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Alexandria, VA: Old Town Theater To Close

The Alexandria Times is reporting that the Old Town Theater in Alexandria, Virginia will be closing its doors for good this weekend (January 7-8, 2012): The marquee is coming down and the curtains at Old Town Theater are drawing to a permanent... (more)

Is Best Buy Killing Itself? Larry Downes from Forbes Says "Yes"

Larry Downes wrote a story for Forbes.com in which he opines that Best Buy is slowly running itself out of business: Electronics retailer Best Buy is headed for the exits. I can't say when exactly, but my guess is that it's only a matter of time,... (more)

Mason, OH: Rave Motion Pictures Kings Island 12 Closed 12/29/2011

The Rave Motion Pictures Kings Island 12 in Mason, Ohio closed on December 29, 2011. WLWT News 5 has a short post about the closing: A representative of Rave Motion Pictures Kings Island confirmed that the movie theater will close after... (more)

2011's Box Office Woe and What Could/Should Be Done About It

The end of the year always brings all kinds of top 10, bottom 10, best-of, and worst-of lists, and comparisons to the previous year(s) in a variety of measures. This year was no different, and one yearly comparison that is getting some attention is... (more)

A New Years' Resolution for Movie Theaters: Improve the Presentation

In the Journal article titled "2011's Box Office Woe and What Could/Should be Done About It" the issue of lower theater attendance in 2011 than in the previous 16 years was discussed. Following is one of a series of ideas for how theaters can make... (more)

A New Years' Resolution for Movie Theaters: Eject Rude Customers

In the Journal article titled "2011's Box Office Woe and What Could/Should be Done About It" the issue of lower theater attendance in 2011 than in the previous 16 years was discussed. Following is one of a series of ideas for how theaters can make... (more)

Watch the Original Swedish Version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"

Before there was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, there was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Man som hatar kvinnor), a 2010 Swedish movie with English subtitles. As good of a reception as the American version is... (more)

Mesa, AZ: The Royale Closes

The Royale in Mesa, Arizona closed its doors on December 24, 2011. A message on the front page of their web site tells the news: Five years in the making and six months in reality, The Royale will close its doors Christmas Eve 2011. ... (more)

Anderson, CA: Prime 11 Cinemas Reopens as Valley 11 Cinemas

The former Prime 11 Cinemas in Anderson, California, which closed in October 2011, has reopened as the Valley 11 Cinemas. The theater is being operated by Casper Management Co. of Boise, Idaho, which does business under the name Reel Theatre. The... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of December 30, 2011

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

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.

Nanban

Starring Vijay, Jeeva, Srikanth, Ileana, Sathyaraj

Genre - Comedy
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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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Return to Start

Starring Vi Flaten, Michael Anthony Bianco, Jesi Mullins, Jenn Dees, Amy Cerullo

Genre - Drama
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Beneath the Darkness
After the death of his best friend, a fifteen-year-old boy and his teenage friends struggle to expose the grim secrets of a haunted house owned by a mysterious mortician in a small Texas town.

Starring Dennis Quaid, Tony Oller, Aimee Teegarden, Stephen Lunsford, Devon Werkheiser

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Rated R
some violence and language

The Devil Inside
In 1989, emergency responders received a 9-1-1 call from Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley) confessing that she had brutally killed three people. 20 years later, her daughter Isabella (Fernanda Andrade) seeks to understand the truth about what happened that night.

She travels to the Centrino Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Italy where her mother has been locked away to determine if her mother is mentally ill or demonically possessed.

When she recruits two young exorcists (Simon Quarterman and Evan Helmuth) to cure her mom using unconventional methods combining both science and religion, they come face-to-face with pure evil in the form of four powerful demons possessing Maria.

Many have been possessed by one; only one has been possessed by many.

Starring Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth, Ionut Grama, Suzan Crowley

Genre - Horror
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Rated R
disturbing violent content and grisly images, and for language including some sexual references

Kal Manja
Manja wants to be a famous film scriptwriter. As he does not succeed in convincing the directors about his screen play, he decides to narrate his real life story to a maverick director. Manja is loved by a rich person's daughter, Indira, in his native village who wants to reveal her inner feelings to him, but does not succeed. Sensing that his daughter is secretly in love with Manja, Indira's father forces him to write a letter to an imaginary Vasumathi in a village. Manja expresses his love to the girl in writing and asks Indira to post the letter. Indira reads it and is left broken hearted.

Starring Komal, Udaya Taara, Aishwarya Nag, Sreenivasa Murthy, Raju Thalikote

Genre - Comedy
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Norwegian Wood (Noruwei no mori)
Tokyo, the late 1960s... Students around the world are uniting to overthrow the establishment and Toru Watanabe's personal life is similarly in tumult. At heart, he is deeply devoted to his first love, Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman. But their complex bond has been forged by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Watanabe lives with the influence of death everywhere.

That is, until Midori, a girl who is everything that Naoko is not - outgoing, vivacious, supremely self-confident - marches into his life and Watanabe must choose between his past and his future.

Starring Rinko Kikuchi, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Kiko Mizuhara, Tetsuji Tamayama, Kengo Kora

Genre - Drama
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Only Yesterday
Realizing that she is at a crossroads in her life, bored twenty-something Taeko heads for the countryside. The trip dredges up forgotten childhood memories which unfold in flashback to younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of math and boys.

In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self.

Genre - Drama
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Players
Charlie Masceranhas is a Chartered Accountant by day and a master-thief by night. With his razor-sharp intelligence and precision planning, there has been no job so far in his career which has been too tough for him. But when he receives a posthumous DVD from a dead friend that contains information about a gold consignment being transported from Russia to Romania, Charlie realizes that what he is dealing with this time is no average job, but the biggest heist of the century.

He decides to involve his mentor Victor in the planning process, who despite being jailed still wields considerable power and influence in the crime circles. Victor in turn provides him with the super-team required for a task of this magnitude.

Starring Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Bobby Deol, Neil Nitin Mukesh

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Roadie
After a 45-year-old roadie gets dumped by his band, he returns home to Queens, sees his aged mother for the first time since his father's funeral, and finds that even though his neighborhood has become a slum, everywhere he goes there are remnants of the neighborhood he grew up in.

Starring Ron Eldard, Bobby Cannavale, Jill Hennessy, Lois Smith, David Margulies, Jarlath Conroy

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
pervasive language and some drug content

Bodyguard (Telugu)

Starring Ventakesh, Trisha Krishnan, Saloni Aswani

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Audrey Assad

Starring Audrey Assad, Larry LaLonde

Genre - Program
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400 Miles to Freedom
In 1984, the Beta Israel, a secluded 2,500-year-old community of observant Jews in the northern Ethiopian mountains, fled a dictatorship and began a secret and dangerous journey of escape. Co-director Avishai Mekonen, then a 10 year old boy, was among them.

400 MILES TO FREEDOM follows his story as he breaks the 20 year silence around the brutal kidnapping he endured as a child in Sudan during his community's exodus out of Africa, and in so doing explores issues of immigration and racial diversity in Judaism.

Genre - Documentary
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The Metropolitan Opera: Faust Encore

Starring Jonas Kaufmann, René Pape, Marina Poplavskaya

Genre - Program
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Business Man

Starring Mahesh Babu, Kajal Agarwal, Prakash Raj, Ayesha Shiva, Sayaji Shinde

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story
On July 4, 1976 in Entebbe, Uganda, Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Netanyahu leads a team of crack Israeli commandos into a non-descript airline terminal, burst inside, killing the stunned terrorists. Helpless and shocked, 103 hostages lift their heads and gratefully weep at the mesmerizing sight of their saviors.

As the alarms begin to sound, the Israeli soldiers strike with surgical precision and speed -- a lightning bolt of controlled, finely rehearsed fury.

It is all over in a few minutes.

Terrorists lay dead.

The hostages rush out to board the transport planes waiting to evacuate the hostages to safety.

During the mission, a lone shot from a control tower burst in the night -- and a sharp cry for help is heard.

That cry would become the cry of an entire nation, mourning the loss of its prodigal son…

Thirty-year-old Jonathan Netanyahu has been shot dead.

After leading the dramatic raid to free the hostages at Entebbe, Jonathan Netanyahu becomes the "impossible mission's" most tragic casualty.

With his death, Jonathan became an international hero.

Genre - Documentary
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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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