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Our Featured Critic's Review for "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" is Now Online - Don't Forget to Write Your Own!

James Berardinelli, our Featured Critic has weighed in on the new Twilight sequel, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, that opens late tonight for those that aren't afraid of the dark. Check out his review and other featured reviews on the Reviews page for... (more)

New Study Confirms That We Don't Eat at Movie Theaters for the Nutritional Benefits

Few people go to the movie theater expecting to have a nutritious meal. Although many movie theaters are starting to offer sit-down dining experiences with the movie, most of us go to the movies and order up a soda and popcorn or candy at the... (more)

New ZIP Code Search Feature Makes Finding Theaters Easier

We've just released a new tool that will make finding movie theaters even easier! The ZIP Code Search tool allows you to search for a city name and it will show you the ZIP codes for that city. This feature makes it easy to find nearby theaters... (more)

More Videos Added for "The Twilight Saga: New Moon"

I just added some new videos for the upcoming movie The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which opens on Friday, November 20th, with midnight shows the night before. The new videos can be found on the Trailers & Videos page for the movie. The new... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of November 13, 2009

  1. 2012
  2. Disney's A Christmas Carol
  3. Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
  4. The Men Who Stare at Goats
  5. Michael Jackson's This Is It
  6. The Fourth Kind
  7. Couples Retreat
  8. Paranormal Activity
  9. Law Abiding Citizen
  10. The Box

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.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Terence McDonagh is a rogue New Orleans police detective who is as devoted to his job as he is at scoring drugs -- while playing fast and loose with the law. He wields his badge as often as he wields his gun in order to get his way.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he becomes a high-functioning addict who is a deeply intuitive, fearless detective reigning over the beautiful ruins of New Orleans with authority and abandon.

Complicating his tumultuous life is the prostitute he loves (played by Eva Mendes). Together, they descend into their own world marked by desire, compulsion, and conscience.

Starring Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Alvin Joiner, Fairuza Balk, Jennifer Coolidge

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
drug use and language throughout, some violence and sexuality

The Blind Side
The remarkable true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher’s presence in the Touhys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own.

Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. As a football player and student, Oher works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle.

Starring Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates, Ray McKinnon

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references

Broken Embraces (Los Abrazos Rotos)
A man writes, lives and loves in darkness. Fourteen years before, he was in a brutal car crash on the island of Lanzarote. In the accident, he lost his sight along with the love of his life, Lena.

This man uses two names: Harry Caine, a playful pseudonym with which he signs his literary works, stories and scripts, and Mateo Blanco, his real name, with which he lives and signs the film he directs. After the accident, Mateo Blanco reduces himself to his pseudonym, Harry Caine. If he can't direct films he can only survive with the idea that Mateo Blanco died on Lanzarote with his beloved Lena.

Since he decided to live and tell stories, Harry is an active, attractive blind man who has developed all his other senses in order to enjoy life, on a basis of irony and self-induced amnesia. He has erased from his biography any trace of his first identity, Mateo Blanco.

One night Diego has an accident and Harry takes care of. During the first nights of his convalescence, Diego asks him about the time when he answered to the name of Mateo Blanco, after a moment of astonishment Harry can't refuse and he tells Diego what happened fourteen years before with the idea of entertaining him, just as a father tells his little child a story so that he'll fall asleep.

Starring Penélope Cruz, Blanca Portillo, Lluís Homar

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
sexual content, language and some drug material

Fix
Racing across Los Angeles, documentary filmmakers Bella and Milo go from Beverly Hills to Watts to get Milo's brother Leo from jail to rehab before 8pm, or Leo goes to prison for three years. The trio documents their trip from a suburban police station in Calabasas through mansions in Beverly Hills, East LA chop-shops, rural wastelands, and housing projects in Watts as they attempt to raise the $5,000 required to get Leo into the rehab clinic. In the end, it may take a drug deal to get the necessary funds for rehab.

Starring Shawn Andrews, Olivia Wilde, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Tao Ruspoli, Dedee Pfeiffer

Genre - Drama
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Rated R

Mammoth
Mammoth revolves around successful New York couple Leo (Gael García Bernal) and Ellen (Michelle Williams). Leo is the creator of a booming website, and has stumbled into a world of money and big decisions. Ellen is a dedicated emergency surgeon who devotes her long shifts to saving lives. Their 8-year old daughter Jackie (Sophie Nyweide) spends most of her time with her Filipino nanny Gloria (Marife Necesito), a situation that is making Ellen start to question her priorities. When Leo travels to Thailand on business, he unwittingly sets off a chain of events that will have dramatic consequences for everyone.

Starring Gael García Bernal, Michelle Williams, Sophie Nyweide, Marife Necesito, Maria Esmeralda del Carmen, Perry Dizon, Thomas McCarthy

Genre - Drama
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The Missing Person
John Rosow is a private detective hired to tail a man, Harold Fullmer, on a train from Chicago to Los Angeles. Rosow gradually uncovers Harold’s identity as a missing person.

Persuaded by a large reward, Rosow is charged with bringing Harold back to his wife in New York City against his will. Ultimately Rosow must confront whether the decision to return Harold to a life that no longer exists is the right one.

Starring Michael Shannon, Amy Ryan, Frank Wood, Linda Emond, Paul Sparks

Genre - Comedy
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Planet 51
A galactic sized animated alien adventure comedy revolving around American astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker, who lands on Planet 51 thinking he's the first person to step foot on it.

To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world reminiscent of a cheerfully innocent 1950s America, and whose only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders...like Chuck!

With the help of his robot companion "Rover" and his new friend Lem, Chuck must navigate his way through the dazzling, but bewildering, landscape of Planet 51 in order to escape becoming a permanent part of the Planet 51 Alien Invaders Space Museum.

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Gary Oldman, Seann William Scott, Justin Long, John Cleese

Genre - Animation
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Rated PG
mild sci-fi action and some suggestive humor

Red Cliff
"Red Cliff" is an epic historical drama set based on a legendary 208 A.D. battle that heralded the end of the Han Dynasty. The film opens with power hungry Prime Minister-turned-General Cao Cao (seeking permission from the Han dynasty Emperor to organize a southward-bound mission designed to crush two troublesome warlords that stand in his way, Liu Bei and Sun Quan. As the expedition gets under way, Cao Cao's troops rain destruction on Liu Bei's army, forcing the latter to retreat. Liu Bei's military strategist Zhuge Liang knows that their only hope for survival is to form an alliance with rival warlord Sun Quan, and reaches out to Sun Quan's trusted advisor, war hero Zhou Yu. Vastly outnumbered by Cao Cao's fast approaching, brutal army, the rebel warlords band together to mount a heroic campaign, unrivalled in history, that changes the face of China forever.

Starring Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Fengyi, Chang Chen

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
sequences of epic warfare

The Sacrifice (Qurbaan)
Real-life couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor play the leads in a romance and thriller, about a couple who moves into a suburban US town only to get entangled in a terrorist plot where all is not what it seems.

Starring Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Om Puri, Diya Mirza, Vivek Oberoi

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Staten Island
Sully Halverson (Ethan Hawke) is a septic tank cleaner who is desperate to give his unborn son the chance he never had. Jasper Sabiano (Seymour Cassel) is a deaf-mute deli worker who wants to escape the mobsters that have infiltrated his life and business. Parmie Tarzo (Vincent D’Onofrio), is a local mob boss, who dreams of crushing the competition and becoming infamous any way he can.

These three men have two things in common they are all searching for better lives and they all live in STATEN ISLAND - the forgotten borough of New York City. Once their lives intersect, nothing will ever be the same.

Starring Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Seymour Cassel, Julianne Nicholson, Dennis Albanese

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
violent content and language

The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Bella Swan is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black. Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested.

Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon, Tyson Houseman

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
some violence and action

Fantastic Mr. Fox
Based on the beloved story by Roald Dahl, the film tells the tale of the noble, charming and fantastic Mr. Fox who uses his wits and cunning to outfox three dimwitted farmers who tire of sharing their chickens with the crafty creature.

Starring George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Anjelica Huston

Genre - Animation
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Rated PG
action, smoking and slang humor

Me and Orson Welles
In a whirlwind week in 1937 in New York City, a young aspiring actor named Richard is thrown into the middle of Orson Welles Mercury Theatre Company on the eve of the opening of Welles historic staging of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. During this week he will find romance with a worldly older woman, becomes immersed in a creative experience few are afforded and learn the downside of crossing the imperious, brilliant Welles. Richard is about to grow up fast.

Starring Ben Chaplin, Claire Danes, Zac Efron, Zoe Kazan, Eddie Marsan

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
sexual references and smoking

Ninja Assassin
Raizo is one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them...and vanishes.

Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge. In Berlin, Europol agent Mika Coretti has stumbled upon a money trail linking several political murders to an underground network of untraceable assassins from the Far East. Defying the orders of her superior, Ryan Maslow, Mika digs into top secret agency files to learn the truth behind the murders.

Her investigation makes her a target, and the Ozunu Clan sends a team of killers, led by the lethal Takeshi, to silence her forever. Raizo saves Mika from her attackers, but he knows that the Clan will not rest until they are both eliminated. Now, entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse through the streets of Europe, Raizo and Mika must trust one another if they hope to survive...and finally bring down the elusive Ozunu Clan.

Starring Rain, Naomie Harris, Ben Miles, Sho Kosugi, Rick Yune

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
strong bloody stylized violence throughout, and language

Old Dogs
Two best friends—one unlucky-in-love divorcee (ROBIN WILLIAMS) and the other a funloving bachelor (JOHN TRAVOLTA)—have their lives turned upside down when they're unexpectedly charged with the care of 7-year-old twins while on the verge of the biggest business deal of their lives.

The not-so-kid-savvy bachelors stumble in their efforts to take care of the twins (newcomers ELLA BLEU TRAVOLTA and CONNER RAYBURN), leading to one debacle after another, and perhaps to a new-found understanding of what's really important in life.

Starring John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Bernie Mac, Seth Green, Robin Williams, Matt Dillon, Lori Loughlin, Ella Bleu Travolta

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG
some mild rude humor

The Road
A post-apocalyptic dramatic thriller about a father and his son walking alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark.

Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food--and each other.

Starring Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Garret Dillahunt

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
some violence, disturbing images and language

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

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