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Showtimes: 2:10, 4:50, 7:10 and 9:15 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.The last time we saw Richard Gere and Diane Lane, in the 2002 guilty pleasure Unfaithful, they were running off together after covering up Geres murder of Lanes hot, young, Parisian lover. Ah, those were the good old days. Their latest pairing, Nights in Rodanthe, finds them falling for each other under circumstances that are even more contrived. Gere plays a stoic surgeon on a mission to right a wrong; Lane plays an earthy mother of two who has separated from her cheating husband. Gere is the only guest at a remote coastal North Carolina inn; Lane just happens to be overseeing the place as a favor to a friend the weekend Gere is staying there. And wouldnt you know it? Theres a hurricane on the way. Surely you see where this is going, and because Nights in Rodanthe is based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, A Walk to Remember), you know it cant end happily. We wouldnt dream of giving anything away, but bring tissues if youre the sentimental type. Youd pretty much have to be sentimental to tolerate such schlock, or at least be willing to check your cynicism at the multiplex door. Gere and Lane make the first half of director George C. Wolfes movie surprisingly tolerable, simply because they have such an obvious comfort with each other (they also co-starred in The Cotton Club back in 1984). Both have been around long enough to find some nuance within the potentially treacly script from Ann Peacock and John Romano. But then the storm comes and it washes away all that good will. PG-13 for some sensuality. 96 min. Two stars out of four.
Showtimes: 2:15, 4:45, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.Smart, beautiful and headstrong, Alexis is the girl of Dustins dreams. But after only five weeks of dating, the love-struck Dustin is coming on so strong that Alexis is forced to slow things down permanently. Devastated and desperate to get her back, Dustin turns to his best friend, Tank, the rebound specialist. A master at seducing and offending women, Tank gets hired by freshly dumped guys to take their ex-girlfriends out on the worst date of their lives an experience so horrible it sends them running gratefully back to their beaus. But when Tank works his magic on Alexis, he ends up meeting the challenge of a lifetime. Alexis is the first girl who knows how to call his bluff, and Tank soon finds himself torn between his loyalty to Dustin and a strange new attraction to his best friends girl. Starring Dane Cook, Kate Hudson, Alec Baldwin, Jason Biggs and Lizzy Caplan. R for strong language and sexual content throughout, including graphic dialogue and some nudity. 103 min.
Showtimes: 2:45, 5, 7:30 and 9:40 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.Its a total goof, of course. A lark, a one-off. The latest offering in the eclectic filmography of Joel and Ethan Coen is not to be taken seriously one look at Brad Pitts blond-streaked pouf of hair tells you that and its certainly not to be compared to their starkly violent Academy Award-winner from last year, No Country for Old Men. This time, they take their eye for regional detail to Washington for what looks like an espionage thriller, except that the spying uncovers no significant information, everyone is clueless and no ones ever truly in danger. R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence. 96 min.
Showtimes: 2 and 4:10 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.You should hate these people, really these smug American yuppies chatting gaily about golf, tennis and boating over red wine on a sun-splashed Spanish afternoon. Youre also free to abhor the painters, poets and musicians who populate Barcelona and spend their bohemian days idly debating the merits of love and art when theyre not wrapped up in making them both, that is. Somehow, Woody Allen makes us not just tolerate these people but find ourselves engaged in their adventures in this, his strongest film in quite a while. PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexuality and smoking. 97 min.
Showtimes: 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon. HAL goes mobile in this shrill, frantic thriller about technology taking over and not in good ways, like making coffee for you before you even realize you want it. No, this supercomputer has a political agenda, which theoretically would seem timely with the presidential election approaching. Instead, this half-baked indictment of the Patriot Act and the war on terror feels a few years too late maybe because thats when executive producer Steven Spielberg originally came up with the nugget of an idea that Eagle Eye would become. Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan co-star as strangers who are forced to work together when their lives are commandeered by an oddly calm but insistent female voice. Shes everywhere on their cell phones, on other peoples cell phones. She can manipulate stop lights and air traffic, monitor every surveillance camera on the planet and send messages through electronic billboards. She makes the duo steal cars, rob an armored truck, even stow away aboard a military plane. But why is she doing this? What does she want? Thats the overly simplistic mystery to be uncovered in the film from D.J. Caruso, reuniting with LaBeouf, whom he directed in the 2007 surprise hit Disturbia. Hes put together a couple of heart-pounding sequences here, but most of the action is edited in headache-inducing fashion. LaBeouf and Monaghan, ordinarily likable and versatile, cant elevate this B-material; members of the strong supporting cast, including Billy Bob Thornton and Michael Chiklis, are equally slumming it. PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence and for language. 119 min. One and a half stars out of four.
Showtimes: 2, 4:40, 7:20 and 9:40 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.A young interracial couple move into their dream home and are increasingly harassed by their next-door neighbor, a tightly wound black LAPD officer. When the couple decides to fight back the feud turns deadly. Starring Ajay Mehta, Billy Brown (II), Dale Godboldo, Dallas Raines and Dartenea Bryant. PG-13 for intense thematic material, violence, sexuality, language and some drug reference. 106 min.
Showtimes: 2:30, 4:45, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.Its not that this crime thriller is spectacularly awful. Its just thoroughly mediocre a standard police procedural, a long episode of Law & Order, unremarkable but for the pairing of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Under the pseudo-flashy direction of Jon Avnet, they play geriatric New York police detectives on the tail of a serial killer: a vigilante who takes out bad guys who have it coming, then leaves a poem behind at the crime scene. R for violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and brief drug use. 101 min. One and a half stars out of four.
Showtimes: 2:20, 4:40, 7:10 and 9:40 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.Somehow, Diane English has managed to make the Sex and the City movie look like a documentary. With her remake of the 1939 George Cukor cat fight, based on the play by Clare Boothe Luce, English has applied all the lighthearted instincts of her sitcom background and seemingly none of the insights of the source material. Meg Ryan stars in the Norma Shearer role as Mary Haines, a wealthy Connecticut wife and mother who learns that her husband is having an affair. The other woman? Still the perfume girl at the Saks Fifth Avenue cosmetics counter, Joan Crawfords role, played here with cartoony va-va-voominess by Eva Mendes. PG-13 for sex-related material, language, some drug use and brief smoking. 114 min. One and a half stars out of four.
Showtimes: 8 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.Christopher Nolans film is indeed an epic that will leave you staggering from the theater, stunned by its scope and complexity. 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.
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