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Miramax Bringing Movie Library to Hulu

Miramax and Hulu announced a multi-year agreement this week that will bring hundreds of movies from the Miramax library to the Hulu and Hulu Plus services. The press release mentioned Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, Scream, Swingers, and The... (more)

George Lucas Strikes Back - The Trailer

There's a trailer for a fictional movie titled George Lucas Strikes Back on YouTube that's pretty good. Its basis is that George Lucas was kidnapped and imprisoned against his will soon after making Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, and... (more)

Titles and Release Dates for the Hobbit Movies Announced

New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM have announced the titles and release dates for Peter Jackson’s two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," which was the basis for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Jackson took the... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of May 27, 2011

  1. The Hangover Part II
  2. Kung Fu Panda 2
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  4. Bridesmaids
  5. Thor
  6. Fast Five
  7. Midnight in Paris
  8. Something Borrowed
  9. Jumping the Broom
  10. Rio

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.

X-Men: First Class
X-MEN FIRST CLASS charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events.

Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop Armageddon.

In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.

Starring James MacAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, James McAvoy, January Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Oliver Platt

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

Beautiful Boy
Bill and Kate hopelessly try to find some hint of an explanation after finding out that their only son committed a mass shooting at his university before taking his own life. They struggle numbly through the funeral, the media onslaught, and the awkward pity from relatives and friends.

Their already strained marriage is tested as they realize all they have left with each other is their shared grief and confusion-and the unfortunate legacy of their son.

This life-altering event forces Bill and Kate to face their feelings of guilt, rage, blame, self-discovery -- and ultimately hope -- so that they can finally see each other and their chance for happiness again with clear eyes.

Starring Michael Sheen, Maria Bello, Alan Tudyk, Moon Bloodgood, Austin Nichols

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
some language and a scene of sexuality

Beginners
"Beginners" imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver.

Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father Hal has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who -- following 44 years of marriage -- came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life.

The upheavals of Hal's new honesty, by turns funny and moving, brought father and son closer than they'd ever been able to be. Now Oliver endeavors to love Anna with all the bravery, humor, and hope that his father taught him.

Starring Ewan McGregor, Mélanie Laurent, Christopher Plummer, Goran Visnjic, Bill Oberst Jr.

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language and some sexual content

Contractor's Routine
One day in the life of Jacob Borschevsky, who although seemingly harmless, is a rather quirky human being. Lacking essential social skills, Borschevsky has cultivated a rich fantasy life complete with a mentoring alter ego, Esau, who is available at his beck and call. He labors to keep Jacob on a righteous path, but Jacob's puzzling personality disorder seems too strong to be deterred.

The daily frustrations of the human condition are exaggerated in Jacob's lonely inner world…and over time, they begin to overtake him. When he starts to act out his rage, it is left to the audience to decide - will Jacob's mentor be powerful enough to stop his inner turbulence from spilling over into the real world?

Starring Tom Sizemore, Kevin Giffin, Julia Heller, Richard Frederick, Mark Heinrich

Genre - Drama
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The Last Mountain
In the valleys of Appalachia, a battle is being fought over a mountain. It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every American, regardless of their social status, economic background or where they live. It is a battle that has taken many lives and continues to do so the longer it is waged. It is a battle over protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal.

The mining and burning of coal is at the epicenter of America's struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns. Nowhere is that concern greater than in Coal River Valley, West Virginia, where a small but passionate group of ordinary citizens are trying to stop Big Coal corporations, like Massey Energy, from continuing the devastating practice of Mountain Top Removal.

Genre - Documentary
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Rated PG
some thematic material and brief language

The Lion of Judah
When Judah the Lamb is taken by the townspeople to become a sacrifice, his six new friends from a Bethlehem stable have to go to his rescue! An incredible adventure follows, full of danger, drama and heroes.

Starring Ernest Borgnine, Leon Clingman, Georgina Cordova, Scott Eastwood, Samantha Gray

Genre - Animation
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Rated PG
some mild thematic elements

Love, Wedding, Marriage
A newlywed marriage counselor's life is turned upside down when she discovers her parents' happy marriage is unexpectedly headed for divorce. Determined to reconcile her parents for their 30th anniversary surprise party, she stops at nothing, plunging from one compromising situation to another. Will she destroy her own marriage and her professional life in her attempt to get her parents back together?

Starring Mandy Moore, Kellan Lutz, Jessica Szohr, Jane Seymour, James Brolin

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
sexual material and language

A Proper Violence
After being released from prison, Morgan Edwards is striving for change and searching for a new life. Desperate for connection, he accompanies three strangers into the woods, and is forced to confront the demons of his past. When it is revealed that his new-found friends are connected to his alleged crimes, redemption becomes secondary to survival.

Starring Randy Spence, Justin Morck, Shawn Mahoney, Will Brunson, Beverly Lauchner

Genre - Drama
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The Putt Putt Syndrome
Tired of hearing his bitter friend's hypothesis on why marriages fail and wives cheat, one good day, happily married Johnny decides to check his buddy's theories, and realizes he's got all the symptoms himself. Suddenly, Johnny's perception of suburban marital bliss comes tumbling down, as he finds himself trying to save his marriage in the midst of a midlife crisis.

Starring Jason London, David Chokachi, Thea Gill, Heather Tom, Robert Maschio

Genre - Drama
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Ready
"Ready" revolves around Prem, the sole heir to a sprawling empire owned by his father and uncles. Prem's father desires that he gets married and settles down, though Prem intends to enjoy his single status to the fullest. Enter Sanjana, an orphan, whose greedy uncles are constantly conspiring to acquire her property. In a dramatic twist of fate, the eternal bachelor Prem falls in love with Sanjana and is ready for marriage owing to a case of mistaken identity. Sanjana has just returned to India to live with her feuding uncles, who have their own devious plans for her marriage, in order for each to take over her inheritance. Prem, along with his entire family take it upon themselves to ensure that Prem and Sanjana are united.

Starring Salman Khan, Asin, Deepika Padukone, Sanjay Dutt, Zarine Khan

Genre - Comedy
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Rejoice & Shout
Featuring interviews with artists Smokey Robinson, Mavis Staples, Ira Tucker, Marie Knight, and many more, Rejoice and Shout traces the history of gospel music from its beginnings on Southern plantations and Baptist churches to national prominence.

Starring Smokey Robinson, Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland

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

17 Miracles
As part of the Willie Handcart Company, Levi Savage (Jasen Wade) feared that leaving late in the season would lead to despair and death. What he came to find out is that for every tragedy, there is a multitude of miracles.

Starring Chantel Flanders, Tomas Kofod, Nathan Mitchell, Jasen Wade

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG
thematic material involving hardships and suffering

Socialism (Film Socialisme)
An essay on the decline of European Civilization. As a garish cruise ship travels the Mediterranean (with Patti Smith among its guests), Godard embarks on a state of the EU address in a vibrant collage of philosophical quotes, historical revelations and pure cinematographic beauty.

Starring Catherine Tanvier, Christian Sinniger, Jean-Marc Stehlé, Patti Smith, Robert Maloubier

Genre - Drama
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Submarine
An idiosyncratic journey into the mind and life of 15-year-old romantic Oliver Tate, who has two objectives: to lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to stop his mother from leaving his father for a motivational speaker.

Starring Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language and some sexual content

LA Phil Live: Dudamel Conducts Brahms

Genre - Program
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