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Showtimes: 1:45, 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.This comedy is guilty of being the same thing that so many political candidates accuse each other of being: a flip-flopper. The story of a presidential election that hinges on the vote of one guy does have its moments of hilarity. It works best when the two contenders are one-upping each other, contradicting themselves and their parties to win over this one average Joe. But by the end, it turns painfully serious and it takes itself too seriously, with swelling music and heavy-handed preaching to drive home some pretty obvious points. Kevin Costner produces and stars as Bud Johnson, a scruffy single dad who just got fired and is too drunk to remember to vote. His 12-year-old daughter, Molly (the tremendously poised Madeline Carroll), is wise beyond her years and keeps things functioning at the family trailer in dusty Texico, N.M. Molly also tries to cast dads vote for president, but because of a machine malfunction, it doesnt count. And the election is so tight that Buds vote becomes the one that will decide the presidency. Kelsey Grammer co-stars as the Republican incumbent, with Stanley Tucci as the slick, ruthless mastermind behind his campaign. Meanwhile, Dennis Hopper is an inspired choice to play the Democratic challenger, with Nathan Lane as his campaign manager, whos desperate to win after a career of losing. Despite the movies obvious leanings to the left, director and co-writer Joshua Michael Stern deserves some credit for making the Republican president a decent, sympathetic figure, and not a total buffoon. Costner, meanwhile, is essentially the same rumpled rogue hes made a career of playing. PG-13 for language. 120 min.

Showtimes: 1:15, 4:45, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.Egypt has lost its trademark on mummies. Instead, the third Mummy installment dutifully sends its characters to China where they participate in international competitions of zombie fencing, yeti vaulting and synchronized senselessness. Our retired hero Rick OConnell (Brendan Fraser) and his wife Evelyn (Maria Bello, taking over for Rachel Weisz) head East in hopes of recapturing the adrenaline of adventure. Director Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) takes the franchises reins from Stephen Sommers. Jet Li plays the Dragon Emperor, a thoroughly bad dude from 200 B.C. who is awakened after the OConnells grown son Alex (Luke Ford) discovers his tomb. Trouble ensues. Like such movies as 300 or the new Indiana Jones, Tomb of the Dragon Emperor uses history like a prop a kind of costume for ludicrous plot lines. The action is so relentless that Fraser has little room for any real comic work and instead must utter lines like, Here we go again! Ultimately, theres something fitting about a 9-year-old franchise devoted to raising grotesques from the dead. Todays sequel- and remake-crazy Hollywood could learn from the Mummy series: Better to leave it buried. PG-13 for violence and gore, and for some language. Running time: 112 minutes.

Showtimes: 5 and 8:30 p.m. Friday; 1:30, 5 and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; and 7:30 on Monday and Tuesday at the Speakeasy Movie Theatre in Breckenridge. ALSO,12:30, 4, 4:30, 7:30 and 8 p.m. Friday through Tuesday; and12:30, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 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, 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: 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: 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Friday through Tuesday 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 and 7:15 p.m. Friday through Tuesday 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: 9:30 p.m. Friday through Tuesday 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.

Showtimes: 5:30 and 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Speakeasy Movie Theatre in Breckenridge. ALSO, 1:45, 4:45, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.Lazy stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the citys most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him. And it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that theyre not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia; incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. Starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Craig Robinson, James Remar and Joe Lo Truglio. R for pervasive language, drug use, sexual references and violence.

Showtimes: 1:30, 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.Lifelong friends embark on separate paths for their first year of college and the summer beyond, but remain in touch by sharing their experiences with each other as they always have with honesty and humor. Discovering their individual strengths, fears, talents and capacity for love through the choices they make, they come to value more than ever the bond they share and the immeasurable power of their friendship. Starring America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Biedel, Blake Lively and Jesse Williams. PG-13 for mature material and sensuality.


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