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Fairfax, CA: Movie Theater Goes Solar

The Fairfax 5 Theatres in Fairfax, California has installed solar panels to offset its energy costs, according to a press release issued by SPG Solar, Inc., the company that developed and installed the system. Dave Corkill, founder of Cinema West, a ... (more)

Beverly Hills, CA: Special Screening of "Appaloosa" on 9/17 at Academy Theatre

New Line Cinema has announced that a special screening of the Viggo Mortenson / Ed Harris movie Appaloosa will take place at The Academy Theatre in Beverly Hills, California on Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 (tomorrow). Attending the event will be ... (more)

Release Date and More Details Confirmed for IMAX Movie "Under the Sea 3D"

Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Corporation announced today that the release date for the upcoming IMAX feature Under the Sea - 3D will be February 13, 2009. A Giant Cuttlefish (Sepia apama) shows off its ability to display an entire spectrum of ... (more)

More Photos and New Video Clip Added for "Eagle Eye"

The action/thriller Eagle Eye, starring Shia LaBeouf, and Michelle Monaghan, is opening in theaters later this month, and Paramount Pictures has sent us a new video clip and some more photos to add to our Photo Gallery for the movie! Billy Bob ... (more)

Photos and Trailer Added for "Ghost Town"

One of the movies featured at the Toronto International Film Festival this year is the comedy Ghost Town, starring Ricky Gervais, Téa Leoni, and Greg Kinnear. Ricky Gervais stars as Bertram Pincus, a man whose people skills leave much to be ... (more)

Columbus, OH: Drexel Grandview Cinema to Close September 27, 2008

ColumbusLocalNews.com is reporting that the Drexel Grandview in Columbus, Ohio will be closing its doors on September 27th, 2008. The theater's operators have been running it at a loss due to low attendance, and negotiations with the property's ... (more)

Boston, MA: Two Boston-Area Theaters Closed

National Amusements Inc. has closed two theaters in the Boston, Massachussetts area earlier this month. The Showcase Cinemas Lawrence 1-6 in Lawrence closed on September 1st, and the Circle Cinemas in Brookline closed on the 7th. The Boston Globe ... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of September 5, 2008

  1. Bangkok Dangerous
  2. Tropic Thunder
  3. The Dark Knight
  4. The House Bunny
  5. Traitor
  6. Babylon A.D.
  7. Death Race
  8. Disaster Movie
  9. Mamma Mia!
  10. The Pineapple Express

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.

Burn After Reading
CIA agent Osborne Cox decides to pen his memoirs and is fired from the agency. The disc containing the memoirs inadvertently gets left in a ladies locker room at a gym, where Linda and co-worker Chad, hatch a plan to sell its contents to the highest bidder.

Starring George Clooney, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton

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

The Family That Preys
Wealthy socialite Charlotte Cartwright (Kathy Bates) and her dear friend Alice Pratt (Alfre Woodard), a working class woman of high ideals, have enjoyed a lasting friendship throughout many years.

Suddenly, their lives become mired in turmoil as their adult children's extramarital affairs, unethical business practices and a dark paternity secret threaten to derail family fortunes and unravel the lives of all involved.

In the midst of the turmoil, Charlotte and Alice decide to take a breather from it all by making a cross-country road trip in which they rediscover themselves and possibly find a way to save their families from ruin.

Starring Alfre Woodard, Sanaa Lathan, Kathy Bates, Tyler Perry, Jennifer Hudson, Rockmond Dunbar, Cole Hauser, Kadee Strickland

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
thematic material, sexual references and brief violence

Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigates what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century--The World Water Crisis.

Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question, "Can anyone really own water?"

Beyond identifying the problem, "Flow" also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

Starring Maude Barlow, Shelly Brime, Anthony Burgmans, Dr. Kent Butler, Michel Camdessus

Genre - Documentary
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Greetings from the Shore

Starring Kim Shaw, Paul Sorvino, David Fumero, Jay O. Sanders, Andrew Shaifer

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R

Moving Midway
At Christmas 2003, New York-based film critic Godfrey Cheshire is visiting his family in North Carolina when his cousin Charlie Silver tells him something startling. Charlie inherited Midway Plantation, the ancestral home of his and Cheshire's extended family, and has been its devoted caretaker.

But now Charlie and his wife Dena have made a decision: They want to move Midway - the antebellum manor house and several outbuildings - to a new location to escape Raleigh's encroaching sprawl.

Genre - Documentary
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Righteous Kill
After 30 years as partners in the pressure cooker environment of the NYPD, highly decorated detectives David Fisk and Thomas Cowan should be ready for retirement, but aren't. Before they can hang up their badges, they are called in to investigate the murder of a notorious pimp, which appears to have ties to a case they solved years before.

Like the original murder, the victim is a suspected criminal whose body is found accompanied by a four line poem justifying the killing. When additional crimes take place, it becomes clear the detectives are looking for a serial killer, one who targets criminals that have fallen through the cracks of the judicial system. His mission is to do what the cops can't do on their own-take the culprits off the streets for good.

The similarities between the recent killings and their earlier case raise a nagging question: Did they put the wrong man behind bars?

Starring Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Curtis 50 Cent Jackson, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and brief drug use

Surfer, Dude
Longboarding soul-surfer Steve Addington returns to Malibu for the summer to find his cool hometown vibe corrupted.

New sponsorship demands Addington to expand into Virtual Reality Video Games and Reality TV. Unwilling to participate in this new digital-reality, he chooses to spend his summer surfing his home break. But in a twist-of-fate, the waves go flat and stay flat.

Out of money, his expense-accounts canceled, and betrayed by his buddies, Addington is backed into a harsh corner. He must endure the insanity that comes with no waves or give into "the Man" and his new, reality-altering machines. Aided by his manager, his mentor, his guardian-angel and his summer lover, Addington has a chance of keeping his cool, but it's not going to be easy.

The dude needs a wave, and there's never been a drought like this.

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Alexie Gilmore, Jeffrey Nordling, Sarah Wright, Zachary Knighton

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
pervasive drug use, language and nudity

Follows the dark, bold and shockingly funny life of Jasira, a 13-year-old Arab-American girl, as she navigates the confusing and frightening path of adolescence and her own sexual awakening.

When Jasira's mother sends her to Houston to live with her strict Lebanese father, she quickly learns that her new neighbors find her and her father a curiosity. Worse, her budding womanhood makes her traditional and hot-tempered father uncomfortable. Lonely in this new environment, Jasira seeks friendship and acceptance from her neighbors Mr. Vuoso, an Army reservist, and Melina, a meddling but caring expectant mother.

Thrown into an unfamiliar suburban world, Jasira must confront racism and hypocrisy at home and at school - and at the same time struggle to make sense of her raging hormones and newfound sexuality. Her boyfriend, Thomas, though a few years older, provides some comfort - but even that relationship causes problems when her father discovers that Thomas is black. Surrounded by adults who are just as lost as she is, Jasira yearns for understanding, even amidst often brutal acts.

Starring Summer Bishil, Aaron Eckhart, Peter Macdissi, Toni Collette, Maria Bello

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
strong disturbing sexual content and abuse involving a young teen, and for language

The Women
The story of Mary Haines (Meg Ryan), a clothing designer who seems to have it all -- a beautiful country home, a rich financier husband, an adorable 11-year-old daughter and a part-time career creating designs for her father's venerable clothing company.

Her best friend, Sylvie Fowler (Annette Bening), leads another enviable life -- a happily single editor of a prominent fashion magazine, a possessor of a huge closet of designer clothes and a revered arbiter of taste and style poised on New York's cutting edge. But when Mary's husband enters into an affair with Crystal Allen (Eva Mendes), a sultry "spritzer girl" lurking behind the Saks Fifth Avenue perfume counter, all hell breaks loose.

Mary and Sylvie's relationship is tested to the breaking point while their tight-knit circle of friends, including mega-mommy Edie Cohen (Debra Messing) and author Alex Fisher (Jada Pinkett-Smith), all start to question their own friendships and romantic relationships as well.

Starring Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing, Bette Midler, Candice Bergen, Carrie Fisher, Cloris Leachman

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
sex-related material, language, some drug use and brief smoking

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

Coming Soon

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Friday, Sep 19th

Wednesday, Sep 24th

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

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