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Chris Cooper as Colorados gubernatorial candidate - Dickie Pilager in Silver City.
  • Chris Cooper as Colorados gubernatorial candidate Dickie Pilager in Silver City.

Alaska: Spirit of the Wild (NR)
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Alien vs. Predator (PG-13)
When archaeologists discover a strange pyramid 2,000 feet below Antarctica's frozen surface, they bring humans into a battle between two extraterrestrial species -- aliens and predators of previous sci-fi movie fame. -- Not reviewed

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Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (PG-13)
Scientists set out for Borneo, searching for a flower that can prevent aging in this sequel to the 1997 thriller. -- Not reviewed

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*Anchorman (PG-13)
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*The Bourne Supremacy (PG-13)
Since the terrific action thriller The Bourne Identity, the reluctant hero, former CIA agent Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) and his spunky French companion Maria (Franka Potente) have apparently enjoyed some R & R. But Bourne is being pursued again, this time by a shady Russian agent who is part of a conspiracy that frames him for the assassination of two Berlin agents. The true star of The Bourne Supremacy is director Paul Greengrass, whose fight-scene cinematography is riveting. This sequel is not quite as personally involving as its predecessor, but equally as thrilling and easily one of the best films of summer '04. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16

Catwoman (PG-13)
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A Cinderella Story (PG)
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Cellular (PG-13)
A young man (Chris Evans) receives a call on his cellular phone from a woman (Kim Basinger) who says she's been kidnapped and thinks she's going to be killed soon. She doesn't know where she is, and his cell phone battery might run out soon. -- Not reviewed

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*Collateral (R)
In Michael Mann's Collateral, corruption lurks in the underground commerce of the international drug trade and is embodied by a hit man named Vincent (Tom Cruise). Vincent arrives in Los Angeles to take out five potential witnesses during a one-night spree. With money and a big gun, he forces taxi driver Max (Jamie Foxx) to be his unwilling chauffeur. Mann masterfully sets up scene after scene, transporting the audience with the camera as if we too were riding along in the cab. Foxx, known best for his comedy roles, delivers a multifaceted performance as a terrified, confused, intelligent and deeply humane protagonist. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

First Daughter (PG)
The first daughter of the U.S. president heads off to college where she falls for a graduate student with a secret agenda.

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Forgotten (PG-13)
After losing her son, a grieving mother visits a shrink who tells her that she has created eight years of memories of a son she never had. After meeting a fellow patient with a similar story, she sets out to prove her son's existence and her sanity. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Garfield (PG)
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*Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (PG)
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Hero (PG-13)
A series of flashbacks recounts the tale of how Nameless (Jet Li) defeats three powerful assassins to meet with the King of Qin (Daoming Chen), a warlord in pre-unified China. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

I, Robot (PG-13)
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Mr. 3000 (PG-13)
Bernie Mac plays a retired baseball player who has modeled his post-ball life on his 3,000 hits as a major-leaguer. Seven years after having quit, a review of his record finds him three hits short of the milestone. He has no choice but to stage a comeback. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Napoleon Dynamite (PG)
Napoleon Dynamite is a harmless spawn of Sundance that could have been an excellent character piece had it not overindulged in its own idiosyncratic sensibility. The film's protagonist is Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder), a teenager whose mouth is forever agape and whose disposition hops between extreme dopiness and standard-issue adolescent indignation. If there's anything of a plot, it occurs when the quixotic Napoleon befriends Pedro, a newly arrived Mexican who makes a bid for class president. The two launch a campaign that -- like so much in their hometown of Preston, Idaho -- seems motivated by boredom as much as anything else. While Napoleon Dynamite is littered with hilarious bits and pieces, they add up to only a few hard laughs and not much else. -- John Dicker

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The Notebook (PG-13)
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Ocean Oasis (NR)
An explanation of the how and why of the wide variety of life in and around the Sea of Cortez. -- Not reviewed

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The Passion of the Christ (R)
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Resident Evil: Apocalypse (R)
The film begins where the first Resident Evil film left off, with Alice in the heart of the ravaged and deadly Raccoon City. She and the rest of the cast will battle their way through the ravenous undead, Umbrella forces and bioengineered weapons, the most deadly being the assassin named Nemesis. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R)
The cult classic, audience participation flick will play every Saturday at the Lon Chaney Theater downtown. Audience members are encouraged to dress in character and bring props. No open flames allowed, but flashlights are OK. Admission and all the popcorn you can eat for $5.

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Shaun of the Dead (R)
A British import paying homage to George A. Romero's original Night of the Living Dead trilogy. -- Not reviewed


Shrek 2 (PG)
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*Silver City (R)

John Sayles' latest effort features Chris Cooper as Dickie Pilager, a tongue-tied, bumbling Colorado gubernatorial candidate based on George W. Bush. Tied closely to mega-billionaire industrialist/developer Wes Bentene (Kris Kristofferson), and managed by a frenetic Karl Rove clone (Richard Dreyfuss), Pilager stumbles toward certain election while a private investigator (Danny Huston) stumbles across vast evidence of corruption. Staged as a detective noir with an environmental mystery at its core, Silver City, like many Sayles films, is made up of numerous swirling subplots and populated by an extended ensemble cast, including Daryl Hannah, Billy Zane, Maria Bello, Michael Murphy, Tim Roth and Thora Birch. Shot last year in Denver, Leadville and Idaho Springs, there's much in Silver City of particular interest to a Colorado audience. Sayles focuses on the general destructiveness of an electoral system that focuses more on power and less on the issues that affect regular folks. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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*Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (PG)
A slick, sepia-toned love letter to vintage 1930s serial adventures, Sky Captain plays like a kid movie wrapped in the skin of an experimental art film. But don't be fooled, it's still pure summer blockbuster bliss ... weird, wild, stylistically original and unabashedly fun. Sky Captain opens in 1939 New York City with a dirigible flight, a frightened scientist and two mysterious vials. But before we get to the bottom of things, there are giant robots marching through Manhattan on an unknown mission. Sky Captain clips along at a brisk pace, taking our heroes from New York to Nepal to the middle of the ocean while still keeping the story simple and the action beats regular. An honestly fun, genre blending, humdinger of an adventure flick. -- Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Spider-Man 2 (PG-13)
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The Terminal (PG-13)
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What the Bleep Do We Know? (R)
There are many aspects to What the Bleep Do We Know that deserve slamming, but a lack of ambition is certainly not one of them. It is a film about ideas, big ideas. Defying genre categorization, it uses documentary, narrative and experimental film technique to drive a scant storyline based around a young woman photographer. The film is dominated by a panel of 14 physicists and professional mystics deployed to pontificate the limits of human consciousness, the nature of God, and our infinite potential to create our reality. At its best, it flirts with the sort of intellectual calisthenics that'll make your brain spasm; at its worst, the movie often winds up feeling exactly like what it is: a pedagogical artifice. -- John Dicker

Kimball's Twin Peak

White Chicks (PG-13)
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Wimbledon (PG-13)
A fading tennis player loses his ambition and drops to 157th on the pro circuit. A budding relationship with a young player on the women's circuit helps him recapture his focus. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Without a Paddle (PG-13)
Three guys take a canoe upriver into Oregon's wilderness, where everything that can go wrong does. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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