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West Bend, WI: Paradise Theatre Ordered to Stop "Bring Your Own Bag" Popcorn Promotion

In a recent Reader Comment for the Nova Paradise Theatre in West Bend, Wisconsin, one of our readers pointed out that the theater's Tuesday promotion of bringing your own bag and having it filled with popcorn for free was stopped by the government.... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of March 2, 2012

  1. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
  2. Project X
  3. Act of Valor
  4. Safe House
  5. Tyler Perry's Good Deeds
  6. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
  7. The Vow
  8. This Means War
  9. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
  10. Wanderlust

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.

Friends With Kids
Two best friends decide to have a baby but keep their relationship completely platonic.

Starring Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Megan Fox, Edward Burns

Genre - Comedy
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John Carter
The story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris.

In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

Starring Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, Dominic West, Bryan Cranston

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
intense sequences of violence and action

Silent House
A young woman finds herself sealed inside her family's secluded lake house. With no contact to the outside world, and no way out, panic turns to terror as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house.

Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Haley Murphy

Genre - Horror
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Rated R
disturbing violent content and terror

Howling
The truth of a wolf-dog related to the case reveals itself to a veteran crime squad detective who is investigating a series of murders through natural combustion.

Starring Kang-ho Song, Na-yeong Lee

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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National Theatre Live: The Comedy of Errors Encore

Genre - Program
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Apart
The journey of the tragically star-crossed Noah and Emily who, linked by a rare psychological disorder known as ICD-10 F24, delve into the dark and twisted catastrophic events of their past in order to make sense of their lives.

Starring Olesya Rulin, Josh Danziger, Bruce McGill, Joey Lauren Adams, Chris Binum, David Born, Michael Bowen, Harry Buonocore

Genre - Drama
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The Decoy Bride
When the wedding of internationally famous film star Lara Tyler (Alice Eve) to tweedy English author James Arber (David Tennant) is sabotaged by a paparazzo, they decide to relocate the event to the one place where the world's press won't find them: the sleepy Island of Hegg, as featured in James' bestselling novel. But to the shock of Lara's Personal Assistant Steve Korbitz (Michael Urie), the reality of the island is different from the romanticised picture James has created (without ever visiting), and he has to transform this fantasy world before the superstar arrives.

When an ingenious paparazzo tracks them down, Steve and his assistant find a decoy bride in local girl Katie (Kelly MacDonald). But when Katie meets James, sparks fly, dresses get ruined and love gets complicated.

Will Katie be able to fool the awaiting media and live up to being a stand-in for the world's most famous movie star? Can an ordinary girl fill the most famous Manolos on the planet? And whatever will happen to her pledge never, under any circumstances, to fall in love again?

Starring David Tennant, Kelly MacDonald, Alice Eve, Michael Urie, Samuel Roukin, Sally Phillips

Genre - Comedy
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Good For Nothing
An odd romance and the resulting emotional confusion of an outlaw who reluctantly develops strong feelings for a woman he has kidnapped.

Starring Cohen Holloway, Inge Rademeyer, Jon Pheloung, Richard Thompson, Toa Waaka

Genre - Western
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Rated R
violence and some sexual references

Jiro Dreams of Sushi
The story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro's sushi bar.

For most of his life, Jiro has been mastering the art of making sushi, but even at his age he sees himself still striving for perfection, working from sunrise to well beyond sunset to taste every piece of fish; meticulously train his employees; and carefully mold and finesse the impeccable presentation of each sushi creation. At the heart of this story is Jiro's relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro's legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father's shadow.

Starring Jiro Ono

Genre - Documentary
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Rated PG
mild thematic elements and brief smoking

John Carter 3D
The story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris.

In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

Starring Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, Dominic West, Bryan Cranston

Genre - SciFi/Fantasy
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Rated PG-13
intense sequences of violence and action

John Carter An IMAX 3D Experience
The story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris.

In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

Starring Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, Dominic West, Bryan Cranston

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
intense sequences of violence and action

John Carter: The IMAX Experience
War-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins).

In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

John Carter will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®.

Starring Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, Dominic West, Bryan Cranston

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
intense sequences of violence and action

Playback
While digging into their town's infamous past, a group of high school students unwittingly unlock an even darker secret. Now, an evil spirit has been awakened and will stop at nothing to find his true heir.

Starring Johnny Pacar, Ambyr Childers, Christian Slater, Jonathan Keltz, Alessandra Torresani

Genre - Horror
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Rated R
bloody violence, sexual content/nudity and some teen partying

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
A visionary sheik (Amr Waked) has a big dream – to bring salmon fishing to the desert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative (Emily Blunt) to turn his dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain's leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable.

That is, until the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) latches on for its potential as a ‘good will' story. Now, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.

Starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked

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

A Thousand Words
Fast-talking agent Jack's insincere patter is his chief weapon, but it irritates his assistant Aaron, threatens his marriage to Caroline and gets him into trouble repping guru/author Dr. Sinja.

Jack suffers karmic repercussions from Sinja's magical Bodhi tree, which sheds one leaf for each word Jack speaks. After one thousand words, Jack will die.

Starring Eddie Murphy, Allison Janney, Ariel Winter, Clark Duke, Jordan-Claire Green, Philip Pavel

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
sexual situations including dialogue, language and some drug-related humor

La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus
Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day.


Since 2006, nearly one thousand camioneta drivers and fare-collectors have been killed for either refusing or being unable to pay the extortion money demanded by local gangs.


LA CAMIONETA is a visually-immersive meditation on mobility, tracking the migration and resurrection of one bus as a vehicle to understand the aspirations of five men amidst the insecurity that surrounds them.

Genre - Documentary
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Dollhouse
A group of wild teens break into a luxurious house in an upper class suburb for a night of partying, destruction and mayhem that will change them all forever.

Starring Seána Kerslake, Johnny Ward, Kate Stanley Brennan, Shane Curry, Ciaran McCabe

Genre - Drama
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Killer Joe
When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance. He turns to a contract killer, who takes the man's sister as carnal collateral instead of his usual fee.

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon, Juno Temple

Genre - Comedy
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Rated NC-17
graphic aberrant content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality

Midwest Ballet Theatre: Alice in Wonderland

Genre - Program
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The Bolshoi Ballet: Le Corsaire

Genre - Program
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Gran Teatre del Liceu: La Boheme

Starring Zeljko Lucic, Tatiana Serjan

Genre - Program
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The Metropolitan Opera: Ernani Encore

Starring Angela Meade, Salvatore Licitra, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ferruccio Furlanetto

Genre - Program
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Pray for Japan
On March 11, 2011 an unprecedented natural disaster hit the northeastern region of Japan, caused by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Pray For Japan: The Film is a documentary feature film project that was shot over a period of six weeks in the devastated Tohoku region of Japan. Most of the filming was done in the coastal community of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. The documentary weaves together several stories of real-life heroes working to heal the stricken land and its people.

Starring Kyoka Suzuki, Hiroyuki Abe, Najeeb Ullah Ayaz, Shu Chiba, Manabu Endo

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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