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Los Angeles, CA: World Premiere of "The Final Destination" to be Held at Mann Village Theater on August 27, 2009

Warner Bros. Pictures announced this week that the World Premiere of The Final Destination will be held at Mann Village Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, August 27, 2009. Appearing at the event from the movie are Bobby Campo, Shantel... (more)

South Barrington, IL and Redmond, WA: Village Roadshow Gold Class Cinemas to Offer Julia Child Inspired Menu and Packaged Event

The Village Roadshow Gold Class Cinemas in South Barrington, Illinois and in Redmond, Washington is offering a special event package in conjunction with the movie Julie & Julia. The movie is about a woman's quest to cook every recipe from Julia... (more)

"The Final Destination 3D" to be First 3D Movie with D-BOX Motion Code

D-BOX Technologies announced last week that The Final Destination 3D will be the first 3D movie released with their Motion Code™ technology. The movie opens in theaters nationwide on August 28, 2009, and select theaters are equipped with... (more)

"Pandorum" Release Date Changed to 9/25/2009

Overture Films just informed us that the release date of Pandorum has been changed from 9/18/2009 to 9/25/2009. The movie stars Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster and tells the terrifying story of two crew members stranded on a spacecraft who quickly... (more)

Wauwatosa, WI: IMAX Coming to AMC Mayfair Mall 18

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that the AMC Mayfair Mall 18 in the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin will be adding an IMAX screen this fall. This would be the second IMAX screen in the Milwaukee metropolitan area, but since the... (more)

Sony PlayStation 3 Price Dropped to $300, New Slim Model on the Way

Sony announced today the release of a slimmer version of the PlayStation 3 game system, to be available the first week of September. The new model will sport a matte finish in addition to its smaller footprint, as well as a 120GB hard drive, power... (more)

Buy the "Twilight: New Moon" Movie Poster and More for Less Than $5

Looking to hang the new movie poster for The Twilight Saga: New Moon in your room before school starts? Gift Shop merchant Allposters.com has this and other movie posters on sale right now for less than $5! Movie Posters on Sale at Allposters.com... (more)

Opelika, AL: Carmike to Build a 12-Screen Theater in Capps Landing Development

Carmike Cinemas announced last week that they have signed an agreement to build a 12-screen movie theater in the Capps Landing development in Opelika, Alabama, which is about 60 miles East of Montgomery. It is scheduled to open in Fall 2010. The... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of August 14, 2009

  1. District 9
  2. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  3. The Time Traveler's Wife
  4. Julie & Julia
  5. G-Force
  6. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
  7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  8. The Ugly Truth
  9. Ponyo
  10. Funny People

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.

The Baader Meinhof Complex (Der Baader Meinhof Komplex)
Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the still fragile German democracy. The radicalized children of the Nazi generation led by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg.

Starring Simon Licht, Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz, Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
strong bloody violence, disturbing images, sexual content, graphic nudity and language

Fifty Dead Men Walking
Inspired by the true story of Martin McGartland who was recruited by the British Special Branch to work inside the IRA. He moved up the ranks and saved well over 50 lives, yet ended up being hunted by both sides. He had to leave his young girlfriend and child behind for their own protection and is still on the run today.

Starring Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess, Kevin Zegers, Rose McGowan, Tom Collins

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
strong brutal violence and torture, language and some sexuality

Five Minutes of Heaven
Lurgan Northern Ireland, 1975. A low level civil war has been underway, with the IRA targeting British loyalists and the loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force exacting revenge on Catholics they claim are militant republicans. Alistair Little, 16 is the leader of a UVF cell, eager to be blooded. He and his gang are given the go ahead to kill a young Catholic man, James Griffin, as a reprisal and a warning to others.

When the hit is carried out, Joe Griffin - the 11-year old little brother of the target - watches in horror his brother is shot in the head.

Thirty years later Joe Griffin and Alistair are to meet, on camera, with a view to reconciliation. Alistair has served his sentence, and Peace may have been agreed in N. Ireland, but unbeknownst to the production team, Joe Griffin, is not coming on the program for a handshake but to stick a knife in his brother's killer - live on air.

Starring Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt, Anamaria Marinca, Niamh Cusack, Conor MacNeill

Genre - Drama
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Inglourious Basterds
"Inglourious Basterds" begins in German-occupied France, where Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine organizes a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution.

Known to their enemy as "The Basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich.

Fates converge under a cinema marquee, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own.

Starring Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Samuel L. Jackson, Cloris Leachman, Mike Myers, Samm Levine, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Brühl

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
strong graphic violence, language and brief sexuality

The Marc Pease Experience
Marc Pease, who is 10 years out of high school, still lives in the past when he was the star in the high school's musicals. During the course of one day, as his former teacher/mentor oversees the opening night of another show, Pease finally exorcises his demons and realizes there's more to life than Broadway artistry.

Starring Jason Schwartzman, Ben Stiller, Anna Kendrick, Jay Paulson, Ebon Moss-Bachrach

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
brief sexual material

My One and Only
The tires of a baby-blue '53 Cadillac Coupe de Ville convertible squeal down the New York street, and none of its occupants looks back.

The beautiful but mercurial Ann Devereaux has just left her philandering husband Dan Devereaux, a society bandleader, and taken to the road with her teenage sons, George and Robbie, in search of a wealthy replacement mate.

Although it's 1953, Ann is certain that her girlish charms will serve her as well as they did two decades earlier. But time has marched on since Ann's courting days, and it seems that the losers and playboys outnumber the eligible and willing bachelors.

Starring Renee Zellweger, Kevin Bacon, Logan Lerman, Chris Noth, Eric McCormack

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
sexual content and language

Passing Strange
In this astounding and explosive documentary, Spike Lee captures the eponymous Broadway musical show written by singer/songwriter Stew. The resulting work unites revelatory theater with superb filmmaking, raising the whole to a dizzyingly plateau of emotional engagement.

The story (developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab) concerns the uneasy relationship of a young black man (called simply Youth in the show's credits) with his life. Raised somewhere south of Interstate 10 in Los Angeles, our hero, a would-be songwriter, stews in a sea of conflicted cultural signals. He chafes under his mother's fixation on family ties and church and her bourgeois aspirations. So he sets out on his own-like pioneers Josephine Baker and James Baldwin-to Europe, seeking something "real." Picaresque misadventures with sex, drugs, politics, and art await Youth in far-out Amsterdam and hypermilitant Berlin.

His eyes are opened ever wider, even revealing what he left behind. An absolutely superb cast, ably supported by sparing (but pitch-perfect) costumes, design, and stagecraft, bring to life the emotionally charged story with its astounding original music, narrated and overseen by Stew himself. Lee's multicamera coverage of the event (including backstage scenes) involves the audience in not only the text but the electricity of the ensemble's onstage adventure.

Starring Colman Domingo, De'Adre Aziza, Chad Goodridge, Stew

Genre - Musical
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Post Grad
Eternal optimist Ryden Malby (Alexis Bledel) has the most brutal of wake-up calls when she graduates from college and can't find a job, forcing her back home to live with her oddball family.

Frustrated and confused about how her life is supposed to turn out, she soon realizes that her longtime platonic best friend is the only one who makes everything in her crazy life make sense.

Starring Alexis Bledel, Zach Gilford, Bobby Coleman, Carol Burnett, Michael Keaton, Rodrigo Santoro

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
sexual situations and brief strong language

Road to Fame (Casi divas)
"Road to Fame" centers on four ambitious young women from different corners of Mexico who are caught up in the frenzy that sweeps the country when a producer dreams up a nationwide talent search to cast the lead in his next big movie--even though the producer's on-again, off-again lover is expected to get the part.

Starring Patricia Llaca, Julio Bracho, Maya Zapata, Ana Layevska, Diana Garcia

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
mature sexual content, language and thematic material

Shorts
"Shorts" is set in the suburb of Black Falls, where all the houses look the same and everyone works for BLACK BOX Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated, whose Mr. Black's BLACK BOX is the ultimate communication and do-it-all gadget that's sweeping the nation.

Other than keeping his parents employed, however, Mr. Black's BLACK BOX has done nothing for 11-year-old Toe Thompson, who just wants to make a few friends.

But, then, a mysterious rainbow-colored rock falls from the sky, hits him in the head and changes everything. The Rainbow Rock does Mr. Black's BLACK BOX one better: it grants wishes to anyone who holds it.

Before long, wishes-gone-wrong have left the neighborhood swarming with tiny spaceships, crocodile armies, giant boogers--and outrageous magical mayhem around every corner. But, it's not until the grown-ups get their hands on the Rock that the trouble really starts. Now, Toe and his newfound friends must join forces to save their town from itself, discovering along the way that what you wish for is not always what you want.

Starring Jon Cryer, William H. Macy, Leslie Mann, James Spader, Jimmy Bennett

Genre - Family
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Rated PG
mild action and some rude humor

Sikandar
Sikandar Raza is a 14-year-old schoolboy in Kashmir. Ever since his parents were killed by militants 10 years back, he has lived with his aunt and uncle, in a small town in Kashmir. All Sikandar's desires revolve around the happiness of his foster parents, and getting the ball into the goal on the football field.

One day, on his way home from a school football match, Sikandar finds a gun lying on the path. Despite admonishments by his newly made school friend, the 14-year-old Nasreen, Sikandar picks up the gun, and thus begins a journey into the darker side of his nature.

The quiet yet strong Nasreen becomes Sikandar's conscience keeper. She tries to dissuade him from giving in to the lure of the gun. However, all is not what it seems. Sikandar gets embroiled further and further in situations beyond his control, and people get killed.

At first it seems that the happenings occurring alongside Sikandar's predicament are not connected. But, as layer upon layer unravels, it becomes clear that Sikandar is the innocent victim in a game being played out between the militants, the army, the peace bartering politicians and the religious heads of the little Kashmiri town.The pieces of the puzzle come together at the very end, leading to a shocking revelation.

Starring Parzun Dastur, Sanjay Suri, R Madhavan, Arunoday Singh, Ayesha Kapoor

Genre - Drama
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Still Walking (Aruitemo, aruitemo)
The failed son of a doctor returns home for the anniversary of his elder brother's death.

Starring You, Hiroshi Abe, Yoshio Harada, Ryōga Hayashi, Haruko Kato

Genre - Drama
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Streetballers
Streetballers is an Irish-Urban drama exploring the lives of two junior-college basketball players and their struggles within a divided city, broken homes, and the demands of collegiate-level athletics.

Starring Jimmy McKinney, Matt Krentz, Adrieanne Perez, Eric Fletcher, Craig Thomas

Genre - Drama
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World's Greatest Dad
As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for. Lance Clayton discovers that what he covets most in life may not be what makes him happy, and being lonely is not necessarily the same as being alone.

Lance is a high school poetry teacher who dreams of becoming a rich and famous writer. A single father, he tries desperately to connect with his teenage son, Kyle, an insolent, hormone-raging smart-aleck who defies his dad at every turn. Lance exercises his own hormones with Claire, a painfully adorable art teacher who may have her eyes on a bigger prize.

After a freak accident, Lance suddenly faces both the worst tragedy of his life, and the greatest opportunity. Determined to make lemonade from life's lemons, Lance treads a path that could land him everything he's ever dreamed of, as long as he can live with the knowledge of how he got there.

Starring Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Alexie Gilmore, Tom Kenny, Geoffrey Pierson

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language, crude and sexual content, some drug use and disturbing images

X Games 3D: The Movie
"X Games 3D: The Movie" captures the drama and spectacle that play out every year at the X Games events, highlighting the behind-the-scenes stories of the featured athletes and the sacrifices they make in pursuit of glory and the advancement of their sports on the biggest stage in action sports.

Starring Bob Burnquist, Ricky Carmichael, Kyle Loza, Travis Pastrana, Danny Way

Genre - Documentary
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Rated PG
extreme sports action and accidents

X Games: The Movie
A movie that captures the drama and spectacle that play out every year at the X Games events, highlighting the behind-the-scenes stories of the featured athletes and the sacrifices they make in pursuit of glory and the advancement of their sports on the biggest stage in action sports.

Starring Bob Burnquist, Ricky Carmichael, Kyle Loza, Travis Pastrana, Danny Way

Genre - Documentary
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Rated PG
extreme sports action and accidents

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

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