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Santa Rosa, CA: Rialto Cinemas Lakeside Loses Its Lease

In March, the Press Democrat Newspaper in Santa Rosa, California reported that the Rialto Cinemas Lakeside lost its lease and would close on August 31, 2010. The Rialto Cinemas Lakeside, which became known in the last decade for independent,... (more)

Austin, TX: Dobie Theatres Closes

The Dobie Theatres in Austin, Texas showed its last movie on Sunday, August 22, 2010. Owner Landmark Theatres chose not to renew the theater's lease. According to a news item on News 8 Austin's web site, a lack of comfortable seating, awkward... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of August 20, 2010

  1. The Expendables
  2. Vampires Suck
  3. Eat Pray Love
  4. Lottery Ticket
  5. The Other Guys
  6. Piranha 3D
  7. The Switch
  8. Nanny McPhee Returns
  9. Inception
  10. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

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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.

Avatar: Special Edition 3D
The re-release of Avatar on August 27, 2010 will include eight minutes of additional, never before seen footage, providing an opportunity to see the film again or experience it for the first time.

Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking

Avatar Special Edition: An IMAX 3D Experience
The re-release of Avatar on August 27, 2010 will include eight minutes of additional, never before seen footage, providing an opportunity to see the film again or experience it for the first time.

Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking

Bushwick
With the murder and investigation of a runaway Mexican-American teen in the down-and-out town of Bushwick, Brooklyn, Detective John Mejia must see that justice is done.

Starring Yanillys Perez, Matthew McCurdy, Geri McKeon, Anabelle Munro, Peter Di Senna

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Centurion
CENTURION is set during the war between Roman soldiers and Pict tribesmen during the 2nd century Roman conquest of Britain. Michael Fassbender stars as Quintus Dias, Roman centurion and son of a legendary gladiator who leads a group of soldiers on a raid of a Pict camp to rescue a captured general (Dominic West).

The son of the Pict leader is murdered during the raid, and the Romans find themselves hunted by a seemingly unstoppable group of the Pict's most vicious and skilled warriors, led by a beautiful and deadly tracker (Olga Kurylenko), and hell bent on revenge.

Starring Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko, Noel Clarke, David Morrissey, Imogen Poots

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
sequences of strong bloody violence, grisly images and language

Daniel & Ana
Daniel and Ana, brother and sister, are both at defining moments in their lives. Ana is about to be married, and Daniel is a teenager discovering his personal and sexual identity. Yet the harmony in their lives is instantly shattered when they are kidnapped and something happens which forces them to confront their desires and fears. Nothing they have known will ever be the same again.

Starring Dario Yazbek Bernal, Marimar Vega, Chema Torre

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Go for It (Chak Jawana)
"Chak Jawana" highlights the problems faced by youth in a Punjabi village. The young men fall prey to drugs, become irresponsible and disturb the peace. The elders despair about the future of their community.

Captain Gurjeet Singh arrives on a month's home leave from the Indian Navy. He reforms the youth and helps them overcome their weaknesses. The film has a powerful message on family values, determination and hope.

Starring Gurdas Maan, Rana Ranbir, Karamjit Anmol, Gaurav

Genre - Drama
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Highwater
An action-packed adventure centered around surfing's Triple Crown competitions, the professional surfing tour's final three competitions held each year on the North Shore of Oahu.

Starring Monique Marrier, Kelly Slater

Genre - Documentary
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The Last Exorcism
When he arrives on the rural Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer, the Reverend Cotton Marcus expects to perform just another routine "exorcism" on a disturbed religious fanatic. An earnest fundamentalist, Sweetzer has contacted the charismatic preacher as a last resort, certain his teenage daughter Nell is possessed by a demon who must be exorcized before their terrifying ordeal ends in unimaginable tragedy.

Buckling under the weight of his conscience after years of parting desperate believers with their money, Cotton and his crew plan to film a confessionary documentary of this, his last exorcism. But upon arriving at the already blood drenched family farm, it is soon clear that nothing could have prepared him for the true evil he encounters there. Now, too late to turn back, Reverend Marcus’ own beliefs are shaken to the core when he and his crew must find a way to save Nell – and themselves – before it is too late.

Starring Patrick Fabian, Iris Bahr, Louis Herthum, Ashley Bell, Jamie Alyson Caudle

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Rated PG-13
disturbing violent content and terror, some sexual references and thematic material

Nick Saban: Gamechanger
Perhaps no figure in college sports is as loved—and despised—as Nick Saban.

The man who led high profile football programs at Michigan State, LSU, and—most recently—Alabama from hard times to good times, and the only coach to lead two different college programs to national championships in the modern era, is celebrated by those who value hard work, an unwavering focus, and tenacity; particularly when he stands on their sideline. Those who oppose him do so with venom…and respect.

Gamechanger is an authorized biographical film.

Genre - Documentary
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Piranha
When a tremor in Lake Havasu, Arizona, cracks the lake floor open, a prehistoric strain of fish are set loose and people begin to disappear.

Starring Jerry O'Connell, Ving Rhames, Elisabeth Shue, Eli Roth, Richard Dreyfuss

Genre - Horror
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Rated R

Takers
A notorious group of criminals (Idris Elba, Paul Walker, T.I., Chris Brown, Hayden Christensen and Michael Ealy) continue to baffle police by pulling off perfectly executed bank robberies. They are in and out like clockwork, leaving no evidence behind and laying low in between heists.

But when they attempt to pull off one last job with more money at stake than ever before, the crew may find their plans interrupted by a hardened detective (Matt Dillon) who is hell-bent on solving the case.

Starring Paul Walker, Hayden Christensen, Matt Dillon, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, Chris Brown, Jay Hernandez, Michael Ealy, Tip "T.I." Harris

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
intense sequences of violence and action, a sexual situation/partial nudity and some language

Wishes (Aashayein)
Rahul Singh, a compulsive gambler, has never picked the right horse. Then one day when he risks everything he has, the winning horse comes in making him incredibly wealthy.

The same evening while celebrating his new life, he proposes to his girlfriend Nafisa, and suddenly collapses. A diagnosis reveals that he has an incurable cancer that has already reached its final stage. He is told that he has 90 days to live.

Faced with the realization that death is inevitable and filled with anger at the rotten hand fate has dealt him, he runs away from his home and fiance to a hospice.

Reluctantly at first, and then with a renewed enthusiasm as his anger and self pity dissipate, he begins to live a whole lifetime in the last 90 days.

Starring John Abraham, Girish Karnad, Farida Jalal, Anaitha Nair, Sonal Sehgal

Genre - Drama
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UFC 118: Edgar VS. Penn 2

Genre - Program
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The Big Uneasy

Starring Harry Shearer

Genre - Program
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Rated PG-13

The American
As an assassin, Jack (Clooney) is constantly on the move and always alone. After a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, Jack retreats to the Italian countryside. He relishes being away from death for a spell as he holes up in a small medieval town. While there, Jack takes an assignment to construct a weapon for a mysterious contact, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten).

Savoring the peaceful quietude he finds in the mountains of Abruzzo, Jack accepts the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli) and pursues a torrid liaison with a beautiful woman, Clara (Violante Placido). Jack and Clara’s time together evolves into a romance, one seemingly free of danger. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.

Starring George Clooney, Thekla Reuten, Bruce Altman, Paolo Bonacelli, Violante Placido

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Rated R
violence, sexual content and nudity

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