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DVD Review: Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl New Line Cinema 100 Minutes List Price: $28.98 (Check Price at Amazon.com) Available 10/28/2008 Click here for additional movie details, including the full plot summary, cast listing, trailers and videos, photos, ... (more)

Blu-ray Review: Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl New Line Cinema 100 Minutes List Price: $35.99 (Check Price at Amazon.com) Available 10/28/2008 Click here for additional movie details, including the full plot summary, cast listing, trailers and videos, photos, ... (more)

Hollywood, CA: World Premiere of "The Tale of Despereaux" at ArcLight Hollywood on 12/7

The world premiere of the animated movie The Tale of Despereaux will be held at the ArcLight Hollywood in Hollywood, California on Sunday, December 7, 2008, according to a press release issued by Universal Pictures. Scheduled to attend are cast ... (more)

"The Dark Knight" on Blu-ray to Feature First BD-Live Content from Warner Bros.

Continuing the march into the new era of home video, Warner Bros. will be releasing its first Blu-ray title to contain Internet-enabled BD-Live content with next week's release of The Dark Knight. BD-Live is a feature available on the Blu-ray high ... (more)

Now Featuring Movie Trailers and Videos from Hulu

Our Trailers and Videos pages for movies are very popular, and I am happy to announce that they have gotten better with the addition of Hulu as a content provider! The videos are embedded flash apps that appear directly on the Trailers & Videos ... (more)

Netflix Section in Gift Shop Enhanced

I've enhanced the Netflix section of the Gift Shop to better reflect the details of what a Netflix membership offers! Anyone familiar with my postings here knows that I'm a big fan of Netflix. I've had a membership for years, I've recommended them ... (more)

Cobb Theatres Adds Digital 3D Capability to 10 Locations

Cobb Theatres issued a press release today that says that they have added Digital Cinema projection systems equipped with Real D 3D to 10 locations. "The technology is much more advanced than where it has been in the past, and provides a movie ... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of November 28, 2008

  1. Four Christmases
  2. Bolt
  3. Twilight
  4. Quantum of Solace
  5. Australia
  6. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  7. Transporter 3
  8. Role Models
  9. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  10. Milk

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 Black Balloon
When Thomas and his family move to a new home and he has to start at a new school, all he wants is to fit in. When his pregnant mother has to take things easy, his father puts him in charge of his autistic older brother Charlie. Thomas, with the help of his new girlfriend, faces his biggest challenge yet.

Charlie's unusual antics take Thomas on an emotional journey that causes his pent-up frustrations about his brother to pour out - in a story that is funny, confronting, and ultimately heart-warming.

"The Black Balloon" is a story about fitting in, discovering love and accepting your family.

Starring Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford, Toni Collette, Erik Thomson, Gemma Ward

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
some sexual content, a scene of violence, and brief strong language

Cadillac Records
The rise and fall of Chess Records, which launched the careers of Muddy Waters, Etta James and Chuck Berry. Leonard Chess scoured the South, checking out the various blues scenes and selling records from the back of his Cadillac.

Starring Emmanuelle Chriqui, Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Gabrielle Union, Beyoncé Knowles, Mos Def

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
pervasive language and some sexuality

Ciao
A man dies very unexpectedly and leaves behind two men: Jeff, his best friend and Andrea, an Italian he's been corresponding with online. Jeff informs Andrea of Mark's passing; Andrea writes back to express his shock and sympathies.

On a whim, they continue their correspondence and a rapport grows between them. They eventually meet, where they extend their e-mail exchanges into more personal and intimate conversations. They talk about their respective countries, their jobs, their families, their lives. Mostly, they talk about Mark.

What began as a tragedy that linked two strangers from different ends of the world becomes a deeply realized friendship that may change their lives forever.

Starring Adam Neal Smith, Alessandro Calza, Ethel Lung, Chuck Blaum, John S. Boles

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language including sexual references

Frost/Nixon
The electrifying battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make, in the untold story of the historic encounter that changed both men.

For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans.

Likewise, Frost's team harbored doubts about their boss ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted. Would Nixon evade questions of his role in one of the nations greatest disgraces? Or would Frost confound critics and bravely demand accountability from the man who had built a career out of stonewalling? Over the course of their encounter, each man would reveal his own insecurities, ego and reserves of dignity -- ultimately setting aside posturing in a stunning display of unvarnished truth.

Starring Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Matthew Macfadyen, Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
some language

Hunger
Maze Prison in Northern Ireland, 1981. The infamous H-Blocks is where Irish republican prisoners are on the Blanket and No-Wash protest. It is a living hell for both prisoner and prison officer as the H-Block leader, Bobby Sands, pursues various tactics to help his fellow republicans re-establish their political status.

In order to create real change, Bobby leads a Hunger Strike to protest for special category status for republican prisoners.

Starring Michael Fassbender, Stuart Graham, Helena Bereen, Larry Cowan, Liam Cunningham

Genre - Drama
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Nobel Son
Barkley Michaelson is in a deep life rut. He's struggling to finish his Ph.D thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson, wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Barkley and his mother, Sarah, a renowned forensic psychiatrist, now have the ill-fortune of living with a man-eating monster whose philandering ways have gotten less and less discreet. As if Barkley's world is not bad enough, on the eve of his father receiving the Nobel, Barkley is kidnapped and the end requested ransom is the $2,000,000 in Nobel prize money.

Needless to say, Eli refuses to pay it and so starts a venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately revenge. In the words of Michel de Montaigne, the 16th century philosopher: "There is more barbarity in eating a man alive than in eating him dead."

Starring Alan Rickman, Bryan Greenberg, Shawn Hatosy, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Pullman, Eliza Dushku, Danny DeVito

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
violence, language, some sexuality and nudity

Punisher: War Zone
Waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, ruthless vigilante-hero Frank Castle sets his sights on overeager mob boss Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw.

With the "Punisher Task Force" hot on his trail and the FBI unable to take Jigsaw in, Frank must stand up to the formidable army that Jigsaw has recruited before more of his evil deeds go unpunished.

Starring Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Julie Benz, Dash Mihok, Wayne Knight

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
pervasive strong brutal violence, language and some drug use

The Reader
When he falls ill on his way home from school, 15 year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. The two begin an unexpected and passionate affair only for Hanna to suddenly and inexplicably disappear.

Eight years later, Michael, now a young law student observing Nazi war trials, meets his former lover again, under very different circumstances. Hanna is on trial for a hideous crime, and as she refuses to defend herself, Michael gradually realizes his boyhood love may be guarding a secret she considers to be more shameful than murder.

Starring Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Karoline Herfurth, Linda Bassett

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
some scenes of sexuality and nudity

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

Coming Soon

Watch for these movies coming to a theater near you!

Friday, Dec 12th

Wednesday, Dec 17th

Friday, Dec 19th

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

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