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Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray for $70.49

Gift Shop merchant Amazon.com has the Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray Box Set for just $70.49 today. Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) [Blu-ray] This is the best price they've had this set of all six movies since it was released... (more)

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA: Edwards Rancho Santa Margarita 6 Closes to Make Way for New Cinepolis Theater

The Edwards Rancho Santa Margarita 6 in Rancho Santa Margarita, California closed after its last shows on Thursday, January 5, 2012. The theater will be converted into a new movie theater operated by Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas, which is scheduled to... (more)

Laguna Niguel, CA: Tracking the Progress of the Ocean Ranch Cinepolis Theater

The LagunaNiguel Patch has been providing updates on the construction of the former Edwards Ocean Ranch 7 in Laguna Niguel, California, which is being converted into a location run by Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas. Below is a list of articles that have... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of January 6, 2012

  1. The Devil Inside
  2. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  3. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  4. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  6. War Horse
  7. We Bought a Zoo
  8. The Adventures of Tintin
  9. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  10. The Darkest Hour

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.

Beauty and the Beast 3D
The 1991 animated Disney classic gets a 3D conversion.

Starring Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers

Genre - Animation
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Rated G

Contraband
A man tries to stay out of a world he worked so hard to leave behind and he'll do anything to protect his family. Set in New Orleans, the film explores the cutthroat underground world of international smuggling -- full of desperate criminals and corrupt officials, high-stakes and big payoffs -- where loyalty rarely exists and death is one wrong turn away.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Beckinsale, Diego Luna

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Rated R
violence, pervasive language and brief drug use

Joyful Noise
The small town of Pacashau, Georgia, has fallen on hard times, but the people are counting on the Divinity Church Choir to lift their spirits by winning the National Joyful Noise Competition. The choir has always known how to sing in harmony, but the discord between its two leading ladies now threatens to tear them apart. Their newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill (Latifah), stubbornly wants to stick with their tried-and-true traditional style, while the fiery G.G. Sparrow (Parton) thinks tried-and-true translates to tired-and-old.

Shaking things up even more is the arrival of G.G.'s rebellious grandson, Randy (Jeremy Jordan). Randy has an ear for music, but he also has an eye for Vi Rose's beautiful and talented daughter, Olivia (Keke Palmer), and the sparks between the two teenagers are causing even more heat between G.G. and Vi Rose.

Starring Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer, Jeremy Jordan, Courtney B. Vance

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
some language including a sexual reference

Bodyguard (Telugu)

Starring Ventakesh, Trisha Krishnan, Saloni Aswani

Genre - Action/Adventure
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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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Loosies
A young New York pickpocket Bobby (Peter Facinelli) is confronted by a woman (Jamie Alexander) with whom he has a passionate one-night affair. She tells him she's pregnant, and Bobby is forced to reevaluate a lifetime of missteps, take responsibility for his new child and win over the girl who might just be perfect for him.

Starring Peter Facinelli, Jaimie Alexander, Vincent Gallo, Michael Madsen, Joe Pantoliano, Christy Carlson Romano, William Forsythe

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
some violence, sexual content and language

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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The Divide
Nine strangers-all tenants of a New York high rise apartment-escape a nuclear attack by hiding out in the building's bunker-like basement.

Trapped for days underground with no hope for rescue, and only unspeakable horrors awaiting them on the other side of the bunker door, the group begins to descend into madness, each turning on one another with physical and psycho-sexual torment.

While everyone in the bunker allows themselves to be overcome by desperation and lose their humanity, one survivor holds onto a thin chance for escape even with no promise of salvation on the outside.

Starring Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn, Michael Eklund, Rosanna Arquette

Genre - Drama
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Don't Go in the Woods
A young band heads into the woods to get away from their everyday lives in order to focus on writing new songs. Hoping to walk away from the trip with new tunes that will score them their big break, they instead find themselves in the middle of a nightmare beyond comprehension.

Starring Bo Boddie, Eric Bogosian, Gwynn Galitzer, Jorgen Jorgensen, Tim Lajcik

Genre - Horror
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Newlyweds
When you get married, you're not just getting a husband or wife—you get the family, the friends, even the exes. Buzzy and Katie are newlyweds. Katie's meddlesome sister Marsha has been married to Buzzy's friend Max for 18 years. As Marsha and Max's marriage is crumbling under the weight of life together as empty-nesters, Buzzy and Katie's honeymoon period is upended when Buzzy's wild-child baby sister shows up at the couple's TriBeCa apartment with more than a little baggage.

Starring Edward Burns, Kerry Bishé, Ali Tobia, Marsha Dietlein Bennett, Caitlin Fitzgerald, John Solo, Dara Coleman, Max Baker

Genre - Romance
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Richard Garriot: Man on A Mission
Last year Richard Garriott became the first son of an astronaut to go to space, but this is no millionaire's joy ride, he pioneered private space travel to make his dream come true: from his training in Russia to his launch in Kazakhstan to the dramatic, never before seen footage inside the capsule during fiery re-entry, this is a historic moment in human space travel.

In January of 2008, Richard writes a $30 million check to secure his seat on the Russian Soyuz rocket. In October, he launches 250 miles straight up to the International Space Station where he orbits Earth for 10 days. The film follows Richard through his year of training. From Star City, Moscow, to NASA, to Yuri Gagarin's original launch pad – viewers are Richard's co-pilot in his journey to the stars.

Once in space, Richard takes over the filming. He and his camera float weightless inside the tiny Soyuz capsule for the two days it takes to dock with the ISS. Then we experience life on board the Space Station as Richard performs experiments, looks down on mother Earth and even does magic tricks. What's more, Richard keeps the camera rolling for some never before seen footage from inside the re-entry capsule as it makes a fiery return to earth. On the ground, his astronaut father is there to meet him, officially welcoming us all to the next generation of human space exploration.

Starring Richard Garriot

Genre - Documentary
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Sophomore
A comedy about an eclectic group of high school kids and their many adventures throughout their formative tenth grade year.

Starring Patrick Warburton, Amanda Plummer, Robert Keiper, Erin Foley, Kyle Wigent

Genre - Comedy
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Vettai
Vettai is a story of two brothers, Thiru Murthy and Guru Murthy, who are poles apart in character. Their father was a constable but after his demise, Thiru takes on the same duty. Due to his lack of bravery, Thiru find it difficult to fight crime in his town. It is in these times that Guru who is not a cop steps up and assists his elder brother. As Guru wins many of his brother's battles with crime, the accolades are showered though on Thiru to an extent that he is promoted as the Superintendent of Police.

The turning point in the story arises when Thiru is caught off guard and brutally thrashed. It now becomes imperative for Guru to build his brothers courage to face his fears and overcome them.

Starring Arya, Madhavan, Amala Paul, Sameera Reddy, Thambi Ramayya

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Ayn Rand & The Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged
A documentary which looks into Ayn Rand's background for the ideas and philosophy that inspired and shaped her novel "Atlas Shrugged," and seeks to determine whether America is indeed headed for the disastrous outcome she predicted.

Genre - Documentary
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Hello I Must Be Going
Demoralized by a divorce, 35-year-old Amy Minsky is moving back in with her parents. Before losing all hope and self-esteem, she meets a teenage boy that just may turn her around.

Starring Melanie Lynskey, Blythe Danner, John Rubinstein, Julie White, Christopher Abbott

Genre - Comedy
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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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Friday, Feb 3rd

Friday, Feb 10th

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

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