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Newport Beach, CA: Edwards Island 7 Reopens as Upscale Island Cinema

The theater formerly known as the Edwards Island 7 in Newport Beach, California has reopened as the Island Cinema, an upscale theater offering at-your-seat dining and drink service. The seven screen theater opened to the public on December 16, 2011... (more)

2012 Academy Award Nominations - By Category

The nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced earlier today by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and actress Jennifer Lawrence, who was nominated for her work in Winter's Bone in 2010 and is... (more)

2012 Academy Award Nominations - By Movie

The nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced earlier today by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and actress Jennifer Lawrence, who was nominated for her work in Winter's Bone in 2010 and is... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of January 20, 2012

  1. Underworld Awakening
  2. Red Tails
  3. Contraband
  4. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  5. Beauty and the Beast 3D
  6. Haywire
  7. Joyful Noise
  8. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  9. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  10. The Iron Lady

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 Grey
Liam Neeson leads an unruly group of oil-rig roughnecks when their plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Battling mortal injuries and merciless weather, the survivors have only a few days to escape the icy elements – and a vicious pack of rogue wolves on the hunt – before their time runs out.

Starring Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, James Badge Dale, Joe Anderson, Frank Grillo

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
violence/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language

Man on a Ledge
An ex-cop and now wanted fugitive (Sam Worthington) stands on the ledge of a high-rise building while a hard-living New York Police Department negotiator (Elizabeth Banks) tries to talk him down. The longer they are on the ledge, the more she realizes that he might have an ulterior objective.

Starring Elizabeth Banks, Sam Worthington, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Kyra Sedgwick, Anthony Mackie

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Rated PG-13
violence and brief strong language

One for the Money
Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl) can't catch a break. At 30, she finds herself newly-divorced, recently laid-off, and living with her hamster in Trenton, N.J. Broke and desperate, she lands a job working for her slimy cousin and his bail bond business.

In need of fast cash she latches on to his biggest case – a local cop wanted for murder who just happens to be the guy that broke her heart in high school. Stephanie gets resourceful and tough, as she is swept up in a suspenseful world of murder, deceit, with a bit of romance.

Starring Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, John Leguizamo, Daniel Sunjata, Patrick Fischler

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
violence, sexual references and language, some drug material and partial nudity

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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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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Love On-Air (Wondeopul Radio)

Starring Min-jung Lee, Jung-jin Lee, Kwang-soo Lee, Jung-tae Kim, Yoo-mi Jung

Genre - Drama
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After Fall, Winter

Starring Heather Aitken, Deborah Twiss, Eric Schaeffer, Lizzie Brocheré, Rebecca Jameson

Genre - Drama
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Albert Nobbs
Passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland, some thirty years after donning men's clothing, she finds herself lost in a prison of her own making.

Starring Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brendan Gleeson

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
some sexuality, brief nudity and language

All's Well, Ends Well 2012 (Baat seng bou hei)
"All's Well Ends Well 2012" returns to the cinema this coming lunar New Year with its sixth installment as well as an ensemble cast that includes Donnie Yen, Louis Koo, Chapman To, Raymond Wong, Sandra Ng, Kelly Chen, Lynn Hung and Yang Mi. Set to thrill the Chinese New Year audience, this beloved slapstick comedy follows the lives of four men on a heroic mission to help four female protagonists... and find themselves on a journey of self-discovery and beautiful new relationships.

Starring Donnie Yen, Louis Koo, Kelly Chen, Raymond Wong, Sandra Ng

Genre - Comedy
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Declaration of War (La guerre est declarée)
A new couple faces the ultimate test when they discover their newborn child is very ill. Gathering their friends and family together, they confront this ordeal together as a form of warfare.

Starring Valérie Donzelli, Jérémie Elkaïm, César Desseix, Gabriel Elkaïm, Brigitte Sy

Genre - Drama
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We Need to Talk About Kevin
The mother of a teenage boy who went on a high-school killing spree tries to deal with her grief -- and feelings of responsibility for her child's actions -- by writing to her estranged husband.

Starring John C. Reilly, Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller, Siobhan Fallon, Joseph Melendez

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
disturbing violence and behavior, some sexuality and language

The Wicker Tree
Gospel Singer Beth (Brittania Nichol) and and her cowboy boyfriend, Steve (Henry Garrett), a pair of idealistic young Christians leave their Texas home to preach door-to-door in the Scottish Highlands. The locals prove unresponsive to the word of God and so it's a great relief when the couple arrive at Tressock, the border fiefdom of Sir Lachlan Morrison (Graham McTavish), and are welcomed with open arms and great enthusiasm. They think, they have found some good Christian hospitality. They could not be more wrong.

Starring Christopher Lee, Graham McTavish, Honeysuckle Weeks, Clive Russell, Keira McMillan

Genre - Horror
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Rated R
sexuality, nudity and violence

The Words
Rory Jansen, a struggling writer, aspires to be the next great literary voice. When he discovers a lost manuscript in a weathered attaché case, he realizes he possesses something extraordinary that he desperately wishes he had created.

Rory decides to pass the work off as his own and finally receives the recognition he desperately craves. However, he soon learns that living with his choice will not be as easy as he thought as he faces a moral dilemma that will make him take a hard look at the man he has become.

Starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Ben Barnes

Genre - Drama
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The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live
Four string virtuosos, Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan and guest vocalist Aoife O'Donovan, perform songs off their collaborative album, The Goat Rodeo Sessions, at the House of Blues® in Boston, which will be broadcast live to theaters nationwide.

Starring Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan

Genre - Program
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Anna Netrebko: 3 Superstars in Berlin

Starring Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Erwin Schrott

Genre - Program
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3 Superstars in Berlin Encore

Starring Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Erwin Schrott

Genre - Program
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Chemical Brothers: Don't Think

Starring Tim Rowlands, Ed Simons, Adam Smith

Genre - Program
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Kevin Smith: Live from Behind

Starring Kevin Smith

Genre - Program
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For a complete list of recent movies playing in theaters, please see our "New Movies" page.

Coming Soon

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

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