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The WALL-E Video Game is Now Available for All Major Game Systems

Disney/Pixar's latest movie, WALL-E, is opening on Friday and if past experience is any judge, adults and kids across the country will be enjoying yet another great animated feature from the geniuses that brought us Toy Story, Monsters Inc., and ... (more)

PBS Kids Shorts and Music Videos to be Added to Kidtoons Program

The KidToons program that is shown in select theaters across the country has added content from PBS Kids, according to a press release issued yesterday. PBS Kids shows that are mentioned in the press release (included below) are Martha Speaks, Sid ... (more)

Grand Rapids, MN: Free Screening of "The Wizard of Oz" and Munchkin Appearance at Judy Garland Festival

Fans of The Wizard of Oz (1939) will be converging on Grand Rapids, Minnesota this weekend as the Judy Garland Festival features a free screening of the movie and an appearance by two of the original Munchkins. On Friday morning, Sleepyhead Margaret ... (more)

Florence, KY (Cincinnati): Showcase Cinema de Lux Florence to Open June 27th - Press Coverage Roundup

The new Showcase Cinema de Lux Florence will be opening on June 27, 2008 in Florence, Kentucky, which is in the Cincinnati area. WKRC-TV Channel 12 has a brief article about the new theater, which was written on May 28, 2008. The theater will open ... (more)

Photo Gallery Created for "Finding Amanda"

Matthew Broderick and Brittany Snow are starring in the new movie Finding Amanda, which opens in theaters on Friday. We have seven photos from the movie as well as the poster artwork, which I've added to the Photo Galleries page. Click the Read ... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of June 20, 2008

  1. Get Smart
  2. The Incredible Hulk
  3. Kung Fu Panda
  4. The Love Guru
  5. The Happening
  6. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  7. You Don't Mess With the Zohan
  8. Sex and the City
  9. Iron Man
  10. The Strangers

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.

Elsa & Fred (Elsa y Fred)

Starring Manuel Alexandre, China Zorrilla, Carlos Alvarez-Novoa, Roberto Carnaghi, Jose Angel Egido

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG

Finding Amanda
Taylor Mendon (Matthew Broderick) is a television writer and producer working on a low-rated, little-respected half-hour sitcom. Once destined for bigger and better things, Taylor's compulsive gambling, recreational drug use and drinking all conspired to throw his career off the rails. After kicking the alcohol and drugs, he only has one more hurdle...the horses.

His beautiful twenty - year old niece Amanda (Brittany Snow) has her own habit to kick. Living in Las Vegas, working as a "dancer," her family has just discovered she is actually a prostitute, and they suspect hooking for drug money.

On their way home from an emergency family meeting, Taylor's wife Lorraine (Maura Tierney) finds recent racing stubs in Taylor's glove compartment. After years of standing by him, she leaves.

Taylor comes up with a plan: he'll win back his wife by doing the right thing. He'll go to Las Vegas, find Amanda, and deliver her to a rehabilitation center in Malibu. While he’s at it, he might even catch up with some old friends (like slimy casino host Steve Coogan). But besides that, it’s strictly the business at hand—while he's there, he vows, he won't gamble a single cent, but things don’t turn out quite as he’d planned.

Starring Brittany Snow, Matthew Broderick, Maura Tierney, Steve Coogan, Peter Facinelli, Daniel Roebuck, Bill Fagerbakke

Genre - Comedy
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Poster Artwork
Rated R
strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, pervasive language, drug content and brief nudity

Gunnin' for That #1 Spot
On the corner of 155th and Frederick Douglas Boulevard in Harlem lies Rucker Park. By appearances, the concrete pavement, anchored on one side by its run down slab bleachers, is no different than any other basketball court in the city, but this is the place where nicknames are indelibly branded, and legends are born.

On Sept. 1, 2006, the top 24 high school basketball players in the nation stepped out on this court, that once saw the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Dr. J to compete in the first annual "Elite 24" all-star game.

"Gunnin' for That #1 Spot" follows eight of these players as they prepare to showcase their skills at the most legendary playground in the world.

Starring Jerryd Bayless, Michael Beasley, Tyreke Evans, Donte Greene, Brandon Jennings

Genre - Documentary
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Rated PG-13
language

The Last Mistress (Une vieille maitresse)
A penniless rogue, Ryno de Marigny, shocks 19th century France with his engagement to the virginal gem of the aristocracy, Hermangarde. As lurid speculations of Ryno's 10-year affair with the carnal Vellini manifest, a supremely erotic and wickedly humorous depiction of human lust is revealed--overriding the brittle facade of nobility and reverence.

Starring Asia Argento, Fu'ad Ait Aattou, Roxane Mesquida, Claude Sarraute, Yolande Moreau

Genre - Drama
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Red Roses and Petrol
Explores the complex dynamics of family relationships with sharp humor and surprising turns, taking us on an intense emotional journey into the depths of what is truth and what is love.

Starring Malcolm McDowell, Olivia Tracey, Heather Juergensen, Max Beesley, Greg Ellis

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language including some sexual references

Thoda Pyoor Thoda Magic
Saif Ali Khan plays a business executive. Rani plays the fairy who assumes the role of a nanny to Saif's kids. The centre of the story are four kids. Rani plays their guiding angel who keeps them out of trouble.

Starring Rani Mukherjee, Saif Ali Khan, Amisha Patel, Rishi Kapoor

Genre - Romance
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Trumbo
Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's remarkable journey from Hollywood royalty to blacklisted writer to Academy Award winner is told through the writer's own indelible words.

Combined are performances of some of his extraordinary letters, clips from his films and archival and contemporary interviews with those who knew him best, which illustrate how one man's unerring belief in the First Amendment and the power of the written word--plus a drink or two--empowered him to fight back after being blacklisted by HUAC.

Starring Joan Allen, Brian Dennehy, Michael Douglas, Paul Giamatti, Danny Glover, Donald Sutherland, Liam Neeson

Genre - Documentary
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Rated PG-13
a sex-related commentary

WALL-E
After hundreds of lonely years doing what he was built for, WALL*E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. EVE comes to realize that WALL*E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet's future, and races back to space to report her findings to the humans (who have been eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home). Meanwhile, WALL*E chases EVE across the galaxy and sets into motion one of the most incredible comedy adventures ever brought to the big screen.

Joining WALL*E on his fantastic journey across a universe of never-before-imagined visions of the future is a hilarious cast of characters including a pet cockroach, and a heroic team of malfunctioning misfit robots.

Starring Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin, Sigourney Weaver, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy

Genre - Animation
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Rated G

Wanted
The tale of one apathetic nobody's transformation into an unparalleled enforcer of justice.

Unlikely hero Wesley Gibson is recruited into the Fraternity, a secret society that trains him to avenge his father's death by unlocking his dormant powers. The Fraternity lives by an ancient unbreakable code: carry out the death orders given by fate itself.

As he grows to enjoy his newfound powers, he comes to learn what no one could ever teach him: he alone controls his destiny.

Starring James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Common, Angelina Jolie, Terence Stamp

Genre - SciFi/Fantasy
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Rated R
strong bloody violence throughout, pervasive language and some sexuality

Hancock
There are heroes... there are superheroes... and then there's Hancock (Will Smith). With great power comes great responsibility -- everyone knows that -- everyone, that is, but Hancock.

Edgy, conflicted, sarcastic, and misunderstood, Hancock's well-intentioned heroics might get the job done and save countless lives, but always seem to leave jaw-dropping damage in their wake. The public has finally had enough -- as grateful as they are to have their local hero, the good citizens of Los Angeles are wondering what they ever did to deserve this guy.

Hancock isn't the kind of man who cares what other people think -- until the day that he saves the life of PR executive Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), and the sardonic superhero begins to realize that he may have a vulnerable side after all. Facing that will be Hancock's greatest challenge yet -- and a task that may prove impossible as Ray's wife, Mary (Charlize Theron), insists that he's a lost cause.

Starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Adam Del Rio

Genre - Action/Comedy
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Rated PG-13
some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence and language

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
In the first feature film based on the hugely popular American Girl book series, Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin stars as a resourceful young girl whose bravery, compassion and determination help her solve a mystery in the hopes of saving her family’s home during the Great Depression.

Starring Abigail Breslin, Max Thieriot, Joan Cusack, Chris O'Donnell, Willow Smith, Stanley Tucci, Jane Krakowski, Julia Ormond

Genre - Comedy
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Rated G

The Wackness
It's the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip-hop and wafting with the sweet aroma of marijuana--but change is in the air. The newly-inaugurated mayor, Rudy Giuliani, is beginning to implement his anti-fun initiatives against "crimes" like noisy portable radios, graffiti and public drunkenness.

Set against this backdrop, Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck) spends his last summer before college selling dope throughout New York City, trading it with his shrink (Ben Kingsley) for therapy, while crushing on his step-daughter (Olivia Thirlby).

Starring Ben Kingsley, Famke Janssen, Josh Peck, Olivia Thirlby, Mary-Kate Olsen, Method Man

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
pervasive drug use, language and some sexuality

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

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