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Westlake Village, CA: Mann Westlake Village 8 Closes, to Reopen as Cinepolis Location in May 2012

The Mann Westlake Village 8 in Westlake Village, California closed Tuesday, December 27, 2011. An article in the Los Angeles Daily News says that the theater will be renovated and turned into a luxury theater operated by Cinepolis: In May, the... (more)

St. Clairsville, OH: Carmike Ohio Valley Mall 11 Unveils "BigD" Auditorium

Carmike Cinemas unveiled its latest big-screen concept "BigD" auditorium at the Carmike Ohio Valley Mall 11 in St. Clairsville, Ohio on December 15, 2011. A press release issued by the company stated that the new auditorium includes a Digital Cinema... (more)

North Hollywood, CA: Laemmle's NoHo 7 Opened December 21, 2011

The Laemmle's NoHo 7 in North Hollywood, California opened on Wednesday, December 21, 2011. The Los Angeles Daily News published an article about the opening of the new theater a few days beforehand, and it includes some information about the... (more)

Los Angeles, CA: World Premiere of "Joyful Noise" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on January 9, 2012

Warner Bros. Pictures announced this week that the world premiere of Joyful Noise will be held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on Monday, January 9, 2012. Attending the event from the movie will be Queen Latifah, Dolly... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of December 23, 2011

  1. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  3. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  4. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  5. The Adventures of Tintin
  6. We Bought a Zoo
  7. War Horse
  8. New Year's Eve
  9. The Darkest Hour
  10. The Muppets

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.

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

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

Angels Crest
The small working-class town of Angels Crest is a tight-knit community resting quietly in one of the vast and stunningly beautiful valleys of the Rocky Mountains. Ethan (Thomas Dekker), one of the town's residents, is a young father but not much more than a kid himself. He has no choice but to look after his three-year-old son Nate, since mom Cindy (Lynn Collins) is an alcoholic.

But one snowy day, Ethan's good intentions are thwarted by a moment of thoughtlessness, resulting in tragedy. A local prosecutor (Jeremy Piven) haunted by his past goes after Ethan, and the ensuing confusion and casting of blame begins to tear the town apart.

Starring Jeremy Piven, Thomas Dekker, Elizabeth McGovern, Mira Sorvino, Lynn Collins, Kate Walsh

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language and some sexual content

A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin)
Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father. Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents' home, but Termeh decides to stay with Nader.

When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wife's absence, he hopes that his life will return to a normal state. However, when he discovers that the new maid has been lying to him, he realizes that there is more on the line than just his marriage.

Starring Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini, Sarina Farhadi

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
mature thematic material

Robot & Frank

Starring Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Peter Saarsgard

Genre - Comedy
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Snowtown
Sixteen-year-old Jamie longs for an escape from the violence and hopelessness that surrounds him. His salvation arrives in the form of John, a charismatic man who unexpectedly comes to his aid.

Jamie soon begins to take on some of John's traits and beliefs. The protection and guidance that John presents to Jamie is initially welcomed however as events occur around him, including the disappearance of several people, Jamie begins to harbor deep suspicions about John and his motivations.

When the truth is finally revealed to Jamie his hopes of happiness are threatened by both his loyalty for, and fear of, his father-figure John Bunting, Australia's most notorious serial killer.

Starring Daniel Henshall, Lucas Pittaway, Craig Coyne, Richard Green, Anthony Groves

Genre - Drama
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The Metropolitan Opera: Rodelinda Encore

Starring Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Andreas Scholl

Genre - Program
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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da)

Starring Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mumtaz Taylan, Muhammet Uzuner

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

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