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Tickets for "Twilight" are Going Fast - Order Your Tickets Online and Print at Home!

If you're planning to see Twilight this weekend, or through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, you had better purchase your tickets ahead of time! There is a lot of hype surrounding this movie, and tickets are selling fast! Not only will buying your ... (more)

Disney to Release "Beauty and the Beast" in 3D in 2010

Disney announced yesterday that they will be releasing their Academy Award®-winning animated classic Beauty and the Beast in 3D sometime in 2010. The announcement was made in Singapore at 3DX: 3D Film and Entertainment Technology Festival, an ... (more)

Disney Signs 5-Movie Deal with IMAX

The Walt Disney Studios announced today that they have reached a deal with IMAX Corporation to release five movies in the IMAX format. The first movie to be released under this agreement is A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Carrey, in November 2009. ... (more)

Numerous Movie Updates Made!

Over the course of the last four days, I have made quite a few updates to the movie information that we have for currently playing movies and those that are coming soon to theaters. Ranging from plot summaries and cast listings to MPAA ratings and ... (more)

Madison, WI: Marcus Runs Into Snag on East Side Theater/Entertainment Complex

The Capital Times is reporting today that Marcus Theatres Corp. has run into a delay in its plans to develop a movie theater and entertainment complex on the East side of Madison, Wisconsin: The Milwaukee firm had hoped to have the entertainment ... (more)

Buy 3 Blu-ray Discs for the Price of 2 at Amazon.com

Gift Shop merchant Amazon.com is offering a deal on select Blu-ray discs, where you buy two Blu-ray discs, and a third one is free! Three Blu-ray Discs for the Price of Two The selection of discs is currently limited to 112 titles (which isn't too ... (more)

New York, NY: Premiere of "Frost/Nixon" Tonight at Ziegfeld Theatre

Universal Pictures has announced that the New York Premiere for Frost/Nixon will be held tonight at the Ziegfeld Theatre. The screening begins at 7:30pm and the celebrities will arrive beginning at 6:30pm. Attending the premiere from the movie are ... (more)

Photo Gallery Created for "The Tale of Despereaux"

A Photo Gallery has been created with 25 new photos for the upcoming animated movie, The Tale of Despereaux, which opens in theaters December 19, 2008. A modern fairy tale, The Tale of Despereaux tells the story of four unlikely heroes: Despereaux ... (more)

Photo Gallery Created for "Four Christmases"

22 photos now grace the Photo Galleries page for the upcoming Vince Vaughn / Reese Witherspoon comedy Four Christmases, which opens in theaters Wednesday, November 26th. Vaughn and Witherspoon are a happily unmarried couple that manages to escape ... (more)

Photos Added for "Transporter 3"

I just added 11 new photos for the upcoming Jason Statham action movie Transporter 3, which opens in theaters Wednesday, November 26th. Frank Martin (Jason Statham) and Valentina (Natalya Rudakova) in TRANSPORTER 3. Photo credit: Magali Bragard In ... (more)

11 New Photos for "The Spirit"

I just added 11 new photos to the Photo Galleries page for the upcoming Frank Miller movie The Spirit, which opens in theaters on December 25, 2008. Scarlett Johansson as Silken Floss in THE SPIRIT. Photo credit: Lionsgate/Odd Lot Entertainment. ... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of November 14, 2008

  1. Quantum of Solace
  2. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  3. Role Models
  4. High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  5. Changeling
  6. Zack and Miri Make a Porno
  7. Soul Men
  8. The Secret Life of Bees
  9. Saw V
  10. Beverly Hills Chihuahua

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.

Bolt
For super-dog "Bolt", every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue - at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York City, he begins his biggest adventure yet - a cross-country journey through the real world to get back to his owner and co-star, Penny.

Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and the help of two unlikely traveling companions -- a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens and a TV-obsessed hamster named Rhino -- Bolt discovers he doesn't need superpowers to be a hero.

Starring Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Malcolm McDowell, Nick Swardson, Diedrich Bader

Genre - Animation
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Rated PG
some mild action and peril

Bolt in Disney Digital 3D
For super-dog Bolt, every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue - at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York City, he begins his biggest adventure yet - a cross-country journey through the real world.

Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and with the help of two unlikely traveling companions: a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens and a TV-obsessed hamster in a plastic ball named Rhino, Bolt discovers he doesn't need superpowers to be a hero.

Starring John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG
some mild action and peril

Gardens of the Night
Leslie struggles with a hand to mouth existence on the streets of San Diego with only her childhood friend Donnie to look after her. Both of them are trying to cope with the trauma of having been abducted and held captive by two men nine years earlier.

Now seventeen years old, they are living as street-kids and struggling to cope with what they suffered through, having been affected by the experience differently. Donnie's feelings for Leslie are those of any teenager in love, however, Leslie's perception of love has been severely mutated through her relationship with her abductor and her instinct is to run from Donnie.

Can she not only survive this horrific experience, but be set free from its terrible shackles?

Starring Gillian Jacobs, Evan Ross, Jeremy Sisto, John Malkovich, Harold Perrineau, Kevin Zegers, Ryan Simpkins, Jermaine Scooter Smith, Tom Arnold

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
disturbing content involving sexual exploitation of a child, language, sexual content and some drug use

I Can't Think Straight
Tala, a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian origin, prepares for an elaborate wedding with her Jordanian fiancé, when she encounters Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is dating her best friend, Ali. Spirited Christian Tala and shy Muslim Leyla could not be more different from each other but the attraction is immediate.

Tala's feisty nature provokes Leyla out of her shell and soon both women reveal their feelings for each other. But Tala is not ready to accept the implications of the choice her heart has made and escapes back to Jordan where here chain-smoking high-brow mother finishes preparations for an ostentatious wedding. As family member descend and the wedding day approaches, simmering family tensions come to a boiling point and the pressure mounts for Tala to be true to herself. Meanwhile, heartbroken Leyla relishes her newly found sense of identity and self-respect and moves on with her new life--much to the shock of her tradition-loving Indian parents.

Single again, Tala flies back to London--but it will take more than just a date set up by Ali and Leyla's sister Zara to win Layla back.

Starring Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Nina Wadia, Antonia Frering, Dalip Tahil

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
sexual content

Lake City
When a young man gets into trouble with a local drug dealer, he hits the road running with a young companion and heads to the last place on earth he wants to go--his childhood home.

Starring Sissy Spacek, Troy Garity, Colin Ford, Rebecca Romijn, Keith Carradine

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language and some violence

Special
Les Franken leads a painfully unremarkable life as a metermaid until he enrolls in a drug study for an experimental anti-depressant. An unexpected side effect of the drug convinces Les he is developing special powers and must quit his job to answer his new calling in life--superhero.

Starring Michael Rapaport, Alexandra Holden, Josh Peck, Robert Baker, Paul Blackthorne

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language, some violence and brief drug use

Twilight
Bella Swan has always been a little bit different, never caring about fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix high school. When her mother remarries and sends Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Wash., she doesn't expect much of anything to change.

Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen, a boy unlike any she's ever met. Intelligent and witty, he sees straight into her soul. Soon, Bella and Edward are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance. Edward can run faster than a mountain lion, he can stop a moving car with his bare hands--and he hasn't aged since 1918. Like all vampires, he's immortal. But he doesn't have fangs, and he doesn't drink human blood; Edward and his family are unique among vampires in their lifestyle choice.

To Edward, Bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for--a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy.

But what will Edward & Bella do when James, Laurent and Victoria, the Cullens' mortal vampire enemies, come to town, looking for her?

Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
some violence and a scene of sensuality

Were the World Mine
A color drenched, winning musical film-fantasy of a struggling gay teen, Timothy, whose spirit soars when his eccentric teacher casts him as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream. After magically discovering the play's love-potion, Timothy puckishly begins to turn his closed-minded town gay - including casting a love spell on the town's stunning jock - with hilarious and unexpected results.

After he reluctantly restores the town's free will, he is amazed with the surprising results. If you could magically make someone love you, would you?

Starring Tanner Cohen, Wendy Robie, Judy McLane, Nathaniel David Becker, Zelda Williams

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Yuvvraaj
A story of the attitudes of young people today, prioritizing money and lifestyle over the value of relationships. Set in Europe in modern times, the film is about the three sons of a billionaire, their individual personalities, their passion and aggression to fulfill their aspirations.

One brother needs money to get his billionaire beloved who is a beauty queen. Another has yet to realize the color of money, and gets caught in the web of money. And Danny, the third brother, sees money as the only power he knows.

Starring Salmaan Khan, Katrina Kaif

Genre - Drama
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The Metropolitan Opera: La Damnation de Faust

Genre - Program
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Australia
A romantic action-adventure set in northern Australia prior to World War II, AUSTRALIA centers on an English aristocrat (Kidman) who inherits a ranch the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle driver (Jackman) to drive 2000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country’s most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier.

Starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13

Four Christmases
No one enjoys the holidays more than Brad and Kate.

Every December 25th, this happily unmarried, upscale San Francisco couple embark on a holiday tradition they have shared every year since they met--ditching their crazy families for a relaxing, fun-filled vacation in some sunny exotic locale.

There, sipping margaritas by the pool, they toast the season, knowing they have once again avoided the chaos and emotional fallout of their four respective households: divorced parents, squabbling siblings, out-of-control kids and all the simmering resentments and awkward moments that are the hallmarks of every family Christmas.

But not this year.

Shorts and sunglasses packed, Brad (VINCE VAUGHN) and Kate (REESE WITHERSPOON) are trapped at the San Francisco airport by a fogbank that cancels every outbound flight. Worse yet, they are caught on camera by a local news crew, revealing their whereabouts to the whole city...and to their families. With no escape and no excuses, they are now expected home by Brad's father.

And Kate's mother.

And Brad's mother.

And Kate's father.

Four Christmases in one day.

Starring Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Robert Duvall, Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Favreau, Mary Steenburgen, Sissy Spacek

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
some sexual humor and language

Milk
In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the political spectrum. From senior citizens to union workers, Harvey Milk changed the very nature of what it means to be a fighter for human rights and became, before his untimely death in 1978, a hero for all Americans.

Starring Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, James Franco, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language, some sexual content and brief violence

The Secrets (Ha-Sodot)
Naomi, the brilliant and pious daughter of an ultra orthodox rabbi finds herself at a crossroads of life choices when her mother dies and she is expected to immediately marry her father's prodigy.

Distressed yet determined, she begs that her father allow her one year to study at a women's religious seminary in Safed, the birthplace of the Kabala, in order to prepare herself for the sacrifices she will make as a wife. Her father relents and Naomi's life begins to take an unexpected turn. Devote but lively, Naomi and her new friend Michelle befriend a beautiful, mysterious older woman, Anouk. The woman is ill, lives nearby, may or may not be Jewish, and may have committed a crime of passion. Naomi devises a series of rituals which will somehow "purify" Anouk and purge her of her sins, but as these stretch the borders of Jewish law they must be kept secret.

Eventually, this journeys into the forbidden and leads to a growing attraction between the two girls and more crossroads are faced.

Starring Fanny Ardant, Ania Bukstein, Michal Shtamler, Adir Miller, Guri Alfi

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
some nudity, sexuality and brief language

Transporter 3
Frank Martin has been pressured into transporting Valentina, the kidnapped daughter of Leonid Vasilev, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency for the Ukraine, from Marseilles through Stuttgart and Budapest until he ends up in Odessa on the Black Sea.

Along the way, with the help of Inspector Tarconi, Frank has to contend with the people who strong armed him to take the job, agents sent by Vasilev to intercept him, and the general non-cooperation of his passenger. Despite Valentina’s cynical disposition and his resistance to get involved, Frank and Valentina fall for each other, while escaping from one life-threatening situation after another.

Starring Jason Statham, François Berléand, Natalya Rudakova, Robert Knepper, Justin Rodgers Hall, Eriq Ebouaney

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
sequences of intense action and violence, some sexual content and drug material

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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