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Warner Bros. Celebrating Its 85th Anniversary with Movies in HD VOD on Cable/Satellite

Warner Bros. announced last week that they would be celebrating their 85th anniversary by releasing 85 movies to Video on Demand (VOD) on cable and satellite providers. Many of those 85 movies will be featured in high definition, some for the first ... (more)

New York, NY: Time Warner Cable Presents Free Movies Outside and In

Time Warner Cable is presenting a free movie series that will take place in the New York, NY area under the stars and indoors. The events are to celebrate Warner Bros. Pictures' 85th anniversary, which is a Time Warner company. The first movie was ... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of August 15, 2008

  1. Tropic Thunder
  2. The Dark Knight
  3. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  4. Mirrors
  5. The Pineapple Express
  6. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  7. Mamma Mia!
  8. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
  9. Step Brothers
  10. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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.

Death Race
Terminal Island, New York: 2020. Overcrowding in the U.S. penal system has reached a breaking point. Prisons have been turned over to a monolithic Weyland Corporation, which sees jails full of thugs as an opportunity for televised sport. Adrenalized inmates, a global audience hungry for violence and a spectacular, enclosed arena come together to form the ''Death Race'', the world's biggest, most brutal sporting event.

Five-time NASCAR champion Jensen Ames is a man who has become an expert at survival. After eight years of hard time, he has only six weeks before reuniting with his family. But when Weyland demands a driver to headline the big game, Ames is forced to submit.

Donning the costume of mythical rider Frankenstein, the racer becomes an instant crowd favorite, an unequaled sporting superstar. His face hidden by a metallic black mask, one convict will be put through a brutal three day challenge, with the trophy being the ultimate prize: freedom. The only catch is that he must survive a gauntlet of the most vicious criminals in this post-industrial wasteland to claim it.

Driving a monster car outfitted with machine guns, flamethrowers and grenade launchers, Ames must now kill or be killed to win the most treacherous spectator sport on Earth: ''Death Race''.

Starring Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane, Robin Shou, Natalie Martinez

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
strong violence and language

Hamlet 2
A failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama teacher rallies his Tucson, Ariz., students as he conceives and stages a politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare's "Hamlet."

Starring Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Amy Poehler, David Arquette, Elisabeth Shue

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
language including sexual references, brief nudity and some drug content

The House Bunny
Shelley is a Playboy Bunny living a carefree life until a rival gets her tossed out of the Playboy Mansion. With nowhere to go, fate delivers her to the sorority girls from Zeta Alpha Zeta. Unless they can sign a new pledge class, the seven socially clueless women will lose their house to the scheming girls of Phi Iota Mu.

In order to accomplish their goal, they need Shelley to teach them the ways of makeup and men; at the same time, Shelley needs some of what the Zetas have -- a sense of individuality. The combination leads all the girls to learn how to stop pretending and start being themselves.

Starring Kat Dennings, Anna Faris, Katharine McPhee, Emma Stone, Rumer Willis, Colin Hanks, Beverly D'Angelo

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
sex-related humor, partial nudity and brief strong language

"I.O.U.S.A." examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. As the Baby Boomer generation prepares to retire, will there even be any Social Security benefits left to collect?

Burdened with an ever-expanding government and military, increased international competition, overextended entitlement programs, and debts to foreign countries that are becoming impossible to honor, America must mend its spendthrift ways or face an economic disaster of epic proportions. Throughout history, the American government has found it nearly impossible to spend only what has been raised through taxes.

Wielding candid interviews with both average American taxpayers and government officials, director Patrick Creadon helps demystify the nation's financial practices and policies. The film follows U.S. Comptroller General David Walker as he crisscrosses the country explaining America's unsustainable fiscal policies to its citizens. Creadon interweaves archival footage and economic data to paint a vivid and alarming profile of America's current economic situation. The ultimate power of "I.O.U.S.A." is that the film moves beyond doomsday rhetoric to proffer potential financial scenarios and propose solutions about how we can recreate a fiscally sound nation for future generations.

Starring Warren Buffet, Pete Peterson, Dave Walker

Genre - Documentary
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Rated PG

The Longshots
The true story of Jasmine Plummer, an 11-year old quarterback, who led her team to the Pop Warner football tournament, and became the first female player in the event's 56-year history.

Starring Ice Cube, Keke Palmer, Tasha Smith, Matt Craven, Glenn Plummer

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG
some thematic elements, mild language and brief rude humor

Momma's Man
Thirty-something Mikey comes to New York on a business trip and stays in his parents' downtown loft. When his consulting job is finished, instead of returning home to his wife and newborn, Mikey finds an excuse to stay on. And on.

Holed up in his childhood bedroom, Mikey prefers life before responsibilities to life the way it is. But, his parents' growing unease and the mounting pressure from his own family threatens his temporary break from reality.

Starring Matt Boren, Flo Jacobs, Ken Jacobs, Richard Edson, Dana Varon

Genre - Drama
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Mumbai Meri Jaan

Starring Kay Kay Menon, Irrfan Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Madhavan, Paresh Rawal

Genre - Documentary
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Trouble the Water
"Trouble the Water" takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen. The film opens the day before the storm makes landfall--just blocks away from the French Quarter but far from the New Orleans that most tourists knew.

Kimberly Rivers Roberts, an aspiring rap artist, is turning her new video camera on herself and her Ninth Ward neighbors trapped in the city. "It's going to be a day to remember," Kim declares. As the hurricane begins to rage and the floodwaters fill their world and the screen, Kim and her husband Scott continue to film their harrowing retreat to higher ground and the dramatic rescues of friends and neighbors.

The filmmakers document the couple's return to New Orleans, the devastation of their neighborhood and the appalling repeated failures of government. Weaving an insider's view of Katrina with a mix of verité and in-your-face filmmaking, "Trouble the Water" is a redemptive tale of self-described street hustlers who become heroes--two unforgettable people who survive the storm and then seize a chance for a new beginning.

Starring Kimberly Roberts, Scott Roberts

Genre - Documentary
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Three Days Grace: One-X

Genre - Concert
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Ballet Shoes
Set in thirties London and tells the exhilarating tale of three orphan girls who were adopted and raised as sisters by their guardian. The uplifting story revolves around each girl's struggle to fulfill her dreams - Pauline wants to be an actress, Petrova desires to be an aviator, and Posy seems destined to be a ballerina.

As money becomes tight, each girl struggles to balance personal ambition with the need to survive physically and emotionally.

Starring Emilia Fox, Emma Watson, Yasmin Paige

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG

When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations Officer, Samir Horn.

A mysterious figure with a web of connections to suspect organizations, Horn has a knack for emerging on the scene just as a major operation goes down.

The inter-agency task force looking into the case meets with Carter, a veteran CIA contractor who seemingly has his own agenda and Max Archer, a fellow FBI agent. The task force links Horn to a bombing in Nice and a raid in London, but a tangle of contradictory evidence emerges, forcing Clayton to question whether his quarry is a man without loyalties--or something far more complicated.

Obsessed with discovering the truth, Clayton tracks Horn across the globe as the elusive ex-soldier burrows deeper and deeper into a world of shadows and intrigue.

Starring Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Neal McDonough, Jeff Daniels, Archie Panjabi

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
intense violent sequences, thematic material and brief language

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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