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Disney Provides More Info about Sleeping Beauty on Blu-ray

When Disney announced last August that they would be bringing Sleeping Beauty and Finding Nemo to the Blu-ray disc format in 2008, it signaled to fans of their movies that the format was ready for the Platinum titles in their vault. Additionally, ... (more)

Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-ray Players Seen in Stores

Last month, I reported that the latest Blu-ray player from Samsung, the BD-P1500, would be delayed until June, but EngadgetHD is reporting that some units are showing up in Wal-Mart stores.  Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-ray PlayerThe price tag reads ... (more)

Blu-ray Review: August Rush

August RushWarner Home Video113 Minutes List Price: $35.99 (Check Price at Amazon.com) Available 3/11/2008 Additional Movie Details  TheatricalThis Disc Video Format:35mm 1080p VC-1Aspect Ratio:2.35:1 2.35:1Audio: Other:  BD-25Disc ... (more)

San Francisco, CA: Marina Theater Returns

The San Francisco Chronicle has a story about the recent re-opening of the Marina Theater after being closed since 2001, when it was called the Cinema 21. The theater re-opened on May 2, 2008 after a multi-month construction project and a four year ... (more)

Regal Must Sell Four North Carolina Theaters

The Knoxville News Sentinel is reporting that the U.S. Department of Justice is requiring Regal Entertainment Group to sell four movie theaters in North Carolina to satisfy antitrust concerns related to its recent acquisition of Consolidated ... (more)

Joliet, IL: Construction Begins on Joliet Mall Theater

The Bolingbrook Sun is reporting that construction has begun on a new Cinemark movie theater at the Westfield Louis Joliet Mall in Joliet, Illinois: Some site utility work began Monday, said Bob Koys, development director for the Westfield Group, ... (more)

Milwaukee, WI: Marcus Theatres Plans New Theater Complex Downtown

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Marcus Theatres Corporation is planning to build a theater complex in downtown Milwaukee's Park East area. Rendering by Eppstein Uhen Architects Milwaukee currently has no operating movie theaters in ... (more)

Buffalo, NY: Grand Opening Details for Walden Galleria Stadium 16

The Buffalo, New York area will be getting a new movie theater! The Regal Cinemas Walden Galleria Stadium 16 will open to the public on Thursday, May 22nd, and Regal Cinemas is planning a grand opening event to celebrate. The 16-screen theater will ... (more)

Pioneer Releases New Blu-ray Players, Forgets to Include a Feature

Pioneer Electronics introduced two new Blu-ray players last week. The Pioneer Elite® BDP-05FD and BDP-51FD offer a wide array of high-end features, high-end price tags, but are missing a critical feature that keep them from even getting a second ... (more)

Theatrical Trailer and Other Videos for "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" Now Available

The theatrical trailer is now available for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, as well as additional videos that provide some more information about the movie. Premiering last week, the trailer shows some great scenes from the movie, including a vertical ... (more)

Photos Added for "G.I. Joe"

The live-action movie G.I. Joe doesn't open until August 2009, but we have a bunch of photos from the movie to share with you. Paramount Pictures was kind enough to provide us with ten new photos, including the one to the left of Sienna Miller as ... (more)

"Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" to be Released in IMAX Theaters

The IMAX Corporation announced today that the upcoming DreamWorks Animation movie Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa will be released in IMAX theaters in addition to traditional movie theaters on November 7, 2008. The announcement follows one that came out ... (more)

Indiana Jones Special on the History Channel - Sunday, May 18th

If you're looking forward to the release of the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones series, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, on May 22nd, you might want to tune into the History Channel on Sunday, May 18th. They are showing a ... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of May 9, 2008

  1. Iron Man
  2. What Happens in Vegas
  3. Speed Racer
  4. Made of Honor
  5. Baby Mama
  6. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  7. Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
  8. The Forbidden Kingdom
  9. Nim's Island
  10. Prom Night

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 Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
One year later, the Kings and Queens of Narnia find themselves back in that faraway wondrous realm, only to discover that more than 1,300 years have passed in Narnian time.

During their absence, the Golden Age of Narnia has become extinct and Narnia has been conquered by the Telmarines and is now under the control of the evil King Miraz, who rules the land without mercy.

The four children will soon meet a curious new character: Narnia's rightful heir to the throne, the young Prince Caspian, who has been forced into hiding, as his uncle Miraz plots to kill him in order to place his own newborn son on the throne.

With the help of the kindly dwarf, a courageous talking mouse named Reepicheep, a badger named Trufflehunter and a Black Dwarf, Nikabrik, the Narnians--led by the mighty knights Peter and Caspian--embark on a remarkable journey to find Aslan, rescue Narnia from Miraz's tyrannical hold, and restore magic and glory to the land.

Starring Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Ben Barnes, Peter Dinklage, Pierfancesco Favino, Sergio Castellitto, Liam Neeson

Genre - SciFi/Fantasy
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Rated PG
epic battle action and violence

How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer
As sweltering summer stretches over a sun-bleached Arizona border town, DoñaGenoveva, the Garcia family matriarch, decides to buy a car. The only catch is that she doesn't know how to drive. When she enlists Don Pedro's pedagogical skills, sparks begin to fly--at her house and beyond.

Her daughter, Lolita, seems to have hit a dry spell until things start to sizzle at the butcher shop where she works.

Meanwhile, Lolita's teenage daughter, Blanca, engineers an awakening all her own. It's as if the languid heat wave has thawed everyone's defenses and jump-started a sexual revolution.

Starring America Ferrera, Elizabeth Peña, Lucy Gallardo, Eliana Alexander, David Barrera, Steven Bauer, Alek Carrera, Ana Cervantes

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
sexual content and some language

Erik and Phillip are trying to make it as writers. Erik is rejected by publishers as lacking in talent, while Phillip's manuscript is accepted and the young man becomes a major name on the Norwegian cultural scene practically overnight.

Six months later, Erik and his friends come to visit Phillip at a psychiatric hospital to bring him home after long-term treatment. Writing is the last thing on Phillip's mind, but Erik is continuing his literary attempts and tries to convince his friend to go back to writing.

Starring Anders Danielsen Lie, Espen Klouman-Høiner, Viktoria Winge, Henrik Elvestad, Christian Rubeck

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
sexuality and language

Sangre de Mi Sangre
Juan and Pedro who meet en route to New York where Pedro hopes to meet his successful father. Juan, fleeing a criminal past, steals Pedro's belongings and later introduces himself to Pedro's father as his son, hoping to cash in on the father's supposed wealth.

Starring Jesus Ochoa, Armando Hernadez, Jorge Adrián Espíndola, Paola Mendoza

Genre - Drama
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Death Note
This two-night event features exclusive footage and a behind-the-scenes look at how the characters come to life.

"Death Note" is based on the hit supernatural action-mystery manga, and follows the story of Light Yagami, an ace student who finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god named Ryuk. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil.

But when criminals mysteriously begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective "L" to investigate, and he is soon hot on the trail of Light, who must now reevaluate his noble goal. Both Light and L believe themselves to be on the side of justice, and the two match wits as they attempt to prove which one of them is "good" and which one of them is "evil."

Genre - Adventure
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The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite)

Starring Nurgul Yesilcay, Baki Davrak, Tuncel Kurtiz, Hanna Schygulla, Patrycia Ziolkowska

Genre - Drama
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A Jihad for Love

Starring Muhsin Hendricks, A.K. Hoosen, Mazen, Abdellah Taia, Sana

Genre - Documentary
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The newest Indiana Jones adventure begins in the desert Southwest in 1957 – the height of the Cold War. Indy and his sidekick Mac (Ray Winstone) have barely escaped a close scrape with nefarious Soviet agents on a remote airfield.

Now, Professor Jones has returned home to Marshall College – only to find things have gone from bad to worse. His close friend and dean of the college (Jim Broadbent) explains that Indy’s recent activities have made him the object of suspicion, and that the government has put pressure on the university to fire him. On his way out of town, Indiana meets rebellious young Mutt (Shia LaBeouf), who carries both a grudge and a proposition for the adventurous archaeologist: If he’ll help Mutt on a mission with deeply personal stakes, Indy could very well make one of the most spectacular archaeological finds in history – the Crystal Skull of Akator, a legendary object of fascination, superstition and fear.

But as Indy and Mutt set out for the most remote corners of Peru – a land of ancient tombs, forgotten explorers and a rumored city of gold – they quickly realize they are not alone in their search. The Soviet agents are also hot on the trail of the Crystal Skull. Chief among them is icy cold, devastatingly beautiful Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett), whose elite military unit is scouring the globe for the eerie Crystal Skull, which they believe can help the Soviets dominate the world ... if they can unlock its secrets.

Indy and Mutt must find a way to evade the ruthless Soviets, follow an impenetrable trail of mystery, grapple with enemies and friends of questionable motives, and, above all, stop the powerful Crystal Skull from falling into the deadliest of hands.

Starring Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
adventure violence and scary images

Spirit of the Marathon - Denver/Boulder

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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