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Waldorf, MD: Renovation Plans for AMC Loews St. Charles Towne Center 9 Announced

AMC Theatres announced this week plans to renovate the AMC Loews St. Charles Towne Center 9 in Waldorf, Maryland to upgrade the moviegoing experience for their customers. AMC plans to invest more than $4.5 million by converting all nine... (more)

Chesapeake, VA: Cinemark Chesapeake Square Theatre Opens December 16, 2011

Cinemark Holdings, Inc. announced recently that the Cinemark Chesapeake Square Theatre, located at 2413 Chesapeake Square Ring Road, in Chesapeake, Virginia will open to the public on Friday, December 16, 2011. The new theater will feature 12... (more)

Cape Girardeau, MO: AMC Town Plaza 5 Closed

The AMC Town Plaza 5 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri closed December 1, 2011. An article on KVFS Channel 12's web site mentions the reason for the theater's closing: In a written statement, AMC director of public relations Ryan Noonan blames the... (more)

Los Angeles, CA: AMC Avco Center Closes but Landlord Vows to Bring In New Operator

The AMC Avco Center in Los Angeles, California closed after its last shows on Sunday, December 4, 2011. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, AMC and the landlord of the building could not agree on terms for renewing the lease: "AMC... (more)

"Kevin Smith: Live From Behind" Features Live Kevin Smith Q&A with Fans

On February 2, 2012, select theaters around the country will be hosting a program titled Kevin Smith: Live from Behind, which features director and writer Kevin Smith in a live setting at the Scotiabank Theatre Toronto (in Toronto, Ontario), where... (more)

Willcox, AZ: Fate of Rex Allen Theater Discussed

The Arizona Range News published an article recently on the discussion surrounding the fate of the the Rex Allen Theater in Willcox, Arizona: The Rex Allen Theater cannot re-open unless a $6,500 debt is paid to the film booker. The Rex Allen... (more)

AMC and Regal Gift Cards Make Great Gifts - No Mall Visit Required!

Looking for a perfect gift for the movielover on your list? Look no further, as gift cards to AMC Theatres and/or Regal Cinemas locations make great gifts! Buy an AMC Theatres Gift Card! Buy a Regal Entertainment Group... (more)

First Six Minutes of "The Dark Knight Rises" to be Shown at Select 70mm IMAX Theaters

Warner Bros. Pictures announced this week that it will unveil a six-minute opening sequence of its upcoming Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises: The IMAX Experience, at select IMAX theaters on Friday, December 16th, 2011. The movie opens in... (more)

47" 3D LED TV, 3D Blu-ray Player, and 4 3D Glasses for $800

Gift Shop merchant Amazon.com is offering a great bundle of a 47" LG LED-LCD 3D TV, a 3D capable Blu-ray player, and four pairs of 3D glasses for just $799.99. LG 47LW5300 47-Inch 1080p 120Hz Cinema 3D LED-LCD HDTV with 3D Blu-ray Player and Four... (more)

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Edition on Blu-ray for $50

Gift Shop merchant Amazon.com has the Extended Edition box set of The Lord of the Rings movies for just $49.99. The $120 set normally goes for about $80, and Amazon recently had the $50 price the week of Black Friday. This looks to be a price-match... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of December 2, 2011

  1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
  2. The Muppets
  3. Hugo
  4. Arthur Christmas
  5. Happy Feet Two
  6. Jack and Jill
  7. The Descendants
  8. Immortals
  9. Tower Heist
  10. Puss in Boots

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.

New Year's Eve
A comedy that celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in the intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.

Starring Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Ryan Seacrest, Hilary Swank, Sofia Vergara

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
language including some sexual references

The Metropolitan Opera: Rodelinda Live

Starring Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Andreas Scholl

Genre - Program
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Olivia's Wintertime Cheer

Genre - Program
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Rated G

Pokemon the Movie: White - Victini and Zekrom
During their travels through the Unova region, Ash and his friends Iris and Cilan arrive in Eindoak Town, built around a castle called the Sword of the Vale. The three Trainers have come to compete in the town's annual battle competition, and Ash manages to win with some unexpected help from the Mythical Pokémon Victini! It turns out Victini has a special bond with this place...

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Chicago The Band Presents an Evening of Holiday Music and Greatest Hits
An evening of music featuring some of the band's greatest and most popular hits as well as special "Chicago style" performances of songs from their new holiday album, Chicago XXXIII, "O Christmas Three."

Additionally, fans will experience the legendary band in an intimate rehearsal setting, never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage from their recent U.S. tour, interviews with the current band members and much more.

Genre - Program
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The Metropolitan Opera: Satyagraha Encore

Starring Richard Croft

Genre - Program
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National Theatre Live: The Collaborators Encore

Genre - Program
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I Melt with You

Starring Carla Gugino, Jeremy Piven, Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, Arielle Kebbel

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Rated R
pervasive drug use and language, some violence and sexual content

In Darkness
Based on a true story about Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and petty thief in Lvov, a Nazi occupied city in Poland. One day he encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto. He hides them for money in the labyrinth of the town's sewers beneath the bustling activity of the city above.

What starts out as a straightforward and cynical business arrangement turns into something very unexpected, the unlikely alliance between Socha and the Jews as the enterprise seeps deeper into Socha's conscience.

A story of survival as these men, women and children all try to outwit certain death during 14 months of ever increasing and intense danger.

Starring Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader, Herbert Knaup

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
violence, disturbing images, sexuality, nudity and language

Knuckle
An epic 12-year journey into in the world of an Irish Traveller community, KNUCKLE takes us inside their brutal, secretive and exhilarating bare-knuckle fighting lives.

Chronicling a history of violent feuding between rival families, the story focuses on two brothers as they fight for their reputations and the honor of their family name.

Starring Ian Palmer

Genre - Documentary
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Rated R
violent content and language

Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl
A smooth and charming conman, Ricky Bahl, cons girls for a living but finally meets his match. Smooth talker! Charmer! With innocent looks! And a conniving mind! Meet Ricky Bahl! He makes a living conning girls. One super slick caper after another, sends him laughing all the way to the bank. Till the ladies decide to get together, and take him on with his crafty match! Now the real fun begins.

Starring Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Dipannita Sharma, Parineeti Chopra

Genre - Comedy
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Magic to Win (Kai Xin Mo Fa)
Based on the famous Chinese HAPPY GHOST series, MAGIC TO WIN is the story of an ordinary girl who inherits magical superpowers. She starts to enjoy the daily convenience of her powers which radically change her live, she even uses them to gain victory in her sports. The abuse of her powers draws in unwanted attention as well as some family nemesis waiting to exact revenge.

Starring Louis Koo, Raymond Wong, Wu Chung, Wu Jing, Yan Ni

Genre - SciFi/Fantasy
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My Piece of the Pie (Ma part du gateau)
France, a single mother from the blighted industrial north, and Steve, a hotshot trader with a keen eye for the killer deal, are thrown together when he's looking for a cleaner and she's looking for a job.

When Alban, Steve's 3-year-old son, arrives on the doorstep to stay with his dad, Steve might need more than a cleaner. And France might need some payback from the man who almost single-handedly shut down the factory where she worked...

Starring Karin Viard, Gilles Lellouche, Audrey Lamy, James Puddephatt, Edwin Kruger

Genre - Comedy
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Osthi (Osthe)

Starring Silambarasan, Richa Gangopadhyay, Jithan Ramesh

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Panjaa

Starring Pawan Kaylan, Sarah Jane Dias, Anjali Lavania, Jackie Shroff, Sesh Adivi

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Red Hook Black
An illicit affair between a niece and her uncle.

The dependable older brother and his irresponsible younger brother who may come to blows.

Two best friends from Red Hook try to adjust to the new normal economy.

These events are the inspiration behind RED HOOK BLACK, a slice of life picture set against the backdrop of the Brooklyn waterfront enclave of the same name.

Starring Kyle Fields, Danielle Lozeau, Victoria Negri, James Jackson, Keith Walker

Genre - Drama
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The Sitter
Jonah Hill as "The Sitter" is the last person you want watching your kids. But this time, The Sitter has met his match in three manipulative brats.

When a shady endeavor he finds himself in goes bad, The Sitter and the malevolent youngsters embark on a wild chase through Manhattan.

Starring Jonah Hill, Sam Rockwell, Ari Graynor, Miriam McDonald, Erin Daniels

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
crude and sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and some violence

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
The time is 1973. The Cold War of the mid-20th Century continues to damage international relations. Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), a.k.a. MI6 and code-named the Circus, is striving to keep pace with other countries' espionage efforts and to keep the U.K. secure. The head of the Circus, known as Control (John Hurt), personally sends dedicated operative Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) into Hungary. But Jim's mission goes bloodily awry, and Control is forced out of the Circus – as is his top lieutenant, George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a career spy with razor-sharp senses.

Smiley is rehired in secret at the government's behest, as there is a gnawing fear that the Circus has long been compromised by a double agent, or mole, working for the Soviets and jeopardizing England. Supported by younger agent Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch), Smiley parses Circus activities past and present. In trying to track and identify the mole, Smiley is haunted by his decades-earlier interaction with the shadowy Russian spy master Karla.

Even before the startling truth is revealed, the emotional and physical tolls on the players enmeshed in the deadly international spy game will escalate…

Starring Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Stephen Graham

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Rated R
violence, some sexuality/nudity and language

W.E.
Two love stories, one historic and one contemporary, are interwoven. The famous romance between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson is juxtaposed with the affair of a Russian security guard with a New York trophy wife Wally Winthrop.

Wally is obsessed with the story of Edward and the woman he loved, and embarks on her own research of their life together, even attending the Sotheby's auction of the Windsor Estate. She comes to see that their relationship, although glamorous, was not the perfect one that she had imagined it to be.

Starring Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, James D'Arcy, Natalie Dormer, Annabelle Wallis, Richard Coyle, Christina Chong

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
some domestic violence, nudity and language

Young Adult
A writer of teen literature returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson).

When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, she forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn't quite gotten over high school, either.

Starring Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, J.K. Simmons

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
language and some sexual content

The Metropolitan Opera: Faust Live

Starring Jonas Kaufmann, René Pape, Marina Poplavskaya

Genre - Program
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NYC Ballet Presents George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

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, Dec 16th

Wednesday, Dec 21st

Friday, Dec 23rd

Sunday, Dec 25th

Friday, Jan 13th

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

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