At the movies: Now showing in Summit County
November 7, 2008
Showtimes: 2, 2:30, 4 and 4:30, 6:30, 7, 8:45 and 9:15 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.
Left marooned on the distant shores of Madagascar, the New Yorkers have hatched a plan so crazy it just might work. With military precision, the penguins have repaired an old crashed plane ” sort of. Once aloft, this unlikely crew stays airborne just long enough to make it to the wildest place of all ” the vast plains of Africa itself ” where our zoo-raised crew encounters species of their own kind for the very first time. While discovering their roots, they quickly realize the differences between the concrete jungle and the heart of Africa. Despite long-lost relatives, romantic rivals and scheming hunters, Africa seems like a “crack-a-lackin” great place … but is it better than their Central Park home? Starring the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett-Smith, David Schwimmer, Sacha Baron Cohen and Cedric the Entertainer. 99 min. PG for some mild crude humor.
Showtimes: 2:30, 5, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.
The premise is completely formulaic and potentially cheesy: A couple of buddies get arrested and, for their community service assignment, must serve as big brothers to a pair of misfit kids. You know from the beginning that many necessary life lessons will be learned and that all parties ultimately will be better off for the unlikely friendships they’ve formed. But it’s the wildly, hilariously crude way that director David Wain and Co. approach this concept that makes “Role Models” so disarming. The rampant wrongness would have been amusing enough on the page, but the delivery from co-stars Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd and the supporting cast of both comedy veterans and up-and-comers makes the material consistently laugh-out-loud funny. Wheeler (Scott) and Danny (Rudd) spend their days giving just-say-no talks at Los Angeles schools and peddling the energy drink Minotaur, a job that requires Wheeler to dress up in a furry costume and guzzle gallons of green gunk. Danny, fed up with his life and frustrated that his longtime girlfriend (Elizabeth Banks) has just rejected his marriage proposal, snaps one day and gets himself and Wheeler in trouble with the law. Rather than going to jail, the two end up working with the Sturdy Wings mentoring group, led by the damaged but overly earnest Gayle (Jane Lynch, stealing every scene she’s in, as usual). While Wheeler gets paired up with the freakishly foul-mouthed Ronnie (Bobb’e J. Thompson, radiating a scary amount of confidence for a 12-year-old), Danny gets dweeby teen Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse of “Superbad”), who’s obsessed with his live-action fantasy role-playing game. R for crude and sexual content, strong language and nudity.
Showtimes: 1:30, 4:15, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema, Dillon.
Something more than a child goes missing in Clint Eastwood’s tale casting Angelina Jolie as a real-life single mom whose young son vanishes in 1928. On the surface, the film has all the rich atmosphere and evocative detail of his recent Oscar offerings. Yet it lacks the emotional depth and nuance of that string of films marking Eastwood’s remarkable late-career resurgence. Jolie stars as Christine Collins, who becomes a victim of nightmarish persecution by corrupt Los Angeles police handling the case of her vanished boy. As the story grows bigger and more horrific, Eastwood and screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski lose focus, their sharp portrait of a mother facing the worst possible loss swallowed by a scattered, one-note melodrama of a lone saint battling a den of demons. R for some violent and disturbing content, and language. 141 min.
Showtimes: 2:15, 4:40, 7:15 and 9:40 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.
Two lifelong platonic friends, strapped for cash and in debt, decide to make a porno. Starring Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Jason Mewew, Katie Morgan and Craig Robinson. R for strong crude sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity and pervasive language. 101 min.
Showtimes: 9:10 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.
A teenage girl discovers that her parents made a pact with the devil to save her life. When the devil comes to collect, terrible things begin to happen and she must figure out if and how she can save herself. Starring Haley Bennett, Jake Weber, Chace Crawford, Shanna Collins and Shannon Marie Woodward. PG-13 for strong thematic material, violence and terror, brief strong language and some teen drinking. 86 min.
Showtimes: 4:45 and 9:45 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.
Hoffman is seemingly the last person alive to carry on the Jigsaw legacy. But when his secret is threatened, Hoffman must go on the hunt to eliminate all loose ends. Starring Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Julie Benz and Meagan Good. R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, language and brief nudity.
Showtimes: 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema, Dillon.
Someday, Troy and Gabriella will actually open their mouths when they kiss. Someday, Sharpay won’t have backup dancers magically appear out of nowhere during her self-glorifying production numbers. But for now, everything about the “High School Musical” series remains safely wholesome and intact, even as it makes the leap from TV to the big screen. All those winsome East High Wildcats are back from parts one and two of the freakishly successful Disney Channel franchise. G. 108 min. Two and a half stars out of four.
Showtimes: 1:45 and 7 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema, Dillon.
Everything about this dirty-cop thriller is formulaic and forgettable, even down to its generic title. “Pride and Glory” could be an uplifting drama about a basketball team breaking racial barriers, or it could be about an elite squadron of World War II fighter pilots. You’d never know the difference and it wouldn’t matter anyway. Instead, it’s an overlong saga of good and bad New York police officers battling for control, one that that plays out both in back alleys and quiet suburbs. Edward Norton and Colin Farrell star as brothers-in-law and brothers in blue. When a cop killer takes down four of their comrades, years of schemes and resentments come bubbling to the surface. R for strong violence, pervasive language and brief drug content. 140 min.
Showtime: 2:10, 4:40 and 6:50 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema, Dillon.
A pampered Beverly Hills Chihuahua named Chloe finds herself accidentally lost in the mean streets of Mexico without a day spa or Rodeo Drive boutique anywhere in sight. Now alone for the first time in her spoiled life, she must rely on some unexpected new friends — including a street-hardened German Shepherd named Delgado and an amorous pup named Papi — to lend her a paw and help her to find her inner strength on their incredible journey back home. Starring Drew Barrymore, George Lopez, Andy Garcia, Piper Perabo and Manolo Cardona. PG for some mild thematic elements. 85 min.