At the movies: Now showing
Showtimes: 1:30, 5 and 8:30 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday; and 5 and 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Speakeasy Movie Theatre in Breckenridge. ALSO, 1, 2:45, 4:30 and 6:15, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.
It’s difficult to separate the movie from its mystique. Even under ordinary circumstances, “The Dark Knight” would have been one of the most hotly awaited movies of the summer blockbuster season. The loss of Heath Ledger to an accidental prescription-drug overdose in January has amplified the buzz around the film ” and his crazed performance as the Joker ” to extraordinary levels. Nothing could possibly satisfy that kind of expectation. This comes pretty close. Christopher Nolan’s film is indeed an epic that will leave you staggering from the theater, stunned by its scope and complexity. It’s also, thankfully, a vast improvement over his self-serious origin story, 2005’s “Batman Begins.” As director and co-writer with his brother, Jonathan (David S. Goyer shares a story credit), Nolan has found a way to mix in some fun with his philosophizing. Ambitious, explosive set pieces share screen time with meaty debates about good vs. evil and the nature of, and need for, a hero. Batman (Christian Bale) has been that guy. Now, he’s not so sure he should be anymore. He’s protected Gotham fiercely but the new district attorney, Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), seems to be putting a dent in organized crime with help from Lt. Gordon (Gary Oldman). Then the Joker arrives to send the city into chaos ” and Nolan was wise enough to give Ledger plenty of room to shine, albeit in the actor’s indelibly perverse, twisted way. There’s nothing cartoony about his Joker. Ledger wrested the role from previous performers Cesar Romero and Jack Nicholson and reinvented it completely. PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace. 152 min.
Showtimes: 1, 4, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.
ABBA songs are, of course, evil in musical form. Just try getting “Dancing Queen” out of your head once it’s burrowed its way in there. “Waterloo,” too, is especially pesky. But “Mamma Mia” might be the most tenacious tune in the 1970s Swedish pop group’s canon. The insanely catchy hit inspired a hugely successful Broadway musical a decade ago and now is the basis for a big, summer movie. “Mamma Mia!” is a massive mess, but it’s fun ” exuberantly goofy, sloppily crafted fun, especially if you’re not in the mood for thinking too hard. (Phyllida Lloyd, who directed the stage production, makes her filmmaking debut here.) If it works on any level at all, it’s through the sheer radiance of Meryl Streep, clearly having a blast letting loose as its star, the former rocker chick Donna. PG-13 for some sex-related comments. 108 min.
Showtimes: 12:45, 2:45, 4:45 and 6:45 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.
Three NASA chimps are sent to a galaxy far, far away. Two have “The Right Stuff,” and the other, a good natured goofball, has “The Wrong Stuff.” They find themselves on a strange, uncharted planet, where they embark on a fantastical journey to save its inhabitants from a tyrannical leader. Starring the voices of Andy Samberg, Cheryl Hines, Patrick Warburton, Omid Abtahi and Jeff Daniels. G.
Showtimes: 12:45, 2:45, 4:45, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.
Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson as his nephew and Anita Briem as an Icelandic guide star as a threesome that heads down below after discovering Jules Verne’s classic sci-fi novel might be based on an actual trip to the Earth’s center. While there are gimmicky shots, director Eric Brevig restrains the impulse to use the technology for too many cheap jolts. Generally, the 3-D images are fashioned to make fans feel as though they’re sitting inside the movie rather than being assaulted by moving objects within it. PG for intense adventure action and some scary moments. 93 min.
Showtimes: 1, 4, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.
Words don’t really do justice in attempting to describe the wondrous array of misfits and monsters Guillermo del Toro has concocted here. Truly, his is a world you have to experience for yourself to appreciate fully ” if you dare, that is. In following up the original “Hellboy” from 2004 and his Oscar-winning 2006 masterpiece “Pan’s Labyrinth,” the director has outdone himself in both absurd humor and wild imagination. This time, Hellboy and the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense must stop a power-hungry, underground prince (Luke Goss) from awakening a dormant army of indestructible golden soldiers. Also returning are Selma Blair as Liz, Hellboy’s (literally) fiery girlfriend, and Doug Jones as the sophisticated fish-man Abe Sapien. PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and some language. 110 min.
Showtimes: 9 p.m. Friday through Thursday at the Skyline Cinema in Dillon.
A massive fireball from space hits New York’s Central Park and an ordinary man emerges unscathed. The man turns out to be a spaceship operated by 100 human-looking aliens who are one-quarter inch tall and seeking a way to save their planet; complications ensue when their captain falls in love with an Earth woman who’s always picked losers for previous romances. Starring Eddie Murphy, Gabrielle Union, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Banks and Judah Friedlander. PG for bawdy and suggestive humor, action and some language.
Showtimes: 12:45, 3:45, 6:45 and 9:15 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.
Within the rumbling, stumbling hunk of junk that is WALL-E beats the sweetest, warmest heart ” a robotic representation of humanity’s highest potential. And within this futuristic sci-fi adventure lies an artistic truth: that Pixar’s track record remains impeccable. “WALL-E” is essentially a silent film in which the two main characters, a mismatched pair of robots, communicate through bleeps and blips and maybe three words between them. And yet director and co-writer Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo”) is resourceful enough to find infinite ways for them to express themselves ” amusingly, achingly, and with emotional precision. G. 97 min.
Showtimes: 12:30 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.
What began life on TV as a classic sitcom that cleverly satirized Cold War espionage has been transformed for the big screen as just another standard action picture. Pity, too. Because Agent Maxwell Smart himself would have made a more entertaining movie, just by picking up a camera and bumbling his way through it. You certainly can’t complain about the casting of Steve Carell in the lead role: What other actor has the buttoned-down looks or the self-deprecating sense of humor to fill Don Adams’ shoe phone? PG-13 for some rude humor, action violence and language. 111 min.
Showtimes: 1:30, 4:45, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.
This is a comedy superhero film directed by Peter Berg and starring Will Smith, Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron. PG-13.
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