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Hugh Jackman to Be Honored with Hand and Footprint Ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Actor Hugh Jackman will be placing his hands and feet into wet concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 11am. Jackman joins a select number of Hollywood actors, producers, and other VIP's who have... (more)

New York, NY: World Premiere of "Fighting" on 4/20/2009 at Regal Union Square Stadium 14

Rogue Pictures has announced that the World Premiere of Fighting will be held on Monday, April 20, 2009 at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14 in New York City. Expected to attend the premiere from the movie are cast members Channing Tatum, Terrence... (more)

Release Date for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" Moved Up to July 15, 2009

Harry Potter fans anguished when Warner Bros. shifted the release date for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from November 2008 to July 17th, 2009 (see announcement), but now they have reason for some joy. Warner Bros. Pictures announced that... (more)

Blu-ray Review: Seven Pounds

Seven Pounds Columbia Pictures 123 Minutes List Price: $39.95 (Check Price at Amazon.com) This movie is also available on DVD and video on demand (rental). Available 3/31/2009 Click here for additional movie details, including the full... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of April 10, 2009

  1. Hannah Montana: The Movie
  2. Fast & Furious
  3. Monsters vs. Aliens
  4. Observe and Report
  5. Knowing
  6. I Love You, Man
  7. The Haunting in Connecticut
  8. Dragonball: Evolution
  9. Adventureland
  10. Duplicity

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.

American Violet
Dee Roberts is a 24-year-old, African-American single mom struggling to make ends meet in a small Texas town. When cops arrest her in a drug sweep, she insists on her innocence.

Even though Dee has no prior drug record and no drugs were found on her in the raid or any subsequent searches, she is offered a hellish choice: plead guilty and go home as a convicted felon or remain in prison and fight the charges thus, jeopardizing the custody of her children and risking a long prison sentence.

She chooses to fight the district attorney and the unyielding criminal justice system he represents. Joined in an unlikely alliance with an ACLU attorney and former local narcotics officer, Dee risks everything in a battle that forever changes her life and the Texas justice system.

Starring Nicole Beharie, Will Patton, Alfre Woodard, Michael O'Keefe, Tim Blake Nelson

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
thematic material, violence, drug references and language

Crank: High Voltage
Picking up immediately where the first movie left off, "Crank High Voltage" finds Chev Chelios surviving the climactic plunge to his most certain death on the streets of Los Angeles, only to be kidnapped by a mysterious Chinese mobster.

Three months later, Chev wakes up to discover his nearly indestructible heart has been surgically removed and replaced with a battery-operated ticker that requires regular jolts of electricity in order to work. After a dangerous escape from his captors, Chev is on the run again, this time from the charismatic Mexican gang boss El Huron, and the Chinese Triads, headed by the dangerous 100 year-old elder Poon Dong.

Once again turning to Doc Miles for medical advice, receiving help from his friend Kaylo's twin brother Venus, and re-connecting with his girlfriend Eve, who is no longer in the dark about what he does for a living, Chev is determined to get his real heart back and wreak vengeance on whoever stole it, embarking on an electrifying chase through Los Angeles where anything goes to stay alive.

Starring Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Corey Haim, Bai Ling, Dwight Yoakam

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
frenetic strong bloody violence throughout, crude and graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language

Disney Matinee Club: Cars

Genre - Program
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Empty Nest

Starring Carlos Bermejo, Eugenia Capizzano, Inés Efron, Arturo Goetz, Oscar Martínez

Genre - Comedy
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Every Little Step
A documentary that explores the incredible journey of A CHORUS LINE, from ambitious idea to international phenomenon.

Through 15 years of continuous performances from the 70’s to 90’s and a revival beginning last year, A CHORUS LINE has touched generations around the world with stories so poignant, they could only have come from truth. The film compares and contrasts the original musical with the current revival. It investigates the societies in which they’ve debuted, and why the themes are so timeless and universal.

Starring Bob Avian, Michael Bennett, Charlotte d'Amboise, Ramon Flowers, Jessica Lee Goldyn

Genre - Documentary
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Rated PG-13
some strong language including sexual references

Imagine if you had a six-foot tall "monster" to help you through the rough times when you were a kid! Willy is terrified about moving into the family's new house. He's convinced it's filled with evil space aliens out to get him.

In response to his longing for someone to save him, Gooby comes to life as a big, lovable, scruffy creature who quite possibly may be more frightened of the world than Willy. The two new pals embark on hair-raising adventures and learn about courage and the power of friendship all the while with Eugene Levy on their trail.

Starring Matthew Knight, Robbie Coltrane, Eugene Levy, David James Elliott, Ingrid Kavelaars

Genre - Animation
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Rated PG
some mild rude humor and bullying

Is Anybody There?
Set in 1980s seaside England, this movie tells the story of 10-year-old Edward whose parents have turned their house into a retirement home. While his mother struggles to keep the family business afloat and his father copes with the onset of a mid-life crisis, Edward becomes increasingly obsessed with the ghosts and afterlives of the residents when they die.

Edward's is a lonely existence until he meets Clarence, the latest arrival at the home, a retired magician and grieving widower who refuses to give in gracefully to old age. Their relationship begins at odds until Clarence notices that the boy is growing up even more fitfully than he is growing old. As they begin to face life together, Clarence comes to terms with his past, Edward tames his obsession with the unknown and they are both reminded of what magic is possible when life is lived to its fullest.

Starring Thelma Barlow, Michael Caine, Linzey Cocker, Anne-Marie Duff, Garrick Hagon

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
language including sexual references, and some disturbing images

Lemon Tree (Etz Limon)
Salma Zidane is a 45-year-old widow who lives alone in a tiny Palestinian village on the West Bank.

When the Israeli minister of defense builds a house on the other side of the green line, his bodyguards consider Selma's lemon trees to be a security risk. They can hide terrorists and impede the bodyguards in their work. The lemon trees were planted by Salma's family many generations ago; they are synonymous with Salma's family history. Salma gets herself a lawyer.

But, Ziad Daud is up against a battery of clever military lawyers, all of whom are covered by the top brass. It's an unfair battle, that isn't made any easier when the 45-year-old widow falls in love with her lawyer, a divorcee 10 years her junior--a scandal as far as her Palestinian neighbors are concerned.

On the other side of the grove, Salma's struggle to keep her trees has not gone unnoticed. The defence minister's wife, who has become more and more lonely and unhappy as her husband's political career has blossomed, feels increasingly drawn to Salma as the unfair battle between her husband and their Palestinian neighbors drags on. An invisible bond connects these two very different women who find themselves on the brink of a new phase in their lives.

Starring Hiam Abbass, Doron Tavory, Ali Suliman, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Tarik Kopty

Genre - Drama
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Old Partner

Genre - Documentary
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Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
A fast food restaurant built on sacred Indian burial ground inadvertently unleashes a horde of vengeful, supernatural chicken zombie demons on the local population; gore-soaked social satire and horrific hi-jinks ensue.

Starring Jason Yachanin, Kate Graham, Allyson Sereboff, Robin Watkins, Joshua Olatunde

Genre - Comedy
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17 Again
What would you do if you got a second shot at life? Class of 1989, Mike O'Donnell is a star on his high school basketball court with a college scout in the stands and a bright future in his grasp. But instead, he decides to throw it all away to share his life with his girlfriend Scarlett and the baby he just learned they are expecting.

Almost 20 years later, Mike's glory days are decidedly behind him. His marriage to Scarlett has fallen apart, he has been passed over for a promotion at work, his teenage kids think he is a loser, and he has been reduced to crashing with his high school nerd-turned-techno-billionaire best friend Ned.

But Mike is given another chance when he is miraculously transformed back to the age of 17. Unfortunately, Mike may look 17 again, but his thirtysomething outlook is totally uncool in the class of 2009. And in trying to recapture his best years, Mike could lose the best things that ever happened to him.

Starring Zac Efron, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon, Michelle Trachtenberg, Matthew Perry

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
language, some sexual material and teen partying

Sleep Dealer
"Sleep Dealer" is our tomorrow today, a corporation-controlled, militarized near future where the United States has successfully closed its borders. Finally. Through American technology we have developed a capacity, a digital network, to have all the work with none of the workers constructing our buildings, picking our fruit, manning our planes. There are no water shortages.

Starring Luis Fernando Peña, Leonor Varela, Jacob Vargas, Giovanna Zacarías, Marius Biegai

Genre - SciFi/Fantasy
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Rated PG-13
some violence and sexuality

State of Play
A congressman and his former campaign manager-turned journalist find themselves on opposite sides after his research assistant/mistress turns up dead.

Starring Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
some violence, language including sexual references, and brief drug content

The Audition
Don't miss the exclusive addition to the Metropolitan Opera's acclaimed Live in HD series--The Audition--in movie theatres nationwide for a one-day event on Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m. ET / 12 noon PT.

Hosted by star soprano Renée Fleming, this event features the new documentary "The Audition," a backstage look at the intense pressures young opera singers face as they struggle to succeed in one of the most difficult professions in the performing arts, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Fleming, with fellow National Council winners Susan Graham and Thomas Hampson, filmed on location at the Met. The panelists reminisce about their own past participation in the competition and talk about how the experience was instrumental in launching their own international careers.

Genre - Program
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The South: the final frontier.
These are the pursuits of the Trawicks,
Their lifelong mission
To recover imbecilic fugitives,
To win glory upon the battlefields of peewee football,
To boldly go where no skiptracer has gone before.
And maybe to get laid or something, too.

Starring Dustin Kerns, Cynthia Evans, Rich Muscadin, Andy Stuckey, Harris Mendheim

Genre - Comedy
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Iron Maiden: Flight 666
Documentary which focuses on Iron Maiden's Somewhere Back in Time world tour, which saw the band fly to perform in 13 countries in a customized Boeing 757 airliner piloted by lead singer Bruce Dickinson.

The film documents the intensity of the punishing show schedules, the struggle with the time zones and the pressures of ensuring that every performance matched the energy of the many thousands of ecstatic and expectant fans from many cultural backgrounds.

Starring Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Nicko McBrain

Genre - Documentary
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How well do we know our Planet?

Take a tour of our home as we have never seen it before.

Using the sun as a guide, we set out on a truly global journey. On the way, we meet three mothers struggling to bring up their young. In the Arctic, a polar bear and her two newborn cubs awaken to the first sunlight of spring. Will they find food before the ice on which they live melts?

Half a world away, in the heat of the Kalahari, an elephant mother and her calf find water after a danger-filled trek across the desert. But they must share the pool with a pride of lions.

For the final leg of the journey, we follow a humpback whale mother. She must keep her calf safe on their 4,000 mile migration from the equator to Antarctica.

And so life on Earth goes on. A story played out billions of times a day, 365 days a year, as the Earth moves through seasons, every living creature bending to the power of the sun.

Starring James Earl Jones

Genre - Documentary
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Rated G

Treeless Mountain
A portrait of a young girl coming to terms with loss and abandonment, Six-year-old Jin and her younger sister Bin live on the edge of disaster, but they are not aware of it. In the small apartment where they reside with their single mother, the menacing sounds of the outer world disturb their precarious cocoon.

One day, their mother packs all their belongings. For Jin, the days of going to school are over. Mommy is gone, leaving her and Bin in a hostile home with their alcoholic Big Aunt and a piggy bank to slowly fill with coins. Once the bank is full, their mother will be back.

Starring Hee-yeon Kim, Mi-hyang Kim, Song-hee Kim, Soo-ah Lee

Genre - Drama
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This American Life Live!

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

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