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Next James Bond Movie to be Called "Skyfall" - Cast Members Announced

Earlier today, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli presented the cast of the next movie in the James Bond franchise, which is titled Skyfall. The 23rd Bond movie will be directed by Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes, who is best known for... (more)

Harry Potter Movies Going "Into the Vault" December 29, 2011 - Get Them While They're Still Available!

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced in October that they will stop shipping the Harry Potter movies on DVD and Blu-ray as of December 29, 2011. If you want the movies on a physical disc (where you don't have to be subject to your Internet... (more)

Soundtrack for "The Muppets" to be Released November 21, 2011

Walt Disney Records is releasing the soundtrack to the upcoming comedy The Muppets on November 21, 2011, according to an announcement released in October. The soundtrack features updated versions of Muppet classics, familiar songs given the Muppet... (more)

Birmingham, MI: Palladium 12 Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Family-oriented Event November 12, 2011

The Palladium 12 in Birmingham, Michigan is celebrating 10 years of serving customers with an all-day "Family Fun Spectacular" on Saturday, November 12, 2011. They are promising promotions, games, and activities for the whole family, and the first... (more)

Los Angeles, CA: World Premiere of "Happy Feet Two" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 13, 2011

Warner Bros. Pictures announced recently that the world premiere of the upcoming animated comedy Happy Feet Two will be held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday, November 13, 2011. Scheduled to attend the event from the... (more)

Steven Spielberg Blames George Lucas for Alien Skulls in Indy 4

The December issue of Empire Magazine features an interview with Steven Spielberg that discusses his upcoming movie War Horse, but they also had a chance to ask him about sequels in the Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones franchises. In the interview,... (more)

Blu-ray Review: Planet Earth Special Edition

Planet Earth - Special Edition BBC 420 Minutes List Price: $79.98 (Check Price at Amazon.com) This title is also available from Amazon in a Limited Edition package, which has the discs contained in a globe-themed case. Available 10/4/2011 ... (more)

Houston, TX: Sundance Houston to Open November 23, 2011 in Former Angelika Film Center Location

The Sundance Houston in Houston, Texas is scheduled to open on November 23, 2011, according to the web site of Sundance Cinemas. The theater is in the same location as the former Angelika Film Center, which closed abruptly in 2010. The Houston... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of October 28, 2011

  1. Puss in Boots
  2. Paranormal Activity 3
  3. In Time
  4. Footloose
  5. The Rum Diary
  6. Real Steel
  7. The Three Musketeers
  8. The Ides of March
  9. Moneyball
  10. Courageous

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.

Tower Heist
A comedy caper about working stiffs who
seek revenge on the Wall Street swindler who stiffed them. After the workers at a luxury Central Park condominium discover the penthouse billionaire has stolen their retirement, they plot the ultimate revenge: a heist to reclaim what he took from them.

Queens native Josh Kovacs (Stiller) has managed one of the most luxurious and well-secured residences in New York City for more than a decade. Under his watchful eye, nothing goes undetected. In the swankiest unit atop Josh's building, Wall Street titan Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) is under house arrest after being caught stealing two billion from his investors. The hardest hit among those he defrauded? The tower staffers whose pensions he was entrusted to manage.

With only days before Arthur gets away with the perfect crime, Josh's crew turns to petty crook Slide (Murphy) to plan the nearly impossible…to steal what they are sure is hidden in Arthur's guarded condo. Though amateurs, these rookie thieves know the building better than anyone. Turns out they've been casing the place for years, they just didn't know it.

Starring Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Téa Leoni, Michael Peña, Gabourey Sidibe, Stephen Henderson, Judd Hirsch

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
language and sexual content

J. Edgar
As the face of law enforcement in America for almost fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.

Under the direction of Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the title role of "J. Edgar," a drama that explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Lea Thompson, Ed Westwick, Dermot Mulroney, Armie Hammer

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
brief strong language

The Metropolitan Opera: Don Giovanni Live

Starring Peter Mattei, Barbara Frittoli, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Erin Wall, Pavol Breslik

Genre - Program
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Hercules Saves Christmas

Starring Hercules Rossi, Luigi Francis Shorty Rossi, Mackenzie Phillips, Kathy Garver, Arturo Gil

Genre - Family
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Twilight Saga Tuesdays: Twilight

Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser

Genre - Program
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The Metropolitan Opera: Anna Bolena Encore

Starring Jane Seymour, Ildar Abdrazakov

Genre - Program
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The Other F Word
A documentary which asks what happens when a generation's ultimate anti-authoritarians – punk rockers – become society's ultimate authorities – dads.

With a large chorus of punk rock's leading men - Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, Rise Against's Tim McIlrath - Jim Lindberg, a 20-year veteran of the skate punk band Pennywise, goes from belting his band's anthem "F--k Authority," to embracing his ultimately authoritarian role in mid-life: fatherhood.

Starring Tony Adolescent, Art Alexakis, Rob Chaos, Chris De Wolfe, Joe Escalant

Genre - Documentary
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Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story
The true story of a young American's impossible journey - a journey never experienced or heard of in the soccer world. After college, Jay's dream of playing pro soccer in Europe seemed unreachable. Sleeping in an attic, painting houses and eating beans and toast to survive, Jay took the most unlikely route to the top. After not making the professional leagues in the U.S., Jay left for Europe at the age of 21 without any professional experience - only a passport, $1800 and a backpack full of dreams.

The film documents Jay's journey from the bottom - playing in Sunday park leagues and lower level division London clubs earning 40 pounds a week - to playing in the English Premier League - to starting in the 2010 World Cup. Featuring US National Team players Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, and others and cameos from Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba and more, the film tells the story from Jay and the people who lived it.

Starring Jay DeMerit

Genre - Documentary
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Cherkess
Immigrant Circassians arrive in Ottoman Transjordan in the year 1900. Bedouin and Circassian cultures collide, but are saved by the love of two people.

Starring Ruslan Firov, Sahar Bishara, Mohadeen Komakhov, Azamat Bekov, Mohamad al Abadi

Genre - Drama
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Killing Bono
As a punk schoolboy in Dublin in the 1970s, Neil McCormick wants to be famous, he wants to be a rock god. Neil and his brother Ivan have it all worked out--the albums, the stadium concerts, the quest for world peace.

There's only one thing they hadn't counted on--the boy sitting on the other side of the classroom has plans of his own. And his name is Bono.

Starring Pete Postlethwaite, Ben Barnes, Robert Sheehan, Krysten Ritter, Justine Waddell

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
pervasive language, some sexuality/nudity and drug use

Mogudu

Starring Tottempudi Gopichand, Tapsee Pannu, Rajendraprasad, Shradha Das, Naresh

Genre - Drama
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The Son of No One
Jonathan (Channing Tatum) is a second-generation cop who gets in over his head when he's assigned to re-open a double homicide cold case in his Queens neighborhood. An anonymous source feeding new information on the long-unsolved murders to a local reporter (Juliette Binoche) leads to evidence suggesting a possible cover-up by the former lead detective (Al Pacino), who was on the investigation.

As Jonathan digs deeper into the assignment, a dark secret about the case emerges, which threatens to destroy his life and his family.

Starring Channing Tatum, Tracy Morgan, Katie Holmes, Ray Liotta, Juliette Binoche, Al Pacino

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
violence, pervasive language and brief disturbing sexual content

Stuck Between Stations
Casper, a soldier home on bereavement leave, gets a second chance to make a new impression on his childhood crush Rebecca, a once promising grad student whose academic career hangs by a thread. While they drift through the picturesque streets of Minneapolis, they have only one night together to find themselves falling in love and falling apart.

Starring Sam Rosen, Zoe Lister Jones, Josh Hartnett, Michael Imperioli, Nadia Dajani

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language throughout and some drug content

Sutro's: The Palace at Lands End

Genre - Documentary
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Rated G

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
The new "Harold & Kumar" comedy picks up six years after the duo's last adventure. After years of growing apart, Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) have replaced each other with new best friends and are preparing for their respective Christmas celebrations.

But when a mysterious package arrives at Kumar's door, his attempt to deliver it to Harold's house ends with him inadvertently burning down Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree.

With his in-laws out of the house for less than a day, Harold decides to cover his tracks rather than come clean, and reluctantly embarks on another ill-advised but hilarious journey with Kumar, taking them through New York City on Christmas Eve in search of the perfect Christmas tree.

Starring John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Paula Garcés, Danneel Harris, Bobby Lee, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Tom Lennon, Danny Trejo, Amir Blumenfeld, David Burtka, Fred Melamed, Patton Oswalt, Richard Riehle

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

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
The new "Harold & Kumar" comedy picks up six years after the duo's last adventure. After years of growing apart, Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) have replaced each other with new best friends and are preparing for their respective Christmas celebrations.

But when a mysterious package arrives at Kumar's door, his attempt to deliver it to Harold's house ends with him inadvertently burning down Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree.

With his in-laws out of the house for less than a day, Harold decides to cover his tracks rather than come clean, and reluctantly embarks on another ill-advised but hilarious journey with Kumar, taking them through New York City on Christmas Eve in search of the perfect Christmas tree.

Starring John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Paula Garcés, Danneel Harris, Bobby Lee, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Tom Lennon, Danny Trejo, Amir Blumenfeld, David Burtka, Fred Melamed, Patton Oswalt, Richard Riehle

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

The Metropolitan Opera: Siegfried Live

Starring Gary Lehman, Deborah Voigt, Bryn Terfel

Genre - Program
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Twilight Saga Tuesdays: New Moon

Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone

Genre - Program
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TCM Presents West Side Story

Starring Natalie Wood, Richard beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris

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!

Friday, Nov 11th

Friday, Nov 18th

Wednesday, Nov 23rd

Friday, Dec 9th

Friday, Dec 16th

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

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