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San Francisco, CA: Red Vic Movie House to Close July 25, 2011

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the Red Vic Movie House San Francisco, California will be closing its doors for good on July 25, 2011. The date is significant as it marks the 31st birthday of the theater's opening on July 25, 1980.... (more)

Marcus Theatres Announces Nearly Chain-wide Digital Cinema Conversion by End of 2011

Early this month, Marcus Theatres announced that it signed an agreement with a subsidiary of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. to install Digital Cinema Projection systems in 630 first-run screens at 47 of the company's locations. 64 systems have been... (more)

Added Information, Photos for Past Milwaukee-area Theaters

In a continuation of the effort that I talked about at the end of June about being able to browse through information about theaters that are no longer open, I've been recovering some information that I've collected over the years. When I find... (more)

Billings, MT: Carmike Shiloh 14 Debuts "BigD Experience" on July 14, 2011

The Carmike Shiloh 14 in Billings, Montana will debut their new "BigD" auditorium on Thursday, July 14, 2011, according to a press release issued by Carmike Cinemas yesterday. The redesigned auditorium includes a wall-to-wall screen that measures... (more)

Seattle, WA: Columbia City Cinema Closure Leaves Behind Empty Theater, Hard Feelings

The Seattle Times has an article titled "Closure of movie theater leaves some hard feelings" that talks about the aftermath of the closure in May of the Columbia City Cinema in Seattle: When the Columbia City Cinema closed after a seven-year... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of July 8, 2011

  1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  2. Horrible Bosses
  3. Zookeeper
  4. Cars 2
  5. Bad Teacher
  6. Larry Crowne
  7. Super 8
  8. Monte Carlo
  9. Mr. Popper's Penguins
  10. Green Lantern

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.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
In Part 2 of the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the Wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe.

But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright

Genre - SciFi/Fantasy
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Rated PG-13
some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images

Winnie the Pooh
Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with "Winnie the Pooh," the first big-screen Pooh adventure from Disney animation in more than 35 years.

With the charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical "bear of very little brain" and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo--and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. "Well a tail is either there or it isn't there," said Pooh. "And yours isn't... there." Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit.

It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some hunny.

Starring John Cleese, Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, Tom Kenny, Travis Oates

Genre - Family
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Rated G

Deiva Thirumagal

Starring 'Chiyaan' Vikram, Anushka Shetty, Nasser, Santhanam, M.S. Bhaskar

Genre - Drama
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Girlfriend
Evan is a young man with Down Syndrome who lives with his mother in a poor, working-class town hit hard by the recent economic recession. When he unexpectedly comes into a large amount of money, Evan uses it to romantically pursue Candy, a girl from town whom he has loved since high school.

Candy, now a barely-employed single mom, is facing financial debt, possible eviction, and the inability to rid herself of Russ, her abusive and volatile ex-boyfriend. In no position to turn down Evan's offers of financial support, Candy hesitantly accepts his gifts, which causes the pair to enter a complicated emotional entanglement.

When Russ catches on to Candy and Evan's relationship, all three of them become intertwined in a complex triangle of secrets, jealousy and revenge. Despite his many hardships and the seeming impossibility of Candy being able to return his love, Evan struggles to remain a resilient, pure embodiment of human compassion.

Starring Jackson Rathbone, Shannon Woodward, Amanda Plummer, Rachel Melvin, Jerad Anderson

Genre - Drama
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Gunless
A hardened American gunslinger (Paul Gross) is repeatedly thwarted in his attempts to mount a showdown in a friendly town in Canada where no one seems to understand or appreciate the brutal code of the American Wild West.

Starring Sienna Guillory, Tyler Mane, Callum Keith Rennie, Dustin Milligan, Graham Greene

Genre - Comedy
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 1 and Pt 2

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson

Genre - Program
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Rated PG-13

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 3D
In Part 2 of the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the Wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe.

But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright

Genre - SciFi/Fantasy
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Rated PG-13
some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2: An IMAX 3D Experience
In Part 2 of the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the Wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe.

But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright

Genre - SciFi/Fantasy
View trailers and video clips
Poster Artwork
Rated PG-13
some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2: An IMAX Experience
In Part 2 of the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the Wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe.

But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright

Genre - SciFi/Fantasy
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Poster Artwork
Rated PG-13
some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images

Life, Above All
Just after the death of her newly-born sister, Chanda, 12 years old, learns of a rumor that spreads like wildfire through her small, dust-ridden village near Johannesburg. It destroys her family and forces her mother to flee. Sensing that the gossip stems from prejudice and superstition, Chanda leaves home and school in search of her mother and the truth.

Starring Khomotso Manyaka, Keaobaka Makanyane, Harriet Lenabe, Lerato Mvelase, Tinah Mnumzana

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
mature thematic material and some sexual content

Lucky
It seems like a dream come true when Ben Keller wins the Iowa state lottery but for everyone else in his life, it's the beginning of darkly comic nightmare. With 80 million dollars at his disposal, Ben has the newfound confidence to pursue his life-long crush, Lucy St. Martin. But can all the money in the world compensate for the fact that Ben is a fledgling serial killer? As their relationship spirals out of control, and the body count rises, Lucy and Ben do all they can to survive love, marriage and each other.

Starring Colin Hanks, Jeffrey Tambor, Mimi Rogers, Ari Graynor, Ann-Margret

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
language, some violence and brief sexuality

The Names of Love (Le nom des gens)
Baya Benmahmoud, a young, extroverted liberal, lives by the old hippie slogan: "Make love, not war" to convert right-wing men to her left-wing political causes by sleeping with them. She seduces many and so far has received exceptional results – until she meets Arthur Martin, a Jewish middle aged, middle-of-the road scientist.

Starring Jacques Boudet, Sara Forestier, Carole Franck, Jacques Gamblin, Antoine Michel

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
sexual content including graphic nudity, and some language

Salvation Boulevard
Pastor Dan Day is a charismatic evangelical preacher (Pierce Brosnan) who has captivated a small western American town with his charm – and the promise of a sweet real estate development.

Carl (Greg Kinnear) is a former follower – not of Christ, but of the Grateful Dead – who has since become "found" in Dan's Evangelical community, serving as one of the preacher's great examples of spiritual and moral transformation. But Carl's new belief system is turned upside down when he witnesses a sinful act that Pastor Dan's doughy henchman (Jim Gaffigan) aims to cover up.

In the meantime, Carl finds himself on the run, torn between Honey (Marisa Tomei), a security guard who still follows the Dead and partakes in those pleasures, and his militantly devout wife (Jennifer Connelly, as you've never seen her) and her daughter (Isabelle Fuhrman), who is herself on the eve of taking a vow of sexual purity.

Starring Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Greg Kinnear, Marisa Tomei, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jim Gaffigan, Ciarán Hinds

Genre - Comedy
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
In 19th-century China, seven-year-old girls Snow Flower and Lily are matched as laotong – or "old sames" – bound together for eternity. Isolated by their families, they furtively communicate by taking turns writing in a secret language, nu shu, between the folds of a white silk fan.

In a parallel story in present day Shanghai, the laotong's descendants, Nina and Sophia, struggle to maintain the intimacy of their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers, complicated love lives, and a relentlessly evolving Shanghai. Drawing on the lessons of the past, the two modern women must understand the story of their ancestral connection, hidden from them in the folds of the antique white silk fan, or risk losing one another forever.

Starring Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu, Hugh Jackman, Archie Kao

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
sexuality, violence/disturbing images and drug use

Tabloid
Thirty years before the antics of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears were regular gossip fodder, Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney made her mark as a tabloid staple ne plus ultra.

Starring Joyce McKinney, Jackson Shaw, Peter Tory, Troy Williams, Kent Gavin

Genre - Documentary
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Rated R
sexual content and nudity

The Undefeated
Alaska in mid-decade was a land of vast natural resources fought over by the largest companies in the world and governed by a corrupt and compromised political class. Rampant crony-capitalism stood in the way of the people of Alaska reaping the benefits of their natural birthright.

Enter a galvanizing reformer, a small town mayor who took on her own political party and brought on "sudden and relentless reform." An epic two-hour feature documentary film, "The Undefeated" chronicles the rise from obscurity of one of America's new generation of leaders: Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska.

Starring Andrew Breitbart, Con Bunde, Gene Therriault, Jamie Radtke, Judy Patrick

Genre - Documentary
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Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Starring Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol, Katrina Kaif, Kalki Koechlin

Genre - Drama
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The Met Summer Encore: Tosca

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

Coming Soon

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

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