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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, 4:30, 5:30, 8 and 9 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.Its 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 Nolans film is indeed an epic that will leave you staggering from the theater, stunned by its scope and complexity. Its also, thankfully, a vast improvement over his self-serious origin story, 2005s 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. PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace. 152 min.

Showtimes: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.In grand X-Files manner, the films storyline is being kept under wraps. This much can be revealed: It is a stand-alone story in the tradition of some of the shows most acclaimed and beloved episodes, and takes the complicated relationship between Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in unexpected directions. Mulder continues his unshakable quest for the truth, and Scully, the passionate, ferociously intelligent physician, remains inextricably tied to Mulders pursuits. Starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Xzibit, Amanda Peet and Billy Connolly. PG-13 for violent and disturbing content and thematic material.

Showtimes: 1:45, 4:45, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.The title is Step Brothers. You know, because there are two of them. But Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are essentially playing the same person, which is the movies fundamental, irreparable flaw. As 40-year-olds whove never left home and are forced to share a bedroom when their parents (Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins) get married, Ferrell and Reilly are stuck in the same state of arrested development. Theres no odd-couple tension, no witty banter, just a prolonged, painfully unfunny game of one-upmanship in which each actor is trying to outdo the other in one-note obnoxiousness. You wouldnt want to spend two hours with one of them, much less both. The humorously awkward chemistry these actors shared as NASCAR teammates in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is gone, because the script makes no room for it. R for crude and sexual content, and pervasive language. 112 min.



Showtimes: 1, 4, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema, Dillon.ABBA songs are, of course, evil in musical form. Just try getting Dancing Queen out of your head once its burrowed its way in there. Waterloo, too, is especially pesky. But Mamma Mia might be the most tenacious tune in the 1970s Swedish pop groups 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 its fun exuberantly goofy, sloppily crafted fun, especially if youre 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, its 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 and 4:45 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 Vernes classic sci-fi novel might be based on an actual trip to the Earths 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 theyre 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: 7 and 9:45 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.Words dont 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 Pans 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, Hellboys (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: 12:30 and 2:45 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 humanitys highest potential. And within this futuristic sci-fi adventure lies an artistic truth: that Pixars 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: 5, 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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