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Muskegon, MI: The Harbor Theater Closed

The Harbor Theater in Muskegon, Michigan closed its doors for good on Sunday, January 8, 2012. The Muskegon Chronicle published an article shortly after it closed, and interviewed Brendan and Jen Pelto about their reasons for closing the theater:... (more)

Bethlehem, GA: Carmike Gateway 12 Opened January 12, 2012

The Carmike Gateway 12 in Bethlehem, Georgia opened to the public on January 12, 2012, according to a press release issued by Carmike Cinemas in early January. Bethlehem is located nearly 50 miles East of Atlanta. The new 12-screen movie theater... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of February 3, 2012

  1. Chronicle
  2. The Woman in Black
  3. The Grey
  4. Big Miracle
  5. Underworld Awakening
  6. One for the Money
  7. Red Tails
  8. The Descendants
  9. Man on a Ledge
  10. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

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.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
The new journey begins when young adventurer Sean receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist-a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean's new stepfather joins the quest.

Together with a helicopter pilot and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter, they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Kristin Davis

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG
some adventure action, and brief mild language

Safe House
Washington plays the most dangerous renegade from the CIA, who comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he's remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative (Reynolds) escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead.

Starring Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga, Joel Kinnaman, Brendan Gleeson

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
strong violence throughout and some language

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D
The first installment of the Star Wars saga, converted to 3D.

Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn discover nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker, a young slave unusually strong in the Force. Anakin wins a thrilling Podrace and with it his freedom as he leaves his home to be trained as a Jedi.

The heroes return to Naboo where Anakin and the Queen face massive invasion forces while the two Jedi contend with a deadly foe named Darth Maul. Only then do they realize the invasion is merely the first step in a sinister scheme by the re-emergent forces of darkness known as the Sith.

Starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG
sci-fi action/violence

The Vow
Paige and Leo (Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum) are a happy newlywed couple whose lives are changed by a car accident that puts Paige in a coma. Waking up with severe memory loss, Paige has no memory of Leo, a confusing relationship with her parents (Sam Neill and Jessica Lange), and an ex-fiancé (Scott Speedman) she may still have feelings for.

Despite these complications, Leo endeavors to win her heart again and rebuild their marriage.

Starring Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Scott Speedman, Jessica Lange

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
an accident scene, sexual content, partial nudity and some language

This Means War
The world's deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman.

Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever – each other.

Starring Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Laura Vandervoort, Til Schweiger

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
sexual content including references, some violence and action, and for language

Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2

Genre - Family
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The Metropolitan Opera: The Enchanted Island Encore

Starring William Christie, David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Plácido Domingo

Genre - Program
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5 Minutes
John Stewart is a highly successful managing partner of a large, upscale New Jersey Law Firm and single father who suffers from time/punctuality focused Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. John's life is plagued by loss, guilt and grief as he attempts cope with the untimely deaths of his mother and wife.

John's rigid, disciplined lifestyle severely affects his relationship with his teenage son, Sean, who has little appreciation for his father's disorder. Sean's prank of setting his father's clock back 5 minutes leads to a chain of dramatic, action-packed events which culminate in John breaking free from his prison of time sensitivity and causing the restoration of his relationship with his son.

Starring Brian Waller, Roman Michael

Genre - Drama
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I Am Bruce Lee
A documentary featuring interviews with people who knew Bruce Lee intimately, along with a broad array of international icons from the entertainment and athletic fields—people whose lives, careers and belief systems have been forever altered by the legend who UFC President Dana White calls the "Father of Mixed Martial Arts."

Interviews include basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, acclaimed actors Mickey Rourke and Ed O'Neill, world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, UFC's Dana White and world champion Jon Jones, and a host of Bruce Lee's family, daughter Shannon Lee, wife Linda Lee Caldwell, friends and associates in combination with rarely seen archival footage, classic photos, visuals, and graphics.

Starring Gina Carano, Dana White, Ed O'Neill, Mickey Rourke, Kobe Bryant, Linda Lee Cadwell, Manny Pacquiao

Genre - Documentary
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National Theatre Live: Travelling Light

Starring Antony Sher

Genre - Program
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National Theatre Live: Travelling Light Encore

Starring Antony Sher

Genre - Program
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Academy Award Nominated Animated Shorts

Genre - Short Film
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Academy Award Nominated Live Action Shorts

Genre - Short Film
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Chico & Rita
Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey -- in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero -- brings heartache and torment.

From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.

Starring Mario Guerra, Lenny Mandel, Limara Meneses, Eman Xor Ońa

Genre - Animation
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Dhoni

Starring Master Akash Puri, Prakash Raj, Mudgha Godse

Genre - Drama
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Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
Rahul Kapoor (Imran Khan), 26, is on his way to become a carbon copy of his parents when he suddenly loses his job as an architect in Vegas. Afraid that he has let his parents down, Rahul decides to hide the truth and find another job. When by a twist of fate, he meets Riana Braganza, a quick-witted hairstylist, who is everything he isn't.

A series of events lead them to meet on Christmas eve over a few drinks… but like always, it's never a 'few'. Following this night of debauchery, they wake up to discover that they've gotten married. Now, Rahul has more than just his job loss to hide from his parents.

They both decide to get it annulled as soon as possible and get an appointment from the court in ten days. Over the next ten days they have their share of arguments, moments and laughs that results in an unlikely friendship.

Will this friendship turn to love? Will her warmth and fearlessness give Rahul the courage to face a long-simmering confrontation with his parents? Will a marriage that started as a drunken mistake help two people find themselves?

Starring Imran Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani, Ratna Pathak, Ram Kapoor

Genre - Comedy
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Exit Strategy
James gets evicted from his apartment and moves in with his girlfriend of three months Kim and quickly discovers she's everything he never wanted in a woman.

He enlists best friends Carville and Leona, plus high-schooler Scoop and strangers Big Boy and Kevin Hart to find a relationship exit strategy; but for Kim, breaking up just isn't an option.

Starring Jameel Saleem, Kimelia Weathers, Quincy "QDeezy" Harris, Big Boy, Kevin Hart

Genre - Romance
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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D
The new journey begins when young adventurer Sean receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist-a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean's new stepfather joins the quest.

Together with a helicopter pilot and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter, they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Kristin Davis

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG
some adventure action, and brief mild language

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island: An IMAX 3D Experience
The new journey begins when young adventurer Sean receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist-a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean's new stepfather joins the quest.

Together with a helicopter pilot and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter, they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.

Starring Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Vanessa Hudgens, Kristin Davis

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG
some adventure action, and brief mild language

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island: An IMAX Experience

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Kristin Davis

Genre - Family
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Rated PG

Rampart
A rogue cop in Los Angeles find himself in the middle of a corruption scandal in the Rampart division of the LA Police Department.

Starring Woody Harrelson, Ned Beatty, Ben Foster, Anne Heche, Ice Cube, Cynthia Nixon, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Steve Buscemi

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
pervasive language, sexual content and some violence

Return
When Kelli returns home from war, she expected to slowly but surely settle back into her life with her husband and kids in the small town she grew up in. But she gradually realizes that the life she left behind is no longer there waiting for her.

Starring Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, John Slattery, Talia Balsam, Emma Rayne Lyle

Genre - Drama
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The Turin Horse (A torinoi lo)
On January 3, 1889 in Turin, Italy, Friedrich Nietzsche steps out of the doorway of number six, Via Carlo Albert. Not far from him, a cab driver is having trouble with a stubborn horse. The horse refuses to move, whereupon the driver loses his patience and takes his whip to it. Nietzsche puts an end to the brutal scene, throwing his arms around the horse's neck, sobbing. After this, he lies motionless and silent for two days on a divan, until he loses consciousness and his mind. Somewhere in the countryside, the driver of the cab lives with his daughter and the horse. Outside, a windstorm rages.

Starring János Derzsi, Erika Bók, Mihály Kormos, Ricsi

Genre - Drama
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Happy
A documentary which takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy.

Starring Ed Diener, Richard Davidson, The Dalai Lama, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Genre - Documentary
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The Metropolitan Opera: Götterdämmerung

Starring Deborah Voigt, Gary Lehman

Genre - Program
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Slavery by Another Name
One of American's most cherished assumptions--the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation--is challenged in this documentary based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon.

Based on Blackmon's research into original documents and personal narratives, Slavery by Another Name unearths the lost stories of slaves and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after Emancipation and then back into involuntary servitude. It also tells stories of courage and redemption, and the men and women who fought against the re-emergence of human labor trafficking.

Starring Turron Kofi Alleyne, Tyler Hollinger, Tom Martin, Shane Guilbeau, David Levering Lewis

Genre - Documentary
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Toussaint Louverture
The two-part action epic film of the life of Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture, who led the only successful slave revolt in the history of the world.

The Haitian revolutionaries defeated Napoleon Bonaparte and his imperialist armies (the superpower of his day) and won independence from France. Known for his military genius and political acumen, Louverture established Haiti as the first black modern nation-state.

Starring Jimmy Jean-Louis

Genre - Drama
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Deadline
The murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama has gone uninvestigated, unsolved, and unpunished for almost twenty years. But that changes when Nashville Times reporter Matt Harper meets an idealistic young blueblood bent on discovering the truth.

Harper undertakes the investigation despite the opposition of his publisher, violent threats from mysterious forces, a break-up with his fiancée and his father's cancer diagnosis.

Starring Eric Roberts, Steve Talley, Clay Brocker, Jenny Littleton, David Dwyer

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
some mature thematic material

The National Gallery: Leonardo Live
A cinematic tour of the sold-out UK National Gallery exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan. Captured live in HD in November 2011, just before its opening, Leonardo Live provides a virtual walk-through of the show, with exclusive commentary from scholars and curators.

Hosted by highly respected art historian Tim Marlow and presenter Mariella Frostrup, the exhibition brings together the largest number of da Vinci's rare surviving paintings.

Starring Tim Marlow, Mariella Frostrup

Genre - Program
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Re:Generation Music Project
Follow DJ Premier, Mark Ronson, Skrillex, Pretty Lights and The Crystal Method as they remix, recreate and re-imagine five traditional styles of music.

From the classical perfection of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra to the bayou jams of New Orleans jazz, five distinctive DJs collaborate with some of today's biggest musicians to discover how our musical past is influencing the future.

Starring Skillrex, DJ Premier, The Crystal Method, Pretty Lights, Mark Ronson

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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