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Now showing at Crossroads CinemaBE COOLCast: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, Cedric the Entertainer, Steven Tyler, Robert Pastorelli, Harvey Keitel, The Rock, Danny DeVitoJohn Travolta is back as Chili Palmer in “Be Cool,” a sequel to the comedy “Get Shorty.” This time, Chili becomes a different kind of “hit” man – he abandons the movie industry to bring his wiseguy skills and negotiation tactics to the music business. When a friend is offed while they’re at lunch, Chili takes the opportunity to visit the guy’s wife, Edie (Uma Thurman), and pitch himself as her new business partner at an independent record label. With a promising young pop-star-in-training as his protégé (Chistina Milian), Chili has to juggle her faux-urban manager (Vince Vaughn), his gay, wannabe-actor bodyguard (The Rock), Russian mobsters and an eloquent gangsta music producer (Cedric the Entertainer) to save the label and land a hit – and keep from getting popped himself. Rated PG-13 (for violence, sensuality, and language including sexual references)THE WEDDING DATECast: Debra Messing, Dermot MulroneyDebra Messing plays Kat, a never-married New Yorker, who is invited to her parents’ London home for her younger sister’s wedding. What should be a joyous occasion bodes disaster for Kat, however, when she discovers that the best man will be her ex-fiance, who inexplicably dumped her. In a desperate attempt to face the ordeal with dignity, Kat hires Nick (Dermot Mulroney), a professional male escort, to pose as her new boyfriend and escort her to the wedding. Even more valuable to Kat than Nick’s good looks and charisma is his keen insight into human behavior. Over the course of the weekend, Nick takes on the role of the bride’s therapist, the father’s ideal son-in-law, the groom’s new best friend and the object of every woman’s affection. For Kat, what starts out as a pretend relationship with Nick begins to turn into something unexpected: a second chance at love. Rated PG-13 (for sexual content including dialogue)Now Showing at Cascade TheatreHITCHCast: Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin JamesIn this romantic comedy, Will Smith stars as Alex “Hitch” Hitchens, a true urban myth – a legendary New York City “date doctor” who, for a fee, has helped hundreds of men woo the women of their dreams. The ultimate professional bachelor, Hitch discovers that all of his tried and true tricks of the trade are no match for Sara (Eva Mendes), the one woman he truly loves. Rated PG-13 (for language and some strong sexual references)HOTEL RWANDACast: Don Cheadle, Nick Nolte, Joaquin PhoenixTen years ago, some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind took place in the country of Rwanda – and in an era of high-speed communication and round-the-clock news, the events went almost unnoticed by the rest of the world. In only three months, almost 1 million people were brutally murdered. In the face of these unspeakable actions, inspired by his love for his family, an ordinary man summons extraordinary courage to save the lives of over a thousand helpless refugees by granting them shelter in the hotel he manages. Harrowing and deeply moving, “Hotel Rwanda” is his story. Rated PG-13 (for violence, disturbing images and brief strong language)Now showing at Riverwalk TheatreHITCH Rated PG-13MILLION DOLLAR BABYCast: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman.A hardened fighter-cum-trainer works with a determined woman in her attempt to establish herself as a boxer. Nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture. Rated PG-13 (for violence, some disturbing images, thematic material and language)BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIECast: Jeff Daniels, Cicely Tyson, Dave Matthews, Eva Marie Saint, Anna Sophia RobbA lonely young girl adopts an orphaned dog, Winn-Dixie (so named for the supermarket where she found him), who helps her make friends in a small Florida town. The bond between the girl and her special companion brings together the townspeople, and helps her own troubled relationship with her mother. Rated PG (for thematic elements and brief mild language)SIDEWAYSCast: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh; directed by Alexander PayneA wine tasting road trip to salute Jack’s (Thomas Haden Church) final days as a bachelor careens woefully sideways as he and Miles (Paul Giamatti) hit the gas en route to mid-life crises. The comically mismatched pair, who share little more than their history and a heady blend of failed potential and fading youth, soon find themselves drowning in wine and women (Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen). Emerging from a haze of pinot noir, wistful yearnings and trepidation about the future, the two inevitably collide with reality. Nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture; winner Golden Globes for Best Picture – Comedy. Rated R (for language, some strong sexual content and nudity)CURSEDCast: Christina Ricci, Scott Foley, Shannon Elizabeth; directed by Wes CravenAn estranged brother and sister living in Los Angeles, mourning the recent loss of their parents, are brought together by a savage werewolf attack, forcing them to fight for survival against both the beast and the dangers of its virulent curse. Rated PG-13 (for horror violence/terror, some sexual references, nudity, language and a brief drug reference)Now showing at Capitol Theatre:BE COOL Rated PG-13THE PACIFIERCast: Vin Diesel, Lauren Graham, Faith FordVin Diesel redefines what it means to be an action hero in this heartwarming family action comedy. Diesel stars Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe who, as an elite member of the world’s fiercest and most highly trained force, thought he was prepared to take on any duty no matter how perilous or impossible … until he tried babysitting. Assigned to protect the five out-of-control children of an assassinated scientist working on vital government secrets, Shane is suddenly faced with juggling two outrageously incompatible jobs: fighting the bad guys while keeping house. But while drop zones, demolitions and destroying enemy targets come naturally to Shane, he has no idea what tough really is until he pits his courage against diapering, den-mothering and driver’s education. He’s truly a SEAL out of water, and now it’s up to this one-time lone warrior to take on the most important mission of his life: keeping a family together. Rated PG (for action violence, language and rude humor)CONSTANTINECast: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LeBeouf, Tilda SwintonBased on the DC-Vertigo comic book “Hellblazer,” “Constantine” is a science fiction suspense drama about renegade occultist John Constantine (Keanu Reeves) who has literally been to hell and back. When Constantine teams up with skeptical policewoman Katelin Dodson (Rachel Weisz) to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, their investigation takes them trough the world of demons and angels that exists just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. Rated R (for violence and demonic images)SON OF THE MASKCast: Jamie Kennedy, Alan Cumming, Bob HoskinsA decade after the legendary Mask of Loki wreaked havoc on the life of an unsuspecting adult, the magical mask finds its way into the possession of a child in the family comedy “Son of the Mask.” When cartoonist Tim Avery’s (Jamie Kennedy) new son is born with the Mask’s spectacular powers – to the dismay of the family’s jealous dog – it turns the household upside down and launches a kid versus canine battle for control of the Mask. But unbeknownst to them all, Loki has come looking for his mask and is willing to do whatever it takes to get it back. Rated PG (for action, crude and suggestive humor and language)MAN OF THE HOUSECast: Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Archer, Brian Van Holt, Cedric the EntertainerIn the comedy “Man of the House,” a by-the-book Texas Ranger, Roland Sharp (Tommy Lee Jones), tracks down a key informant with the help of a streetwise preacher, Percy Stevens (Cedric the Entertainer). But when the informant is eliminated, the hardheaded Sharp is assigned to protect the only witnesses to the crime – a group of University of Texas cheerleaders – by going undercover and moving in with the five uncontrollable college coeds. Rated PG-13 (for violence, sexual content, crude humor and a drug reference)Vail Colorado

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