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Los Angeles, CA: Special Screening of "Final Destination 5" at Chinese Theater on August 10, 2011

A special screening of Final Destination 5 will be held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on Wednesday, August 10, 2011. Attending the event from the movie are Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, Courtney B.... (more)

Hamilton, NJ: Movie Theater Re-opens at Independence Plaza

On December 31, 2010, the Destinta Theatres - Independence Plaza in Hamilton, New Jersey closed due to low traffic and high competition from nearby theaters. There didn't sound like there was much hope for it to re-open given that there were nine... (more)

Taylorville, IL: AMC Taylorville 2 Closes

The AMC Taylorville 2 in Taylorville, Illinois closed on July 27, 2011, according to an article in The State Journal-Register: Taylorville resident Kathy Drea says the pending closure of the city’s only movie theater is bad news for the... (more)

Benton, IL: AMC Toler 2 Closes

The AMC Toler 2 in Benton, Illinois closed on July 28, 2011, according to the Benton Evening News: “This theatre is closing on Thursday, July 28. It has been a pleasure serving you,” proclaims a red sign at Toler’s ticket... (more)

Finding Drive-Ins Made Easy

As I was posting the Journal article about the Silverdome Drive-in closing, I wanted to find out where the nearest drive-ins were to the Silverdome's location. Rather than sift through the 50+ theaters within 30 miles, I decided that it would make a... (more)

Pontiac, MI: Silverdome Drive-in Closed July 13, 2011

The Silverdome Drive-in in Pontiac, Michigan closed on July 13, 2011, according to a post on the theater's Facebook page: To Our Valued Customers: On behalf of The Theater Group we would like to thank you for the support that you provided to... (more)

Murrells Inlet, SC: Frank Theatres Opens Murrells Inlet Location

After the Regal Inlet Square Cinemas 12 in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina closed in January 2010, moviegoers in the area needed to travel to Myrtle Beach. Then, in April, Frank Theatres announced that it was leasing the property and would re-open... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of July 29, 2011

  1. Cowboys & Aliens
  2. The Smurfs
  3. Captain America: The First Avenger
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
  5. Crazy, Stupid, Love
  6. Friends with Benefits
  7. Horrible Bosses
  8. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  9. Zookeeper
  10. Cars 2

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.

The Change-Up
Growing up together, Mitch (Reynolds) and Dave (Bateman) were inseparable best friends, but as the years have passed theyve slowly drifted apart. While Dave is an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three, Mitch has remained a single, quasi-employed man-child who has never met a responsibility he liked. To Mitch, Dave has it all: beautiful wife Jamie (Leslie Mann), kids who adore him and a high-paying job at a prestigious law firm. To Dave, living Mitch's stress free life without obligation or consequence would be a dream come true.

Following a drunken night out together, Mitch and Dave's worlds are turned upside down when they wake up in each others bodies and proceed to freak the &*#@ out.

Despite the freedom from their normal routines and habits, the guys soon discover that each others' lives are nowhere near as rosy as they once seemed. Further complicating matters are Dave's sexy legal associate, Sabrina (Olivia Wilde), and Mitch's estranged father (Alan Arkin).

With time not on their side, Mitch and Dave comically struggle to avoid completely destroying each others lives before they can find a way to get their old ones back.

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
pervasive strong crude sexual content and language, some graphic nudity and drug use

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
An origin story in the true sense of the word, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is set in present day San Francisco.

The movie is a reality-based cautionary tale -- a science fiction/science-fact blend where mankind's hubris leads to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

Starring James Franco, Tom Felton, Andy Serkis, Brian Cox, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

Genre - Animation
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Rated PG-13
intense and frightening sequences of action and violence

Bellflower
Bellflower follows two friends as they venture out into the world to begin their adult lives. All their free time is spent building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa". While waiting for the world to end, their call to excitement comes unexpectedly when one of them meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love. Quickly integrated into a new group of friends, they set off on a journey of betrayal, love, hate, infidelity and extreme violence more devastating and fiery than any of their apocalyptic fantasies.

Starring Evan Glodell, Jessie Wiseman, Tyler Dawson, Rebekah Brandes, Vincent Grashaw

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
disturbing violence, some strong sexuality, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use

Gun Hill Road
After three years in prison, Enrique returns home to the Bronx to find the world he knew has changed.

His wife, Angela, struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son, Michael, explores a sexual transformation well beyond Enrique's grasp and understanding. Unable to accept his child, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together by protecting Michael.

Still under the watchful eye of his parole officer, Enrique must become the father he needs to be or, once again, risk losing his family and freedom.

Starring Esai Morales, Judy Reyes, Harmony Santana, Miriam Colon, Vincent Laresca, Vanessa Aspillaga

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
strong sexual content, language and some violence

Magic Trip
In 1964, Ken Kesey, the famed author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," set off on a legendary, LSD-fuelled cross-country road trip to the New York World's Fair. He was joined by "The Merry Band of Pranksters," a renegade group of counterculture truth-seekers, including Neal Cassady, the American icon immortalized in Kerouac's "On the Road," and the driver and painter of the psychedelic Magic Bus.

Kesey and the Pranksters intended to make a documentary about their trip, shooting footage on 16MM, but the film was never finished and the footage has remained virtually unseen.

With MAGIC TRIP, Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood were given unprecedented access to this raw footage by the Kesey family.

Genre - Documentary
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Rated R
drug content, language and some nudity

Mysteries of Lisbon (Misterios de Lisboa)
The bastard child of an ill-fated romance between two members of the aristocracy who are forbidden to marry embarks on a quest to discover the truth of his parentage.

But this is just the start of an engrossing tale that follows a multitude of characters whose fates conjoin, separate and then rejoin again over three decades in Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy.

Starring Léa Seydoux, Melvil Poupaud, Clotilde Hesme, Lena Friedrich, Malik Zidi

Genre - Drama
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The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll
Two estranged childhood friends channel their talent and passion for music into a cross-country road trip that brings them face to face with their past on a quest to confront the future.

Spyder, a world famous musician whose debut album is a huge hit, retreats to his hometown after his sophomore effort flops. There he reconnects with his former friend and collaborator, Eric Genson, now a middle school music teacher.

It's a reunion that forces the two to recall their youthful ambitions and re-examine the choices they've made. Accompanied by a raucous crew, they set off on a journey along historic Route 66 in hopes of salvaging a long lost dream and rekindling the mojo that made Spyder's debut album a huge success.

Starring Kevin Zegers, Jason Ritter, Taryn Manning, Lucas Haas, Peter Fonda

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language throughout, drug use, some sexual content and nudity

The Whistleblower
A drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal.

Starring Rachel Weisz, Monica Bellucci, Vanessa Redgrave, Benedict Cumberbatch, Liam Cunningham

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
disturbing violent content including a brutal sexual assault, graphic nudity and language

Alejandra Guzman : 20 Años de Exitos

Starring Alejandra Guzman, Moderatto

Genre - Program
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Nabucco

Starring Giorgio Ronconi, Giuseppina Strepponi, Giovannina Bellinzaghi, Corrado Miraglia, Prosper Dérivis

Genre - Program
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Teatro Antico: Nabucco

Starring Juan Pon, Massimiliano Chiarolla

Genre - Program
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Angels and Airwaves Presents LOVE

Genre - Program
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DCI 2011: Big, Loud & Live 8

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!

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

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