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Hollywood, CA: U.S. Premiere of "Land of the Lost" on 5/30/2009 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Universal Pictures announced today that the U.S. premiere of the upcoming Will Ferrell comedy Land of the Lost will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. Cast members and filmmakers attending... (more)

Buy More, Save More on Blu-ray Discs at Amazon.com - Sale ends 6/8

Gift Shop merchant Amazon.com is having a "Buy More, Save More" sale on Blu-ray high definition discs! Blu-ray Buy More, Save More The sale involves choosing the movies from a pre-selected list and the amount you save depends on the number you... (more)

Hollywood, CA: Los Angeles Premiere of "Imagine That" on 6/6/2009 at Paramount Theatre

Paramount Pictures has announced that the Los Angeles premiere of Eddie Murphy's new comedy Imagine That will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at The Paramount Theatre at 5555 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California. Cast members and filmmakers... (more)

Disney-Pixar's "Up" Video Game Now Available for All Major Gaming Platforms

The Up video game is available now for all major game platforms. Search for Up on All Game Platforms at Amazon.com The "Up" video game is now available at retailers like our Gift Shop merchant Amazon.com. The platforms supported... (more)

Which is the Bigger Summer Movie, Harry Potter or Transformers?

As we wrap up the month of May, the first round of Summer Blockbusters has already been released! X-Men Origins: Wolverine started off the month and it's still in the Top 10 Box Office report, with a total gross of over $165 million. Star Trek... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of May 22, 2009

  1. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
  2. Terminator Salvation
  3. Star Trek
  4. Angels & Demons
  5. Dance Flick
  6. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  7. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
  8. Obsessed
  9. Monsters vs. Aliens
  10. 17 Again

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.

Departures (Okuribito)
"Departures" follows Daigo Kobayashi, a devote cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and who is suddenly left without a job. Daigo decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled "Departures" thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a "Nokanshi" or "encoffineer," a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art of "Nokanshi," acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living.

Starring Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryoko Hirosue, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Kimiko Yo

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
thematic material

Drag Me to Hell
Christine Brown is an ambitious L.A. loan officer with a charming boyfriend, Professor Clay Dalton. Life is good until the mysterious Mrs. Ganush arrives at the bank to beg for an extension on her home loan. Should Christine follow her instincts and give the old woman a break? Or should she deny the extension to impress her boss, Mr. Jacks, and get a leg-up on a promotion?

Christine fatefully chooses the latter, shaming Mrs. Ganush and dispossessing her of her home. In retaliation, the old woman places the powerful curse of the Lamia on Christine, transforming her life into a living hell.

Haunted by an evil spirit and misunderstood by a skeptical boyfriend, she seeks the aid of seer Rham Jas to save her soul from eternal damnation. To help the shattered Christine return her life to normal, the psychic sets her on a frantic course to reverse the spell. As evil forces close in, Christine must face the unthinkable: how far will she go to break free of the curse?

Starring Justin Long, Alison Lohman, David Paymer, Reggie Lee

Genre - Horror
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Rated PG-13
sequences of horror violence, terror, disturbing images and language

Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease on life.

Starring Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger, Jordan Nagai

Genre - Animation
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Rated PG
some peril and action

Up in Disney Digital 3D
In this comedy adventure, 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But, he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip--an overly optimistic nine-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell.

Starring Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger, Delroy Lindo, Jordan Nagai

Genre - Animation
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Rated PG
some peril and action

What Goes Up
A morally challenged New York reporter, Campbell Babbitt, learns life lessons from a group of dysfunctional students while covering the hometown hoopla surrounding the first teacher in space.

Set in the 1980s, this is a poignant look at how heroes are made in a world devoid of heroes. Upon arriving in the small New Hampshire town, Babbitt decides to call an old college friend, only to discover an apparent suicide. Babbitt gravitates toward his friend's high-school students in hopes of finding an unsung hero story about a teacher who made a permanent impact on the social misfits of the school.

Instead, he discovers the least likely teachers--a group of dysfunctional students--outcasts led by a narcissistic seductress, a repressed voyeur, and a scheming pregnant teen. In a gradual reversal of roles, Babbitt soon finds himself learning from this unusual group of kids.

Starring Steve Coogan, Hilary Duff, Molly Shannon, Josh Peck, Olivia Thirlby

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
sexuality, language and some drug use, all involving teens

Stand-Up 360 Edition 3

Genre - Comedy
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Unmistaken Child
In 2001, when his master Lama Konchog passed away, Tenzin Zopa, his disciple of 21 years was bereft and lonely. At the instruction of the Dalai Lama, Zopa is searching for his master's reincarnation, who is expected to be embodied in a little boy and might be anywhere in the world.

This "unmistaken child" must be found before it becomes too difficult to remove him from his parents' care--within four years.

Starring Tenzin Zopa, The Dalai Lama

Genre - Documentary
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Glenn Beck's Common Sense Tour LIVE

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

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