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Initial "Gladiator" Blu-ray Reviews Report Picture Quality Issues

The Blu-ray disc of Gladiator was just released yesterday, but some reviewers and consumers alike are taking issue with the picture quality of the theatrical and extended editions that are available on the disc. Strangely, and probably adding fuel... (more)

Photo Gallery Created for "Surrogates"

Thanks to Touchstone Pictures, we have 25 photos to share with you for the upcoming Bruce Willis action/adventure movie Surrogates! Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell are FBI agents who investigate the mysterious murder of a college student linked... (more)

Los Angeles, CA: Premiere of "Whiteout" to be Held at Mann Village Theater on September 9, 2009

Warner Bros. Pictures announced this week that the Premiere of Whiteout will be held at Mann Village Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, September 9, 2009. Appearing at the event from the movie are Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht, Tom... (more)

Madison, WI: Marcus Theatres Closing in on Sun Prairie Location for Eastgate Replacement with Land Purchase

It appears that Marcus Theatres is taking an important step towards building its replacement for the Marcus Eastgate Cinemas in Madison, Wisconsin to a new location in Sun Prairie, just a few miles up Highway 151. The Sun Prairie Star is reporting... (more)

Famous Cookies from Midwest Airlines Appear in Select Marcus Theatres Locations

The chocolate chip cookies that helped make an airline famous is now appearing in select Marcus Theatres locations as a test of the concept, according to a press release by Midwest Airlines last week. While the airline's other signature services... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of August 28, 2009

  1. The Final Destination
  2. Inglourious Basterds
  3. Halloween II
  4. District 9
  5. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  6. Julie & Julia
  7. The Time Traveler's Wife
  8. Shorts
  9. Taking Woodstock
  10. G-Force

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.

All About Steve
Sandra Bullock plays eccentric crossword puzzle constructor Mary Horowitz who, after one short but sweet blind date, falls for handsome cable news cameraman Steve (Cooper).

Convinced they are soulmates, Mary follows Steve across the country, encouraged by the self-serving actions of news reporter Hartman Hughes (Church). Along the way, Mary befriends an endearing group of oddballs who embrace her idiosyncrasies - forcing her to rethink her entire journey.

Starring Sandra Bullock, Thomas Haden Church, Bradley Cooper, Ken Jeong, DJ Qualls

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
sexual content including innuendos

A Palestinian single mom and her teenage son arrive in rural Illinois to escape a life of oppression, only to face the fallout from America's war on Iraq.

Starring Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat, Jenna Kawar

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
brief drug use involving teens, and some language

Four friends try to escape a viral pandemic in the American West. They ultimately discover that they are more dangerous to each other.

Starring Christopher Meloni, Lou Taylor Pucci, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, Emaily VanCamp, Sequoyah Adams-Rice, Josh Berry, Jeremy Burnell, Brighid Fleming, Jason E. Hill

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
violence, disturbing content and language

Joel, played by Jason Bateman ("Juno," "Arrested Development"), is one step away from selling his flavor extract factory and retiring to easy street when a freak workplace accident sets in motion a series of disasters that puts his business and personal life in jeopardy.

Starring Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck, Clifton Collins Jr, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
language, sexual references and some drug use

Set in the near future, a time when mind-control technology has taken society by storm. Humans control other humans in a mass-scale, multiplayer online game.

Reclusive billionaire Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall) has created the controversial form of entertainment, "Slayers," a hugely popular game that allows millions to act out their innermost desires and fantasies - online - in front of a global audience. Gaming has evolved into a terrifying new dimension...mind control...manipulation...people playing people!

At the center is Kable (300's Gerard Butler), the superstar and cult hero of "Slayers," the savage, ultraviolent first person shooter game. Kable is controlled by Simon, a young gamer with rock star status who continues to defy all odds by guiding Kable to victory each week.

Taken from his family, imprisoned and forced to fight against his will, the modern day gladiator must survive long enough to escape the game to free his family, regain his identity and to save mankind from Castle's ruthless technology.

Starring Gerard Butler, Amber Valletta, Logan Lerman, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael C. Hall, Zoe Bell, John Leguizamo, Alison Lohman

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Rated R
frenetic sequences of strong brutal violence throughout, sexual content, nudity and language

Tickling Leo
Set around the days of Yom Kippur, "Tickling Leo" is a contemporary drama that follows three generations of one Jewish family whose secrets threaten to wipe away its future.

When he loses touch with his estranged father, Zak Pikler and his pregnant girlfriend Delphina (Annie Parisse) travel to an abandoned Catskills lake where the eccentric poet Warren Yitzchak Pikler is living in solitude and declining health.

As Zak copes with his father's dementia, Delphina inadvertently uncovers a secret the Piklers have been hiding since World War II: an impossible sacrifice they made in order to join Rudolph Kasztner's controversial train out of Hungary.

Starring Eli Wallach, Annie Parisse, Lawrence Pressman, Ronald Guttman, Victoria Clark

Genre - Drama
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Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails

Starring William Hope, Kerry Shale, Martin Sherman

Genre - Animation
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The inside story of the "Amazon Chernobyl" case in the rain forest of Ecuador, the largest oil-related environmental lawsuit in the world.

Genre - Documentary
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Disengagement (Désengagement)

Starring Juliette Binoche, Liron Levo, Jeanne Moreau, Dana Ivgy, Hiam Abbass

Genre - Drama
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When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction.

Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if they are to survive, and they must discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place. As they'll soon come to learn, the very future of civilization may depend on them.

Starring Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover

Genre - Animation
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Rated PG-13
violence and scary images

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

Coming Soon

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Friday, Sep 11th

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

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