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Disney Launches New Movie Production Brand: Disneynature

Walt Disney Studios has announced the launch of a new production banner called "Disneynature," which will produce major big screen nature documentaries. The first movie to be released domestically will be Earth, from the same producer and ... (more)

Netflix Wants to Charge More for Blu-ray, Also Says that Four Hardware Partners are Integrating Netflix

Video rental company Netflix (who happens to be a Gift Shop merchant, check them out!) held their quarterly conference call with investors, and they delivered both good and bad news for customers. The bad news is that they plan on increasing rates ... (more)

Samsung's Next Blu-ray Player Adds BD-Live Support, Delayed to June

Back in January, I reported that the Blu-ray player announcements from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) included the next models from Samsung, the BD-P1500 and the HD DVD/Blu-ray combo player, the BD-UP5500. The BD-UP5500 was cancelled due to the ... (more)

Sylvester Stallone's "First Blood" Returns to the Big Screen for One Night at Select Theaters

Can you remember your first Stallone movie? I can, and it wasn't the Oscar-winning Rocky. It was First Blood in 1982, with Stallone as Vietnam vet John Rambo snarling his way through the movie and dispatching unfortunate pursuers with ease. It ... (more)

DVD Review: Echo and Other Elephants

Echo and Other ElephantsBBC Video362 Minutes List Price: $29.98 (Check Price at Amazon.com) Available 4/1/2008  This DiscAspect Ratio:1.33:11.78:1Audio:Dolby Digital 2.0 Disc 1 ContentsUpfront AdsPlanet Earth on DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray Disc ... (more)

Watch "The Living Sea" for Free - Earth Day Promotion

As part of their celebration of Earth Day (which was yesterday, April 22nd), Egami Media is offering consumers the ability to watch the nature documentary The Living Sea (IMAX) for free from April 21 - April 25. "We are honored to offer 'The ... (more)

Blu-ray Review: Sharkwater

SharkwaterWarner Home Video89 Minutes List Price: $28.99 (Check Price at Amazon.com) Available 3/18/2008 Additional Movie Details  TheatricalThis Disc Video Format: HD Video 1080i MPEG-2BDMVAspect Ratio:1.85:1 1.85:1Audio: Disc ContentsMovie ... (more)

Cleveland, OH: Atlas Cinemas Goes All-Digital Projection in All 3 Cleveland-area Locations

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio is reporting that Atlas Cinemas has converted all three of its Cleveland-area locations to Digital Cinema Projection systems. The Atlas Cinemas Diamond Center and Atlas Cinemas Great Lakes Stadium 16 in Mentor, ... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of April 18, 2008

  1. The Forbidden Kingdom
  2. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  3. Prom Night
  4. 88 Minutes
  5. Nim's Island
  6. 21
  7. Street Kings
  8. Horton Hears a Who
  9. Leatherheads
  10. Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

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.

Baby Mama
Successful and single businesswoman Kate Holbrook has long put her career ahead of a personal life. Now 37, she's finally determined to have a kid on her own. But her plan is thrown a curve ball after she discovers she has only a million-to-one chance of getting pregnant.

Undaunted, the driven Kate allows South Philly working girl Angie Ostrowiski to become her unlikely surrogate. Simple enough. After learning from the steely head of their surrogacy center that Angie is pregnant, Kate goes into precision nesting mode: reading childcare books, baby-proofing the apartment and researching top pre-schools.

But the executive's well-organized strategy is turned upside down when her Baby Mama shows up at her doorstep with no place to live. An unstoppable force meets an immovable object as structured Kate tries to turn vibrant Angie into the perfect expectant mom. In a comic battle of wills, they will struggle their way through preparation for the baby's arrival. And in the middle of this tug-of-war, they'll discover two kinds of family: the one you're born to and the one you make.

Starring Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Dax Shepard, Erica Berg, Sigourney Weaver

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
crude and sexual humor, language and a drug reference

Crossed Tracks (Roman de gare)
A popular writer is seeking unexpected characters for her next best-seller. And, as luck would have it, a serial killer has just escaped from a high-security prison.

Starring Dominique Pinon, Fanny Ardant, Audrey Dana, Michèle Bernier

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
brief language and sexual references

Deal
A cocky, hotshot, card-playing senior at Yale University dreams of becoming a professional Texas Hold'em poker player but does not yet have the skill to master the table. Fortunately for him, a chance encounter introduces Alex to retired poker legend, Tommy Vinson (Burt Reynolds). Tommy was at the top of his game twenty years ago but gave it all up in order to save his family.

Upon meeting Alex, Tommy realizes he can regain his own self-confidence, pride and a poker championship title by turning Alex into his protege. The two pair up and master every tournament they enter. The winning streak and friendship between the two is eventually thwarted by the interference of a Las Vegas call girl, Michelle (Shannon Elizabeth). The pair eventually part ways and separately prepare for the World Poker Tour. Only one will take home the championship title.

Starring Burt Reynolds, Bret Harrison, Shannon Elizabeth, Charles Durning, Phil Laak

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
language, sexual content and brief drug use

Deception
An accountant (McGregor) is introduced to a mysterious sex club known as The List by his lawyer friend (Jackman). But in this new world, he soon becomes the prime suspect in a woman's disappearance and a multi-million dollar heist.

Starring Ewan McGregor, Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Maggie Q, Rachael Taylor

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
sexual content, language, brief violence and some drug use

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
The same morning that Harold and Kumar eat at White Castle, Harold learns that Maria, the girl he lusts after, has set off for Amsterdam. The pair decide to pursue her so Harold can proclaim his love. However, an overzealous airline passenger mistakes Kumar for a terrorist, and the plane is diverted as the duo gets stuck in a case of mistaken identity.

Starring John Cho, Kal Penn, Eric Winter, David Krumholtz, Neil Patrick Harris

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R

A Plumm Summer
Two young brothers from a distressed home go head-to-head with the FBI to crack the kidnapping case of their beloved puppet.

Starring Jeff Daniels, William Baldwin, Henry Winkler, Lisa Guerrero, Chris J. Kelly, Brenda Strong

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG

Rogue
An American travel writer working on a piece in the Australian outback puts him on the menu for an oversized crocodile who stalks the scribe on a river cruise.

Starring Radha Mitchell, Michael Vartan, Sam Worthington, Stephen Curry, John Jarratt, Michael Vartan

Genre - Horror
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Rated R
language and some creature violence

Standard Operating Procedure
Is it possible for a photograph to change the world? Photographs taken by soldiers in Abu Ghraib prison changed the war in Iraq and changed America’s image of itself. Yet, a central mystery remains. Did the notorious Abu Ghraib photographs constitute evidence of systematic abuse by the American military, or were they documenting the aberrant behavior of a few “bad apples”?

We set out to examine the context of these photographs. Why were they taken? What was happening outside the frame? We talked directly to the soldiers who took the photographs and who were in the photographs. Who are these people? What were they thinking? Over two years of investigation, we amassed a million and a half words of interview transcript, thousands of pages of unredacted reports, and hundreds of photographs.

The story of Abu Ghraib is still shrouded in moral ambiguity, but it is clear what happened there.

Starring Joshua Feinman, Merry Grissom, Christopher Bradley, Combiz Shams, Zhubin Rahbar

Genre - Documentary
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Rated R
disturbing images and content involving torture and graphic nudity, and for language

Tashan

Starring Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Anil Kapoor

Genre - Drama
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Then She Found Me
Following the separation from her husband and the death of her adopted mother, schoolteacher April Epner is contacted by her apparent birth mother, who turns out to be a local talk show host Bernice Graves.

As Bernice tries to become the mother to April that she was never able to be, April seems to find solace in the arms of the parent of one of her students (Colin Firth), only to find that the mystery to life's questions cannot be solved by a simple revelation.

Starring Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, Colin Firth, Matthew Broderick, Lynn Cohen

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
language and some sexual content

Up the Yangtze
At the edge of the Yangtze River, not far from the Three Gorges Dam, young men and women take up employment on a cruise ship, where they confront rising waters and a radically changing China.

Starring Jerry Bo Yu Chen, Campbell Ping He, Cindy Shui Yu

Genre - Documentary
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Without the King
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, this acclaimed film tells an astonishing story of Africa’s last absolute monarchy, the Kingdom of Swaziland. King Mswati III, a distant figure out of touch with his home and country, rules by decree and lives a life of luxury together with his 12 wives, while his subjects suffer from crushing poverty and the world’s highest HIV infection rate. With unprecedented access, we meet headstrong first wife Queen LaMbikiza, eldest child and teen rapper, Princess Sikhanyiso, King Mswati himself, as well as many Swazi citizens who are plotting his downfall.

Filmmaker Michael Skolnik captures the birth of a nation's revolution, and the dawning awareness of a young Swazi princess as she realizes the contrast between her impoverished country and her lavish lifestyle.

Starring His Majesty King Mswati III, Her Royal Highness Princess Sikhany, Her Majesty Queen LaMbikiza, Mphandhlana Shongwe

Genre - Documentary
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The Metropolitan Opera: La Fille du Regiment

Genre - Program
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The Metropolitan Opera: La Fille du Regiment Encore

Genre - Program
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Queen: Making of a Night at the Opera & Deep Purple: Live at Montreaux

Genre - Concert
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Spirit of the Marathon - Spokane/Seattle

Genre - Program
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For a complete list of recent movies playing in theaters, please see our "New Movies" page.

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