‘Dreamgirls’Showtimes: 6 and 8:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday; and 6 and 8:45 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at The Speakeasy in Breckenridge AND 4 and 9:45 p.m. Thursday through Friday at Skyline Cinema, Dillon.Effie White, Deena Jones, and Lorrell Robinson – three friends from Chicago – are a promising singing trio called The Dreamettes. Accompanied by their songwriter C.C. White (Effie’s brother), they travel to New York to compete in a talent show at the Apollo Theatre. Although the girls lose this first bid for fame, their talent attracts an ambitious manager by the name of Curtis Taylor, Jr., who uses unscrupulous tactics to move the girls from backup singers of superstar James “Thunder” Early to superstars of their own. Curtis reshapes the group to “crossover” from R&B to the lucrative pop music scene. Lead singer Effie gets replaced by the more attractive Deena and is eventually dropped from the trio. The group evolves into a more sophisticated group, The Dreams, with a lighter sound and chic look. They successfully attract a “whiter” audience and The Dreams rise to international stardom. The money, fame, and adulation, however, doesn’t bring them happiness. Starring Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover and Jennifer Hudson. PG-13 for language, some sexuality and drug content.’The Painted Veil’Showtimes: 7 p.m. Friday; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema, DillonA love story set in the 1920s about a young English couple–a conservative doctor and a restless society girl–who marry hastily, relocate to Hong Kong. There they betray each other easily, and find an unexpected chance at redemption and happiness while on a deadly journey into the heart of ancient China. ‘Because I Said So’Showtimes: 4, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Friday; 1:15, 4, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 4, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema, DillonEverything about this movie screams out generic chick flick – and we mean scream, literally – from the forgettable title to the excruciatingly corny ending. In between, director Michael Lehmann runs through a veritable checklist of cliches. (Is it possible this man made the deliciously vicious “Heathers” nearly 20 years ago?) There are the unbelievable characters who say and do contrived, sitcommy things. The montages of shopping and furniture rearranging. The caffeinated score to punctuate all those wacky moments (Diane Keaton discovering online porn). The gaggle of women graphically discussing their sexual hijinks. And of course, the repeated cutaways to a cute dog reacting to all this shrill nonsense. Keaton plays the overly meddlesome, highly emotional mother of three daughters who worries that her youngest (Mandy Moore) will stay single the rest of her life. Naturally she crafts an Internet ad and secretly arranges the girl’s dates. Gabriel Macht and Tom Everett Scott play the would-be suitors who are so vastly opposite, it’s obvious whom we’re meant to root for from the start. PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue, some mature thematic material and partial nudity. 111 min. One star out of four.’The Messengers’Showtimes: 4:30, 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. Friday; 1, 3, 5, 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 4:30, 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema, DillonA family moves into a run-down sunflower farm. As the farm begins to revive after years of disrepair, the family begins to notice uncomfortable and alarming changes in their father’s behavior. ‘Smokin’ Aces’Showtimes: 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Friday; 1:15, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema, DillonSo obviously derivative of Guy Ritchie’s bloody, hyperkinetic style of ensemble crime flick, this could have been called “Lock, Stock and Two Smokin’ Aces.” Writer-director Joe Carnahan (whose previous films include the vastly superior, intelligent “Narc”) also channels Quentin Tarantino and Tony Scott with his hip dialogue and high body count. Which is a shame, because Carnahan clearly has the capability of establishing a voice of his own. R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some nudity and drug use. 109 min. One and a half stars out of four.’Catch and Release’Showtimes: 4:30, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday; 1:15, 4:30, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 4:30, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema, DillonWriter Susannah Grant, directing here for the first time, seems to be aiming for the same kind of meaty chick flick she’s come up with before in “28 Days,” “Erin Brockovich” and “In Her Shoes.” Instead this fish-themed romance flops wildly all over the place – from heavy poignant moments to slapsticky comedy, with a healthy dose of soapy melodrama in between. What’s worse is that her characters sound like people saying things that were written for them, not real people behaving organically, believably. Jennifer Garner stars as a young woman whose fiance dies in a boating accident on the eve of their wedding. PG-13 for sexual content, language and some drug use. 111 min. ‘Children of Men’Showtimes: 4, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday; 1, 4, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 4, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema, DillonA futuristic society faces extinction when no children are born and the human race has lost the ability to reproduce. England has descended into chaos, until an iron-handed warden is brought in to institute martial law. The warden’s ability to keep order is threatened when a woman finds that she is pregnant with what would be the first child born in 27 years. 1 hr. 54 min. R for strong violence, language, some drug use and brief nudity.’Volver’Showtimes: 4 and 9:45 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema, DillonSet in Spain, a generational story of three women – a good mother who is desperately in love with a man who is far from being a saint, a young mother carrying a hard life upon her shoulders and an illegal hairdresser whose shop is the meeting point for all the neighborhood gossips. 111 min. R for sexual content and language.’Night At the Museum’Showtimes: 7 p.m. Friday; 1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema, DillonGood-hearted dreamer Larry Daley, despite being perpetually down on his luck, thinks he’s destined for something big. But even he could never have imagined how big, when he accepts what appears to be a menial job as a graveyard-shift security guard at a museum of natural history. During Larry’s watch, extraordinary things begin to occur. 2 hrs. PG for mild action, language and brief rude humor.’Epic Movie’Showtimes: 4:15, 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. Friday; 1, 3, 5, 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 4:15, 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Skyline Cinema, DillonIn the spirit of “Scary Movie” and “Date Movie, a parody that spoofs recent mega-blockbusters. The comedy centers itself around four orphans who visit a chocolate factory and are transported to the wonderful land of Gnarnia, after stumbling upon an enchanted wardrobe. There they battle pirates, encounter earnest wizards and attempt to defeat Gnarnia’s dastardly White Bitch. – AP and staff reports
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