It’s a jungle out there.” Rated PG (for mild language, crude humor and some thematic elements)Now showing at Riverwalk Theatre:MADAGASCAR Rated PGTHE LONGEST YARD Rated PG-13STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH Rated PG-13LORDS OF DOGTOWNCast: Emile Hirsh, Victor Rasuck, Heath Ledger, Rebecca DeMornay, Jonny NoxvilleIn the 1970s, a group of teenage surfers from a tough neighborhood known as “Dogtown” in Venice, Calif., pioneered a revolutionary new style of skateboarding. Riding the waves at the Pacific Ocean Park pier, the Z-Boyz, known for their aggressive style and hard street attitude, combined the death-defying moves of surfing with the art of skateboarding and become overnight sensations and local legends. With empty pools as their canvas, the Z-Boys paved the way to what is now referred to as “extreme sports,” and they created a lifestyle that spread infectiously to become a worldwide counterculture phenomenon. But all of this fame would take its toll on the friendships that they thought would last a life time as the sport that started out as an afternoon hobby turned into big business. Rated PG-13 (for drug and alcohol content, sexuality, violence, language and reckless behavior — all involving teens)CRASHCast: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt DillonA Brentwood housewife and her DA husband. A Persian store owner. Two police detectives who are also lovers. A black television director and his wife. A Mexican locksmith. Two car-jackers. A rookie cop. A middle-aged Korean couple. They all live in Los Angeles, and in the next 36 hours, they will collide. A provocative, unflinching look at the complexities of racial conflict in America, “Crash” is that rare cinematic event – a film that challenges audiences to question their own prejudices. Rated R (for language, sexual content and some violence)MONSTER-IN-LAWCast: Jennifer Lopez, Michael Vartan, Jane FondaUnlucky in love, beautiful Charlotte “Charlie” Cantilini (Jennifer Lopez) has finally met the man of her dreams, Dr. Kevin Fields (Michael Vartan). There’s just one problem – his mother! Overbearing and controlling, not to mention volatile, Viola Fields (Jane Fonda) has recently been canned from her job as a star news anchor. Fearing she will lose her son’s affections as she has her career, Viola decides to break up the happy couple by becoming the world’s worst mother-in-law. Helping her with her crazy schemes is Viola’s long-time assistant, Ruby (Wanda Sykes). The gloves come off when Charlie finally decides to fight back, and it looks like Viola has finally met her match. Rated PG-13 (for sex references and language)Now showing at Capitol Theatre:CINDERELLA MAN Rated PG-13MADAGASCAR Rated PGTHE LONGEST YARD Rated PG-13SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTSCast: Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, Blake Lively, America Ferrara, Jenna Boyd, Bradley Whitford, Nancy Travis, Michael Rady”The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” tells the tale of four 16-year-old best friends who are seperated for the first time. On a last shopping trip together, the girls find a pair of thrift-shop jeans that fits each of them perfectly and they decide to use these “magic” pants as a way of keeping in touch over the months ahead, each girl wearing the jeans for a week to see what luck they bring her before sending them on to the next. Though miles apart, the four friends still experience life, love and loss together in a summer they’ll never forget. Rated PG (for thematic elements, some sensuality and language)Vail Colorado


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