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Studio RTA TV Stands Sold at Best Buy (and others) Recalled

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Studio RTA, has recalled TV stands sold at BestBuy and other retailers. According to the CPSC, "The stability of the stands does not meet industry standards to prevent TV ... (more)

New Photos Added for "Nights in Rodanthe"

The romantic drama Nights in Rodanthe with Richard Gere and Diane Lane opens on Friday, and we have 34 new photos for you to see from the movie! Based on a story by Nicholas Sparks (who also penned the stories behind The Notebook and Message in a ... (more)

New Video Clips and New Megan Fox Photos for "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People"

We have just been provided with some video clips and photos for the upcoming comedy How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, which opens in theaters October 3, 2008. The movie stars Simon Pegg (of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead fame) as a bumbling ... (more)

Detroit, MI: RenCen 4 Celebrates Renovations

The RenCen 4 cinema in Detroit, Michigan held a grand opening on Saturday to celebrate their recently-completed renovations. According to their press release, Uptown Entertainment took over management of the theater and upgraded the audio equipment ... (more)

Washington, D.C.: Union Station Cinema to Close

The Washington Post is reporting that the Phoenix Adlabs Union Station 9 in Washington D.C. will be closing its doors soon. Opened in 1988 as part of the renovation of the station, the Union Station 9's theaters are named after the classic old ... (more)

East Falmouth, MA: Falmouth Cinema Pub Closes

The Cape Cod Times is reporting that the Falmouth Cinema Pub in East Falmouth, Massachussetts is now closed. The theater had just opened in December after a major remodeling. Owner Christopher Ballarino told the publication that the closure is at ... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of September 19, 2008

  1. Lakeview Terrace
  2. Burn After Reading
  3. My Best Friend's Girl
  4. Igor
  5. Righteous Kill
  6. The Family That Preys
  7. The Women
  8. Ghost Town
  9. The Dark Knight
  10. The House Bunny

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.

All Roads Lead Home
12 year old Belle (Vivien Cardone) loses her mother in an automobile accident. Her father Cody (Jason London) struggles with the loss of his wife and trying to raise a young girl who believes her father is partly responsible for her mother's death.

Hock (Peter Coyote), Belle's grandfather, since the accident has trouble communicating with Belle, because she reminds him too much of his daughter. Her rebellious behavior forces Cody to send Belle to her grandfather’s farm. It is Atticus the dog, who will change Belle’s life and the life of those who love her.

Starring Peter Coyote, Jason London, Peter Boyle, Vivien Cardone, Patton Oswalt

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG
thematic material and brief language

The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela
A naive but street-smart Filipina transsexual prostitute named Raquela decides to travel in order to find her prince charming. Like many ladyboys in the Philippines, Raquela dreams of marrying a man from the West.

She spends much of her time on the internet looking for men who can come and rescue her. They promise to come and time after time Raquela gets stood up at the airport but never loses hope. Her life changes when, by luck, she lands a job as a webcam host on a porn site. The owner of the website, Michael, a "Ladyboy specialist" who runs his business from New York, promises to help Raquela.

Through the internet, Raquela makes many interesting friends; among them is Valery in Iceland, who's looking to help someone like herself. Through her friends in the internet world, Raquela eventually gets her dream opportunity to travel far away on her quest to find the man of her dreams and to visit Paris.

Starring Raquela Rios, Stefan Schaefer, Brax Villa, Via Galudo, Valerie Grand

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

Blindness
When a sudden plague of blindness devastates a city, a small group of the afflicted band together to triumphantly overcome the horrific conditions of their imposed quarantine.

Starring Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Sandra Oh, Gael García Bernal, Danny Glover, Alice Braga

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
violence including sexual assaults, language and sexuality/nudity

Choke
Victor Mancini (Rockwell), a sex-addicted med-school dropout, who keeps his increasingly deranged mother, Ida (Huston), in an expensive private medical hospital by working days as a historical reenactor at a Colonial Williamsburg theme park.

At night Victor runs a scam by deliberately choking in upscale restaurants to form parasitic relationships with the wealthy patrons who “save” him. When, in a rare lucid movement, Ida reveals that she has withheld the shocking truth of his father’s identity, Victor enlists the aid of his best friend, Denny (Henke) and his mother’s beautiful attending physician, Dr. Paige Marshall, to solve the mystery before the truth of his possibly divine parentage is lost forever.

Starring Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Brad William Henke, Kelly Macdonald, Clark Gregg

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
strong sexual content, nudity and language

Eagle Eye
Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf) and Rachel Holloman (Monaghan) are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations – using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move.

As the situation escalates, these two ordinary people become the country's most wanted fugitives, who must work together to discover what is really happening – and more importantly, why.

Starring Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Anthony Mackie, Billy Bob Thornton

Genre - Action
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Rated PG-13
intense sequences of action and violence, and for language

Eagle Eye: The IMAX Experience
"Eagle Eye" has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® through IMAX's DMR® technology.

Shia Labeouf reteams with "Disturbia" director D.J. Caruso playing a young slacker whose twin brother has died mysteriously. Rachel finds that her child is missing, and soon the two strangers realize that they have been framed as terrorists.

Forced to become members of a cell that has plans to carry out a political assassination, they must work together to extricate themselves while being led by a mysterious voice.

Starring Shia LaBeouf, Billy Bob Thornton, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, William Sadler

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
intense sequences of action and violence, and for language

Fireproof
At work, inside burning buildings, Capt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter's adage: Never leave your partner behind. At home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules.

Growing up, Catherine Holt always dreamed of marrying a loving, brave firefighter...just like her daddy. Now, after seven years of marriage, Catherine wonders when she stopped being "good enough" for her husband. Regular arguments over jobs, finances, housework, and outside interests have readied them both to move on to something with more sparks.

As the couple prepares to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb's father challenges his son to commit to a 40-day experiment: "The Love Dare."

Starring Kirk Cameron, Erin Bethea, Alex Kendrick, Bailey Cave, Jason McLeod

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG
thematic material and some peril

Forever Strong
Rick Penning lives life just like he plays rugby--fast, hard-hitting and intense. When life on the edge lands him in jail, prison warden Marcus Tate offers him a chance to get back in the game by playing for his rival, Highland Rugby.

Reluctantly Rick joins the team where he must adopt the grueling training schedule and unique code of conduct that Coach Gelwix enforces, or finish out the season behind bars. Egos clash as bitter competitors struggle to become a team. An unlikely brotherhood is formed with his Highland teammates, just as Rick is released from jail and sent back home to rejoin his former team, coached by his overbearing father.

Heading into a faceoff with Highland at the National Championship, Rick is forced to choose where his loyalty lies.

Starring Gary Cole, Sean Faris, Arielle Kebbel, Sean Astin, Neil McDonough

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
thematic material involving teen drug and alcohol use, and for some disturbing images

Hank and Mike
The story of two Easter Bunnies who get fired and have to figure out what to do with their lives.

Starring Thomas Michael, Paolo Mancini, Chris Klein, Joe Mantegna, Boyd Banks

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
strong sexual content and nudity, pervasive language, and some drug use

Humboldt County
Located on the far North Coast of California and on the margins of society is a region nicknamed "The Lost Coast" but geographically known as Humboldt County. It is there, amongst the state's breathtaking Redwood forests that marijuana farmers co-exist peacefully within the rural community. It is there that Peter Hadley, a promising but tightly-wound UCLA med student, finds himself stranded when he's deposited at the multi-generational family home of the free-spirited Bogart, following a drunken one-night stand.

Frustrated and disillusioned with his life after his professor/father fails him on an important exam, the unworldly Peter at first rejects the welcoming yet eccentric pot-smoking strangers, along with their eclectic group of friends and fellow farmers, but soon allows himself to be embraced by their ideals and begins to see life a bit clearer: despite the smoke.

Starring Fairuza Balk, Peter Bogdanovich, Frances Conroy, Madison Davenport, Brad Dourif

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
drug content and language throughout

The Lucky Ones
After suffering an injury during a routine patrol, hardened sergeant TK Poole is granted a one-month leave to visit his fiancé. But when an unexpected blackout cancels all flights out of New York, TK agrees to share a ride to Pittsburgh with two similarly stranded servicemen: Cheaver, an older family man who longs to return to his wife in St. Louis, and Colee, a naive private who's pinned her hopes on connecting with a dead fellow soldier's family.

What begins as a short trip unexpectedly evolves into a longer journey. Forced to grapple with old relationships, broken hopes and a country divided over the war, TK, Cheaver and Colee discover that home is not quite what they remembered, and that the unlikely companionship they've found might be what matters the most.

Starring Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins, Michael Peña, Katherine LaNasa, Molly Hagan

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
language and some sexual content

Miracle at St. Anna
The story of four black American soldiers who are members of the U.S. Army as part of the all-black 92nd "Buffalo Soldier" Division, stationed in Tuscany, Italy, during World War II. They experience the tragedy and triumph of the war as they find themselves trapped behind enemy lines and separated from their unit after one of them risks his life to save an Italian boy.

Starring Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller, Matteo Sciabordi

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
strong war violence, language and some sexual content/nudity

Nights in Rodanthe
Adrienne (Diane Lane), a woman still reeling from her husband's betrayal and struggling to rebuild a life without him, has just learned that he wants to come home. Torn by conflicting feelings, she welcomes the chance for escape when an old friend asks her to manage her inn in Rodanthe for a weekend. There, on a remote spot along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Adrienne hopes to find the tranquility she needs to rethink her life.

It's the off-season and the inn would be shuttered but for the unlikely arrival of its solitary guest, Paul (Richard Gere), a doctor from the city. A man who long ago sacrificed his family to his career, Paul has come to Rodanthe to fulfill a difficult obligation and to face his own crisis of conscience.

They are two strangers sharing the same roof. But as a major storm closes in, they turn to each other for comfort, and set in motion a life-changing romance that will resonate through the rest of their lives.

Starring Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Scott Glenn, Christopher Meloni, Viola Davis

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
some sensuality

RoboDoc
Plagued by uninsured patients, greedy insurance companies, heartless health care conglomerates, and stressed out doctors, the health care delivery system is on the verge of a total breakdown--and Jake Gorman couldn't be happier.

The egomaniacal medical malpractice attorney has it all. His face adorns billboards, his ads run constantly on TV and radio, while his army of informants tip him off to profitable new cases. Suing doctors has made Jake a famous and very wealthy man. Jake never met a doctor he couldn't sue, until now.

As a cost cutting measure at its hospitals, R.I.P Healthcare has developed the perfect doctor. MD 63 (a.k.a. RoboDoc) is a robotic doctor whose data bank contains all the medical knowledge in the world, and therefore RoboDoc CAN'T make a mistake. RoboDoc was designed to save both money and lives. Success would bring flawless, affordable health care to all--and spell ruin for Jake Gorman.

Starring Alan Thicke, David Faustino, William Haze, Corin Nemec, Michael Winslow, Andrea Faustino

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
crude sexual content and nudity

Shoot on Sight
A gripping thriller and riveting family drama that unfolds the turmoil in the life of Tariq Ali, a Muslim police officer at Scotland Yard. Commander Ali, born in Pakistan, married to an English woman, and with two kids, is tasked to investigate the police shooting of a suspected Muslim terrorist on the London Underground. Distrusted by both his British superiors in the London police, and his fellow Muslims, he finds his inquiry hampered from all sides.When evidence surfaces pointing to the slain man's innocence, as well as the existence of a terrorist cell operating in his own backyard, Tariq must face the realization that sometimes, the right decision is the hardest one to make. The film in inspired by the terrorists' attacks of July 7, 2005 on the London underground that resulted in Shoot On Sight order.

Starring Clemency Burton-Hill, Brian Cox, Taru Devani, Jamie Doyle, Sadie Frost

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Rated R
some violence and language

Smother
Marilyn Cooper is one of those moms--the kind that calls at 6:30 in the morning, the kind the pops over for a "visit" whenever she feels like it, and one night, the kind that shows up at her son Noah's house crying, with her bags and five foster dogs in tow.

Convinced her husband is having an affair, she's decided to move out, and when Noah's wife Claire invites her in she accepts--and stays. And stays. And stays.

Now, with a mother he's always kept at a distance just one room away, slowly infiltrating the rest of his life, Noah starts to realize if he wants some respite, he's going to have to fight for it.

Starring Diane Keaton, Dax Shepard, Liv Tyler, Mike White, Ken Howard, Selma Stern, Jerry Lambert

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
crude and sexual content, some drug material and language

Whaledreamers
An incredible glimpse into a rarely seen and scarcely understood tribal culture whose entire story of creation revolves around whales and has endured for centuries. The film explores the connection between the subtle elegance of these "mothers of the sea" and ancient civilizations around the world whose culture and very existence is based on whales.

Intertwining underwater footage with ancient legend, "Whaledreamers" examines the complex past and the possibly dire future of human civilization. Told with optimism and spiritual strength, it is a clarion call encouraging humanity's reconnection to the profound beauty of the natural world and is an appeal to embrace all living beings thereby creating the unity and peace which the Earth itself can bring.

Starring Julian Lennon, Jack Thompson, John Hurt

Genre - Documentary
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Ballast

Starring Michael J. Smith Sr., Jim Myron Ross, Tarra Riggs, Johnny McPhail

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

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