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Ghostbusters Returns to the Big Screen in October

In 1984, director Ivan Reitman brought a movie to the big screen about three unemployed parapsychology professors creating a new business removing bothersome ghosts. Ghostbusters went on to become one of the most oft-quoted comedies of all time and... (more)

Glendale, CA: Vintage Cinemas Takes Over The Exchange and Takes On Pacific Theatres

The Glendale News-Press published an article on September 14, 2011 about the recent transition of the Mann Theatres Glendale Exchange 10 in Glendale, California by Vintage Cinemas, and the struggle that theaters are having in competing with the... (more)

Scottsdale, AZ: West Wind Scottsdale 6 Drive-In Closed for Good in August 2011

The West Wind Scottsdale 6 Drive-In in Scottsdale, Arizona closed in August 2011 after its owners could not renegotiate a new lease with the SRPM Indian Community, according to an article on the East Valley Tribune's web site dated September 29,... (more)

Netflix Realizes After 3 Weeks What Every Customer Knew Right Away - Qwikster Was a Bad Idea

Three weeks ago, Netflix announced that it was going to split itself into two distinct operations, one for streaming that would continue to be called Netflix, and the second for their traditional discs-by-mail program that would be called Qwikster.... (more)

Dallas, TX: Amstar Cinemas to Open in Former AMC The Grand 24 Location

Southern Theatres, LLC. announced recently that the AmStar Cinemas 14 - Dallas in Dallas, Texas will be opening to the public on Friday, October 14, 2011. The theater is located in the same space as the former AMC The Grand 24, which closed last... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of October 7, 2011

  1. Real Steel
  2. The Ides of March
  3. Dolphin Tale
  4. Moneyball
  5. 50/50
  6. Courageous
  7. The Lion King 3D
  8. Dream House
  9. What's Your Number?
  10. Contagion

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.

Footloose
Ren MacCormack (played by Kenny Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont's local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing.

Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister's troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) in the process.

Starring Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Miles Teller

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
some teen drug and alcohol use, sexual content, violence and language

The Thing
Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman.

In the thriller The Thing, paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they're infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet.

Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen

Genre - Horror
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Rated R
strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images, and language

America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments
In an instant, 29 million Americans became fat, out of shape and dangerously obese… and they did it without taking a single bite of food. It was all the result of a decision to change the national standard for obesity.

The question is "What was behind a ruling to declare so many people to be fat? Was it political, financial or for the good of humankind?"

Genre - Documentary
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Mitchell 20: Teacher Quality is the Answer
This documentary is about 20 of the 29 teachers at a Phoenix, Arizona public school who set out on a journey toward improving the quality of their teaching during what turned out to be a very tough time to be a teacher - especially in Arizona.

Over the last three years we have followed these teachers as they attempted National Board Certification, a grueling program that is the most accurate measure of teacher effectiveness in relation to student achievement.

Starring Edward James Olmos, Nessia Boehmer, Vanessa Bustamante, Sylvia Carrizoza, Tina Chiu

Genre - Documentary
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Jack the Ripper and The Butterfinger the 13th

Genre - Program
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Rated PG-13

The Big Year
Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson are at a crossroads -- one is experiencing a mid-life crisis, another a late-life crisis, and the third, a far from ordinary no-life crisis.

From David Frankel, the director of The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me, comes a sophisticated comedy about three friendly rivals who, tired of being ruled by obligations and responsibilities, dedicate a year of their lives to following their dreams.

Their big year takes them on a cross-country journey of wild and life-changing adventures.

Starring Jack Black, Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, Rashida Jones, Rosamund Pike

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG
language and some sensuality

Chalet Girl
A working-class girl lands a job in a posh ski resort and discovers her natural snowboarding genius while dating the boss' son.

Starring Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Bill Nighy, Sophia Bush, Brooke Shields

Genre - Comedy
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Father of Invention
Millionaire infomercial guru, Robert Axle loses everything when one of his inventions has a design flaw that accidentally chops off the fingers of thousands of customers. After serving eight years in prison, a disgraced Axle is released, and ready to redeem his name and rebuild his empire with a new innovation. However, Axle's ex-wife has spent all of his money and moved into his house with her new husband.

Out of desperation, he finds a part-time job as a janitor, and is forced to move in with his estranged daughter and her over-protective roommates.

With all his wheels spinning, Axle soon realizes before he can be successful with his new creation, first he must reinvent himself.

Starring Heather Graham, Kevin Spacey, Camilla Belle, Michael Rosenbaum, Virginia Madsen, John Stamos, Johnny Knoxville

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
sexual material and language

Fireflies in the Garden
In this haunting family drama of recrimination and reconciliation, Lisa Waechter is at the center of the story playing a beleaguered family matriarch who has subordinated her needs and desires to those of her family, particularly her cold, demanding husband.

Lisa's sudden death brings her entire clan together and triggers a series of flashbacks that reveal how the seeds of today's discontent were planted years earlier. Juxtaposing past and present in a fluid, lyrical, and emotionally resonant manner, "Fireflies in the Garden" shows us that, while family is hard to live with, it is impossible to live without.

Starring Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hayden Panettiere, Ioan Gruffudd

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language and some sexual content

Khushiyaan
Raj is an extremely successful and highly driven architect living in New York city with his wife Juhi (a head hunter) and his son Neal, 6. Raj has sacrificed everything to fulfill his career ambitions in New York city but he is haunted by a lingering feeling that he must return to his small village in Punjab to make peace with his aging father whom he greatly admires.

Starring Kulbushan Kharbanda, Rama Vij, Jasbir Jassi, Tisca Chopra, Deep Dhillon

Genre - Drama
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Labios Rojos
Ricardo is a successful ad man living happily with his beautiful wife, Blanca. However, the strength of their love is put to the test as the couple faces a sudden crisis in their relationship when Ricardo develops an embarrassing little problem: erectile dysfunction.

Individually, they set out on a series of absurd and desperate attempts to revive their lost spark, and rekindle their love affair.

Starring Silvia Navarro, Jorge Salinas, Fernando Lujan, Carmen Salinas

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
strong sexual content, nudity and language

My Friend Pinto
Twenty-something Michael Pinto has grown up in a small Goan village, believing everyone in the world to be simple, kind and honest, just like him. His world revolves around a doting mother, a passion for music and the memories of a childhood friend, Sameer, who left Goa for Mumbai many years ago and hasn't replied to his frequent letters ever since. Pinto's talent for music is only matched by his knack for finding trouble in the unlikeliest of places often resulting in the most outlandish and hilarious situations.

When Pinto's idyllic world is shattered by the sudden demise of his mother he decides to head to Mumbai in search of the only friend he knows. Will Pinto find Sameer or will trouble find him first? Will Pinto and his crazy antics survive the big bad city or more importantly, will Mumbai survive a phenomenon called Pinto?

Starring Prateik Babbar, Kalki Koechlin, Arjun Mathur, Shruti Seth, Makrand Deshpande

Genre - Comedy
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OKA!
OKA! tells the true story of an American ethnomusicologist and his life with the Bayaka people of the Central African rainforest.

Twenty five years ago, Louis Sarno traveled from New Jersey to the forests of Central Africa to record the music of the Bayaka Pygmies. Falling in love with a Bayaka girl and her forest lifestyle, he decided to stay.

OKA! – which means "listen!" in the pygmy Akka language – is based on Sarno's memoir "Last Thoughts Before Vanishing from the Face of the Earth" and features a magnificent cast of local Bayaka.

Genre - Drama
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The Skin I Live In
Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault.

In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed three more things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig...

Starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Blanca Suárez, Eduard Fernández

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
disturbing violent content including sexual assault, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language

Texas Killing Fields
Inspired by true events, this tense and haunting thriller follows Detective Souder, a homicide detective in a small Texan town, and his partner, transplanted New York City cop Detective Heigh as they track a sadistic serial killer dumping his victims' mutilated bodies in a nearby marsh locals call "The Killing Fields."

Starring Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain, Chloe Moretz, Annabeth Gish, Stephen Graham

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Rated R
violence and language including some sexual references

Trespass
In a private, wealthy community, priority is placed on security and no exception is made for the Miller family's estate. Behind their pristine walls and manicured gardens, Kyle (Nicolas Cage), a fast-talking businessman, has entrusted the mansion's renovation to his stunning wife, Sarah (Nicole Kidman).

But between making those big decisions and keeping tabs on their defiant teenage daughter (Liana Liberato), Sarah often finds herself distracted by a young, handsome worker (Cam Gigandet) at their home. Nothing is what it seems, and it will take a group of cold-blooded criminals led by Elias (Ben Mendelsohn), who have been planning a vicious home invasion for months, to bring the Miller family together.

When they storm the manor, everyone is tangled up in betrayal, deception, temptation and scheming. Kyle, Sarah and Avery will take the ultimate risk to make it out with their lives – and their family – intact.

Starring Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Cam Gigandet, Liana Liberato, Nico Tortorella, Ben Mendelsohn

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
violence and terror, pervasive language and some brief drug use

The Metropolitan Opera: Anna Bolena Live

Starring Jane Seymour, Ildar Abdrazakov

Genre - Program
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TNA Wrestling's Bound for Glory

Genre - Program
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Rated PG-13

The Rolling Stones: Live in Texas 1978

Starring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards

Genre - Program
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Uncharted 3: Play it First in 3D

Starring Nathan Drake, Elena Fisher, Victor "Sully" Sullivan, Chloe Frazer

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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Friday, Oct 28th

Friday, Nov 4th

Friday, Nov 11th

Friday, Nov 18th

Wednesday, Nov 23rd

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

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