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San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Film Society to Open New People Cinema September 22, 2011

The San Francisco Film Society and New People announced that they will be opening the San Francisco Film Society - New People Cinema in San Francisco, California on September 22, 2011. The new theater will enable the Film Society to offer its... (more)

Tallahassee, FL: Regal Miracle 5 Closes

The Regal Miracle 5 in Tallahassee, Florida closed after the last movie played on Sunday, August 14, 2011. Regal Cinemas decided not to renew the theater's lease because it was designated as an underperforming location. WCTV has an article as well... (more)

Disney Kills "The Lone Ranger"

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Disney has shut down production on the upcoming retelling of The Lone Ranger, which was to star Armie Hammer as the masked man and Johnny Depp as Tonto, with Pirates of the Carribean's Gore Verbinski... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of August 12, 2011

  1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  2. The Help
  3. Final Destination 5
  4. The Smurfs
  5. 30 Minutes or Less
  6. Cowboys & Aliens
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
  8. Captain America: The First Avenger
  9. Crazy, Stupid, Love
  10. The Change-Up

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.

Conan the Barbarian
"I live. I love. I slay. I am content." - Conan The Barbarian... The most legendary Barbarian of all time is back. Conan's exploits in the Hyborian Age now come alive like never before in a colossal action-adventure film. A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.

Starring Jason Momoa, Rose McGowan, Ron Perlman, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
strong bloody violence, some sexuality and nudity

Fright Night
Senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all—he's running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he's so cool he's even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).

But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there's something not quite right— yet no one, including Charley's mom (Toni Collette), seems to notice! After witnessing some very unusual activity, Charley comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood.

Unable to convince anyone that he's telling the truth, Charley has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.

Starring Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Dave Franco

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
bloody horror violence, and language including some sexual references

One Day
After one day together – July 15th, 1988, their college graduation – Emma Morley (Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway) and Dexter Mayhew (Jim Sturgess of Across the Universe) begin a friendship that will last a lifetime. She is a working-class girl of principle and ambition who dreams of making the world a better place. He is a wealthy charmer who dreams that the world will be his playground.

For the next two decades, key moments of their relationship are experienced over several July 15ths in their lives. Together and apart, we see Dex and Em through their friendship and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. Somewhere along their journey, these two people realize that what they are searching and hoping for has been there for them all along. As the true meaning of that one day back in 1988 is revealed, they come to terms with the nature of love and life itself.

Starring Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Stott, Romola Garai

Genre - Romance
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Rated PG-13
sexual content, partial nudity, language, some violence and substance abuse

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
Marissa Cortez Wilson has it all. She's married to a famous television reporter, has a new baby and intelligent twin step kids. However, her world turns upside down when the Timekeeper threatens to take over the planet and she -- once a top agent -- is called back into action by the OSS.

With Armageddon approaching, her twins, Rebecca and Cecil, leap into action when they learn of their boring step mom's secret past. Now, the world's most competitive ten-year-olds are forced to put their bickering aside and rely on their wits.

With a little help from a couple of familiar Spy Kids, Carmen and Juni Cortez, and some mind-blowing gadgets, they just may be able to save the world and possibly bring their family together while they're at it.

Starring Jessica Alba, Ricky Gervais, Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega, Danny Trejo

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG
mild action and rude humor

Amigo
During the US occupation of the Philippines in 1900, a squad of American soldiers settle in a small, rural village and learn how to live and negotiate with the natives.

Headed by a respected elder, referred to as "Amigo," the villagers are forced to deal with this foreign presence as rules are set, curfews introduced and small attempts at democracy initiated. At the same time, the village must navigate its tense relationship with a rebel group leading the resistance to the occupation.

Amigo's brother is the rebel leader, and his son runs off to join them, so he constantly finds himself torn between balancing what is right for the village and what this means to his family.

Starring Garret Dillahunt, Chris Cooper, Lucas Neff, DJ Qualls, Yul Vazquez

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
some violence and language

Born and Bred
A feature-length documentary film chronicling the lives of a new generation of young boxers fighting for their place in the American boxing capital of Los Angeles, where Latino immigration is surging to a historical breaking point. At the heart of the film is the story of 15-year-old twin brothers in their last two years in the tough ranks of amateur boxing where boys are made into men and Olympic dreams are won and lost.

Genre - Documentary
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Conan the Barbarian 3D
"I live. I love. I slay. I am content." - Conan The Barbarian... The most legendary Barbarian of all time is back. Conan's exploits in the Hyborian Age now come alive like never before in a colossal 3D action-adventure film.

A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.

Starring Jason Momoa, Rose McGowan, Ron Perlman, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
strong bloody violence, some sexuality and nudity

5 Days of War
Inspired by the real events of the swift—but devastating—five-day war between Russia and the Georgian Republic in 2008, this action-packed international thriller centers around a renegade American journalist (Rupert Friend) and his cameraman (Richard Coyle) caught in the combat zone during the first Russian airstrikes against Georgia, while filming in the border village of Viziana. Rescuing Tatia (Emmanuelle Chriqui), a young Georgian schoolteacher from the attack, the two reporters agree to help reunite her with her family when she loses them in the chaos in exchange for serving as their interpreter. As the three attempt to escape to safety, they witness—and document—the devastation from the full-scale crossfire and cold-blooded murder of innocent civilians.

They desperately attempt to broadcast the footage while under attack from the Russian soldiers and mercenaries, but are met with resistance from American and international networks either shorthanded from covering the Beijing Olympics or simply fatigued by war news. The trio realizes their survival is paramount so they can live to broadcast the truth.

Starring Rupert Friend, Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Dean Cain, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Richard Coyle, Heather Graham

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
strong bloody war violence and atrocities, and for pervasive language

Flypaper
Tripp Kennedy (Patrick Dempsey) ambles into a bank near closing time, just as two different gangs unwittingly converge to rob it. A shoot-out erupts, and Tripp tackles the smart, pretty teller, Kaitlin (Ashley Judd), to protect her.

The gangs--one clearly made up of pros and the other a couple of buffoons--have deadlocked themselves in a Mexican standoff. The bank's security system starts the end-of-day lockdown and seals everyone into the building.

As the night evolves, a hilarious game of cat and mouse ensues as Tripp and Kaitlin try to save the day, escape being killed, and avoid falling in love...almost.

Starring Patrick Dempsey, Ashley Judd, Jeffrey Tambor, Mekhi Phifer, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Octavia Spencer

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
strong sexuality, and for violence, language and drug content

Fright Night 3D
Senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all—he's running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he's so cool he's even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).

But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there's something not quite right— yet no one, including Charley's mom (Toni Collette), seems to notice! After witnessing some very unusual activity, Charley comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood.

Unable to convince anyone that he's telling the truth, Charley has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.

Starring Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Dave Franco

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
bloody horror violence, and language including some sexual references

Griff the Invisible
Griff, a shy and awkward office worker by day, finds escape from his ordinary life by assuming the identity of a fantastic superhero each night.

Griff's secret is jeopardized when he meets Melody, a cute but unconventional daydreamer. She quickly becomes fascinated by his idiosyncrasies, which are equal only to her own.

In the face of mounting pressure to live in the "real world," it's up to Melody to rescue GRIFF THE INVISIBLE for the sake of herself, Griff, and their newfound love for each other.

Starring Ryan Kwanten, Maeve Dermody, Kelly Paterniti, Andy Minh Trieu, Heather Mitchell

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
some language and violence

The Hedgehog (Le herisson)
Inspired by the beloved New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery, The Hedgehog is the timely story of Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic) a young girl bent on ending it all on her upcoming twelfth birthday.

Using her father's old camcorder to chronicle the hypocrisy she sees in adults, Paloma begins to learn about life from the grumpy building concierge, Renée Michel (FRENCH TWIST's Josiane Balasko).

When Paloma's camera reveals the extensive secret library in Renée's back room, and that the often gruff matron reads Tolstoy to her cat, Paloma begins to understand that there are allies to be found beneath the prickliest of exteriors. As the unlikely friendship deepens, Paloma's own coming of age becomes a much less pessimistic prospect.

Starring Josiane Balasko, Garance Le Guillermic, Togo Igawa, Anne Brochet, Ariane Ascaride

Genre - Comedy
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The Last Circus
During Spanish civil war in 1937, two circus clowns, Javier and Sergio, find that they are both enamored with the same female trapeze artist. They end up being forced to join the militia and the butchery starts while they are still in their costumes.

Starring Santiago Segura, Fernando Guillén Cuervo, Antonio de la Torre, Fran Perea, Sancho Gracia

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

Programming the Nation?
Director Jeff Warrick leads this documentary journey through the subconscious mind while exploring the alleged usage of subliminal messaging in advertising, music, film, television, anti-theft devices, political propaganda, military psychological operations, and advanced weapons development, to determine if such tactics have succeeded.

Starring John B. Alexander, Richard Beggs, Nick Begich, August Bullock, Noam Chomsky

Genre - Documentary
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The Smell of Success
A satire about the wages of greed and an enchanting comic adventure that riffs on an iconic theme – the American salesman – with a twist. For this tale of door-to-door marketers takes place in a world heretofore never seen on screen: that of 1960s manure salesmen, AKA "the Men of Manure." Having brought to life an original assortment of American misfits and dreamers, with "The Smell of Success" now turns an unabashedly comic eye to the wonders of the American wasteland . . . literally.

It all begins when a tragic fan accident ends the life of Mr. Roses, the scientific genius behind Roses Manure Company, forcing his cosmetics salesgirl daughter Rosemary (TÉA LEONI) to take control of the company. Rosemary isn't sure if she has a nose for the family business, but when she discovers the company is about to go under, she is determined to find a way to turn the foul into financial profits. To do so, she's going to need the help of her father's best salesmen -- led by the steely-eyed; silver tongued Patrick Fitzpatrick (BILLY BOB THORNTON) for whom "bull" is not just a product but an art form – even if they don't exactly trust a lady in charge.

But the times, they are a changing and so is the business. When the suspiciously clean-cut Jimmy St. James (KYLE MACLACHAN) and his band of slick salesmen drop into town ready to take over with their newfangled "fertilizer" and fancy marketing techniques, it becomes clear that Rosemary's quest is no longer simply about selling as much crap as she can. It's all-out war.

Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Téa Leoni, Mark Polish, Ed Helms, Kyle MacLachlan

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
crude and sexual content, language and a drug situation

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 3D
Marissa Cortez Wilson has it all. She's married to a famous television reporter, has a new baby and intelligent twin step kids. However, her world turns upside down when the Timekeeper threatens to take over the planet and she -- once a top agent -- is called back into action by the OSS.

With Armageddon approaching, her twins, Rebecca and Cecil, leap into action when they learn of their boring step mom's secret past. Now, the world's most competitive ten-year-olds are forced to put their bickering aside and rely on their wits.

With a little help from a couple of familiar Spy Kids, Carmen and Juni Cortez, and some mind-blowing gadgets, they just may be able to save the world and possibly bring their family together while they're at it.

Starring Jessica Alba, Joel McHale, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Jeremy Piven, Rowan Blanchard, Mason Cook

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG
mild action and rude humor

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

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

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