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DirecTV to Air Advanced Screening of Charlize Theron's "The Burning Plain"

The upcoming drama The Burning Plain starring Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger opens in theaters on September 18, 2009, but DirecTV customers will have the chance to see the movie ahead of time when the satellite provider makes it available on their... (more)

Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles Premiere of "Shorts" to be Held at Chinese Theater on August 15, 2009

Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that the Los Angeles Premiere of the upcoming family action/adventure movie Shorts will be held at Mann Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, August 15, 2009. Expected to attend the... (more)

DVD Review: Watchmen Director's Cut 2-Disc Special Edition

Watchmen Director's Cut 2-Disc Special Edition Warner Home Video 186 Minutes List Price: $34.98 (Check Price at Amazon.com) This movie is also available from Amazon on Blu-ray and video on demand (rental or purchase), and from iTunes for rental... (more)

Lots of Theater Updates

I just finished a large round of theater updates, involving deactivating quite a few theaters that are closed, updating phone numbers, zip codes, and map locations, as well as adding some new data that we're going to be making use of in the future... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of July 31, 2009

  1. Funny People
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  3. G-Force
  4. The Ugly Truth
  5. Aliens in the Attic
  6. Orphan
  7. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  8. The Hangover
  9. The Proposal
  10. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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.

Centers on charismatic twin sisters who live together: free-spirited Lauren, considering the opportunity to teach English abroad, and paraplegic Jeannie, co-owner of a local vintage store who has constant problems with her business partner.

Starring Tilly Hatcher, Maggie Hatcher, Alex Karpovsky, Katy O'Connor, David Zellner

Genre - Drama
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Cold Souls
Is your soul weighing you down? Paul Giamatti has found a solution! In the surreal comedy COLD SOULS, Paul Giamatti plays an actor named… Paul Giamatti.

Stumbling upon an article in The New Yorker about a high-tech company that extracts, deep-freezes and stores people’s souls, Paul very well might have found the key to happiness for which he’s been searching.

But, complications arise when he is the unfortunate victim of "soul-trafficking." Giamatti’s journey takes him all the way to Russia in hopes of retrieving his stolen soul from an ambitious but talentless soap-opera actress.

Starring Paul Giamatti, Dina Korzun, Emily Watson, David Strathairn, Lauren Ambrose

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
nudity and brief strong language

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. Joe team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos.

Starring Channing Tatum, Dennis Quaid, Dwayne Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brendan Fraser, Rachel Nichols, Sienna Miller, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Christopher Eccleston, Arnold Vosloo, Marlon Wayans, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
strong sequences of action violence and mayhem throughout

Julie & Julia
Based on two true stories, Julie & Julia intertwines the lives of two women, Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and Julie Powell (Amy Adams), who, though separated by time and space, are both at loose ends...until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.

Starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond, Jane Lynch

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
brief strong language and some sensuality

Paper Heart
Charlyne Yi does not believe in love. Or so she says. Well, at the very least, she doesn't believe in fairy-tale love or the Hollywood mythology of love, and her own experiences have turned her into yet another modern-day skeptic.

"Papers Heart" follows Charlyne as she embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn't fully understand. As she and her good friend (and director) Nicholas search for answers and advice about love, Charlyne talks with friends and strangers, scientists, bikers, romance novelists, and children.

They each offer diverse views on modern romance, as well as various answers to the age-old question: does true love really exist?

Then, shortly after filming begins, Charlyne meets a boy after her own heart: Michael Cera. As their relationship develops on camera, her pursuit to discover the nature of love takes on a fresh new urgency. Charlyne risks losing the person she finds closest to her heart.

Starring Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera, Jake Johnson, Seth Rogen

Genre - Documentary
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Rated PG-13
some language

A Perfect Getaway
Cliff and Cydney (Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich) are an adventurous young couple celebrating their honeymoon by backpacking to one of the most beautiful, and remote, beaches in Hawaii.

Hiking the wild, secluded trails, they believe they've found paradise. But when the pair comes across a group of frightened hikers discussing the horrifying murder of another newlywed couple on the islands, they begin to question whether they should turn back.

Unsure whether to stay or flee, Cliff and Cydney join up with two other couples, and things begin to go terrifyingly wrong. Far from civilization or rescue, everyone begins to look like a threat and nobody knows whom to trust. Paradise becomes hell on earth as a brutal battle for survival begins...

Starring Milla Jovovich, Timothy Olyphant, Marley Shelton, Steve Zahn, Kiele Sanchez

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Rated R
graphic violence, language including sexual references and some drug use

The Nine Lives of Marion Barry

Genre - Documentary
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Starring Naoharu Kariya, Junichiro Koizumi

Genre - Documentary
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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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