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'Wordplay'Showtimes: 6 and 8:45 p.m. today and Saturday; 3, 6 and 8:45 p.m. Sunday; 6 and 8:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday; Speakeasy Movie Theatre, BreckenridgeA journey into the world of Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor at The New York Times. Known to millions as National Public Radio's "Puzzle Master," Shortz has spent his entire lifetime studying, creating, and editing puzzles, and has built a huge following along the way. Meet Shortz's diehard fans - including President Bill Clinton and Senator Bob Dole. Also introduced are several world-class crossword solvers who are followed to Stamford, CT, as they compete at the 28th annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (ACPT). Hosted and directed by Shortz, the tournament is the nation's oldest and largest crossword competition. Competitors travel from all over the world to attend, and vary in age from teenagers to octogenarians. Over the course of one long, snowy weekend, almost five hundred competitors will battle it out for the title "Crossword Champ." Not Rated. 90 min.'Clerks II'Showtimes: 12:45, 3, 5:15 and 7:45 and 10 p.m. today through Thursday; Skyline Cinema, DillonKevin Smith checks back in with the slackers from "Clerks" to find out what they're up to a dozen years later. You'll be shocked to learn that Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) are still doing the exact same thing: standing around all day at their menial jobs, finding ways to avoid work, and talking. And talking and talking. They're just doing it in color instead of black and white. It goes disastrously awry in the third act - almost irreparably so - but before that, when the insults are flowing and the graphic banter is crackling, the film frequently achieves a rhythm that's hilariously infectious. R for pervasive sexual and crude content including aberrant sexuality, strong language and some drug material. 98 min. 'Lady in the Water'Showtimes: 1:15, 3:45 and 6:45 p.m. today through Thursday, Skyline Cinema, DillonOriginating as a bedtime story M. Night Shyamalan made up for his kids, this tale carries much of the dark, broody atmosphere that's a signature in the writer-director's films, including "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs." The premise - a mystical water nymph living under the swimming pool of a drab apartment complex - is intriguing, yet the mythology Shyamalan builds around his main characters is forced, pretentious and outright silly at times. Strong performances from Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard and a plucky supporting cast of amiable weirdoes makes the fantasy occasionally palatable - but just barely. PG-13 for some frightening sequences. 109 min. 'Monster House'Showtimes: 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. today through Thursday, Skyline Cinema, DillonThe difference between this animated movie and most others is a little thing called story. "Monster House" actually has one, and doesn't just trot out cheeky characters spewing gratuitous pop culture references. And unlike most horror movies, it really is scary - definitely too much so for little kids, but it should startle adults, as well. Using the same motion-capture animation method that appeared in "The Polar Express" (to much more engaging effect) first-time filmmaker Gil Kenan tells the story of three kids who realize that the neighborhood house where a crotchety old man lives isn't just creaky and spooky. PG for scary images and sequences, thematic elements, some crude humor and brief language. 91 min.'My Super Ex-Girlfriend'Showtimes: 1, 3:15, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. today through Thursday, Skyline Cinema, DillonOne of the freshest movie premises of the summer is utterly wasted here, along with one of the best casting choices, Uma Thurman as a superhero using her powers to exact payback on the man who jilted her. This comedy is so unfunny, it's as if director Ivan Reitman and company had their senses of humor tranquilized from guzzling kryptonite lattes. First-time screenwriter Don Payne, a veteran writer for "The Simpsons," hit on a potentially delightful premise but executes it blandly as the movie lumbers through dreary sight gags and drearier patter. PG-13 for sexual content, crude humor, language and brief nudity. 96 min.'The Devil Wears Prada'Showtimes: 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. today through Thursday, Skyline Cinema, DillonLike the hottest new fashion trend, it's irresistible at first. Fun, flirty, spirited, sexy - you can't take your eyes off it. You've gotta have it. And then just as suddenly as it bursts onto the scene and commands your attention, it dies. Certainly the film from former "Sex and the City" director David Frankel, based on the script from Aline Brosh McKenna, had to be superior to its source material. Anything would have been. Lauren Weisberger's best-selling novel of the same name, inspired by her own experiences working as an assistant for Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour, was chock full of juicy little details about the fashion world, but it was so coarsely written it was agonizing to finish. The Wintour figure was too two-dimensional; arbitrarily demanding and cruel, she never showed a glimmer of humanity. Thankfully the film fleshes her out, and Meryl Streep brilliantly brings her to life. She steals the entire film away from young Anne Hathaway - who has the benefit of youth and Patricia Fields as her costume designer and who is, theoretically, the star - and reminds us that, when given the chance, she's a master of subtle, biting comedy. But then the film staggers toward its protracted ending, which is different from that of the book but is needlessly convoluted. PG-13 for some sexuality. 109 min.'Superman Returns'Showtimes: 1, 4 and 10 p.m. today through Thursday, Skyline Cinema, DillonFinally this summer, the hype is justified. "Superman Returns" is everything you'd want it to be. It's reverential of the source material, yet a unique film all its own. It's steeped in decadent art-deco mood and details, yet completely current. It's joyous with the possibility of discovery, yet deeply moving in its melancholy. It should satisfy purists and attract new converts. But most importantly for a summer blockbuster, it's just outright thrilling. With technology having vastly improved since the original "Superman" from 1978, director Bryan Singer has constructed a visual marvel. Having infused the first two "X-Men" movies with equal amount of dazzle and heart, Singer shows he's the ideal choice to take over the beloved franchise. PG-13 for some intense action violence. 157 min.'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest'Showtimes: 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m. today through Thursday, Skyline Cinema, DillonYo ho, yo ho ... yeah, that's about all you get. It is physically impossible to think of any pirate puns after sitting through this sequel and having all traces of energy and enthusiasm sucked out. Even more cartoonish than the original film from 2003 - a difficult feat to achieve - the latest installment in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise often feels as if it should star the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. And those moments are the funniest, liveliest parts. The rest is just bloated - and, like its predecessor, numbingly overlong. Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are back, as are director Gore Verbinski and writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. The plot this time focuses on our heroes' misadventures as they search for Davy Jones' famous hidden chest. PG-13 for intense sequences of adventure violence, including frightening images. 153 min. 'You, Me and Dupree'Showtimes: 12:45, 3:45 and 7:15 p.m. today through Thursday, Skyline Cinema, DillonEveryone has someone like Dupree in their lives - a friend who's a little too needy, a little too clingy, a bit of a social misfit who always says the wrong thing and doesn't know when to call it a night. But no one could possibly know someone who's as outlandish in his clueless cloddishness as Owen Wilson's titular third-wheel character because he's just too unrealistic, even for the sake of comedy. The guy could not exist - and if he did, his friends wouldn't keep him around as long as Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson do. Soon after serving as best man in their wedding, Dupree moves in with the newlyweds and proceeds to inadvertently wreck their house and their marriage. There are a couple of amusing lines and images here, but eventually the destruction becomes just too severe to bear. PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity, crude humor, language and a drug reference. 108 min.'Little Man'Showtimes: 1:15 p.m. today through Thursday, Skyline Cinema, DillonSize does matter. This lame comedy is big on gross-out humor and slapsticky sight gags that appeal to the lowest common denominator, but small on genuinely clever laughs. Marlon Wayans, technologically manipulated to play a pint-size jewel thief who pretends to be a baby, does look ridiculous in his onesies and matching beanies, which is good for a guffaw here and there. But you can only get so much mileage out of that image, even from a film that's under 90 minutes long. Marlon and his brother/co-star, Shawn, co-wrote the script with brother Keenen Ivory Wayans, who also directs. So if you've seen any of the family's other films ("Scary Movie," "White Chicks"), you know exactly what you're in for: boob jokes, poop jokes, penis jokes, jokes about getting kneed/hit/kicked in the groin. It's juvenile but not all that offensive, until Marlon's character gets pummeled by a professional hockey player who truly believes he's an infant. Kerry Washington, John Witherspoon and Tracy Morgan co-star. PG-13 for crude and sexual humor throughout, language and brief drug references. 87 min.


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