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Showtimes: 8:30 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Speakeasy Movie Theatre in Breckenridge.The story of big mountain skiing, a sport that barely existed 35 years ago. It started in the 1970s in the mountains above Chamonix, France, where skiers began to attempt ski descents so extreme that they appeared almost suicidal. Men like Anselme Baud and Patrick Vallencant were inspired by the challenge of skiing where no one thought to ski before. Now, two generations later, some of the worlds greatest skiers pursue a sport where the prize is not winning, but simply experiencing the exhilaration of skiing and exploring big, wild, remote mountains. The man who is often described as the greatest big mountain skier of all, the late Doug Coombs who died in a skiing accident in La Grave, France, in April, 2006, is at the center of the story. His rich life and tragic death reveal the essential question at the heart of big mountain skiing: How does a skier weigh the risks versus the rewards of a sport where the possibility of dying is ever present? Also featured are many of the sports greatest athletes including Bill Briggs, Stefano De Benedetti, Eric Pehota, Glen Plake, Shane McConkey, Seth Morrison, Chris Davenport, Ingrid Backstrom and Andrew McLean. PG for extreme sports action and brief language. 92 min.

Showtimes: 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday; and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Speakeasy Movie Theatre in Breckenridge. ALSO, 1:30 and 6:45 p.m. Friday through Monday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.The tale follows the beautiful princess Giselle as she is banished by an evil queen from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan. Starring Amy Adams, James Marsden, Idina Menzel, Susan Sarandon and Patrick Dempsey. PG for some scary images and mild innuendo. 108 min.

Showtimes: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday through Sunday; 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Monday; and 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.A crisp, biting satire that confidently mixes sex and politics, this combination of director Mike Nichols and writer Aaron Sorkin glides along so smartly and smoothly, it makes you wonder how its possible that these two have never teamed up before. Based on the true story of a congressman (Tom Hanks), a Houston socialite (Julia Roberts) and a CIA operative (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who conspired to arm Afghanistans mujahedeen against Soviet invaders in the early 1980s, Charlie Wilsons War represents comfortable territory for both men, despite the complexity of its subject matter. R for strong language, nudity/sexual content and some drug use. 97 min.

Showtimes: 1:15, 4:15, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Friday through Sunday; 1:15, 4:15 and 7:15 p.m. Monday; and 1:15, 4:15, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.Judd Apatow can do no wrong, apparently. Even in taking on a genre parody, an endeavor that would seem painfully hackneyed by now following Scary Movie, Epic Movie and the like, the comic mastermind behind Knocked Up and Superbad manages to find fresh laughs again and again. (This time, longtime Apatow friend and collaborator Jake Kasdan directs, and the two co-wrote the script.) Walk Hard, a take off on the tried-and-true music biopic, hits all the familiar conventions weve seen in overly earnest movies like Ray and Walk the Line (and even La Vie en Rose, with its ballyhooed portrayal of Edith Piaf by Marion Cotillard). The marginally talented Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) comes from humble, Southern beginnings, experienced tragedy early, married his childhood sweetheart and eventually fulfilled his dreams of music stardom through sheer heart and grit, even though the ones closest to him never believed in him. Along the way, of course, he got hooked on and quit every drug imaginable, had countless wives and children and hung out with legends like the Beatles and Elvis. (The cameos for these roles are classic, and the less you know about them going in, the better.) Apatow and Kasdan dont know when to let their jokes die a graceful death, beating several of them into the ground. But what keeps the movie giddy and buoyant throughout is the presence of Reilly, a comic actor who can break your heart with his underdog sweetness, and who isnt afraid to go to the goofiest places possible for the big laugh. R for sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language. 96 min.

Showtimes: 1, 4, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Friday through Sunday; 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Monday; and 1, 4, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.Treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates looks to discover the truth behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, by uncovering the mystery within the 18 pages missing from assassin John Wilkes Booths diary. Starring Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Ed Harris, Helen Mirren and Justin Bartha. PG for some violence and action.

Showtimes: 1, 4, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Friday through Sunday; 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Monday; and 1, 4, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.A grieving young widow discovers that her late husband has left her a list of tasks revealed in 10 messages, delivered anonymously, intended to ease her out of grief and transition her to a new life. Starring Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Lisa Kudrow, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Gina Gershon. PG-13 for sexual references and brief nudity. 126 min.

Showtimes: 4 and 9:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday; and 4 p.m. Monday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.Llewelyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a sentry of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back trunk. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law namely aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell can contain. Moss tries to evade his pursuers, in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives. Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Beth Grant and Garret Dillahunt. 122 min.

Showtimes: 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Friday through Sunday; 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Monday; 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.Three chipmunk brothers, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore are adopted by a man named Dave. Starring Jason Lee, Cameron Richardson, Jane Lynch, David Cross and Justin Long. PG for some mild rude humor.

Showtimes: 1, 4:15, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Friday through Sunday; 1, 4:15 and 7:15 p.m. Monday; 1, 4:15, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon. Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a brilliant scientist, but even he could not contain the terrible virus that was unstoppable, incurable … and manmade. Somehow immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City … and maybe the world. But he is not alone. He is surrounded by the Infected victims of the plague who have mutated into carnivorous beings who can only exist in the dark and who will devour or infect anyone or anything in their path. For three years, Neville has spent his days scavenging for food and supplies and faithfully sending out radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. All the while, the Infected lurk in the shadows, watching Nevilles every move, waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankinds last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But his blood is also what The Infected hunt, and Neville knows he is outnumbered and quickly running out of time. Starring Will Smith, Alice Braga, Dash Mihok, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Charlie Tahan. PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence.

Showtimes: 1, 4, 6:45 and 9:15 p.m. Friday through Sunday; 1, 4 and 6:45 p.m. Monday; and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.Nicole Kidmans presence in this elaborate fantasy flick is emblematic of the movie itself: aesthetically lush but ultimately cold to the touch. This adaptation of the first novel in British writer Philip Pullmans His Dark Materials trilogy has some fanciful moments but never achieves the sense of awe-inspiring wonder of the Lord of the Rings films, to which comparisons will be inevitable. Its also probably too scary for a lot of kids, with its themes of totalitarianism and mind control; adults, meanwhile, may find it hard to take seriously, despite how seriously it takes itself. The visual highlight is supposed to be the battle between two powerful, armored polar bears, voiced by Ian McKellen and Ian McShane. But its all a bit of a drag, even given the sprightly energy of our heroine, 12-year-old orphan Lyra Belacqua, played by newcomer Dakota Blue Richards. PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence. 114 min.

Showtimes: 4:30, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.The iconic monsters from the two film franchises wage a brutal battle in an unsuspecting Colorado town. Reiko Aylesworth, Steven Pasquale, Gina Holden, David Hornsby II and Johnny Lewis II. R for violence, gore and language.

Showtimes: 1, 4, 6:45 and 9:15 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.Angus, a young Scottish boy, finds an enchanted egg. Taking it home, he soon finds himself face-to-face with an amazing creature: the mythical water horse of Scottish lore. Angus begins a journey of discovery, facing his greatest fears and risking his life to protect a secret that would give birth to a legend. Starring Emily Watson, Ben Chaplin, Alex Etel, David Morrissey and Geraldine Brophy. PG for some action/peril, mild language and brief smoking. 111 min.


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