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Chicago, IL: Harry Potter Exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois will be hosting Harry Potter: The Exhibition starting today, April 30, 2009. The exhibit contains more than 200 authentic costumes and props from the Harry Potter movies, and it occupies a... (more)

Disney to Plant 2.7 Million Trees Through "Earth" Promotion

Keeping its promise to plant a tree for every ticket sold in the opening week of Earth, Disney announced yesterday that it will be working with The Nature Conservancy to plant 2.7 million trees in Brazil's Atlantic Forest, one of the planet's most... (more)

Stay for the End Credits of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"

If you're the type of person to bolt out of your seat as soon as the credits start rolling, you may want to stay sitting for the entire running time of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. From the sounds of reports we've been hearing, there is more footage... (more)

Kansas City, MO: AMC Mainstreet Opens to the Public May 1, 2009

AMC Entertainment announced today that the AMC Mainstreet will open to the public on Friday, May 1, 2009. Previously known as the Empire Theatre, the building has been renovated to include three "Cinema Suites" auditoriums and three traditional... (more)

Save 50% on Blu-ray Hits at Amazon.com

Gift Shop merchant Amazon.com extended their 50% off sale on select movies on Blu-ray high definition discs: Save 50% on Blu-ray Hits The list of movies currently includes 26 titles, including: The Hunt for Red October Flags of Our Fathers... (more)

Pittsburgh, PA: The Oaks Theater Announces Late Night Film Festival Schedule

Movie lovers in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area have another reason to look forward to the oncoming summer season with the announcement today by The Oaks Theater in nearby Oakmont of their "Moonlit Matinee Film Festival" lineup for 2009. The... (more)

See "Wolverine" Free with Purchase of a DVD or Blu-ray disc from Amazon

Gift Shop merchant Amazon.com is offering a free ticket to see X-Men Origins: Wolverine when you purchase a DVD or Blu-ray disc from the selection of 19 movies between April 21, 2009 and May 11, 2009. For more information, please see Amazon.com... (more)

Warner Bros. Trading HD DVDs for Blu-rays

If you're new to high definition home video, you may not know that as recently as January 2008, there were two formats competing for the attention of consumers: HD DVD and Blu-ray. The format war started three years ago with the release of HD DVD,... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of April 24, 2009

  1. Obsessed
  2. 17 Again
  3. Fighting
  4. The Soloist
  5. Earth
  6. Monsters vs. Aliens
  7. State of Play
  8. Hannah Montana: The Movie
  9. Fast & Furious
  10. Crank: High Voltage

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.

Battle for Terra
Senn and Mala are two rebellious alien teens living on the beautiful planet Terra--a place that promotes peace and tolerance, having long ago rejected war and weapons of mass destruction. But when Terra is invaded by human beings fleeing a civil war and environmental catastrophe, the planet is plunged into chaos.

During the upheaval, Mala befriends an injured human pilot and each learns the two races are not so different from one another. Together they must face the terrifying realization that in a world of limited resources, only one of their races is likely to survive.

Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Brian Cox, Luke Wilson, David Cross, Justin Long

Genre - Animation
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Rated PG
sequences of sci-fi action violence and some thematic elements

Battle for Terra in 3D
Senn and Mala are two rebellious alien teens living on the beautiful planet Terra--a place that promotes peace and tolerance, having long ago rejected war and weapons of mass destruction.

But when Terra is invaded by human beings fleeing a civil war and environmental catastrophe, the planet is plunged into chaos. During the upheaval, Mala befriends an injured human pilot and each learns the two races are not so different from one another.

Together they must face the terrifying realization that in a world of limited resources, only one of their races is likely to survive.

Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Brian Cox, Luke Wilson, David Cross, Justin Long

Genre - Animation
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Rated PG
sequences of sci-fi action violence and some thematic elements

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Celebrity photographer Connor Mead loves freedom, fun and women...in that order. A committed bachelor who thinks nothing of breaking up with multiple women on a conference call, Connor's mockery of romance proves a real buzz-kill for his kid brother, Paul, and a houseful of well wishers on the eve of Paul's wedding.

Just when it looks like Connor may single-handedly ruin the wedding, he is visited by the ghosts of his former jilted girlfriends, who take him on a revealing and hilarious odyssey through his failed relationships--past, present and future.

Together they attempt to find out what turned Connor into such an insensitive jerk and whether there is still hope for him to find true love...or if he really is the lost cause everyone thinks he is.

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Emma Stone, Lacey Chabert, Michael Douglas, Robert Forster

Genre - Romance
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Rated PG-13
sexual content throughout, some language and a drug reference

Home
There are moments frozen under glass. Inga is a poet. She wants to buy and restore a house she is drawn to that reminds her of her childhood home, but her distant husband Hermann sees little value in it or many of the things Inga loves.

Inga realizes that many things in her life are coming full circle. Her crumbling marriage is a stark contrast to her relationship with her eight-year-old daughter, with whom she shares her hopes, fears and inner-most thoughts following her recovery from breast cancer.

By day their lives seem magical, full of cloud watching, kite flying and lazy summer drives. But at night, Inga is troubled by her marriage, its lack of intimacy and her fear of her own mortality. By weaving optimism into her life's story it is in her own writing that she hears the echo of her mother's journey and experiences the revelation that allows her transformation.

Starring Marcia Gay Harden, Marian Seldes, Michael Gaston

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
some disturbing thematic material

The Limits of Control
The story of a mysterious loner, a stranger, whose activities remain meticulously outside the law. He is in the process of completing a job, yet he trusts no one, and his objectives are not initially divulged.

His journey, paradoxically both intently focused and dreamlike, takes him not only across Spain but also through his own consciousness.

Starring Isaach de Bankole, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Gael García Bernal, John Hurt

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
graphic nudity and some language

The Merry Gentleman
Running away from a troubled marriage, Kate Frazier hopes to find anonymity with a new home and a new job in Chicago. Despite friendly flirtation from co-workers and others, the shy and reserved Kate keeps her distance, avoiding questions about her sudden arrival and her recent past.

When Kate meets Frank Logan, the two discover unexpected satisfaction in their mutual shared silence. Haunted by the troubling choices he has made, Frank finds a kindred spirit in the younger Kate, and, for a moment, the two seem destined to redeem and remake each other.

As the holidays and New Year pass against an urban landscape that seems both breathtakingly beautiful and starkly quiet, Kate and Frank's friendship becomes one of necessity and survival. But, neither lonely soul can escape the lives they have left behind.

As events unfold and the painful truth slowly emerges, Frank is forced to face the man he truly is, while Kate struggles to become the woman she needs to be.

Starring Kelly Macdonald, Michael Keaton, Tom Bastounes, Bobby Canavale

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language and some violence

Mitrudu

Starring Balakrishna, Priyamani

Genre - Drama
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Newcastle
Seventeen-year old Jesse lives in the shadow of his older brother Victor's failure to become surfing's Next Big Thing. Even when he's in his natural habitat of magnificent surf breaks, his blue-collar future is brought home by the coal barges that constantly line his horizon.

Jesse has the natural skills to surf his way out of this reality and onto the international circuit, but can he overcome his equally natural ability to sabotage himself?

A momentous weekend away with his mates, which includes first love and tragedy, leads him to discover what's really important--and to the performance of a lifetime.

Starring Lachlan Buchanan, Xavier Samuel, Reshad Strik, Anthony Hayes, Shane Jacobson

Genre - Drama
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The Skeptic
Following the mysterious death of his aunt, power lawyer Bryan Becket (Tim Daly) moves into the elderly woman's purportedly haunted Victorian mansion. A die hard skeptic, he dismisses one eerie incident after another, until the haunting turns so personal and vicious, Becket's cool, unemotional veneer begins to unravel.

Whispers in the night, things he sees in the darkness, clues of a horrible secret, turn our rationalist into a terrified and reluctant seeker. A seeker of a truth so unspeakable it could destroy him. And the mystery, always just out of reach down the darkened hall, is not fully revealed until the film's final moments. And even then, it leaves a tantalizing question.

Starring Tim Daly, Tom Arnold, Zoe Saldana, Andrea Roth, Edward Herrmann

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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A Wink and a Smile
A documentary that follows the lives of ten ordinary women as they do the extraordinary -- learn the artful striptease.

Starring Miss Indigo Blue, Diane Bruch, Casey Ellison, Janie Hanson, Megan Keller

Genre - Documentary
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The story of Wolverine's epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program.

Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe whose appearances in the film series have long been anticipated.

Starring Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, will.i.am, Danny Huston, Lynn Collins, Taylor Kitsch, Dominic Monaghan, Ryan Reynolds

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
intense sequences of action and violence, and some partial nudity

Say It in Russian
Andrew meets a young Russian girl, Daria, while on vacation in Europe and falls in love. He goes to Moscow, where he meets Daria's father, a rich Russian mafia oligarch, and becomes entwined with his situation, which places them both in grave danger.

Starring Rade Serbedzija, Steven Brand, Agata Gotova, Faye Dunaway, Alex Nesic

Genre - Drama
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Stand-Up 360
"Stand-Up 360" captures the unmistakable energy of a live New York City comedy show in an unparalleled series of films featuring a line-up of top names from headliners to break-out stars.

An exciting new concept for movie theaters, "Stand-Up 360" offers major bang for the buck; it would take months of repeat visits to a variety of comedy clubs to experience the range and caliber of talent assembled for these films.

Starring Wali Collins, Roz, Vanessa Hollingshead, Erik Rivera, Mike Vecchione

Genre - Comedy
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Dr. Laura LIVE! In Praise of Mom

Genre - Program
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Dr. Laura LIVE! In Praise of Mom Encore

Genre - Program
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The Window (La Ventana)
A chronicle of an old man's last day of life in which he awaits the arrival of his son.

Starring María del Carmen Jiménez, Antonio Larreta, Alberto Ledesma, Emilse Roldán, Roberto Rovira

Genre - Drama
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This American Life Encore

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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