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Los Angeles, CA: Premiere of "Yes Man" to be held on Wednesday, December 17th at Mann Village Theater

Warner Bros. Pictures announced this week that the upcoming Jim Carrey comedy Yes Man will premiere at the Mann Village Theatre - Westwood in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, December 17, 2008. Scheduled to appear from the movie are Jim ... (more)

Photo Gallery Created for Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino"

Clint Eastwood is back in the directing chair for the upcoming movie Gran Torino, which opens in a limited number of theaters this weekend. Warner Bros. Pictures was kind enough to provide us with 31 new photos for the movie, which I've added to the ... (more)

Photo Gallery Created for Adam Sandler's "Bedtime Stories"

I just created a Photo Gallery for the upcoming comedy Bedtime Stories, which stars Adam Sandler as a man whose bedtime stories to his niece and nephew start coming true.   Left to right: Jonathan Heit, Laura Ann Kesling, Adam Sandler in ... (more)

Pixar's First 3D Short to Appear Ahead of "Bolt" This Weekend

Disney-Pixar will premiere its first 3D short film Tokyo Mater beginning December 12th, ahead of Disney's Bolt, which opened in theaters November 21, 2008.   The short movie was directed by Academy Award®-winner John Lasseter, who also ... (more)

Watch the Exclusive Clip from Comic-Con for "Watchmen"

If you're looking forward to the release this March of the action/adventure movie Watchmen, you'll want to check out our Trailers & Videos page, where we have an exclusive clip for the movie that was shown at the Comic-Con show! I'm not a fan of ... (more)

Photo Gallery Created for Jim Carrey's "Yes Man"

Warner Bros. just supplied us with 48 new photos for the upcoming Jim Carrey comedy Yes Man, which opens in theaters Friday, December 19, 2008. (L-r) Carl (JIM CARREY) and Allison (ZOOEY DESCHANEL) attend a "Harry Potter"-themed party in ... (more)

"The Dark Knight" Score Back in the Oscar Race

Industry trade magazine Variety is reporting that the score for The Dark Knight is back in contention for the Academy Awards! On November 28th, I wrote that the Academy had disqualified the score because there were too many names on the cue sheet, ... (more)

"The Dark Knight" Coming Back to Theaters in January

The latest Batman installment, The Dark Knight, was just released on DVD and Blu-ray today, but Warner Bros. has decided that audiences might like to take another look on the big screen! The Dark Knight will have a return engagement in theaters and ... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of December 5, 2008

  1. Four Christmases
  2. Twilight
  3. Bolt
  4. Australia
  5. Quantum of Solace
  6. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  7. Transporter 3
  8. Punisher: War Zone
  9. Cadillac Records
  10. Role Models

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 Day the Earth Stood Still
A contemporary reinvention of the 1951 classic.

Keanu Reeves portrays Klaatu, an alien whose arrival on our planet triggers a global upheaval. As governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind the visitor’s appearance, a woman (Jennifer Connelly) and her young stepson get caught up in his mission – and come to understand the ramifications of his being a self-described “friend to the Earth.”

Starring Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connolly, Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith

Genre - SciFi/Fantasy
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Rated PG-13
some sci-fi disaster images and violence

The Day the Earth Stood Still: The IMAX Experience
This remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth to warn the planet about nuclear war.

Digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® technology.

Starring Jennifer Connelly, Keanu Reeves, Jon Hamm, Kathy Bates, John Cleese

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13

In an exotic divided land, Delgo, an adventurous dreamer but naive teenager, must rally his group of troubled youth and some unlikely friends to protect their world from conflict between the terrestrial Lockni people, who harness the mysteries of the land, and the winged Nohrin people, who rule the skies.

Starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Anne Bancroft, Val Kilmer, Eric Idle, Michael Clarke Duncan, Louis Gossett Jr., Chris Kattan

Genre - Animation
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Rated PG
sequences of fantasy action violence

It's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A vibrant, charismatic priest, Father Flynn (Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman), is trying to upend the schools' strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Academy Award winner Meryl Streep), the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear and discipline.

The winds of political change are sweeping through the community, and indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. But when Sister James (Academy Award nominee Amy Adams), a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school.

Now, without a shard of proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequence.

Starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Lloyd Clay Brown

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
thematic material

Gran Torino
Retired auto worker and Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski resents the changes happening in the world around him. His neighbors have either moved away or died, replaced by Hmong immigrants he despises.

When a gang forces his shy teenaged neighbor, Thao, to try to steal his car, Walt gets involved, earning the admiration of his neighbors and the enmity of the gang.

Through Thao and his family's unrelenting kindness, Walt eventually comes to understand certain truths about the people next door. And about himself. These people--provincial refugees from a cruel past--have more in common with Walt than he has with his own family, and reveal to him parts of his soul that have been walled off since the war...like the Gran Torino preserved in the shadows of his garage.

Starring Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Hughes, Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Ahney Her

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language throughout, and some violence

Nothing Like the Holidays
It's Christmastime and the far-flung members of the Rodriguez family are converging at their parents' home in Chicago to celebrate the season and rejoice in their youngest brother's safe return from combat overseas.

For Jesse, coming home has rekindled feelings for an old flame, although she can't seem to forgive him for leaving. His older sister Roxanna, a struggling actress, has been chasing her Hollywood dreams for years with little to show for it. And much to the dismay of their mother Anna, eldest brother Mauricio brings home a high-powered executive wife who would rather raise capital than a child.

In the course of one eventful week, traditions will be celebrated, secrets revealed and major life decisions made.

Starring Luis Guzmán, John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodriguez, Debra Messing, Alfred Molina, Jay Hernandez, Melonie Diaz, Vanessa Ferlito, Elizabeth Peńa

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
thematic elements including some sexual dialogue, and brief drug references

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Have you ever stopped to think if the most ordinary, uninteresting, unobtrusive man you might see on the road or around you might have a love story to tell? Maybe not!

How can an ordinary man have a breathtaking, goose flesh igniting, awe inspiring love story of all things to tell? But guess what--love does not differentiate between the ordinary and exceptional, the uninteresting and interesting, the unattractive and attractive. Because love knows no distinction. It can happen to anyone and once it does it engulfs us into it completely and gives us those miraculous experiences that only love can yield.

This is what happened to Surinder Sahni--a simple, clean hearted, honest man working for Punjab Power, leading a humdrum life, when he meets his total opposite and finds love in the flamboyant, fun-loving, vivacious--Taani for whom the whole world is her canvas and she paints her own life with the colours of rainbow all until unforeseen circumstances changes it all and brings them together.

What follows is a journey filled with laughter, tears, joy, pain, music, dance and a lot of love. A journey that makes us believe that there is an extraordinary love story in every ordinary "jodi."

Starring Shah Rukh Khan

Genre - Drama
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What Doesn't Kill You
Brian and Paulie grow up like brothers on the gritty streets of south Boston. They do whatever it takes to survive, living by the code of their dog-eat-dog neighborhood. Petty crimes and misdemeanors grow into more serious offenses, and eventually, they fall under sway to organized crime boss Pat Kelly.

As Brian becomes increasingly lost in a haze of drugs and "jobs," even the love he has for his wife and his children does not seem like it will be enough to redeem him. Meanwhile, Paulie plans "one last heist" but knows it will take both of them to pull it off. How can they escape the only life they know?

Starring Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, Amanda Peet, Brian Goodman, Donnie Whalberg

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

Where God Left His Shoes
Gulf War veteran Frank Diaz and his family have fallen upon hard times. After months at a homeless shelter, on Christmas Eve they finally become eligible for an apartment. But in order to qualify, Frank has to find a job "on the books."

Having already promised his wife that their new home was a done deal, Frank and his stepson Justin embark on a frantic search for employment on the cold New York City streets.

As the day progresses, the Diazes are confronted with a series of seemingly insurmountable obstacles that initially test their mettle as a family, but ultimately serve to strengthen their bond.

Starring John Leguizamo, Leonor Varela, Jerry Ferrara, Sakina Jaffrey, Adriane Lenox

Genre - Drama
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While She Was Out
A suburban housewife heads to the mall on Christmas Eve and ends up fighting for her life against four hooligans in a nearby forest.

Starring Kim Basinger, Lukas Haas, Jamie Starr, Leonard Wu, Luis Chávez

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Rated R
strong violence and language

Glenn Beck's The Christmas Sweater Live

Starring Glenn Beck

Genre - Program
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The Wrestler
A retired professional wrestler tries to make a comeback.

Starring Mickey Rourke, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei

Genre - Drama
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Rated R

Glenn Beck's The Christmas Sweater Encore

Starring Glenn Beck

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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Friday, Dec 19th

Thursday, Dec 25th

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

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