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New Photos Added for "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters"

I just added a dozen new photos for the upcoming action/adventure movie, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. The new photos show stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in action, and we have a few shots from the Mexico City premiere as well.... (more)

Cuyahoga Falls, OH: Plaza Cinemas at Chapel Hill Closed January 4, 2013

The Plaza Cinemas at Chapel Hill in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio closed January 4, 2013. The closing of the Akron-area theater was first announced in December in an article publised in the Akron Beacon Journal: Plaza Cinemas at Chapel Hill will shut... (more)

San Jose, CA: The Retro Dome is Closing January 20, 2013

The Retro Dome in San Jose, California will be closing its doors after its last show on Sunday, January 20, 2013, according to posts on its web site and Facebook page. The theater's closure this month was originally announced back in October via... (more)

2013 Academy Award Nominations - By Category

The nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards were announced early Thursday, January 10, 2013 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... (more)

Cinemark Locations to Show Classic Movies in January and February

Select Cinemark locations will be showing classic movies on the big screen in January and February 2013, according to their web site. Already this month, they have shown 2001: A Space Odyssey and Rocky, and next on the list is The Sound of Music.... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of January 11, 2013

  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. A Haunted House
  3. Gangster Squad
  4. Django Unchained
  5. Les Miserables
  6. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  7. Lincoln
  8. Parental Guidance
  9. Texas Chainsaw
  10. Silver Linings Playbook

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.

Broken City
In a broken city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) seeks redemption – and revenge – after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure, the mayor (Russell Crowe). Billy's relentless pursuit of justice, matched only by his streetwise toughness, makes him an unstoppable force – and the mayor's worst nightmare.

Starring Russell Crowe, Mark Wahlberg, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kyle Chandler, Barry Pepper

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
pervasive language, some sexual content and violence

The Last Stand
After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy.

With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow. Cortez' path: straight through Summerton Junction, where the whole of the U.S. law enforcement, including Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) will have their final opportunity to intercept him before the violent fugitive slips across the border forever.

At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately rallies his team and takes the matter into his own hands, setting the stage for a classic showdown.

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Eduardo Noriega, Rodrigo Santoro, Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzmßn, Peter Stormare, Zach Gilford

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

Mama
Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night.

Starring Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle NÚlisse, Daniel Kash

Genre - Horror
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Rated PG-13
violence and terror, some disturbing images and thematic elements

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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Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives

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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Bavuttiyude Namathil

Starring Mammootty, Shankar Ramakrishnan, Kavya Madhavan, Kaniha, Vineeth

Genre - Drama
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The Blue Jewel
Our time is a time of radical changes occurring in our climate, and in the way we approach our economy and finances. These radical changes are also happening in our personal relationships as well as in our work environment.

It appears that long upheld structures are being questioned and are disintegrating. Many things are out of balance. The film "The Blue Jewel" offers new solutions to regain this balance. A balance which is of major importance for us to have the kind of freedom every one of us desires. To live in freedom with one's self, one's relationships, other people and finally, in peace and balance with our planet Earth upon which we all live.

Genre - Documentary
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Brief Reunion
Be careful who you let play in your virtual sandbox – even if they're old friends.

Aaron Clark has it all: financial security, a beautiful wife, and a close-knit circle of old friends. But this cozy life is shattered by the arrival of Teddy, former classmate and proverbial snake.

Teddy worms his way back into their lives, ‘befriends' Aaron's wife and hijacks Aaron's 40th birthday surprise. He systematically stalks them — at home, at work, and in cyberspace. Bitter over Aaron's success, Teddy pries into his business affairs and hints at improprieties, threatening extortion and revenge.

He relentlessly pushes, until Aaron snaps. And suddenly the question on everyone's mind: Is Aaron really the man he appears to be? Or is it true that "Nobody really knows anybody, least of all themselves?" This deep, dark question goes at the heart of human nature, and in Brief Reunion, finds some disturbing and even fatal answers.

Starring Joel de la Fuente, Alexie Gilmore, Scott Shepherd, Francie Swift, Quentin Mare

Genre - Drama
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Chapters
The film is narrated in text book format with every new link to the story is presented as a new chapter. The first chapter talks about four friends who are unemployed and in need of quick money. To make some money for Krishna Kumar's sister's wedding, they venture out for a risky adventure that will make them rich. It all works out well until the end when their plan goes all awry.

In the second chapter, we see another group of six youngsters heading for a journey to a hill station, to register a marriage - that of Shyam and Priya. When the group return to their car after stopping for a brief while, they find a dead body in it. The group disperses in panic.

The third chapter is about a long bus journey. Sethu, a middle-aged man, is on his way to the hospital, where his young son awaits a surgery and chemotherapy. Because he is carrying a huge sum of money for his young son's cancer treatment, Sethu is nervous and suspicious of his fellow passengers. Meanwhile, he strikes up a conversation with an old lady sitting next to him who reveals that she has a son who is in jail.

In the fourth and final chapter, we see an anxious lady, Annie waiting by her son's bedside in the hospital awaiting her husband's arrival. She is astonished when he arrives with the money, but refrains from taxing him with further questions. She does manage to convince him however that the money that he has brought in should better be left where it truly belongs.

The final scenes explain how the different chapters are interlinked. Though some of the characters never meet, there is a link that connects them all...

Starring Sreenivasan, Nivin Pauly, Hementh Menon, Vineeth Kumar, Vijeesh

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Dead Sushi (Deddo sushi)
Keiko, daughter of a famous sushi chef, leaves home to escape his overbearing training in both sushi-making and martial arts. Finding work at a rural inn, she is bullied by the staff and ridiculed by the guests, including the president of Komatsu Pharmaceuticals, who has come to the inn for a vacation with his associates.

Little do they know, however, that disgruntled Komatsu researcher Yamada has followed them there with designs on revenge, using a serum he developed that can awaken the murderous instincts of fish on rice, creating…killer sushi!

Bloodthirsty tuna and squid soon descend upon the humans, killing many and turning the remainder into zombie-like creatures. Keiko, joined by the inn's former sushi chef Sawada, uses her fighting skills against the creatures in an attempt to escape with a handful of uninfected survivors.

But Yamada has another deadly surprise for them…can Keiko and Sawada defeat both him and his flying killers?

Starring Rina Takeda, Shigeru Matsuzaki, Yasuhiko Fukuda, Takamasa Suga, Takashi Nishina

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation

Starring Pete Seeger, Carly Simon, Lucy Simon, Tom Chapin, Sonny Ochs

Genre - Documentary
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LUV
Eleven-year-old Woody Watson is a timid Baltimore orphan who dreams of a better life -- and his absent mother who may or may not be in North Carolina fighting drug addiction. Woody also reveres his uncle Vincent as the father figure he never had. A street hustler and former drug dealer, Vincent's fresh off an eight-year stint in prison and wants a new direction.

When Vincent bypasses his nephew's school one day and offers to show Woody how a man handles his business, Woody jumps at the opportunity to join his uncle on a field trip of life lessons.

With a foreclosed warehouse property, Vincent plans to open his own crab shack restaurant. However, when he is denied a bank loan the legitimate way, the temptations of Vincent's old life working for Baltimore crime boss Mr. Fish return to haunt him.

A day once bright with optimism quickly spirals downward into a world of violence. Coming of age all too fast by day's end, Woody starts to doubt his hero and ultimately must decide where he stands.

Starring Michael Rainey Jr., Common, Meagan Good, Michael Kenneth Williams, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
violence, language, child endangerment and some drug content

Mumbai Mirror
Being a police officer in this big-bad city called Mumbai can be quite some task. Mumbai, contrary to the other parts of the country, works on its own unique little philosophy. People here are the most ambitious and the risks taken for the fulfillment of the same are the most dangerous. Everybody who comes here starts running for an unknown race, and each one aspires to win it.

This film predominantly captures this struggle for the survival of the fittest.

Starring Sachiin J Joshi, Gihana Khan, Prakash Raj, Vimala Raman, Prashant Narayanan

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Officer Down
One year ago, dirty cop Detective Callahan (Stephen Dorff) was shot in a drug bust gone wrong, and saved by an anonymous stranger who gave him a second chance to clean up his life. But when the stranger finally comes forward, seeking revenge against the men responsible for a string of assaults on young women at a local strip club, Callahan must go rogue to find the attacker, in an effort to hide how his past played a part in these crimes.

His desperation to find the attacker, and cover his tracks, takes him down a violent road of deception, cover-ups and fraud. Can he play the "good cop" and track down the assailant, while still keeping his reputation clean?

Starring Tommy Flanagan, David Boreanaz, James Woods, Dominic Purcell, Stephen Lang, AnnaLynne McCord

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
violence, language, nudity and drug content

Outside Satan (Hors Satan)
At the edge of the English Channel, on the Côte d'Opale, near a hamlet, its dunes and marshes, there lives a strange fellow who gets by somehow, poaches, prays and builds fires. A vagrant who appears from nowhere and who, in a single breath, hounds out the evil from a village haunted by the devil and places the world outside of Satan.

Starring David Dewaele, Alexandra Lematre, Valerie Mestdagh, Sonia Barthelemy, Juliette Bacquet

Genre - Drama
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Sisterakas

Starring Vice Ganda, Kris Aquino, Ai-Ai Delas Alas, Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla

Genre - Comedy
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Stolen Seas

Genre - Documentary
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Storage 24
London is in chaos. A military cargo plane has crashed leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city. Completely unaware London is in lockdown, Charlie (Noel Clarke) and Shelley (Antonia Campbell-Hughes), accompanied by best friends Mark (Colin O'Donoghue) and Nikki (Laura Haddock), are at Storage 24 dividing up their possessions after a recent break-up.

Suddenly, the power goes off. Trapped in a dark maze of endless corridors, a mystery predator is hunting them one by one. In a place designed to keep things in, how do you get out?

Starring Noel Clarke, Colin O'Donoghue, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Laura Haddock, Jamie Thomas King

Genre - Horror
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Rated R
creature violence, gore and language

The Metropolitan Opera: Maria Stuarda

Starring Joyce DiDonato, Elza van den Heever, Maurizio Benini

Genre - Program
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Lohengrin from La Scala (Encore)

Starring RenÚ Pape, Jonas Kaufmann, Annette Dasch, Tomas Tomasson, Evelyn Herlitzius

Genre - Program
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Lohengrin from La Scala (Live)

Starring RenÚ Pape, Jonas Kaufmann, Annette Dasch, Tomas Tomasson, Evelyn Herlitzius

Genre - Program
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The Metropolitan Opera: Les Troyens Encore

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

Genre - Program
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The Pirogue (La pirogue)
A group of 30 men sail to Europe in a pirogue, facing the sea - and the possibility of never reaching their destination - in exchange for the myth of a better life in Europe.

Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue. Like many of his Senegalese compatriots, he sometimes dreams of new horizons, where he can earn a better living for his family. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head towards Europe via the Canary Island, he reluctantly accepts the job, knowing full-well the dangers that lie ahead.

Leading a group of 30 men who don't all speak the same language, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye will confront many perils in order to reach the distant coasts of Europe.

Starring La´ty Fall, Mame Astou Diallo, Malamine Drame, Mohamed Fall, Balla Diarra

Genre - Drama
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The Best of RiffTrax Live: "Manos" The Hands of Fate

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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