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Photos Added for Street Kings, Dark Knight, Sex and the City, and more

I have a bunch of updates to the Photo Galleries for several movies that are opening in the future. It starts with Street Kings, which opens tomorrow and goes through August 15th with Star Wars: The Clone Wars. CHRISTIAN BALE as Bruce ... (more)

Amazon.com Offering "Buy 2 Blu-ray Discs, Get 1 Free" Sale, Plus National Treasure Bundle for Great Price

Gift Shop merchant Amazon.com offers some of the best prices available on DVDs and high definition Blu-ray discs, either online or in retail stores. Some thought that with the end of the HD DVD format, the previous sales that Amazon and other ... (more)

Holland, OH: Super Cinemas Toledo to Close April 20

According to a new article on the Toledo Blade web site, the Super Cinemas Toledo in Holland, Ohio will be closing on April 20, 2008: After 19 years, a major expansion, and a conversion to an art house, the curtain will come down for good April 20 ... (more)

Wal-Mart Offering Refunds on HD DVD Players Sold Since 11/1/2007

Blog site EngadgetHD is reporting that Wal-Mart is offering refunds on HD DVD players purchased after November 1, 2008. They reference an article in the Wall Street Journal that says the same thing. This announcement follows similar offers by Best ... (more)

Release Date for Tom Cruise's "Valkyrie" Moved to February 2009

After being pushed from its Summer 2008 release date to October 2008 by the writer's strike, Tom Cruise's Valkyrie has been given a new release date again. MGM and United Artists announced today that Valkyrie will be opening in theaters February 13, ... (more)

Blu-ray Review: I Am Legend

I Am LegendWarner Home Video100 Minutes (Theatrical Version)104 minutes (Alternate Version) List Price: $35.99 (Check Price at Amazon.com) Available 3/18/2008 Additional Movie Details  TheatricalThis Disc Video Format: 35mm 1080p VC-1Aspect ... (more)

Hollywood, CA: World Premiere of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" at Grauman's Chinese on 4/10

Universal Pictures has announced that the World Premiere for the upcoming comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, starring Kristen Bell, and Jason Segel, will be held Thursday, April 10, 2008 at Mann Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. The ... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of April 4, 2008

  1. 21
  2. Nim's Island
  3. Leatherheads
  4. Horton Hears a Who
  5. The Ruins
  6. Superhero Movie
  7. Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns
  8. Drillbit Taylor
  9. Shutter
  10. 10,000 B.C.

For more details, see our Top Box Office Movies page.

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That's it for this week, so take a look at what's new in theaters and what's coming up in the next couple of weeks. Have a good weekend!

Scott Jentsch
Publisher, The BigScreen Cinema Guide

New Releases

The following are new releases opening in theaters in the next week.

Bra Boys
Documents the cultural evolution of the inner-Sydney beach-side suburb of Maroubra and the social struggle of its youth--the tattooed and much maligned surf community known as the Bra Boys.

Explores their success in professional big wave surfing, their international reputation for hard partying and rough justice, and touches on their running battle with authorities. The film shows their absolute reliance on one another to fit into a society in which they are displaced and, at times, disinterested.

Follows how the evolution of Maroubra, coupled with the historical stigma associated with Australia's rebellious surf community, has contributed to their social displacement.

Starring Jai Abberton, Koby Abberton, Sunny Abberton, Russell Crowe

Genre - Documentary
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Rated R
language, some violent content and reckless behavior

Chaos Theory
Frank Allen (Ryan Reynolds), celebrated author of the bestseller The Five Minute Efficiency Trainer, has perfected the art of living via a foolproof system of timetables and index cards. In fact, his daily "to do" lists are legendary. A man known for playing it safe, Frank doesn't believe in spontaneity. Every choice he makes is deliberate -- designed to contribute to a well-ordered, predictable life.

But life, as he soon learns, never adheres to a strict schedule.

Frank's wife, Susan (Emily Mortimer), and seven-year-old daughter, Jesse (Matreya Fedor), find his obsession charming in small doses, but as a steady diet it can be very frustrating. One morning, Susan attempts to loosen her husband's scheduling stranglehold by adding ten minutes to his day. But, by setting the clock backward instead of forward, she inadvertently unleashes a series of mishaps that turn his meticulously ordered life upside down. A belligerent ferryman, a ruthless seductress, a reluctant mother-to-be and the secret amor of his best friend, Buddy (Stuart Townsend), combine to send his life into complete chaos.

As his life unravels in several directions simultaneously, however, a stunning family revelation forces Frank to look fate squarely in the eye. Shaken to his core, he starts living entirely "in the moment," allowing him to defy the conventions that have heretofore defined him. Those carefully coordinated index cards that had once kept his life in perfect order now become a deck of chance as Frank scribbles spontaneous ideas on random cards, shuffles, chooses and follows the luck of the draw...with unexpected results.

Frank is about to discover that not even an efficiency expert armed with timetables and index cards can change the serendipitous nature of family and friendship, love and forgiveness.

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Emily Mortimer, Stuart Townsend, Elisabeth Harnois, Lisa Calder

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
mature thematic material, sexual content and language

Dark Matter
Liu Xing arrives at a big Western university to study the origins of the universe. He finds other Chinese students to share a cheap apartment with him, and flirts with an attractive American girl who works in a local tea shop. When the head of the department, Jacob Reiser, welcomes Liu Xing into his select cosmology group, it seems that he has a bright future in American science.

At an orientation for foreigners sponsored by a local church, Joanna Silver, a wealthy patron of the university, notices the earnest student. An unspoken bond forms between them. Liu Xing becomes Reiser's protégé, accompanying him to a prestigious conference where he makes an impressive debut.

He is drawn to the study of dark matter, an unseen substance that shapes the universe, but it soon becomes clear that his developing theories threaten Reiser's conflicting theories and well-established studies. Excited by the possibility of a breakthrough, Liu Xing is deaf to warnings that he must pay his dues. When he is eclipsed by Laurence, a more dutiful Chinese student, Liu Xing goes behind Reiser's back to publish his discoveries.

When the article draws ire instead of accolades, he turns to Joanna, who naively encourages him on his collision course. But in the end, his dissertation is rejected, and the girl in the tea shop brushes him off. Left alone with his shattered dreams, he explodes in a final act of violence.

Starring Meryl Streep, Liu Ye, Aidan Quinn, Blair Brown, Erick Avari

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
a scene of violence, brief sexual content and language

Jack and Jill vs. the World
Jack is a 30-something advertising exec in New York City, living a life forged from routine. He is successful and stylish... and entirely bored - until he meets Jill. In her 20s, fiery and adorable, Jill enters Jack's life like a hurricane.

They meet and instantly connect, launching into a romance. Together they write a Manifesto of Rules to Live by, beginning with Rule 1--Be Honest. But, after too many instances of Jill's disappearing, Jack forces Jill to reveal her secret.

Starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Taryn Manning, Mark Forster, Vanessa Parise, Kelly Rowan

Genre - Romance
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Rated PG-13
sexual content and brief strong language

Krazzy 4

Starring Hrithik Roshan, Arshad Warsi, Dia Mirza, Boman Irani, Irrfan Khan

Genre - Comedy
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Prom Night
Donna's senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life. After surviving a horrible tragedy, she has finally moved on and is enjoying her last year of high school. Surrounded by her best friends, she should be safe from the horrors of her past.

But when the night turns deadly, there is only one person who could be responsible…a man she thought was gone forever. Now, Donna and her friends must find a way to escape the sadistic rampage of an obsessed killer, and survive a night "to die for."

Starring Brittany Snow, Jessica Stroup, Dana Davis, Idris Elba, Kellan Lutz, Scott Porter, Johnathon Schaech, Kelly Blatz, Collins Pennie

Genre - Horror
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Rated PG-13
violence and terror, some sexual material, underage drinking, and language

Smart People
Professor Lawrence Wetherhold might be imperiously brilliant, monumentally self-possessed and an intellectual giant – but when it comes to solving the conundrums of love and family, he’s as downright flummoxed as the next guy.

His teenaged daughter is an acid-tongued overachiever who follows all too closely in dad’s misery-loving footsteps, and his adopted, preposterously ne'er-do-well brother has perfected the art of freeloading. A widower who can’t seem to find passion in anything anymore, not even the Victorian Literature in which he’s an expert, it seems Lawrence is sleepwalking through a very stunted middle age.

When his brother shows up unexpectedly for an extended stay at just about the same time as he accidentally encounters his former student Janet, the circumstances cause him to stir from his deep, deep freeze, with often comical, sometimes heartbreaking, consequences for himself and everyone around him.

Starring Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Page, Thomas Haden Church, Ashton Holmes

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
language, brief teen drug and alcohol use, and for some sexuality

Street Kings
A veteran LAPD cop who finds life difficult to navigate after the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he's been a part of his entire career, ultimately leading him to question the loyalties of everyone around him.

Starring Keanu Reeves, Chris Evans, Hugh Laurie, Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris, Jay Mohr, Terry Crews

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
strong violence and pervasive language

U, Me Aur Hum
The first time Ajay saw Pia, she served him drinks. She affected him more than the alcohol, and he found true love. He was a leading psychiatrist, but she messed up his mind. The first time Pia saw Ajay, he had had too much to drink. She watched him make a fool of himself, and was relieved when he passed out. She was a woman who followed her heart, but despite his claims of true love, she had made up her mind. Thus began the story of Ajay and Pia.

Starring Ajay Devgan, Kajol Devgan

Genre - Romance
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The Visitor
In a world of six billion people, it only takes one to change your life. In actor and filmmaker Tom McCarthy’s follow-up to his award winning directorial debut The Station Agent, Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under) stars as Walter Vale, a disillusioned Connecticut economics professor whose life is transformed by a chance encounter in New York City. Through new found connections with virtual strangers, Walter is awakened to a new world and a new life.

Starring Richard Jenkins, Hiam Abbass, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
brief strong language

Don Giovanni (San Francisco Opera)

Starring Mariusz Kwiecien, Oren Gradus, Elza van den Heever, Twyla Robinson, Charles Castronovo

Genre - Musical
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The Take
Felix De La Pena is an armored car driver struggling to make ends meet for his wife Marina and two kids in East LA's Boyle Heights neighborhood. But, their lives are thrown into chaos after Felix miraculously survives a violent on-the-job hijacking led by Adell Baldwin, a merciless criminal driven by power and greed.

Now facing a difficult recovery and struggling with a nasty new temper, Felix becomes obsessed with tracking down his attackers before they frame him for the crimes they committed.

Starring John Leguizamo, Tyrese Gibson, Bobby Cannavale, Rosie Perez, Matthew Hatchette

Genre - Drama
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Travis Pastrana: 199 Lives

Genre - Program
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