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Panasonic's Highly Anticipated DMP-BD50 Blu-ray Player Gets Release Window and Pricing

If you're a regular reader, or a friend/family member, you've listened to me whine about the fact that Blu-ray players are under-powered and over-priced. When Sony bought themselves the High Definition home video market back in December and killed ... (more)

Get Three Blu-ray Discs for the Price of Two

Gift Shop merchant Amazon.com is running a promotion on high definition Blu-ray discs where you can get three discs for the price of two. The selection is pretty good, with 34 titles from which to choose. If you're looking to enjoy a few Will Smith ... (more)

Madison, WI: Marcus Eastgate Cinemas to Be Replaced With New Theater and Entertainment Complex

Marcus Theatres announced today that it plans to close the Eastgate Cinemas on the Northeast side of Madison, Wisconsin in conjuction with plans to open a new movie theater and entertainment complex just North of the Eastgate Cinemas site, at Hwy ... (more)

2008 MTV Movie Award Nominations Announced

The nominees for the 2008 MTV Movie Awards have been announced. The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 1st at 8pm ET (7pm CT), and will be hosted by Mike Myers (see related article). Nerds, pirates, and robots dominated, with Superbad ... (more)

A Call for More Isolated Scores on Home Video Releases

As I was writing the Journal article about the live orchestral performance of Howard Shore's score for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, I was reminded about an issue that I've often wished would happen on home video releases; the ... (more)

Vienna, VA: Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts Presents Score for "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" w/ Movie

The Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia is starting off its 2008 season with the U.S. premiere of Howard Shore's Academy and Grammy award winning score for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on May 21st ... (more)

New Indiana Jones 4 Trailer

Paramount Pictures released a new trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on Saturday! I've placed links to Trailer 2 on the Trailers and Videos page for the movie in both medium, 480p, and HD 720p sizes. Click the Read link ... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of May 2, 2008

  1. Iron Man
  2. Made of Honor
  3. Baby Mama
  4. Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
  5. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  6. The Forbidden Kingdom
  7. Nim's Island
  8. Prom Night
  9. 21
  10. 88 Minutes

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.

The Babysitters
Shirley Lyner is a typical high school teen-she worries about her grades and the SAT's; she wonders if her best friend's step-brother likes her, she baby-sits a few nights to make some extra cash.

Shirley even has a little crush on one of her new clients; the dad, Mr. Beltran, makes her blush when he comes to pick her up. But, when Mr. Beltran kisses Shirley before taking her home, Shirley kisses back. And the extra big tip Mr. Beltran gives Shirley on top of her babysitting fee feels less like a guilty payoff and more like a little of surge of electricity.

So when Mr. Beltran's friend wants to know if Shirley has any friends who can also "baby-sit", Shirley sees a way she can make a quick twenty percent. Before long, Shirley realizes, the more girls she has "babysitting", the bigger her college fund.

Starring Katherine Waterston, John Leguizamo, Cynthia Nixon, Andy Comeau, Lauren Birkell

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
disturbing strong sexual content, language and some drug use - involving teens

Bhoothnath

Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Juhi Chawla, Shahrukh Khan, Satish Shah, Rajpal Yadav

Genre - Drama
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Bloodline
"Bloodline" follows documentary filmmaker, Bruce Burgess, into the so-called "bloodline conspiracy" that claims Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene, who escaped to the south of France following his crucifixion, with their child.

Over three years in the making, "Bloodline" is the first investigation to uncover new evidence: a buried wooden chest with artifacts that date to first century Jerusalem and a tomb with a mummified corpse draped in a shroud bearing a red cross.

Starring Bishop John Shelby Spong, Margaret Starbird, Robert Eisenman, Dr. Aidan Dodson, Dr. Gabriel Barkay

Genre - Documentary
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The Fall
Los Angeles, circa 1920s, a little immigrant girl finds herself in a hospital recovering from a fall. She strikes up a friendship with a bedridden man who captivates her with a whimsical story that removes her far from the hospital doldrums into the exotic landscapes of her imagination.

Making sure he keeps the girl interested in the story he interweaves her family and people she likes from the hospital into his tale.

Starring Lee Page, Justine Waddell

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
some violent images

Frontier(s)

Starring Karina Testa, Samuel Le Bihan, Estelle LeFebure, Aurelian Wilk, David Saracino

Genre - Horror
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Meet Bill
Meet Bill--a doormat if ever there was one. A man reduced to a mere accessory to his family by working a dead end job at his father-in-law's bank and arguing about his overindulgent love for chocolate with his wife Jess who is loathe to explain her friendship with the local news anchorman.

But Bill's fate begins to change when he becomes mentor to a self-assured boy who engineers Bill's recovery with the help of a cute lingerie sales girl named Lucy. Together, the trio confronts Bill's hapless life with humor and energy while forcing him to capture his dream of being financially independent and self-confident.

Starring Aaron Eckhart, Jessica Alba, Sarah Arend, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Bierko, Marisa Coughlan, Constance Barron, Gabriel Basso

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
language, some drug use and sex-related material

The Memory Thief
An aimless, haunted young man in contemporary L.A. buries thoughts of his own past in the humdrum routine of a tollbooth clerk. A chance encounter with a Holocaust survivor suddenly brings into focus a world and an identity he embraces with frightening intensity - the victimized Jews of World War II.

As he begins to enthusiastically act out his newfound obsession, he discovers that survivor's guilt isn't just for the Jews anymore.

Starring Mark Webber, Rachel Miner, Jerry Adler, Patrick Bauchau, Kevin Breznahan

Genre - Drama
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Noise
A man bothered by the noise of New York City decides to take action against the offenders.

Starring Tim Robbins, Bridget Moynahan, William Hurt, Margarita Levieva, Gabrielle Brennan

Genre - Drama
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OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (OSS 117: Le Caire - nid d'espions)
It is 1955 and OSS 117 is sent to the Egyptian capital to execute a whole shopping list of items for the French Secret Service, including investigating the death of his friend and erstwhile Cairo-based spy, controlling the Suez Canal and establishing peace in the Middle East. OSS 177 is just the man for these missions: he does not have a clue but is very lucky in getting what he wants.

Starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Philippe Lefebvre, Aure Atika

Genre - Action/Adventure
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A Previous Engagement
When Seattle-based librarian Julia Reynolds convinces her unadventurous, jigsaw obsessed husband Jack into a once-in-a-lifetime vacation on the Mediterranean island of Malta she has a secret agenda: a date made twenty-five years earlier with her first love Alex.

But she's stunned when the sexy Frenchman not only shows up but insists she's his true love, even though he brought his latest young girlfriend along. When Alex storms Julia's holiday villa shouting his love, fantasy becomes reality. What happens when your husband discovers you've been sneaking kisses under the bed with an old boyfriend?

The absent-minded, flat-footed insurance man takes action, transforming himself into a new man and getting dance lessons inside and out of the bedroom from an ex-chorus girl. With one last day in Malta, Julia must choose between the husband she never really knew and the man she's dreamt of for twenty-five years.

Starring Juliet Stevenson, Tchéky Karyo, Daniel Stern, Valerie Mahaffey, Claire Brosseau

Genre - Comedy
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Redbelt
Set in the west-side of Los Angeles fight world, a world inhabited by bouncers, cage-fighters, cops and special forces types, Redbelt, is the story of Mike Terry (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a Jiu-Jitsu teacher who has avoided the prize fighting circuit, choosing instead to pursue an honorable life by operating a self-defense studio with a samurai’s code.

Terry and his wife Sondra (Alice Braga), struggle to keep the business running to make ends meet. An accident on a dark, rainy night at the Academy between an off duty officer (Max Martini) and a distraught lawyer (Emily Moritimer) puts in motion a series of events that will change Terry’s life dramatically introducing him to a world of promoters (Ricky Jay, Joe Mantegna) and movie star Chet Frank (Tim Allen). Faced with this, in order to pay off his debts and regain his honor, Terry must step into the ring for the first time in his life.

Starring Emily Mortimer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alice Braga, Ricky Jay, Joe Mantegna, Tim Allen, Max Martini, Rebecca Pidgeon, Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
strong language

Speed Racer
Born to race cars, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized—the legendary Rex Racer, whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill.

Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer (John Goodman), the designer of Speed’s thundering Mach 5. When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company’s maniacal owner (Roger Allam) but uncovers a terrible secret—some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls who manipulate the top drivers to boost profits.

If Speed won’t drive for Royalton, Royalton will see to it that the Mach 5 never crosses another finish line. The only way for Speed to save his family’s business and the sport he loves is to beat Royalton at his own game.

With the support of his family and his loyal girlfriend, Trixie (Christina Ricci), Speed teams with his one-time rival—the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox)—to win the race that had taken his brother’s life: the death-defying, cross-country rally known as The Crucible.

Starring Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Fox

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG
sequences of action, some violence and language

Speed Racer: The IMAX Experience
Hurtling down the track, careening around, over and through the competition, Speed Racer is a natural behind the wheel. Born to race cars, Speed is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized-the legendary Rex Racer - whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill.

Digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®.

Starring Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Fox

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG
sequences of action, some violence and language

Surfwise
Like many American outsider-adventurers, Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz set out to realize a utopian dream. Abandoning a successful medical practice, he sought self-fulfillment by taking up the nomadic life of a surfer.

But unlike other American searchers like Thoreau or Kerouac, Paskowitz took his wife and nine children along for the ride, all eleven of them living in a 24 foot camper. Together, they lived a life that would be unfathomable to most, but enviable to anyone who ever relinquished their dreams to a straight job.

The Paskowitz Family proved that America may be running out of frontiers, but it hasn't run out of frontiersmen.

Starring Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, Juliette Paskowitz, David Paskowitz, Abraham Paskowitz, Israel "Izzy" Paskowitz

Genre - Documentary
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Rated R
language and some sexual material

The Tracey Fragments
Fifteen-year-old Tracey Berkowitz is naked under a tattered shower curtain at the back of a bus, looking for her little brother Sonny, who thinks he's a dog.

Tracey's journey leads her into the dark underbelly of the city, into the emotional cesspool of her home, through the brutality of her high school, the clinical cat and mouse games with her shrink and her soaring fantasies of Billy Zero--her boyfriend and rock 'n' roll savior.

Her travels also put her in contact with the seedier inhabitants of the city. Like Lance, her would-be savior who ultimately puts her life in jeopardy.

Tracey's stories begin to intertwine truth with lies, hope with despair as she moves closer to the truth of Sonny's disappearance.

Starring Ellen Page, Ari Cohen, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, Erin McMurtry, SlimTwig

Genre - Drama
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Turn the River
A hustler uses cards and pool to fund a new life with her young son who lives with her former husband.

Starring Famke Janssen, Jaymie Dornan, Rip Torn, Matt Ross, Lois Smith

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language

What Happens in Vegas
Set in Sin City, the story revolves around two people who discover they've gotten married following a night of debauchery, with one of them winning a huge jackpot after playing the other's quarter.

The unhappy pair try to undermine each other and get their hands on the money -- falling in love along the way.

Starring Ashton Kutcher, Cameron Diaz, Queen Latifah, Treat Williams, Michelle Krusiec, Dennis Farina

Genre - Romance
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Rated PG-13
some sexual and crude content, and language,including a drug reference

The Metropolitan Opera: La Boheme Encore II

Genre - Program
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Rambo: First Blood 25th Anniv. Debut
An ex-Green Beret haunted by memories of Vietnam, he was once the perfect killing machine. Now he's searching for peace, but finds instead an over-zealous, small-town sheriff who's spoiling for a fight. All hell breaks loose when an unjustly imprisoned Rambo escapes and becomes the target of a massive manhunt. Now he must use all his cunning, combat skills and weapons training to stay alive and outwit his pursuers.

NCM Fathom presents "First Blood"--the film that started it all--in select movie theatres nationwide for one night only on May 15 at 7:30 p.m. Following the film, see the alternate ending (where Rambo dies!) for the first time ever in theatres. Plus, this one night event will include an exclusive, never-before-seen interview with Sylvester Stallone on "First Blood," the new film and the iconic Rambo series.

Starring Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy

Genre - Program
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Rated R

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

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