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Warner Bros. Wants to Trade Any of Your Old DVD's for Blu-ray - DVD2Blu Program Change

For some time, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has offered the ability to trade in select Warner Bros. movies on DVD for the same movie on Blu-ray (called DVD2Blu) for a modest upgrade fee, usually around $5 plus shipping. Now, they have expanded... (more)

The Next Batman Movie Gets a Name - The Dark Knight Rises

Director Christopher Nolan has announced that the title of the next Batman movie (which we previously titled Batman 3), will be The Dark Knight Rises. The movie is scheduled to be released on on July 20, 2012, which we reported back in May. Not... (more)

James Cameron Announces That Two Avatar Sequels are in the Works

The New York Times is reporting that James Cameron will be creating two sequels to his 3D sensation Avatar 3D, for release in December 2014 and December 2015: Mr. Cameron and the top Fox film executives, Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman, jointly... (more)

Free Popcorn and Soda with Special $7.50 Admission at Select Marcus Theatres 10/29-11/4/2010

Marcus Theatres is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, and they are offering a "Founder's Week Special" from Friday, October 29, 2010 through Thursday, November 4, 2010. Admission is just $7.50 and it includes a free popcorn and soda. ... (more)

Fairfield and Du Quoin, IL: Showtime Cinemas - Fairfield and The Grand Theatre of Du Quoin Close

Two theaters in Southern Illinois with the same owner have closed due to low attendance, according to an article in the Evansville Courier & Press. The Showtime Cinemas in Fairfield, Illinois and The Grand Theatre of Du Quoin closed last week as... (more)

Frisco, TX: New Cinemark Theater to Open December 2010

Cinemark Holdings, Inc. announced last week that they are planning to open a new movie theater in Frisco, Texas in December 2010. Back in March, we reported that Cinemark reached an agreement with a development company for a 12-screen location in... (more)

Cinemark Launches XD Auditoriums in California, Nevada, and Texas

Cinemark Holdings, Inc., which does business under the brands of Cinemark, Century Theatres, CinéArts, and Tinseltown, announced earlier this month that it has opened three more of its big-screen concept XD auditoriums in California, Nevada,... (more)

Dickinson Theatres To Install 250 Digital Cinema Systems in 25 Locations

Earlier this month, NEC Display Solutions of America announced that theater chain Dickinson Theatres has selected NEC DLP Cinema® digital cinema projection equipment for 250 digital cinema systems that will be installed in 25... (more)

Arvada, CO: Landmark Theatres Takes Over Olde Town Cinema

On Friday, October 22, 2010, Landmark Theatres took over operations of the former AMC Olde Town 14, which was the Colorado Cinemas Olde Town 14 before that. The new name of the theater is the Landmark Olde Town Stadium 14.

National Amusements Buys Sony 4K Digital Cinema Projectors for Over 300 Screens in 24 Locations

Sony Electronics announced in a press release earlier this month that National Amusements has agreed to purchase 304 Sony 4K digital cinema projection systems to be installed in 24 locations in the United States. Sony's 4K systems project an image... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of October 22, 2010

  1. Paranormal Activity 2
  2. Jackass 3D
  3. Red
  4. Hereafter
  5. The Social Network
  6. Secretariat
  7. Life as We Know It
  8. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
  9. The Town
  10. Easy A

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.

Aftershocks (Tangshan Dadizheng)
When a mother is informed by a rescue team that, since her 7-year old twins are buried under the debris close to each other, digging one out would result in the collapse of the wreckage on the other, she is forced to make the most difficult decision of her life. Based around the devastating Tangshan Earthquake of 1976.

Starring Jingchu Zhang, Daoming Chen, Yi Lu, Jin Chen, Fan Xu

Genre - Drama
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Starring Gérard Depardieu, Clovis Cornillac, Vahina Giocante, Jacques Gamblin, Marie Bunel

Genre - Drama
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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Luftslottet som sprangdes)
In "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest" -- the final installment of the "Millenium trilogy" -- Lisbeth Salander is fighting for her life in more ways than one. In intensive care and charged with three murders, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.

Starring Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Anders Ahlbom, Tina Berg

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Rated R
strong violence, some sexual material, and brief language

Six years ago previously, a NASA probe returning to earth with samples of an alien life form, crashed over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear, and half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE.

Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain "the creatures"... The story begins when a US journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.

Starring Whitney Able, Scoot McNairy

Genre - Drama
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Rated R

Saw 3D
As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror.

Starring Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Sean Patrick Flanery

Genre - Horror
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Rated R
sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, and language


Starring Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Sean Patrick Flanery

Genre - Horror
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Rated R


Starring Manu Narayan, Samrat Chakrabarti, Manish Dayal, Sanjiv Jhaveri, Deepti Gupta

Genre - Comedy
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Welcome to the Rileys
A drama about finding hope in the most unusual of places. Once a happily married and loving couple, Doug and Lois Riley have grown apart since losing their teenage daughter eight years prior.

Leaving his agoraphobic wife behind to go on a business trip to New Orleans, Doug meets a 17-year-old runaway and the two form a platonic bond. For Lois and Doug, what initially appears to be the final straw that will derail their relationship, turns out to be the inspiration they need to renew their marriage.

Starring James Gandolfini, Melissa Leo, Kristen Stewart, Lance E. Nichols, David Jensen

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
strong sexual content, brief drug use and pervasive language involving a teenager

Wild Target
Victor Maynard is a middle-aged, solitary assassin, who lives to please his formidable mother, despite his own peerless reputation for lethal efficiency.

His professional routine is interrupted when he finds himself drawn to one of his intended victims. He spares her life, unexpectedly acquiring a young apprentice in the process. Believing Victor to be a private detective, his two new companions tag along, while he attempts to thwart the murderous attentions of his unhappy client.

Starring Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint, Rupert Everett, Eileen Atkins

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
violence, some sexual content and brief strong language

As the first woman to lead an Islamic nation, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's life story unfolds like a tale of Shakespearean dimensions.

Starring Tariq Ali, Reza Aslan, Diana Aveni, Benazir Bhutto, Fatima Bhutto

Genre - Documentary
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Forks Over Knives
Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

Genre - Documentary
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"Freakonomics" is the highly anticipated film version of the phenomenally bestselling book about incentives-based thinking by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Like the book, the film examines human behavior with provocative and sometimes hilarious case studies.

Starring Zoe Sloane, Adesuwa Addy Iyare, Jade Viggiano, Jalani McNair, Sammuel Soifer

Genre - Documentary
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Rated PG-13
elements of violence, sexuality/nudity, drugs, and brief strong language

Race Across the Sky 2010

Genre - Program
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Suzanne Somer's Breakthrough Tour

Starring Suzanne Somers

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

Coming Soon

Watch for these movies coming to a theater near you!

Friday, Nov 5th

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

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