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Now showing at Crossroads Cinema: THE ISLAND Cast: Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Housou, Steve Buscemi, Michael Duncan Clarke; directed by Michael Bay Lincoln six-Echo (Ewan McGregor) is a resident of a seemingly utopian but contained facility in the mid-21st century. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully controlled environment, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to “The Island” — reportedly the last uncontaminated spot on the planet. But Lincoln soon discovers that everything about his existance is a lie. He and all of the other inhabitants of the facility are actually human clones whose only purpose is to provide “spare parts” for their original human counterparts. Realizing it is only a matter of time before he is “harvested,” Lincoln makes a daring escape with a beautiful fellow resident named Jordan Two-Delta (Scarlett Johansson). Relentlessy pursued by the forces of the sinister institute that once housed them, Lincoln and Jordan engage in a race for their lives to literally meet their makers. Rated PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexuality and language)HERBIE FULLY LOADED Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Justin Long, Breklin Meyer, Matt Dillon, Michael Keaton Start your engines! Lindsay Lohan stars as Maggie Peyton, the new owner of No. 53 – the free-wheelin’ Volkswagen bug with a mind of its own – who puts the car through its paces on the road to becoming a NASCAR competitor. Herbie’s got some new tricks under his hood as he takes audiences for an action-packed spin in this high-speed comedy. With an all-star cast along for a wild ride, this comedy puts Herbie to the test – on-road, off-road, on the track and into the record books. Rated G (all audience)WAR OF THE WORLDS Cast: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins; directed by Steven Spielberg This summer, the earth goes to war. A contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells’ seminal classic, the sci-fi adventure thriller reveals the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it. Rated PG-13 (for frightening sequences of sci-fi violence and disturbing images)Now Showing at Cascade Village Theatre: WEDDING CRASHERS Cast: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rahel McAdams, Christopher Walken “Wedding Crashers” stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as divorce mediators and lifelong friends who have never met a wedding they couldn’t get themselves into. Guided by a secret set of wedding crashing “rules,” the pair find their way into a different wedding and different bridesmaid’s heart every week. But when they crash the social event of the season, one of them falls for the engaged daughter (Rachel McAdams) of an influential and eccentric politician (Christopher Walken) and decides to break the “rules” in pursuit of her. This leads to a wild weekend at her family’s palatial estate where the ultimate “Crashers” quickly find themselves in way over their heads. Rated R (for sexual content/nudity and language)MARCH OF THE PENGUINS Cast: The Emperor Penguins; narrated by Morgan Freeman In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. This courtship will begin with a long journey — a journey that will take them hundreds of miles across the continent by foot, in freezing cold temperatures, in brittle, icy winds and through deep, treacherous waters. They will risk starvation and attack by dangerous predators, under the harshest conditions on earth, all to find true love. Rated G (all audiences)Now showing atRiverwalk Theatre: WEDDING CRASHERS Rated RBAD NEWS BEARS Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, Marcia Gay Harden A fresh take on the irreverent 1976 comedy hit, “Bad News Bears” follows a grizzled former minor league baseball player who is recruited to coach the Bears, a woefully inept Little League team, to a championship against their hated rivals, the Yankees. Rated PG-13 (for rude behavior, language throughout, some sexuality and thematic elements)CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORYCast: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Annasophia Robb, Julia Winter, Jordan Fry and Philip WigratzIn “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” director Tim Burton brings his vividly imaginative style to the beloved Roald Dahl classic about the eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) and Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore), a good-hearted boy from a poor family who lives in the shadow of Wonka’s extraordinary factory. Rated PGFANTASTIC FOUR Cast: Loan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, Julian McMahon, Kerry Washington Marvel’s first family of comic superheroes takes the world by storm as the longest running comic book series in history comes to the big screen. The Fantastic Four are: Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, who can elongate his body; Susan Storm/Invisible Woman, who not only can become invisible at will but can render other objects invisible; Johnny Storm/Human Torch, who can shoot fire from his finger tips and bend flame; and Ben Grimm/The Thing, a hideously misshapen monster with superhuman strength. Together, they battle the evil Doctor Doom. Rated PG-13 (for sequences of intense action, and some suggestive content)Now showing at Capitol Theatre: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Rated ??FANTASTIC FOUR Rated PG-13 WAR OF THE WORLDS Rated PG-13 DARK WATER Cast: Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth, Dougray Scott, Pete Postlewaite, Camryn Manheim Based on a film by the creators of the Japanese version of “The Ring” comes this haunting, chilling film about a young mother who goes to extreme lengths to solve a mystery and protect her daughter. Dahlia Williams (Jennifer Connelly) is starting a new life; newly separated with a new job and a new apartment, she’s determined to devote herself to raising her daughter, Ceci. But when the strained separation deteriorates into a bitter custody battle, her situation takes a turn for the worse. Her new apartment – dilapidated, cramped and worn – seems to take on a life of its own. Mysterious noises, persistent leaks of dark water, and strange happenings cause her imagination to run wild, sending her on a puzzling and mystifying pursuit to find out who is behind the endless mind games. As Dahlia frantically searches for the links between the riddles, the dark water seems to close around her. But one thing trumps all others in Dahlia’s world: No matter what it is that’s out there, she’ll stop at nothing to find it. Rated PG-13 (for mature thematic material, frightening sequences, disturbing images and brief language)


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