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Emma Stone Gets Spider-Man 4 Role

Emma Stone has been cast as Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man 4, which is set to open in theaters July 3rd, 2012. Stone is currently starring in Easy A. The photo to the left is her in the movie, playing a clean cut high school girl who, after a white lie... (more)

"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" Coming to Blu-ray and DVD November 9, 2010

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced that Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will be coming to Blu-ray and DVD on November 9, 2010. The movie opened in theaters on August 13th, and stars Michael Cera as a charming unemployed bass player who... (more)

Wisconsin Childrens' Hospitals Receive Donation from Marcus Theatres, Screenvision, and Others

Six children's hospitals in Wisconsin are going to receive a total of nearly $280,000 that has been jointly donated by Marcus Theatres, the National Association of Theatre Owners of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (NATO), Variety -- The Children's... (more)

High-Def Digest Interviews Sound Mixer About 7.1 Blu-ray Releases

Enthusiast site High-Def Digest has an interview with sound mixer Tim Hoogenakker, senior mixer for POP Sound in Santa Monica, California about the ins and outs of DTS sound mixing. DTS was gracious enough to put High-Def Digest in touch with... (more)

Martin Scorsese Presents Tribute to Director Elia Kazan Tonight on PBS

Elia Kazan directed enduring classics, like On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, and East of Eden, and he has won two Academy Awards® for Best Director and an additional honorary Oscar for his "long, distinguished and unparalleled career... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of October 1, 2010

  1. The Social Network
  2. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
  3. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  4. The Town
  5. Easy A
  6. You Again
  7. Case 39
  8. Let Me In
  9. Devil
  10. Alpha and Omega

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.

As Good as Dead
Seeking revenge for the murder of their religious leader, fundamental extremists kidnap and torture the man they believe responsible. But the ensuing clash of right vs. left ideologies quickly reveals that they may have the wrong man putting them on a path toward a shocking twist.

Starring Cary Elwes, Brian Cox, Andie MacDowell, Matt Dallas, Frank Whaley

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Rated R
violence, language and some drug content

Down for Life

Starring Danny Glover, Laz Alonso, Snoop Dogg, Elizabeth Peña, Kate del Castillo

Genre - Drama
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Rated R

GhettoPhysics: Will the Real Pimps and Hos Please Stand Up?

Starring Raymond E. Brown, Mike Foy, Sabrina Revelle, Joseph Bayard, Nina Daniels

Genre - Documentary
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Rated R

Going Blind

Genre - Documentary
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I Spit on Your Grave: Unrated
Writer Jennifer Hills takes a retreat from the city to a cabin in the woods to start on her next book. But, Jennifer's presence in the small town attracts the attention of a few locals who set out one night to teach this city girl a lesson. They break into her cabin to scare her. Acts of humiliation and intimidation escalate into a night of physical abuse and assault.

Before they can kill her, Jennifer sacrifices her body to a raging river. As time passes, the men stop searching for her body and go back to life as usual. However, Jennifer survived her ordeal.

Now, her sole purpose is to turn the tables on these animals and to inflict upon them every horrifying and torturous moment they carried out on her -- only much, much worse.

Starring Sarah Butler, Jeff Branson, Daniel Franzese, Rodney Eastman, Chad Lindberg

Genre - Horror
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It's a Wonderful Afterlife
Mrs. Sethi begins killing the families that reject her overweight daughter as a marriage candidate. She doesn't feel too guilty until the spirits of her victims come back to haunt her as they are unable to be reincarnated until their murderer dies.

Mrs Sethi has no problem killing herself - she'll get to see her dead husband again - but how can she go before her daughter is married? The spirits realize that helping Mrs Sethi's daughter find a suitable husband before the police catch her is their only chance for a wonderful afterlife.

It's a big bloody wedding and a comic feast which takes the phrase 'I could murder a curry' to hysterical new heights.

Starring Shabana Azmi, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Sally Hawkins, Goldy Notay

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
drug content and comic violent images

Jim
Being steadily crushed under the weight of debt, unemployment, and increasing isolation, Jim reaches a breaking point. Over a game of solitary Russian roulette he contemplates an unspeakable act of violence as a way of leaving his mark.

He is stopped short by a vision of his deceased wife who convinces him that he should instead focus his remaining resources into an act of creation. Armed with his wife's frozen eggs and a new resolve, Jim secures the services of a large biotech firm to help him create an heir who will be engineered to overcome the obstacles of common men.

Starring Dan Illian, Vanessa Burke, Abigail Savage, Michael Strelow, Atticus Cain

Genre - Drama
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Leaving (Partir)

Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Sergi López, Yvan Attal, Bernard Blancan, Aladin Reibel

Genre - Drama
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Life as We Know It
Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) is an up-and-coming caterer and Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel) is a promising network sports director. After a disastrous first date, the only thing they have in common is their dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie.

But when they suddenly become all Sophie has in the world, Holly and Messer are forced to put their differences aside. Juggling career ambitions and competing social calendars, they'll have to find some common ground while living under one roof.

Starring Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Christina Hendricks, Jean Smart

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
sexual material, language and some drug content

My Soul to Take
In the sleepy town of Riverton, legend tells of a serial killer who swore he would return to murder the seven children born the night he died. Now, 16 years later, people are disappearing again.

Has the psychopath been reincarnated as one of the seven teens, or did he survive the night he was left for dead? Only one of the kids knows the answer.

Adam "Bug" Heller was supposed to die on the bloody night his father went insane. Unaware of his dad's terrifying crimes, he has been plagued by nightmares since he was a baby. But if Bug hopes to save his friends from the monster that's returned, he must face an evil that won't rest--until it finishes the job it began the day he was born.

Starring Max Thieriot, Nick Lashaway, Denzel Whitaker, Jessica Hecht, Frank Grillo

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Rated R
strong bloody violence, and pervasive language including sexual references

My Soul to Take 3D
In the sleepy town of Riverton, legend tells of a serial killer who swore he would return to murder the seven children born the night he died. Now, 16 years later, people are disappearing again.

Has the psychopath been reincarnated as one of the seven teens, or did he survive the night he was left for dead? Only one of the kids knows the answer.

Adam "Bug" Heller was supposed to die on the bloody night his father went insane. Unaware of his dad's terrifying crimes, he has been plagued by nightmares since he was a baby. But if Bug hopes to save his friends from the monster that's returned, he must face an evil that won't rest--until it finishes the job it began the day he was born.

Starring Max Thieriot, Nick Lashaway, Denzel Whitaker, Jessica Hecht, Frank Grillo

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Rated R
strong bloody violence, and pervasive language including sexual references

Nowhere Boy
Set in Liverpool in 1955, "Nowhere Boy" follows a 15-year-old John Lennon as he goes through the life experiences that will give birth to "Nowhere Man."

Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Aaron Johnson, Thomas Sangster, Anne-Marie Duff, David Morrissey

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language and a scene of sexuality

Red White & Blue
The lives of three young people – Erica, Franki and Nate – intertwine in a fateful, tragic way and head down a rocky and violent road to heart-rending oblivion.

Erica (Amanda Fuller) lives rent-free in the local co-op, but spends her nights trawling the bars and beds of Austin. Damaged, emotionally withdrawn, never really connecting with anyone, and sleeping with multiple men is just what she does… until she meets the older and mysterious Nate (Noah Taylor), working in a hardware store, but with an "honorable discharge" from Iraq.

Despite his quiet air of danger, Nate's the only guy who doesn't seem to want to get her into bed at the first opportunity, and the two form a hesitant bond. But one of Erica's casual sexual encounters is about to bite back.

Franki (Marc Senter) is a young, hot-headed wannabe rock star trying to make it big. Looking after a sick mother and estranged from his longterm girlfriend, he "shared" Erica with his buddies one drunken evening. It takes a sudden shocking twist of fate to throw his already crazy world into a spin, and in Franki's eyes there is only one person to blame…

Starring Noah Taylor, Amanda Fuller, Marc Senter, Nick Ashy Holden, Patrick Crovo

Genre - Drama
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Secretariat
Based on the remarkable true story, "Secretariat" chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner.  Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge.

Against all odds, Chenery—with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich)—manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.

Starring Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh, James Cromwell, Kevin Connolly

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG
brief mild language

Stone
As parole officer Jack Mabry (De Niro) counts the days toward a quiet retirement, he is asked to review the case of Gerald “Stone” Creeson (Norton), in prison for covering up the murder of his grandparents with a fire.

Now eligible for early release, Stone needs to convince Jack he has reformed, but his attempts to influence the older man’s decision have profound and unexpected effects on them both.

Set against the quiet desperation of economically ravaged suburban Detroit and the stifling brutality of a maximum security prison, this tale of passion, betrayal and corruption examines the fractured lives of two volatile men breaking from their troubled pasts to face uncertain futures.

Starring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich, Frances Conroy, Enver Gjokaj

Genre - Thriller
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Rated R
strong sexuality and violence, and pervasive language

Tamara Drewe
Based on Posy Simmonds’ beloved graphic novel of the same name (which was itself inspired by Thomas Hardy’s classic Far From the Madding Crowd) this wittily modern take on the romantic English pastoral is a far cry from Hardy’s Wessex.

Tamara Drewe’s present-day English countryside—stocked with pompous writers, rich weekenders, bourgeois bohemians, a horny rock star, and a great many Buff Orpington chickens and Belted Galloway cows—is a much funnier place.

When Tamara Drewe sashays back to the bucolic village of her youth, life for the locals is thrown upside down. Tamara—once an ugly duckling—has been transformed into a devastating beauty (with help from plastic surgery). As infatuations, jealousies, love affairs and career ambitions collide among the inhabitants of the neighboring farmsteads, Tamara sets a contemporary comedy of manners into play using the oldest magic in the book—sex appeal.

Starring Gemma Arterton, Roger Allam, Bill Camp, Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
language and some sexuality

Waiting for Superman
For a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates. Despite increased spending and politicians' promises, our buckling public-education system, once the best in the world, routinely forsakes the education of millions of children.

Genre - Documentary
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Rated PG
some thematic material, mild language and incidental smoking

The Metropolitan Opera: Das Rheingold

Starring Wendy Bryn Harmer, Stephanie Blythe, Patricia Bardon, Richard Croft, Gerhard Siegel

Genre - Program
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Carmen LIVE: Gran Teatre del Liceu

Starring Roberto Alagna, Erwin Schrott, Béatrice Uria-Monzon

Genre - Program
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Brindaavanam

Starring NTR Jr., Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha, Srihari, Prakash Raj

Genre - Romance
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Let's All Go to the Movies

Starring Theodore Hoelter, Anita Jung, Melanie Schmitt

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

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