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"The Dark Knight" Blu-ray Sells 1.7 Million Worldwide

Warner Bros. announced yesterday that the Blu-ray disc release of The Dark Knight on December 9, 2008 has sold 1.7 million units worldwide and 1 million in the United States alone in its first week. This is a new record for the Blu-ray format! The ... (more)

Blu-ray Review: The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight Warner Home Video 153 Minutes List Price: $35.99 (Check Price at Amazon.com) Available 12/9/2008 Click here for additional movie details, including the full plot summary, cast listing, trailers and videos, photos, reviews ... (more)

Turner Classic Movies Remembers Those Who Passed in 2008

Cable/satellite movie network Turner Classic Movies produced a video remembering those in the movie industry that passed away in 2008. The video below is provided by a member on YouTube: Thanks to reader Ron H. for passing this along to us!

Are You Watching HD on Your HDTV? Are You Sure?

I was reading today about studies conducted recently that found that, while HDTV ownership has increased nearly 50% in the past year, more than a third are not watching HD content on them1. To that, I can only ask: Why? Is it a lack of understanding ... (more)

Chris Weitz To Direct Next "Twilight" Movie "New Moon"

Academy Award nominated writer, director, and producer Chris Weitz has been chosen to direct the next movie in the Twilight franchise, New Moon. Weitz last directed The Golden Compass, which won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and was ... (more)

Star Trek to be Released in IMAX Theaters

Paramount Pictures announced last week that the upcoming movie Star Trek will be released to traditional theaters as well as IMAX theaters when it opens worldwide on May 8, 2009. Star Trek: The IMAX Experience will open in IMAX theaters around the ... (more)

Watch "White Christmas" on the Big Screen and Help Food Pantries!

At the end of November, National Amusements kicked off a four-week "Holiday Classics" series, where they were showing classic movies for the price of a donation of a food item to benefit local food charities. The movies in the series ... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of December 12, 2008

  1. The Day the Earth Stood Still
  2. Four Christmases
  3. Twilight
  4. Bolt
  5. Australia
  6. Quantum of Solace
  7. Nothing Like the Holidays
  8. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  9. Milk
  10. Transporter 3

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.

Nothing But the Truth
The story of a young reporter on the national desk of the Capitol Sun-Times, a major Washington, D.C. daily. She writes an explosive story that reveals the identity of covert CIA agent that, once published, causes all hell to break loose and the government to demand the identity of her source.

With the support of her editor, her paper’s in-house attorney, and her husband, she defies the charismatic, career-minded special prosecutor.

When Rachel also declines to reveal her source to a U.S. District Court Judge, he cites her with contempt of court and throws her in jail, pointing out that she alone holds the keys to her cell and that time in the D.C. Detention Center may help her come to realize this.

Starring Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Vera Farmiga, Angela Bassett, Edie Falco, Alan Alda, David Schwimmer, Noah Wyle

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language, some sexual material and a scene of violence

Seven Pounds
An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.

Starring Will Smith, Woody Harrelson, Rosario Dawson, Michael Ealy

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
thematic material, some disturbing content and a scene of sensuality

The Tale of Despereaux
Once upon a time, in the faraway kingdom of Dor, there was magic in the air, laughter aplenty and gallons of mouthwatering soup. But an accident left the King broken-hearted, the Princess filled with longing and the townsfolk without their soup. Sunlight disappeared. The world became gray. All hope was lost in this land -- until Despereaux Tilling was born.

A modern fairy tale, The Tale of Despereaux tells the story of four unlikely heroes: Despereaux (Matthew Broderick), a brave mouse banished to the dungeon for speaking with a human; Roscuro (Dustin Hoffman), a good-hearted rat who loves light and soup, but is exiled to darkness; Pea (Emma Watson), a Princess in a gloomy castle who is prisoner to her fathers grief; and Mig (Tracey Ullman), a servant girl who longs to be a Princess, but is forced to serve the jailer.

Tiny and graced with oversized ears, Despereaux was born too big for his little world. Refusing to live his life cowering, he befriends a Princess named Pea and learns to read (rather than eat) books, reveling in stories of knights, dragons and fair maidens. Banished from Mouseworld for being more man than mouse, Despereaux is rescued by another outcast, Roscuro, who also wants to hear the tales. But when the Princess dismisses Roscuros friendship, he becomes the ultimate rat and plots revenge with fellow outsider Mig.

After Pea is kidnapped, Despereaux discovers he is the only one who can rescue her and that even the tiniest mouse can find the courage of a knight in shining armor.

In this tale of bravery, forgiveness and redemption, one small creature will teach a kingdom that it takes only a little light to show the truth: what you look like doesn't equal what you are.

Starring Matthew Broderick, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Dustin Hoffman, Christopher Lloyd, Sigourney Weaver, Emma Watson, Tracey Ullman

Genre - Animation
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Rated G

Yes Man
Jim Carrey stars as Carl Allen, a man who signs up for a self-help program based on one simple principle: say yes to everything...and anything.

At first, unleashing the power of "yes" transforms Carl’s life in amazing and unexpected ways, but he soon discovers that opening up his life to endless possibilities can have its drawbacks.

Starring Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, Rhys Darby, John Michael Higgins, Danny Masterson, Terence Stamp

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
crude sexual humor, language and brief nudity

The Metropolitan Opera: Thais

Genre - Program
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Starring Aamir Khan, Asin, Jiah Khan

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Bedtime Stories
The life of Skeeter Bronson, a hotel handyman, is changed forever when the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to mysteriously come true.

He attempts to take advantage of the phenomenon, incorporating his own aspirations into one outlandish tale after another, but it's the kids' unexpected contributions that turn Skeeter's life upside down.

Starring Adam Sandler, Guy Pearce, Keri Russell, Richard Griffiths, Courteney Cox

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG
some mild rude humor and mild language

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
"I was born under unusual circumstances." And so begins “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time.

We follow his story, set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man’s life can be.

"Benjamin Button" is a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.

Starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Taraji P. Henson, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas, Julia Ormond

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking

Marley & Me
Based on the bestselling book by John Grogan, a lovable but neurotic Labrador Retriever teaches his owners about life, love, and lunacy.

Starring Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Alan Arkin

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG
thematic material, some suggestive content and language

The Spirit
Adapted from the legendary comic strip, "The Spirit" is a classic action-adventure-romance told by genre-twister Frank Miller.

It is the story of a former rookie cop who returns mysteriously from the dead as the Spirit to fight crime from the shadows of Central City. His arch-enemy, the Octopus has a different mission: he's going to wipe out Spirit's beloved city as he pursues his own version of immortality.

The Spirit tracks this cold-hearted killer from Central City's rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront--all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women, who either want to seduce, love or kill our masked crusader.

Surrounding him at every turn are Ellen Dolan, the whip-smart girl-next-door; Silken Floss, a punk secretary and frigid vixen; Plaster of Paris, a murderous French nightclub dancer; Lorelei, a phantom siren; and Morgenstern, a sexy young cop. Then of course, there's Sand Sarerf, the jewel thief with dangerous curves. She's the love of his life turned bad. Will he save her or will she kill him?

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes, Gabriel Macht

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
intense sequences of stylized violence and action, some sexual content and brief 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 26th

Wednesday, Dec 31st

Friday, Jan 9th

Friday, Jan 16th

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

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