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2013 Academy Award Nominations - By Movie

The nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards were announced earlier today by actress Emma Stone and this year's host, Seth McFarlane. Stone can be seen in theaters currently in Gangster Squad, and McFarlane directed the surprise hit Ted. ... (more)

Richmond, VA: Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas at Movieland Opens December 28, 2012

The Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas at Movieland in Richmond, Virginia opened December 28, 2012. According to the Bow Tie Cinemas web site, the new theater has four auditoriums equipped with Digital Cinema Projection systems and leather rocking seats. It... (more)

Release Date for "Beautiful Creatures" Bumped to Valentine's Day

Warner Bros. Pictures has decided that its upcoming movie, Beautiful Creatures, was an ideal date movie, so it has bumped the movie from its original February 13th release date to the following day. Beautiful Creatures tells the tale of two... (more)

St. Louis, MO: MX Movies Opening January 18, 2013

MX Movies in St. Louis, Missouri will be opening on January 18, 2013, according to the theater's Facebook page. The theater provides the following description: More than just a movie theater, the MX Movies experience includes: - 3 screens... (more)

Rugby, ND: Centre Cinema Purchased by Job Development Authority, Upgrades Planned

The future of the Centre Cinema in Rugby, North Dakota when owner David "DJ" Anderson stated earlier this year that he intended to close the theater by the end of the year and put the theater up for sale. According to an article published in... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of January 4, 2013

  1. Texas Chainsaw
  2. Django Unchained
  3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  4. Les Miserables
  5. Parental Guidance
  6. Jack Reacher
  7. This Is 40
  8. Lincoln
  9. The Guilt Trip
  10. Promised Land

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.

Gangster Squad
Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and—if he has his way—every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control.

It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop... except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O'Mara (Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen's world apart.

Starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
strong violence and language

The Metropolitan Opera: Les Troyens

Starring Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, Dwayne Croft

Genre - Program
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Flamenco Hoy
A showcase of flamenco with dance, music, and singing.

Genre - Program
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Naayak

Starring Ram Charan Teja, Kajal Aggarwal, Amala Paul, Brahmanandam, Jayaprakash Reddy

Genre - Action/Adventure
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High Tech, Low Life
Follows the journey of two of China's first citizen reporters as they travel the country – chronicling underreported news and social issues stories. Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras they develop skills as independent one-man news stations while learning to navigate China's evolving censorship regulations and avoiding the risk of political persecution. 



57-year-old "Tiger Temple" earns the title of China's first citizen reporter after he impulsively documents an unfolding murder and 27-year-old "Zola" recognizes the opportunity to increase his fame and future prospects by reporting on sensitive news throughout China. 



Starring Shihe Zhang, Shuguang Zhou

Genre - Documentary
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The Metropolitan Opera: Un Ballo in Maschera Encore

Starring Marcelo Álvarez, Karita Mattila, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Kathleen Kim, Dolora Zajick

Genre - Program
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Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu

Starring Venkatesh, Mahesh Babu, Samantha, Anjali, Prakash Raj

Genre - Drama
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Alex Pandian
The Hero visits his relative's house in a remote village town where he has fun and frolic with the 3 girls of that house and has a constant standoff in good humor with the brother of the 3 girls. A local villain group scouts the local towns to harm him and there is another group of villains hunting in rage for the hero and his girl.

The ensuing screen play is filled with racy events interlaced with great humor and exquisite romance to enthrall the audience in a spicy yet engaging story telling when Hero realizes that the villains are too strong for him to take on his own. Who are these villains and why are they on a hunting spree and most crucially what is the Hero up to...

Starring Karthi, Anushka Shetty, Santhanam, Suman, Milind Soman

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Clandestine Childhood (Infancia clandestina)
Argentina, 1979. After years of exile, Juan (12) and his family come back to Argentina under fake identities. Juan's parents and his uncle Beto are members of the Montoneros Organization, which is fighting against the Military Junta that rules the country.

Because of their political activities they are being tracked down relentlessly, and the threat of capture and even death is constant. However, Juan's daily life is also full of warmth and humor, and he quickly and easily integrates into his new environment. His friends at school and the girl he has a gigantic crush on, Maria, know him as Ernesto, a name he must not forget, since his family's survival is at stake.

Juan accepts this and follows all of his parents' rules until one day he is told that they need to move again immediately, and leave his friends and Maria behind without an explanation.

This is a story about militancy, undercover life, and love. The story of a clandestine childhood.

Starring Natalia Oreiro, Ernesto Alterio, César Troncoso

Genre - Romance
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Fairhaven
A former high school football star and one time college athlete, Jon has landed back in the place of his youth – Fairhaven – a small fishing village on the Massachusetts coast. Now in his mid thirties, and with the promise of younger days seemingly washed ashore, Jon's vague feelings of dissatisfaction are crystallized by a television interview with his football hero Tom Brady, who proclaims that, even after three super bowl wins, "There's got to be something more than this."

Jon recounts his epiphany to Sam, old friend and schoolmate who married early, fathered early, divorced early and never left town. Sam made his own peace with small town life years ago, and is happy enough just to provide a stable home for his loving daughter, Cara, while secretly still pining for his beautiful ex-wife Kate.

Together, Jon and Sam anticipate the return of Dave, the third member of their once-indomitable trio. Having left town seven years ago and never looked back, Dave is finally returning to Fairhaven on the occasion of his estranged father's death. As tonic to Jon's soulful self-inquiry and Sam's stoic loneliness, Dave is determined to inject some heavy-duty, Vegas-style fun into the funeral weekend. But when old dreams and simmering resentments come to the beer and tequila-soaked surface of their reunion, not even Dave can fend off a healthy dose of reality.

Starring Sarah Paulson, Rich Sommer, Chris Messina, Alexie Gilmore, Natalie Gold

Genre - Comedy
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Freeloaders
A group of slackers living for free in a rock star's mansion suddenly find their lives on easy street threatened when the musician decides to sell his pad. To stop the sale the gang comes up with a series of ludicrous and hilarious schemes to insure the house never sells.

Starring Clifton Collins Jr., Josh Lawson, Kevin Sussman, Zoe Boyle, Nat Faxon, Olivia Munn, Dave Foley, Jane Seymour

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
crude sexual content, nudity, language and drug use

A Haunted House
In a send-up of the Paranormal Activity movies, The Devil Inside, and other "found footage" movies, A HAUNTED HOUSE features young couple Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) who have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in, they quickly find they're not alone. But it's not the house that's haunted, it's Malcolm's girlfriend who is possessed by a demon.

Malcolm hires everyone from a priest to modern day ghostbusters to rid her of this unwelcome intruder, determined not to let the evil spirit ruin his relationship... or, more importantly, his sex life.

Starring Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Cedric The Entertainer, Nick Swardson

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
crude and sexual content, language and some drug use

I Am Not a Hipster
Based in San Diego's indie music & art scene, I AM NOT A HIPSTER features original song performances and explores what it means to be creative in the face of tragedy.

Starring Dominic Bogart, Alvaro Orlando, Tammy Minoff, Lauren Coleman, Kandis Erickson

Genre - Drama
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In Another Country (Da-Reun Na-Ra-e-Suh)
In a triptych of overlapping stories, three different French women (a filmmaker, an adulterer and a divorce — Huppert, Huppert and... Huppert) visit a small Korean resort town and encounter a flirtatious director, a lovestruck lifeguard and far too much soju.

Starring Isabelle Huppert, Yu Junsang, Jung Yumi

Genre - Drama
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Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola
Set in the rustic surroundings of a village in Haryana, India, Harry Mandola is a wealthy industrialist who loves his drink, his daughter Bijlee and the unusual bond they both share with Harry's man friday, Matru. Much to her father's delight, Bijlee is all set to marry Baadal, the son of a powerful politician Chaudhari Devi. This alliance which is far from just being a simple union of two young people becomes the seed for a story that brings twists and turns in the lives of Matru, Bijlee and Mandola.

Starring Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma, Pankaj Kapur, Shabana Azmi, Arya Babbar

Genre - Romance
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Quartet
Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it's a star. For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home.

But they're in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith). Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard.

Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House's gala concert?

Starring Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Sheridan Smith

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
brief strong language and suggestive humor

Saadi Love Story
Sadi love story is a story that lives by its name. Preeti, who is a die hard romantic waits for her prince charming, who would come some day and sweep her off the ground. But when two boys show up on their door claiming to be the one that preeti's sister gurleen had chosen to spend her life with, Preeti and her family finds themselves in a delimma. They hear to the love stories of both rajveer, one an aspiring photographer and the other an aspiring singer.

Starring Diljit Dosanjh, Amrinder Gill, Surveen Chawla, Neetu Singh, Jimmy Sheirgill

Genre - Comedy
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$ellebrity
Rock & Roll photographer Kevin Mazur created this documentary about the changing face of celebrity and the many ways that the media has conveyed, defined and even demeaned what it means to be famous today.

Starring Jennifer Aniston, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Elton John, Selma Hayek

Genre - Documentary
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Struck by Lightning
High school senior Carson Phillips (Chris Colfer, "Glee") was destined for bigger things than his close-minded small town could ever offer. He was on a path to greatness, but destiny had a different plan when he was suddenly killed by a bolt of lightning in his school parking lot.

Demonstrating that life is what happens while you're busy planning your future, Carson recounts the last few weeks of his life via witty, insightful flashbacks, including a blackmail scheme targeting the popular kids in school that he concocts with his best friend (Rebel Wilson, BRIDESMAIDS) and a home life that includes a mother (Allison Janney, JUNO, "The West Wing") who's more interested in the bottle than her son's future and an estranged father (Dermot Mulroney, MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING) who suddenly appears with a pregnant fiancée (Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men").

Starring Chris Colfer, Dermot Mulroney, Christina Hendricks, Sarah Hyland, Rebel Wilson, Allison Janney

Genre - Drama
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The Tower
Lee Dae-ho is a single father and manager of the 120 story luxurious landmark building complex, Tower Sky in Seoul. He is an earnest employee liked by his colleagues and is secretly in love with Seo Yoon-hee, a restaurant manager. The owner of the complex, Mr. Jo decides to hold a "White Christmas" party for tenants and VIPs on Christmas Day, with helicopters circling above, sprinkling snow onto the party. Dae-ho has promised to spend the day at an amusement park with his daughter Ha-na, but had to cancel when he is needed at the party.

Whilst the party is in full swing one of the helicopters crashes into the building and the building catches fire. Dae-ho moves quickly to save Ha-na, Yoon-hee and his colleagues. At the same time, firefighter Kang Young-kee fight to bring the blaze under control, helping Dae-ho in the process. Together they fight to save the lives of everyone, despite a feud between the two men.

Starring Sul Kyung-gu, Son Ye-jin, Kim Sang-kyun

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Uprising
In January 2011, millions of Egyptians took to the streets in a spontaneous eruption against thirty years of oppression under the regime of Hosni Mubarak. Communicating via Facebook and Twitter, the largely peaceful protesters braved tear gas, beatings, and live bullets in the hope of facing down security forces and overthrowing the government. Over eight hundred lost their lives, and several thousand were arrested and tortured by security forces.

UPRISING tells the story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its leadership and key organizers, their struggle for freedom against tremendous odds, their sacrifice, and the courage and ingenuity that allowed them to succeed.

Starring Mahmoud Salem, Amr Waked, Abdaliah Helmy, Edward Walker, Amr Moussa

Genre - Documentary
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Vishwaroopam
Wiz and Nirupama are a married couple living in America. Each has an agenda and seems to have achieved their wishes in three years of matrimony. Nirupama gets her Phd and Wiz runs his dance class in New Jersey unhindered by each other. All is fine till Dr. Nirupama aspires for more and wants to opt out of the arranged marriage.

She cannot cite any specific reason to leave Wiz as there is nothing much to complain about him. Every male according to Nirupama must have a flaw. So she decides to find out something about him to feel better about her decision to part. She hires a detective to rake up something on him. Wires get cross connected and all hell breaks loose.

Starring Kamal Haasan, Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Rahul Bose, Samrat Chakrabarti

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya
Three men attempt to woo the same woman, but all with very different approaches.

Starring Power Star Srinivasan, Santhanam, Sethu, Devadarshini, Silambarasan Rajendar

Genre - Comedy
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Open Heart
Eight Rwandan children with serious heart disease travel to the Salam Centre in Sudan for treatment.

Genre - Documentary
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The Metropolitan Opera: Aida Encore

Starring Liudmyla Monastyrska, Olga Borodina, Roberto Alagna, George Gagnidza, Stefan Kocan

Genre - Program
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Nicholas Sparks' Safe Haven: Filmmakers, Author and Stars Live
Exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and intimate interviews with the filmmakers, author, and actors from Safe Haven discussing the book becoming a major motion picture.

A live one-night Theatrical Event featuring a lively discussion and Q&A, moderated by Maria Menounos, with internationally-known best-selling author Nicholas Sparks and the cast of the film adaptation of his best-selling novel Safe Haven, including Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough. Attendees will be the first to catch a sneak peek at exclusive clips and behind-the-scenes footage.

Starring Nicholas Sparks, Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough

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

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

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