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Sony BDP-S350 Blu-ray Player Now Available - Bonus View Capable, but BD-Live Functionality "Coming Soon"

Sony has finally released their third generation BDP-S350 Blu-ray player, which was hinted at during CES 2008 in January under the code name of Sapphire 3. Sony BDP-S350 Blu-ray Player The new player has Bonus View (Profile 1.1) functionality ... (more)

Microsoft and Netflix Partner to Deliver Instant Movie Watching to Xbox 360 in Fall

Microsoft and Netflix announced last week a partnership to deliver movies and TV shows from the Netflix "Instant Watch" library to owners of the Xbox 360 game system that also subscribe to the Gold level of Microsoft's Xbox Live service. ... (more)

Sony Announces Video Delivery Service for PlayStation 3 and PSP

Sony announced last week that they have launched the company's new video delivery service on the PlayStation Store for PlayStation 3 and PSP (PlayStation Portable) game systems. The new service makes available 300 full length movies and more than ... (more)

Your Atari Never Did This: Movie Downloads Now Available for the PlayStation 3, Netflix Coming to Xbox 360

Sony, Netflix, and Microsoft made announcements last week that certainly show that the days of video game systems acting only as video game systems are a thing of the past. Back in the late 70's, my only Christmas wish was for an Atari 2600. After ... (more)

Movie Club Concentrates on Art Movies

I was about to post an article about a new movie club that was starting up at the Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and following the link to the club's web site showed that it covered eight cities in total: Atlanta, Georgia Boca Raton, ... (more)

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

  1. The Dark Knight
  2. Mamma Mia!
  3. Hancock
  4. Journey to the Center of the Earth
  5. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  6. WALL-E
  7. Space Chimps
  8. Wanted
  9. Get Smart
  10. Kung Fu Panda

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.

American Teen
Follows the lives of five teenagers in one small town in Indiana through their senior year of high school. Using cinema verite footage, interviews, and animation, it presents a candid portrait of being a teenager and all that goes with it.

A modern day "Breakfast Club", we see the insecurities, the cliques, the jealousies, the first loves and heartbreaks, and the struggle to make profound decisions about the future.

Starring Hannah Bailey, Colin Clemens, Megan Krizmanich, Mitch Reinholt, Jake Tusing

Genre - Documentary
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Rated PG-13
some strong language, sexual material, some drinking and brief smoking-all involving teens

Baghead
While the Duplass Brothers were shooting their last feature film The Puffy Chair, a crew member raised the question “what’s the scariest thing you can think of?” Someone immediately said “a guy with a bag on his head staring into your window.”

Some agreed, but some thought it was downright ridiculous and, if anything, funny (but definitely not scary). Thus, BAGHEAD was born, an attempt to take the absurdly low-concept idea of a “guy with a bag on his head” and make a funny, truthful, endearing film that, maybe, just maybe, was a little bit scary, too.

Starring Ross Partridge, Steve Zissis, Greta Gerwig, Elise Muller, Jett Garner

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language, some sexual content and nudity

CSNY Deja Vu
Since their debut in the late '60s, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young have functioned as the "town criers" of their generation.

With songs like "Ohio" and "Find the Cost of Freedom," CSNY were in the forefront of Vietnam-era protest and anti-war sentiment. Though fondly remembered for their harmonies and love songs, the band has never lost its political edge.

"CSNY: Déjà Vu" finds the band heading out on their "Freedom of Speech 2006" of North America, featuring music from Neil Young's controversial "Living With War" CD.

Starring Bo Alexander, Steven Colbert, David Crosby, Josh Hisle, Graham Nash

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
some language and brief war images

Mission Istanbul
Vikas Sagar heads a controversial news station in Istanbul. The position has brought him money and many other perks which have given him a more comfortable life, especially during his recent painful divorce. Now, Vikas feels it is time to move one and decides to quit. After working for the channel that in turn changes his life, he decides to quit. However, it is brought to his attention by a Turkish commando, Rizwan Khan, that others who have quit had been killed for knowing too much.

Starring Shabbir Ahluwalia, Abhishek Bachchan, Shweta Bhardwaj, Nikitin Dheer, Zayed Khan

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Money Hai Toh Honey Hai
The eventful and whirlwind journey of Bobby, a planner along with 5 losers, Lala Bhai, a failed business man, Gaurav, an honest copywriter, Manik, a struggling model, Shruti, a struggling fashion designer and Ashima, a successful TV actress.

After getting a call from a cranky old man who offers them positions at a nearby resort, they decide to give it a try. They reach the resort and begin enjoying their new positions. Will the six be able to successfully run the resort? Or, will they fight amongst themselves?

Starring Govinda, Aftab Shivdasani, Celina Jaitley, Manoj Bajpai, Upen Patel

Genre - Drama
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The Order of Myths
The first Mardi Gras in America was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703.
In 2007, it is still racially segregated.

Margaret Brown, herself a daughter of Mobile, escorts us into the parallel hearts of the city's two carnivals. With unprecedented access, she traces the exotic world of secret mystic societies and centuries-old traditions and pageantry; diamond-encrusted crowns, voluminous, hand-sewn gowns, surreal masks and enormous paper mache floats.

Against this opulent backdrop, she uncovers a tangled web of historical violence and power dynamics, elusive forces that keep this hallowed tradition organized along enduring color lines.

Genre - Documentary
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Step Brothers
Will Ferrell plays Brennan Huff, a sporadically employed thirty-nine-year-old who lives with his mother, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen). John C. Reilly plays Dale Doback, a terminally unemployed forty-year-old who lives with his father, Robert (Richard Jenkins).

When Robert and Nancy marry and move in together, Brennan and Dale are forced to live with each other as step brothers.

As their narcissism and downright aggressive laziness threaten to tear the family apart, these two middle-aged, immature, overgrown boys will orchestrate an insane, elaborate plan to bring their parents back together. To pull it off, they must form an unlikely bond that maybe, just maybe, will finally get them out of the house.

Starring Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
crude and sexual content, and pervasive language

The X-Files: I Want to Believe
The full storyline has not been revealed yet.

A stand-alone story in the tradition of some of the showâ™s most acclaimed and beloved episodes, and takes the complicated relationship between Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Anderson) in unexpected directions. Mulder continues his unshakable quest for the truth, and Scully, the passionate, ferociously intelligent physician, remains inextricably tied to Mulderâ™s pursuits.

Starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly

Genre - SciFi/Fantasy
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Rated PG-13
violent and disturbing content and thematic material

The Rocker
A failed, over-the-hill drummer gets a second chance at rock n' roll fame, twenty years after getting booted out of his legendary former band.

Starring Rainn Wilson, Christina Applegate, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Stone

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
drug and sexual references, nudity and language

Long Way Down
Fathom presents the debut of "Long Way Down." This special event will be in select movie theatres for one night only, on Thursday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m.!

This is your only chance to see the exclusive director's cut of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman's highly entertaining motorcycle journey from Scotland to South Africa on the big screen. "Long Way Down" is a follow-up to the "Long Way Round" trip of 2004. Buy your tickets today!

Starring Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman

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

Coming Soon

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For a complete list of movies coming soon to theaters, please see our "Coming Soon" page.

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