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Menomonie, WI: CineMagic Menomonie Stadium 7 Theatres Reopens Under CEC Theatres Nameplate

The CineMagic Menomonie Stadium 7 Theatres in Menomonie, Wisconsin closed earlier this month, amidst bankruptcy proceedings by the owner, CineMagic Theatres, but has now reopened with CEC Theatres taking over operation of the theater. CEC Theatres... (more)

Flemington, NJ: AmericanPlace Cinema Plaza Closed March 27, 2011

The AmericanPlace Cinema Plaza in Flemington, New Jersey closed on Sunday, March 27, 2011, according to an article by The Messenger-Gazette on Wednesday: The Cinema Plaza movie theater closed last night, meaning there's no commercial movie... (more)

Marietta, OH: Regal Lafayette Square Cinema 7 Getting New Owner, New Name - Set to Reopen April 1, 2011

The Regal Lafayette Square Cinema 7 in Marietta, Ohio will be closed for a few days while it undergoes changes related to it changing hands from Regal Entertainment Group to a new owner. In the process, it will be getting a new name: Odyssey 7... (more)

Wehrenberg Theatres Announces Digital Cinema Projection Conversion

NEC Display Solutions of America announced yesterday that movie theater chain Wehrenberg Theatres will be replacing its 35mm film projectors with Digital Cinema Projection Systems from NEC for its 210 screens across Missouri and other central... (more)

Blockbuster Closing 186 More Stores This Week

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Blockbuster Inc. will be closing 186 more stores by the end of March, bringing the total number of stores closed, or due to be closed, to 1,145. When the company entered bankruptcy in September 2010, it had... (more)

Casting for New Superman Movie Shaping Up

Ever since Superman Returns hit the big screen, and fell with a bit of a thud, Superman fans have been wondering if/when a new movie would be released, and what it was going to look like. The "if" question has been answered, with a "yes" and a... (more)

Regal Entertainment Group Announces $1 Summer Movie Festival

Regal Entertainment Group, which operates movie theaters under the brands of Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres, announced this week the details of their "Summer Movie Express 2011," which will feature G and PG-rated movies... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of March 25, 2011

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
  2. Sucker Punch
  3. Limitless
  4. The Lincoln Lawyer
  5. Rango
  6. Paul
  7. Battle: Los Angeles
  8. Red Riding Hood
  9. The Adjustment Bureau
  10. Mars Needs Moms

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.

Cat Run
Anthony has always dreamed of being a famous chef and his best friend Julian only thinks about women. With neither ambitions really working out, the childhood best friends decide to start a detective agency. Unfortunately for them, on their first case they must help protect a sexy, high-class escort who holds the key evidence to a scandalous cover up.

The two bumbling detectives soon find themselves running from the mob, a corrupt U.S. senator, and a ruthless Mary Poppins-like assassin -- all aiming to stop at nothing to hide the truth. It's just an average day for two bumbling losers.

Starring Paz Vega, Janet McTeer, Christopher McDonald, Tony Curran, Scott Mechlowicz

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
strong bloody violence, sexual content, nudity and language

Circo
"Circo" follows the Ponce family's hardscrabble circus as it struggles to stay together despite mounting debt, dwindling audiences, and a simmering family conflict.

Through this intricately woven story of a marriage in trouble and of a century-old family tradition that hangs in the balance, "Circo" opens the viewer to the world of a traveling circus while examining the universal themes of family bonds, filial responsibility, and the weight of cultural inheritance.

Genre - Documentary
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The Elephant in the Living Room
A documentary film about the controversial world of exotic animal ownership within the suburbs of the United States. The Elephant in the Living Room offers an unprecedented glimpse into the fascinating subculture of raising the most deadly and exotic animals in the world as common household pets.

Starring Tim Harrison, Terry Brumfield, Tippi Hedren, Russ Clear, Casey Craig

Genre - Documentary
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Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead
100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe's personal mission to regain his health.

Starring Joe Cross, Dick Gregory

Genre - Documentary
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The Frontier Boys
In the last gasp of winter in a small Northern Michigan town, four high school sophomore boys are living on top of the world. Best friends, classmates, and peers, T.J., Jed, and Brent are all starting players for an undefeated varsity basketball team. Jackson, their loudmouthed hyper-enthusiastic friend, makes more noise for his three friends than an entire cheerleading squad. All four share a history of companionship, a notable nickname, and all the confidence and exuberance of youth.

Their basketball season is shattered when Brent's older brother, Mike, attracts an Irish gang leader named Sean O'Sullivan. Sean is intent on setting up a rural meth lab and supply operation in the peaceful community. Despite plenty of cash to fund the start-up, Sean isn't sure that he can pull together a team of locals to do the dirty work.

Since Mike is the one who invited Sean to town, he naturally sees himself in a key leadership role in the gang. Both Mike and Sean see the need and benefit of having a high-school aged member to infiltrate the school system from within. Mike entices his younger brother Brent to check out an opportunity to make some serious money. Against his better judgment, Brent agrees and ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Starring Rebecca St. James, Big Kenny Alphin, Earthquake Kelley, Timothy Lofing, Jedidiah Grooters

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
thematic elements and some violence

Game
Game is a story of four strangers who have been invited by the reclusive Kabir Malhotra, to his private island of Samos, Greece. They don't know each other and they don't know him -- and by the next morning they will wish they had never come. This whodunit tale spans five international cities. It is a slick edge-of-the-seat crime thriller with twists and turns involving love, revenge, retribution and good old-fashioned murder. Everyone is a suspect, and every suspect has a motive. It's not over 'til it's over.

Starring Abhishek Bachchan, Kangana Ranaut, Sarah Jane Dias, Jimmy Shergill, Shahana Goswami

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Hop
Hop is a comedy about E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand), the teenage son of the Easter Bunny. On the eve of taking over the family business, E.B. leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream of becoming a drummer. He encounters Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals, who accidentally hits E.B. with his car.

Feigning injury, E.B. manipulates Fred into providing him shelter, and Fred finds himself with the worlds worst houseguest.

Starring Russell Brand, James Marsden, Kaley Cuoco, Elizabeth Perkins, Chelsea Handler

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG
some mild rude humor

In A Better World
Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness.

Anton and his wife Marianne, who have two young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their older, ten-year-old son Elias is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian, a new boy who has just moved from London with his father, Claus. Christian's mother recently lost her battle with cancer, and Christian is greatly troubled by her death.

Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy.

Starring Ulrich Thomsen, Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Bodil Jørgensen, Camilla Gottlieb

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
violent and disturbing content some involving preteens, and for language

Incendies
When notary Lebel (Rémy Girard) sits down with Jeanne and Simon Marwan (Mélissa Désormeaux Poulin, Maxim Gaudette) to read them their mother Nawal's will (Lubna Azabal), the twins are stunned to receive a pair of envelopes – one for the father they thought was dead and another for a brother they didn't know existed.

In this enigmatic inheritance, Jeanne sees the key to Nawal's retreat into unexplained silence during the final weeks of her life. She immediately decides to go to the Middle East to dig into a family history of which she knows next to nothing.

Simon is unmoved by the posthumous mind games of a mother who was always distant and cold. However, the love he has for his sister is strong, and he soon joins her in combing their ancestral homeland in search of a Nawal who is very different from the mother they knew.

With Lebel's help, the twins piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world, discovering a tragic fate forever marked by war and hatred as well as the courage of an exceptional woman.

Starring Lubna Azabal, Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Remy Girard

Genre - Drama
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Rated R

Insidious
Josh and Renai have a happy family with their three young children. When tragedy strikes their young son, Josh and Renai begin to experience things that science cannot explain.

Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Angus Sampson, Ty Simpkins

Genre - Horror
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Rated PG-13
thematic material, violence, terror and frightening images, and brief strong language

The Last Godfather
In 1950s New York, Mafia boss Don Carini suddenly brings his lovechild Young-gu from Korea, who seems mentally impaired, to train him as his successor. He keeps disappointing everyone by behaving strangely but finally manages to win the hearts of the gang. However, the mafia's rival refuses to let him take over.

Starring Harvey Keitel, Jason Mewes, Blake Clark, Jon Polito, Michael Rispoli

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
brief sexual humor

Queen to Play (Joueuse)
Lovely, repressed and quietly intelligent, French chambermaid Hélène discovers she has a knack for chess. This obsession- much to the chagrin of her husband and teenage daughter- leads her to seek the clandestine tutelage of a reclusive American doctor, a liaison that radically transforms both of their lackluster lives.

Starring Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline, Jennifer Beals, Laurence Colussi, Maxime Delauney, Didier Ferrari

Genre - Drama
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Rubber
"Rubber" is the story of Robert, an inanimate tire abandoned in the desert that suddenly and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes without having to move.

At first content to prey on small desert creatures and various discarded objects, his attention soon turns to humans, especially a beautiful and mysterious woman who crosses his path. Leaving a swath of destruction across the desert landscape, Robert becomes a chaotic force to be reckoned with, and truly a movie villain for the ages.

Starring Thomas F. Duffy, David Bowe, Devin Brochu, Ethan Cohn, Pete Dicecco

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
some violent images and language

Source Code
When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a government experiment called the "Source Code," a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last 8 minutes of his life.

With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright, Russell Peters

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
some violence including disturbing images, and for language

Super
When sad-sack loser Frank (Rainn Wilson) sees his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler) willingly snatched by a seductive drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), he finds himself bereft and wholly unable to cope. But soon he decides to fight back under the guise of a DIY superhero called Crimson Bolt.

With a hand-made suit, a wrench, and a crazed sidekick named Boltie (Ellen Page), the Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife.

Starring Kevin Bacon, Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Gregg Henry

Genre - Drama
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Trust
When Annie, a 14-year-old girl, is seduced by a 41-year-old internet predator she knows only as "Charlie," it tears apart her family. While her father becomes obsessed with revenge fantasies, Annie enters therapy, where she refuses to admit she's been victimized.

Starring Clive Owen, Liana Liberato, Catherine Keener, Jason Clarke, Noah Emmerich, Viola Davis

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
disturbing material involving the rape of a teen, language, sexual content and some violence

Wrecked
A man awakens in a mangled car wreck at the bottom of a steep cliff. Injured and trapped inside, with no memory of how he got there or who he is, he must rely on his most primal instincts to survive. But, his efforts to free himself from the carnage and escape an impossible situation reveal a dark side of his nature. Even if he manages to survive, the man may have to face the horrible consequences of an earlier, forgotten life.

Starring Adrien Brody, Caroline Dhavernas, Ryan Robbins, Jacob Blair, Adrian Holmes

Genre - Horror
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Rated R
language and some violent content

Wretches & Jabberers
A poignant narrative that follows two men with autism, Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, who embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability, intelligence and communication.

Genre - Documentary
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The Strawberry Shortcake Movie: Sky's the Limit

Genre - Animation
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Foo Fighters Live

Starring Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins

Genre - Program
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Foo Fighters: Live 3D

Starring Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins

Genre - Program
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Blank City
Today, Manhattan is a byword for overpriced property, overexposed landmarks and overdressed fashionistas. In the late 70s, however, it was rat-infested, crime-crippled, cheap and nasty -- somewhere for America to dump its immigrants, poor people and artists. Music, art, fashion and filmmaking burgeoned, fuelled by drugs, dares, fads, feuds, and a fair helping of madness. Debbie Harry, Jim Jarmusch, Steve Buscemi and a host of counter-culture stars recount the tales.

Starring Jim Jarmusch, Debbie Harry, Steve Buscemi, John Lurie, Fab 5 Freddy

Genre - Documentary
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