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Movietickets.com to Provide Online Ticketing for Empire Theatres Locations Across Canada

Movietickets.com announced that it will be providing online ticketing services for all Empire Theatres locations in Canada, according to a press release issued yesterday. Empire Theatres is Canada's second-largest movie theater chain and the... (more)

Boston, MA: Stuart Street Playhouse Brings Art Cinema Back to Boston

The Stuart Street Playhouse in Boston, Massachusetts will be open to the public tomorrow, October 30, 2009, marking the first time it's shown movies in many years. According to the Cinema Treasures web site, the theater opened as a twin in 1971... (more)

Photos Added for California Theaters

Thanks to a photographer from the San Francisco area, we have new photos for more than two dozen theaters in California! Photographer and blogger Thomas Hawk does an excellent job of capturing neon signs at night, and he has shared his photos with... (more)

Los Angeles, CA: Regal's L.A. LIVE Open to the Public and Ready for Movie Premieres

The Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 in Los Angeles, California opened to the public yesterday, October 27, 2009 by filling all 14 screens with the new documentary Michael Jackson's This Is It. An article in the Los Angeles Times talks about the... (more)

Hollywood Theaters To Install Sony 4K Projectors

Hollywood Theaters will begin a conversion to Digital Cinema Projection using Sony 4K technology, according to a press release issued by Sony yesterday. 167 screens at 13 locations in the United States will be equipped with new Sony 4K projectors in... (more)

World Premiere of "Michael Jackson's This Is It" to be Webcast Today

The World Premiere of Michael Jackson's This Is It will be held today, October 27th, 2009 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles, California at 4:30pm Pacific Time. What makes this event different than other premieres is that fans... (more)

Regal Cinemas Handing Out Collectible Backstage Pass to One Million Attendees to "Michael Jackson's This Is It"

According to an E-Mail sent to Regal Crown Club members, the first 2,000 moviegoers to attend Michael Jackson's This Is It at participating Regal Entertainment Group theatres across the country will receive a replica "Backstage Pass" and lanyard... (more)

Movie Tavern Locations to Play College and NFL Football Games on the Big Screen

Football fans will be able to watch NFL and college football games on the big screen this fall at Movie Tavern locations, according to a press release issued yesterday. All Movie Tavern locations will be participating except Ridgmar Movie Tavern in... (more)

100 Hollywood Theaters Locations to Get RealD 3D Digital Cinema Systems

The Hollywood Theaters chain announced today that they will be installing at least 100 3D Digital Projection Systems with RealD technology. According to the press release (see below), the installations have already begun, with a target of 64 to be... (more)

New Theater Comments Feature

We are very happy to announce a new feature, called Theater Comments, that has been added to every active theater in The BigScreen Cinema Guide! Example of Theater Comments Ratings Form This feature allows our readers the ability to comment on... (more)

Netflix Instant Streaming Coming to the PS3 in November

Sony and Netflix announced today that Netflix Instant Streaming capability will be coming to the PlayStation 3 in November 2009! According to the official PlayStation Blog, Steve Swasey, Sony VP of Corporate Communications said that PS3 owners... (more)

San Francisco, CA: Cinemark Launches New XD Auditorium at Century San Francisco Centre

Cinemark announced Friday that they have completed the conversion of one of the auditoriums at the Century San Francisco Centre in San Francisco, California to their new XD large format. Moviegoers will be greeted with a large wall-to-wall and... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of October 23, 2009

  1. Paranormal Activity
  2. Saw VI
  3. Where the Wild Things Are
  4. Law Abiding Citizen
  5. Couples Retreat
  6. Astro Boy
  7. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
  8. The Stepfather
  9. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
  10. Zombieland

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.

Across the Hall
A quiet night takes a dangerous turn when Julian receives a frantic phone call from his best friend, Terry. Terry claims to have followed his unfaithful fiancée, June, to a seedy hotel on the other side of town. To make matters worse, he's staked out the room across the hall from her, a bottle of whiskey in one hand and a revolver in the other. Julian pleads with his friend to stay put while he rushes to avert disaster.

Starring Mike Vogel, Brittany Murphy, Danny Pino, Brad Greenquist, Arie Verveen

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Rated R
language throughout


Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Riteish Deshmukh, Jackie Fernandez

Genre - SciFi/Fantasy
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Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
The continuation of the saga of the MacManus brothers. The two have been in deep hiding with their father, Il Duce (Billy Connolly), in the quiet valleys of Ireland, far removed from their former vigilante lives.

When word comes that a beloved priest has been killed by sinister forces from deep within the mob, the brothers return to Boston to mount a violent and bloody crusade to bring justice to those responsible.

With a new partner in crime (Clifton Collins Jr., Star Trek) and a sexy FBI operative (Julie Benz, TV's "Dexter") hot on their trail...the Saints are back!

Starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly, Julie Benz, Judd Nelson, Clifton Collins Jr., Peter Fonda

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
bloody violence, language and some nudity

Gentlemen Broncos
Benjamin, home-schooled by his eccentric mother, is a loveable loner whose passion for writing leads him on an offbeat and hilarious journey as his story first gets ripped off by the legendary fantasy novelist Ronald Chevalier and then is adapted into a disastrous movie by the small town's most prolific homespun filmmaker.

Starring Michael Angarano, Jennifer Coolidge, Jemaine Clement, Sam Rockwell, Mike White

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
some crude humor

The House of the Devil
Sam is a pretty college sophomore, so desperate to earn some cash for a deposit on an apartment that she accepts a babysitting job even after she finds out there is no baby. Mr. and Mrs. Ulman are the older couple who lure Sam out to their creeky Victorian mansion deep in the woods, just in time for a total lunar eclipse.

Megan is Sam's best friend, who gives her a ride out to the house, and reluctantly leaves her there despite suspecting that something is amiss.

Victor at first seems like just a creepy guy lurking around the house, but quickly makes it clear that Sam will end this night in a bloody fight for her life.

Starring Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, Greta Gerwig, AJ Bowen

Genre - Horror
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Rated R
some bloody violence

How to Seduce Difficult Women

Starring Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Stephanie Szostak, Jackie Hoffman, Rachel Roberts, Opal Alladin

Genre - Comedy
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Labor Day
The 2008 Presidential Campaign was an extraordinary moment in U.S. history not only because of the race and gender of the candidates, but also because of the passions they inspired. Millions of Americans and hundreds of organizations became actively engaged in the democratic process of choosing the next president. LABOR DAY, by two time Oscar Nominee Glenn Silber, tells the inspiring story of how the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation's fastest growing labor union with more than two million members, helped tip the balance in Barack Obama's favor, proving that when united, people can get the change they need. By revisiting the passion behind the 2008 Presidential campaign, LABOR DAY dramatically reveals what one union, thousands of activists, and a commitment to make change did to help turn Election Day into Labor Day.

Genre - Documentary
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London Dreams
Two childhood friends had little in common, except the connection their families had with music. While Arjun's life was consumed by a passionate drive to get on stage and realize his grandfather's unfulfilled dream, Mannu had little interest in his father's music instruments and was content with remaining a child at heart; bold, loud and boisterous, and enjoying the good things in life. Never had they expected music to solidify their friendship and then test it with catastrophic results.

Starring Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, Asin, Om Puri, Brinda Parekh

Genre - Musical
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Looking for Palladin
Arrogant Hollywood talent agent, Josh Ross (David Moscow, is sent to Guatemala to find two-time Oscar winner actor Jack Palladin (Ben Gazzara). Although they’d never met, the search is emotionally complicated as the long-time retired star was once married to Josh’s late mother.

The young agent’s contempt for the ‘old’ actor mirrors his comedic distaste for the local community, whose help he desperately needs to find him. What Josh hopes will be a quick and lucrative deal turns into a soul-searching journey. The retired star and his estranged stepson must confront the past they had forsaken

Starring Ben Gazzara, David Moscow, Talia Shire, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Angélica Aragón

Genre - Comedy
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Sandra Laing is a black child born in the 1950s South Africa to white Afrikaners, unaware of their black ancestry. Her parents are rural shopkeepers serving the local black community, who lovingly bring her up as their ‘white' little girl. But at the age of ten, Sandra is driven out of white society.

The film follows Sandra's thirty-year journey from rejection to acceptance, betrayal to reconciliation, as she struggles to define her place in a changing world - and triumphs against all odds.

Starring Zoea Alberts, Nomathamsanga Baleka, Graeme Bloch, Ruaan Bok, Ben Botha

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
thematic material some violence and sexuality

Storm (Sturm)
Hannah is a prosecutor is leading a trial against a former commander who has been accused of killing of dozens of civilians. When a key witness commits suicide, it looks like the case will unravel, but Hannah refuses to give in.

Starring Kerry Fox, Anamaria Marinca, Stephen Dillane, Rolf Lassgård, Alexander Fehling

Genre - Drama
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Hillsong United: We're All in This Together

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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