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IMDb Announces Top 10 Stars of 2011

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has announced what it considers to be the top 10 stars of 2011, based upon the number of pageviews that each received on their web site. Each of the top 10 is listed below, with a link to the movies they've... (more)

Trailer Added for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

The long-awaited trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been released, and we have it available on the Trailers & Videos page in several formats for your viewing pleasure! Click the Read link below to see a list of all the videos... (more)

Culver City, CA: Culver Plaza Theatre Closed 12/11/2011

The Culver Plaza Theatre in Culver City, California closed on the weekend of December 11, 2011. The last day we received showtimes was the previous Friday, so the theater's last day was sometime that weekend. This article by Jesica Davis in the... (more)

Buy $100 in Gift Cards at ipictheaters.com, Get $20 Gift Card Free

The official web site for iPic Theaters is offering a free $20 iPic Theaters Gift Card when you buy $100 in Gift Cards through their web site. According to a post on their Facebook page, this promotion goes through midnight tonight (12/20/2011). ... (more)

It's Not Too Late for Amazon Gift Cards!

The days before Christmas are winding down, and most online retailers are not able to deliver items before the big day without charging a lot for shipping, but Gift Shop merchant Amazon.com is offering free one-day shipping on Amazon.com Gift Cards!... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of December 16, 2011

  1. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  2. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  3. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol: The IMAX Experience
  4. New Year's Eve
  5. The Sitter
  6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
  7. Hugo
  8. Arthur Christmas
  9. The Muppets
  10. Young Adult

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 Adventures of Tintin
Jamie Bell ("Billy Elliot," "Defiance") stars as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig ("Quantum of Solace," "Defiance") as the nefarious Red Rackham.

Starring Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Cary Elwes, Andy Serkis, Nick Frost

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG
adventure action violence, some drunkenness and brief smoking

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The first in a three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson's literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy.

Directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the film is based on the first novel in the trilogy, which altogether have sold 50 million copies in 46 countries and become a worldwide phenomenon.

Starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgård, Robin Wright, Christopher Plummer

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, and language

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Blamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, IMF operative Ethan Hunt is disavowed along with the rest of the agency when the President initiates "Ghost Protocol".

Left without any resources or backup, Ethan must find a way to clear his agency's name and prevent another attack. To complicate matters further, Ethan is forced to embark on this mission with a team of fellow IMF fugitives whose personal motives he does not fully know.

Starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Josh Holloway, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Lea Seydoux, Anil Kapoor

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
sequences of intense action and violence

We Bought a Zoo
Based on a true story, Matt Damon portrays a single dad who, looking to give his family a much-needed fresh start, moves to a home situated in the middle of a zoo, which he and his two children will attempt to bring back to its once glorious state.

Starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning, Carla Gallo, Thomas Haden Church

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG
language and some thematic elements

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Oskar is convinced that his father (Hanks), who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city.

Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Bullock) and driven by a relentlessly active mind that refuses to believe in things that can't be observed, Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father's closet.

His journey through the five boroughs takes him beyond his own loss to a greater understanding of the observable world around him.

Starring Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, John Goodman, Max von Sydow, James Gandolfini, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
emotional thematic material, some disturbing images, and language

War Horse
A tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War.

"War Horse" begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man's Land.

The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse—an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure.

Starring Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
intense sequences of war violence

Flix Beer Pairing Dinner

Genre - Program
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Saint (Sint)
Unfortunately, Saint Nicholas is not the jolly joy-giver you thought he was. Turns out he's a bloodthirsty priest who, whenever there's a full moon in December, will try to slaughter as many children as possible.

Starring Huub Stapel, Madelief Blanken, Egbert Jan Weeber, Caro Lenssen, Terrence Sinclair

Genre - Comedy
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The Adventures of Tintin 3D
Jamie Bell ("Billy Elliot," "Defiance") stars as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig ("Quantum of Solace," "Defiance") as the nefarious Red Rackham.

Starring Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Jamie Bell, Cary Elwes, Andy Serkis

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG
adventure action violence, some drunkenness and brief smoking

The Adventures of Tintin: An IMAX 3D Experience
Jamie Bell ("Billy Elliot," "Defiance") stars as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig ("Quantum of Solace," "Defiance") as the nefarious Red Rackham.

Starring Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Jamie Bell, Cary Elwes, Andy Serkis

Genre - Action/Adventure
View trailers and video clips
Poster Artwork
Rated PG
adventure action violence, some drunkenness and brief smoking

The Adventures of Tintin: The IMAX Experience
Jamie Bell ("Billy Elliot," "Defiance") stars as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig ("Quantum of Solace," "Defiance") as the nefarious Red Rackham.

Starring Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG
adventure action violence, some drunkenness and brief smoking

The Flowers of War (Jin ling shi san chai)
Set during Japan's 1937 invasion of China, a Westerner seeks refuge in a Catholic church. There he meets a beautiful Chinese courtesan who helps him rescue a group of schoolgirls from a terrible fate at the hands of the Japanese.

Starring Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Paul Schneider, Shigeo Kobayashi

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
strong violence including a sexual assault, disturbing images, and brief strong language

The Magic Flute Holiday Encore

Genre - Program
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Hansel & Gretel Holiday Encore

Starring Alice Coote, Christine Scaher, Philip Langridge

Genre - Program
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kART Across America
Andy Raney and Jeremy Make traveled the nation on a golf cart to discover the ART of America. Everyone has one, Whats your art?

kART Across America came about out of an idea to get America back to its roots. We get caught up in red and blue states, black and white, rich and poor. But at the root of us all is an art. Some sort of creative expression. We are out to Discover that. Expose that. Inspire it. And the golf cart slows us down enough to really breathe it all in...

Starring Jeremy Make, Andy Raney

Genre - Documentary
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The Darkest Hour
The story of five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack.

Starring Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Rachael Taylor, Max Minghella, Joel Kinnaman

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
sci-fi action violence and some language

Don 2
Having conquered the Asian underworld, Don now has his sights set on European domination. In his way are the bosses of the existing European underworld and all law enforcement agencies.

The action shifts from Kuala Lumpur to Berlin as Don must avoid assassination or arrest, whichever comes first, in order for his plan to succeed.

Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani, Lara Dutta

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Don 2 3D
Having conquered the Asian underworld, Don now has his sights set on European domination. In his way are the bosses of the existing European underworld and all law enforcement agencies.

The action shifts from Kuala Lumpur to Berlin as Don must avoid assassination or arrest, whichever comes first, in order for his plan to succeed.

Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani, Lara Dutta, Om Puri

Genre - Action/Adventure
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In the Land of Blood and Honey
Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War that tore the Balkan region apart in the 1990s, In the Land of Blood and Honey tells the story of Danijel and Ajla, two people from different sides of a brutal ethnic conflict.

Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, and Ajla, a Bosnian held captive in the camp he oversees, knew each other before the war, and could have found love with each other. But as the armed conflict takes hold of their lives, their relationship grows darker, their motives and connection to one another ambiguous, their allegiances uncertain.

Starring Rade Serbedzija, Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic, Branko Djuric, Nikola Djuricko, Jasna Beri, Dolya Gavanski

Genre - Romance
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Rated R
war violence and atrocities including rape, sexuality, nudity and language

Miss Minoes
The tale of Miss Minoes, a cat who is transformed into a young woman (Carice van Houten) and befriends Tibbe (Theo Maassen), a shy bumbling cub reporter for the local newspaper. Miss Minoes, still recognized as a cat by the neighborhood felines despite her new appearance, organizes them into a news-gathering service and helps Tibbe become a star reporter. He soon turns investigative and discovers that the popular chairman of the "Club For Friends of Animals" and boss of a nearby factory has evil plans...

Starring Carice van Houten, Theo Maassen, Sarah Bannier, Hans Kesting, Olga Zuiderhoek

Genre - Art/Foreign
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Rated PG
brief language, smoking and rude behavior

Olive
Olive is a little girl that appears out of no where. She transforms the lives of a foreigner, a fat man and a old woman without speaking a word. Her strong presence along with her magic radio manifests her thoughts and guide this story. Life lessons are to be learned...

Starring Gena Rowlands, John Scurti, Chris Maher, Ruby Alexander, Ally Johnson

Genre - Family
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Rated PG
a scene of threatening violence and some thematic elements

Pina
An homage to late choreographer Pina Bausch (1940-2009), a leading influence in the development of the Tanztheater style of dance.

Starring Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante, Jorge Puerta, Pina Bausch

Genre - Documentary
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Rated PG
some sensuality/partial nudity and smoking

Pina 3D
An homage to late choreographer Pina Bausch (1940-2009), a leading influence in the development of the Tanztheater style of dance.

Starring Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante, Jorge Puerta, Pina Bausch

Genre - Musical
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Rated PG
some sensuality/partial nudity and smoking

Rajapattai

Starring 'Chiyaan' Vikram, Deeksha Seth, Mithra Kurian, Pradeep Singh Rawat, Avinash

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rajendra

Starring Harinath Policherla, Gowri Pandit, Krishnudu

Genre - Action/Adventure
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The Darkest Hour 3D
The story of five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack.

Starring Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachel Taylor, Joel Kinnaman

Genre - SciFi/Fantasy
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Rated PG-13
sci-fi action violence and some language

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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