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Blu-ray Review: Dolphin Tale

Dolphin Tale Warner Bros. Home Entertainment 113 Minutes List Price: $35.99 (Check Price at Amazon.com) This movie is also available from Amazon on Movie-only Blu-ray, DVD, Amazon Instant Video, and on 3D Blu-ray. Available 12/20/2011 ... (more)

Tickets for "The Hunger Games" To Go On Sale February 22nd, 2012

The anticipation for the release of The Hunger Games, which will open in theaters on March 23, 2012 is building steadily, and some are expecting this to be the first of several installments in what could be a new movie franchise to replace the... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of January 13, 2012

  1. Contraband
  2. Beauty and the Beast 3D
  3. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  4. Joyful Noise
  5. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  6. The Devil Inside
  7. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  8. War Horse
  9. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  10. We Bought a Zoo

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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

Haywire
A female covert ops specialist (Carano) who works in the deadly world of international operatives strikes back after discovering she's been double-crossed by someone close to her in the agency.

Starring Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Angarano, Michael Fassbender

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
some violence

Red Tails
1944. As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces, the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options – including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program.

Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage.

Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country – and the fate of the free world.

Starring Bryan Cranston, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Daniela Ruah, Michael B. Jordan

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
some sequences of war violence

Underworld Awakening
After awakening from a fifteen-year coma, Selene discovers she has a fourteen-year-old vampire-Lycan hybrid daughter and that they must stop a bio-tech company from creating an army of super-Lycans.

Starring Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, India Eisley, Charles Dance, Michael Ealy

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
strong violence and gore, and for some language

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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About the Pink Sky (Momoiro sora o)

Starring Ai Ikeda, Ena Koshino, Reiko Fujiwara

Genre - Drama
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The Ambassador (Ambassadoren)
A businessman arrives in central Africa under the guise of being an ambassador, but he's really there to obtain diamonds.

Genre - Documentary
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Carol Channing: Larger Than Life
The story of legendary performer Carol Channing's life is as colorful as the lipstick on her big, bright smile. The movie attempts to capture the magic and vivacity of the 90-year-old icon – both onstage and off...past and present.

Starring Carol Channing

Genre - Documentary
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Rated PG
mild thematic elements, including brief smoking images

Celeste and Jesse Forever
Celeste and Jesse met in high school and got married young. They laugh at the same jokes and finish each other's sentences. They are forever linked in their friends' minds as the perfect couple—she, a high-powered businesswoman and budding novelist; he a free spirit who keeps things from getting boring. Their only problem is that they have decided to get divorced. Can their perfect relationship withstand this minor setback?

Starring Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Emma Roberts, Elijah Wood, Ari Graynor, Eric Christian Olsen

Genre - Comedy
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Coriolanus
Caius Martius 'Coriolanus', a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia to seek the exalted and powerful position of Consul, he is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses whose votes he needs in order to secure the office.

When the public refuses to support him, Coriolanus's anger prompts a riot that culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius to take his revenge on the city.

Starring Gerard Butler, Ralph Fiennes, Jessica Chastain, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
some bloody violence

A Fierce Green Fire
A Fierce Green Fire tells stories of environmental activism – people trying to save the planet, their homes, their lives, the future. It chronicles grassroots and global movements building over five decades; connects all the causes to create a big-picture synthesis; explores how we got here and where we're going. Ours is the time when humanity ran up against nature -- the challenge before us is guiding spaceship earth, bringing our civilization into sustainable balance with the web of life that supports us.

Genre - Documentary
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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 Front Line (Go-ji-jeon)
Toward the end of the Korean War, an uneasy ceasefire is ordered, but out on the Eastern front line of the Aerok Hills, in an expanse of land called the Aero.K, fierce fighting continues.

A race to capture this strategic point to determine a new border between the two Koreas is the ultimate prize.

Starring Ha-kyun Shin, Soo Go, Seung-su Ryu, Chang-Seok Ko, Je-hoon Lee

Genre - Drama
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Rated R

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos
A fugitive alchemist with mysterious abilities leads the Elric brothers to a distant valley of slums inhabited by the Milos, a proud people struggling against bureaucratic exploitation. Ed and Al quickly find themselves in the middle of a rising rebellion, as the exiled Milos lash out against their oppressors.

At the heart of the conflict is Julia, a young alchemist befriended by Alphonse. She'll stop at nothing to restore the Milos to their former glory – even if that means harnessing the awful power of the mythical Philosopher's Stone.

Starring Romi Park, Rie Kugimiya, Maaya Sakamoto, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Shin-ichiro Miki

Genre - Animation
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16-Love
A tennis ace lives and breathes the game until a twisted ankle lands her with a hot rookie. She makes him a champion, and he shows her what true "Love" is.

Starring Lindsey Shaw, Chandler Massey, Keith Coulouris, Susie Abromeit, Lindsey Black

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG
mild thematic elements and brief innuendo

Underworld Awakening 3D
Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.

Starring Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James, India Eisley, Charles Dance

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
strong violence and gore, and for some language

Underworld Awakening: An IMAX 3D Experience
Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.

Starring Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, India Eisley, Charles Dance, Michael Ealy

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
strong violence and gore, and for some language

Underworld Awakening: An IMAX Experience
After awakening from a fifteen-year coma, Selene discovers she has a fourteen-year-old vampire-Lycan hybrid daughter and that they must stop a bio-tech company from creating an army of super-Lycans.

Starring Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, India Eisley, Charles Dance, Michael Ealy

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
strong violence and gore, and for some language

The Viral Factor
IDC Agent Jon (Jay Chou) sustains grave injuries on a mission and decides to spend his final days with his mother. She tells him a long-held secret.

To fulfill her wishes, Jon goes to Southeast Asia. He befriends medical specialist Rachel (Lin Peng). When she is forced into the schemes of a criminal organization, Jon attempts rescue and becomes the target of the organization that includes his estranged brother Yeung (Nicholas Tse)! When the organization betrays Yeung and kidnaps his daughter Sheng, the brothers join forces to rescue Rachel and Sheng.

Starring Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse, Ling Peng, Steven Dasz, Bing Bai

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Watching TV with the Red Chinese
When Tzu, Wa and Chen come to New York City in the summer of 1980 to study, they find themselves in a strange land far, far away from life in communist China. Consuming a heavy daily diet of American T.V., they are captivated by the cacophonous culture surrounding them.

They make friends with their next-door neighbor Dexter, his sometimes girlfriend Suzanne and the struggling filmmaker Billy. They party. One falls dangerously in love. But a brutal mugging and an ex-boyfriend's crazed jealousy plunge them into a state of cultural confusion and fear.

When, on December 8, 1980, John Lennon is murdered, the trio fatefully confronts the social violence that surrounds them.

Starring Ryan O'Nan, Leonardo Nam, Gillian Jacobs, James Chen, Keong Sim

Genre - Comedy
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Arbitrage
Arbitrage—buying low and selling high—depends on a person's ability to determine the true value of any given market. It's a talent that has made billionaire hedge fund magnate Robert Miller the very portrait of success in American business.

But on the eve of his sixtieth birthday, Miller finds himself desperately trying to sell his trading empire to a major bank before the extent of his fraud is discovered. When an unexpected bloody error challenges his perception of what things are worth, Miller finds that his business is not the only thing hanging in the balance.

Starring Richard Gere, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Susan Sarandon, Monica Raymund

Genre - Drama
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Black Rock
Three childhood friends take a trip to a remote island in Maine for a reunion weekend. Their getaway turns into a fight for survival.

Starring Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, Katie Aselton, Jay Paulson, Anslem Richardson

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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The First Time
Dave, a high school senior, spends most of his time pining away over a girl he can't have. Aubrey, a junior with artistic aspirations, has a hot boyfriend who doesn't quite understand her or seem to care.

Although they go to different schools, Dave and Aubrey find themselves at the same party. When both head outside to get some air, they meet. A casual conversation sparks an instant connection, and, over the course of a weekend, things turn magical, romantic, complicated, and funny as Aubrey and Dave discover what it's like to fall in love for the first time.

Starring Britt Robertson, Dylan O'Brien, Craig Roberts, James Frecheville, Victoria Justice

Genre - Drama
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Lay the Favorite
Beth Raymer leaves her dancing job at a Florida strip club to become a Las Vegas cocktail waitress. Not exactly an ideal career choice, but her borderline-ditzy personality doesn't give her many options. In walks Dink, a professional sports bettor who sees through her bubbly exterior and offers her a job placing wagers all over town to gain an advantage over the casinos. Her surprisingly impeccable mind for numbers soon cements her status as Dink's good-luck charm, until his gorgeous-but-frigid wife, Tulip, starts to get jealous.

Faced with no other choice but to fire Beth, Dink's luck runs out when she heads to New York to work for a smarmy bookie, a turn of events that lands her squarely on the wrong side of the law.

Starring Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Laura Prepon, Rebecca Hall

Genre - Comedy
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Me at the Zoo
An intimate look at a controversial young video blogger, regarded by millions as the Internet's first rebel folk hero.

In 2007 Crocker made the infamous YouTube video declaration "Leave Britney Alone!". At that time, all media outlets had photographers glued to Britney Spear's every move. Photos of the young pop star were being sold for upward of a quarter million dollars. Her very public breakdown was the moment when Chris Crocker's fate intersected with his icon; Crocker offered an emotionally raw video defense of his pop idol and became a whipping boy in mainstream media.

Starring Chris Crocker

Genre - Documentary
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The Metropolitan Opera: The Enchanted Island Live

Starring David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Plácido Domingo

Genre - Program
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An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Starring Terence Nance, Chanelle Pearson, Talibah Lateefah Newman, Dexter Jones, Namik Minter

Genre - Comedy
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Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
The history and roots of rap music, featuring interviews with Chuck D, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, MC Lyte, Mos Def, and Kanye West.

Starring Mos Def, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, Kanye West

Genre - Documentary
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Where Do We Go Now? (Et maintenant, on va ou?)
Set in a remote village where the church and the mosque stand side by side, WHERE DO WE GO NOW? follows the antics of the town's women to keep their blowhard men from starting a religious war.

Women heartsick over sons, husbands and fathers lost to previous flare-ups unite to distract their men with clever ruses, from faking a miracle to hiring a troop of Ukrainian strippers.

Starring Nadine Labaki

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
thematic drug material, some sensuality and violent images

V/H/S
A group of small-time criminals is hired to retrieve some video footage from a rundown, isolated house. What they find is a lifeless body in front of television sets, with VHS tapes stacked all around. As they search for the right one, they find horrifying videos, each stranger than the last.

Starring Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Sophia Takal, Kate Lyn Sheil, Calvin Reeder

Genre - Horror
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The Atomic States of America
Reviving the debate over nuclear power in the United States, after years of no new plants being built, to a new project being approved just before the earthquakes in Japan show how fragile nuclear power plants can be.

Starring Kelly McMaster

Genre - Documentary
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Love Free or Die
In June 2003, the Episcopal Church in New Hampshire came under fire when it became the first to elect an openly gay man, Gene Robinson, as a bishop. Since that flash point, Robinson has been at the center of the contentious battle for LGBT people to receive full acceptance in the faith.

Director Macky Alston follows Robinson into the breach in the struggle for equality.

Genre - Documentary
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The Surrogate
A 38-year-old man confined to an iron lung decides he wants to lose his virginity.

Starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks

Genre - Drama
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Goats

Starring Graham Phillips, Vera Farmiga, David Duchovny, Keri Russell, Ty Burrell, Justin Kirk

Genre - Comedy
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Shadow Dancer
Growing up in a Republican family in 1970s Belfast, Collette McVeigh's childhood is shattered, and her family radicalized, when her brother is killed. Twenty years later—a single mother with her own young son—Collette is active in the IRA, along with her two surviving brothers.

During an aborted bomb attempt in London, Collette falls into the hands of an MI5 officer, Mac, who offers her a deal: turn informant or go to prison. Fearing for her son's welfare, she returns to Belfast where—betraying family and beliefs—she becomes a reluctant mole for British intelligence. As suspicion of Collette mounts and Mac takes increasing risks to protect her, both feel the net closing in.

Starring Clive Owen, Aidan Gillen, Gillian Anderson, Domhnall Gleeson, Andrea Riseborough

Genre - Drama
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California Solo
A former Britpop rocker who now works on a farm gets caught driving drunk and faces deportation after living in Los Angeles for many years. His efforts to stay in the U.S. force him to confront the past and current demons in his life.

Starring Robert Carlyle, Alexia Rasmussen, Kathleen Wilhoite, A Martinez, Danny Masterson

Genre - Drama
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Price Check

Starring Parker Posey, Eric Mabius, Annie Parisse, Josh Pais, Cheyenne Jackson, Edward Herrmann

Genre - Comedy
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Agneepath
In a small Indian village, Mandwa, Vijay is taught by his principled father about the path of fire -- Agneepath. His life is completely shattered when the evil drug dealer Kancha hangs his father to death. Vijay leaves for Bombay with his pregnant mother and has only one mission in life -- to come back to Mandwa and bring back the glory of his father's name.

In Bombay, 12 year old Vijay is taken under the wings of the city gang lord Rauf Lala. From then on it is a journey of revenge where he makes and breaks many relationships only to get closer to his aim. Vijay finds support only in his best friend Kaali, who stands by him at every moment in his life. Fifteen years later his hatred takes him back to Mandwa where life comes full circle.

Starring Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor, Om Puri

Genre - Action/Adventure
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