Cinema Guide

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2005

OPENING

"First Descent" (PG-13) **1/2

Where: 20th Century Twin. Times: Starts Friday, Dec. 30, 4:20, 7, 9:20 p.m.; Saturday, 2, 4:20, 7, 9:20 p.m.; Sunday, 2, 4:20, 7 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 2, 4:20, 7 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 7 p.m.

Synopsis: This documentary tells us more than we need to know about the history of snowboarding, but it's at its best when it reels off one killer stunt after another.

"Nine Lives" (R) ***

Where: Gold Town Nickelodeon. Times: Starts Thursday, Dec. 29, 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7, 9:15 p.m.; Sunday, 4, 7 p.m.

Synopsis: Film is a collection of nine short, loosely interconnected stories of loneliness and relationships that its characters cannot seem to escape.

ALSO PLAYING

Anime film at Sweet Dream Teas, 8585 Old Dairy Road, near the Nugget Mall. 789-4401. Film at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

CLOSING

"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," (PG-13) ***1/2

Where: 20th Century Twin. Times: Thursday, Dec. 29, 3:40 p.m.

Synopsis: The Goblet of Fire picks Harry Potter to compete for the coveted Triwizard Cup - never mind that the rules say Harry is too young to enter.

"Syriana," (R) **1/2

Where: 20th Century Twin. Times: Thursday, Dec. 29, 6:40 p.m.

Synopsis: This complex political thriller - written and directed by the writer of "Traffic" - attempts to peel off the layers of Middle East intrigue.

CONTINUING

"Cheaper by the Dozen 2," (PG) **

Where: Glacier Cinemas. Times: Thursday, 6:40 p.m.; Friday, 3:30, 6:40, 9 p.m.; Saturday, 1:10, 3:30, 6:40, 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1:10, 3:30, 6:40 p.m.; Monday, 3:30, 6:40 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday, 6:40 p.m.

Synopsis: Tom drags his rather large family along on a Labor Day trip to the old family vacation rental. Another half-hearted "ca-ching" family comedy.

"Chronicles of Narnia," (PG) ***

Where: Glacier Cinemas. Times: Thursday, 6:50 p.m.; Friday, 3:40, 6:50, 9:50 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30, 3:40, 6:50, 9:50 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30, 3:40, 6:50 p.m.; Monday, 3:40, 6:50 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday, 6:50 p.m.

Synopsis: This effect-laden adaptation of C.S. Lewis' book follows the journey of four young people as they step into the wardrobe and end up in Narnia.

"The Family Stone," (PG-13) ***1/2

Where: Glacier Cinemas. Times: Thursday, 7:10 p.m.; Friday, 3:50, 7:10, 9:20 p.m.; Saturday, 12:50, 3:50, 7:10, 9:20 p.m.; Sunday, 12:50, 3:50, 7:10 p.m.; Monday, 3:50, 7:10 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday, 7:10 p.m.

Synopsis: A freewheeling but lovable New England family doesn't take so well to the eldest Stone son's new girlfriend (Sarah Jessica Parker).

"Fun with Dick & Jane," (PG-13) **

Where: Glacier Cinemas. Times: Thursday, 7:20 p.m.; Friday, 3:10, 7:20, 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1, 3:10, 7:20, 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1, 3:10, 7:20 p.m.; Monday, 3:10, 7:20 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday, 7:20 p.m.

Synopsis: When Dick gets laid off, he and his wife, Jane, find that a life of crime is a far more lucrative way to support their comfy suburban lifestyle.

"King Kong," (PG-13) ***1/2

Where: 20th Century Twin. Times: Thursday, Dec. 29, through Monday, Jan. 2, 3:30, 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Synopsis: King Kong protects a blond actress, takes on herds of dinosaurs, giant bats and pesky humans in a remake of the classic Beauty and the Beast story.

"Rumor Has It," (PG-13) **1/2

Where: Glacier Cinemas. Times: Thursday, 7 p.m.; Friday, 3:20, 7, 9:15 p.m; Saturday, 12:40, 3:20, 7, 9:15 p.m.; Sunday, 12:40, 3:20, 7 p.m.; Monday 3:20, 7 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Synopsis: Jennifer Aniston plays Sarah, who feels disconnected when she learns that "The Graduate" was based on her family. A trivial comedy.



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