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Cinematographer Roger Deakins Moving from Film to Digital Cameras

Cinematographer Roger Deakins has nine Academy Award nominations for his work in such movies as The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, No Country for Old Men, and most recently True Grit, among others. The American Society of Cinematographers has... (more)

Jefferson, WI: Highway 18 Outdoor Theatre Gets Digital Cinema Conversion

The Highway 18 Outdoor Theatre in Jefferson, Wisconsin has undergone a conversion from the tried-and-true film projectors to the relatively new technology of Digital Cinema Projection. The single-screen drive-in located just East of Madison has... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of May 6, 2011

  1. Thor
  2. Fast Five
  3. Jumping the Broom
  4. Something Borrowed
  5. Rio
  6. Water for Elephants
  7. Madea's Big Happy Family
  8. Soul Surfer
  9. Prom
  10. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil

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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.

Priest
A post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires.

The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church.

When his niece (Lily Collins) is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on an obsessive quest to find her before they turn her into one of them.

He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend (Cam Gigandet), a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess (Maggie Q) who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.

Starring Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban, Lily Collins, Stephen Moyer, Mädchen Amick, Christopher Plummer

Genre - SciFi/Fantasy
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Rated PG-13
intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images and brief strong language

L'amour fou
The public life of Yves Saint Laurent was an extravagant spectacle, as a design prodigy and then the grand coutourier of a fashion empire, he influenced fifty years of style and was an icon to millions -- but few are familiar with the private life of the legend.

In Pierre Thoretton's L'AMOUR FOU, Pierre Berge, the man with which YSL shared four decades of his life, reflects on the equally extravagant history of their personal relationship.

Starring Yves Saint-Laurent, Pierre Bergé, Betty Catroux, Loulou De La Falaise, Jack Lang

Genre - Documentary
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The Big Bang
Late one night, Los Angeles private investigator, Ned Cruz (ANTONIO BANDERAS) gets a visit from a recently paroled Russian boxer with an intriguing job offer: find Lexie, his missing girlfriend—and the 30-million dollar stash of diamonds she's hiding.

As Detective Cruz sets out to find her, the clues send him into the city's seediest corners, from a Hollywood action star with a dirty little secret (JAMES VAN DER BEEK), to an enterprising porn producer who takes a personal interest in his own work (SNOOP DOGG), and a kinky waitress with an unusual fetish for particle physics (AUTUMN REESER).

Lexie proves to be as elusive as she is beautiful and Cruz becomes obsessed with finding her. With time running out, Cruz discovers the trail leads to reclusive billionaire (SAM ELLIOT), and his physicist (JIMMI SIMPSON), intent on recreating The Big Bang underneath the New Mexico desert.

Tailed by a trio of cops also looking to find the missing diamonds, and with the body count piling up, Cruz soon realizes that what appeared to be a standard missing person's case is anything but, and could quite possibly bring about the end of the world as we know it.

Starring Antonio Banderas, Sienna Guillory, Thomas Kretschmann, William Fichtner, Sam Elliott

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

Bridesmaids
Kristen Wiig leads the cast as Annie, a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony.

Annies life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillians maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, shell show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far youll go for someone you love.

Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
some strong sexuality, and language throughout

Everything Must Go
After losing his job and his wife in the same day, a man moves all his possessions, and himself, to his front yard in order to start a new life.

Starring Rebecca Hall, Will Ferrell, Michael Peña, Laura Dern, Stephen Root

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
language and some sexual content

The First Grader
In a small, remote mountain top primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school. He is Maruge (Oliver Litondo), an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life. He fought for the liberation of his country and now feels he must have the chance of an education so long denied - even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds.

Moved by his passionate plea, head teacher Jane Obinchu (Naomie Harris), supports his struggle to gain admission and together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who don't want to waste a precious school place on such an old man.

Starring Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo, Tony Kgoroge, Sam Feuer, Nick Reding

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
some disturbing violent content and brief nudity

Go For It!
This inspirational Hip Hop dance drama follows a young woman living in Chicago who struggles to overcome her fears and follow her dream to be a dancer.

Starring Aimee Garcia, Al Bandiero, Jossara Jinaro, Gina Rodriguez, Louie Alegria

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
sexual content, language, brief violence and drug material

Hesher
Loud music. Pornography. Burning stuff to the ground. These are a few of Hesher's favorite things. And they are what Hesher brings into the lives of TJ and his father, Paul when he takes up residence in their garage uninvited.

Grief-stricken by the loss of TJ's mother in a car accident, Paul can't muster the strength to evict the strange squatter, and soon the long-haired, tattooed Hesher becomes a fixture in the household. Like a force of nature, Hesher's anarchy shakes the family out of their grief and helps them embrace life once more.

Starring Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, Devin Brochu, Piper Laurie, John Carroll Lynch

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
disturbing violent behavior, sexual content including graphic dialogue, pervasive language, and drug content - some in the presence of a child

The High Cost of Living
The story of a young pregnant woman whose world falls apart when she loses her baby in a hit and run accident.

It starts with an accident. Henry (Zach Braff) makes a wrong turn and crashes into Nathalie (Isabelle Blais). In a fit of panic, and over the legal limit, he cuts and runs, leaving Nathalie lying in the street, unconscious, bleeding and eight months pregnant. She wakes up in the hospital only to find her bright future destroyed and the baby she is still carrying, dead. Her husband, Michel (Patrick Labbé) is too unnerved and emotionally bereft to deal with the tragedy.

As her life unravels, she stumbles across Henry – who has been searching for his victim. Unaware of what he has done, Nathalie sees him as an unlikely guardian angel, everything Michel is not – compassionate, charming and a little crazy. She finds a welcome relief in the tall, rumpled stranger that seems only too willing to offer her refuge.

But Henry has his own problems. His past misdeeds are catching up, and he soon discovers that the police are steadily closing in. The inevitable collision will force both Henry and Nathalie to confront loss, labour and life, and to ultimately decide whether the cost of living is worth the price.

Starring Zach Braff, Isabelle Blaise, Patrick Labbe

Genre - Drama
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How to Live Forever
Filmmaker Mark Wexler is not going down without a fight. Faced with the devastating loss of his mother and his own advancing age, Mark takes off on a curious, lively, sometimes troubling enquiry into how he might live forever.

His search takes him to the places where people live longest, from Okinawa to Iceland. He journeys to Las Vegas to attend a funeral directors convention and the Ms. Senior America pageant. He contemplates a future in cold storage at a cryonics facility in Arizona. He receives exercise tips from Jack LaLanne, hormone replacement advice from Suzanne Somers, and promises of eternal life from biogerontologist Aubrey de Grey.

Yet the more he travels into the strange worlds of laughter yoga, elder porn, calorie restriction, and old-fashioned religion, the less sure he becomes of his goal. Can it be that life's true meaning is found in the humble chili dog?

Starring Phyllis Diller, Suzanne Somers, Ray Bradbury, Jack LaLanne, Willard Scott

Genre - Documentary
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Out the Gate
After a turn of unfortunate events in Jamaica, Everton leaves his home to make it big in the music business in America.

Everything is not a bed of roses in Hollywood, but with struggles and perseverance he finds love and success, only to have it all threatened when the Don of LA (Paul Campbell) wants his dues.

Starring Paul Campbell, Shelli Boone, Oliver Samuels, Everton Dennis

Genre - Drama
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Priest 3D
A post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires.

The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church.

When his niece (Lily Collins) is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on an obsessive quest to find her before they turn her into one of them.

He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend (Cam Gigandet), a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess (Maggie Q) who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.

Starring Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Lily Collins

Genre - SciFi/Fantasy
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Rated PG-13
intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images and brief strong language

Road to Nowhere
There's a murky tenuous balance between reality and fiction; particularly when it involves a beautiful young woman, murder, a powerful politico, a missing fortune and suicide.

Starring Cliff De Young, Waylon Payne, Tygh Runyan, Shannyn Sossamon, Dominique Swain

Genre - Romance
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Rated R
some language and brief violence

Skateland
It's 1983, and Skateland, the roller rink and local hangout of a small town, is becoming a fading memory of an earlier time, when disco and roller-skating were king. The party scene is getting stale, and 19-year-old Ritchie's romantic life is as cloudy as his future. He struggles to make sense of it all, and decisions do not come easily to the carefree young man. When tragedy strikes his friends and family, Ritchie must face the music—and make the biggest decision of his life.

Starring Shiloh Fernandez, Ashley Greene, Heath Freeman, Brett Cullen, Taylor Handley

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
violence, some sexuality, language, substance abuse and smoking - involving teens

Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
Tells the story of the world's only comedic, singing, yodeling lesbian twin sisters, Lynda and Jools Topp, whose political activism and unique brand of entertainment has helped change New Zealand's social landscape.

Starring Jools Topp, Lynda Topp

Genre - Documentary
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True Legend (Su Qi-Er)
Yuen Woo Ping (The Matrix trilogy, Kill Bill Volumes I and II, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero) brings you TRUE LEGEND, a heart pounding epic about the timeless battle between good and evil.

Su Can's (Vincent Zhao) respectable life is obliterated when his vengeful brother, Yuan (Andy On), returns from war armed with the deadly Five Venom Fists. Weakened but not destroyed, Su Can learns a never-before-seen form of martial arts: the Drunken Fist.

Armed with this new power, he returns home to honor his family through retribution by taking on his brother in a battle to become the ultimate warrior.

Starring Vincent Zhao, Zhou Xun, Michelle Yeoh, David Carradine, Cung Le

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
sequences of battle violence and brutal fighting

The Metropolitan Opera: Die Walküre

Starring Deborah Voigt, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Stephanie Blythe, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel

Genre - Program
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Louder Than a Bomb
A film about passion, competition, teamwork, and trust. It's about the joy of being young, and the pain of growing up. It's about speaking out, making noise, and finding your voice.

It also just happens to be about poetry.

Every year, more than six hundred teenagers from over sixty Chicago area schools gather for the world's largest youth poetry slam, a competition known as "Louder Than a Bomb". Founded in 2001, Louder Than a Bomb is the only event of its kind in the country—a youth poetry slam built from the beginning around teams. Rather than emphasize individual poets and performances, the structure of Louder Than a Bomb demands that kids work collaboratively with their peers, presenting, critiquing, and rewriting their pieces. To succeed, teams have to create an environment of mutual trust and support. For many kids, being a part of such an environment—in an academic context—is life-changing.

Genre - Documentary
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The Metropolitan Opera: Il Trovatore Encore

Starring Patricia Racette, Marianne Cornetti, Marcelo Álvarez, Zeljko Lucic, Julianna Di Giacomo

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

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