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2009 Academy Award Nominations Announced

The nominations for the 81st Academy Awards were announced this morning by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and Oscar® winner Forest Whitaker. The live television broadcast announced nominations in 10 of the 24 ... (more)

Blu-ray Review: The Notebook: Limited Edition Giftset

The Notebook Warner Home Video 124 Minutes List Price: $39.99 (Check Price at Amazon.com) Giftset is also available on DVD Available 1/20/2008 Click here for additional movie details, including the full plot summary, cast listing, ... (more)

Racine, WI: Marcus Regency Value Cinemas to Close in April

The Journal Times is reporting that the Marcus Regency Value Cinemas in Racine, Wisconsin will be closing in April: Marcus Theatres Corp. spokesman Carlo Petrick confirmed Monday morning that the budget theater at 5230 Durand Ave. on the fringe ... (more)

Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard Interviewed About "The Dark Knight" Score

Readers here know that I'm a big fan of the score for The Dark Knight that was created by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, and I have a lot of confidence that it will be nominated for and will win the Academy Award® for Best Score on ... (more)

Online Casting Call for "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"

Twentieth Century Fox is holding an online casting call to find an actor aged 10-13 for the lead role of Greg Heffley in the film version of the New York Times bestseller, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. According to the press release, they are looking for ... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of January 16, 2009

  1. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  2. Gran Torino
  3. My Bloody Valentine 3D
  4. Notorious
  5. Hotel for Dogs
  6. Bride Wars
  7. The Unborn
  8. Defiance
  9. Marley & Me
  10. Slumdog Millionaire

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.

Donkey Punch
Centers on the freak death of a partygoer on a luxury yacht in the Mediterranean, and the conflict that arises among the surviving passengers.

Starring Julian Morris, Nichola Burley, Jay Taylor, Robert Boulter, Sian Breckin

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Rated R
a scene of strong sexual content involving an aberrant violent act, graphic nudity, violence, language and drug use

Mortimer "Mo" Folchart and his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie, share an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when they read aloud.

But there is a danger: when a character is brought to life from a book, a real person disappears into its pages. On one of their trips to a secondhand book shop, Mo locates a book he's been searching for since Meggie was three years old, when her mother, Resa, vanished into its mystical world. But Mo's plan to use the book to find and rescue Resa is thwarted when Capricorn, the evil villain of Inkheart, kidnaps Meggie and, discovering she has inherited her father's gift, demands that she bring to life his most powerful ally, the Shadow.

Determined to rescue his daughter and send the fictional characters back where they belong, Mo assembles a small group of friends and family--some from the real world, some from the pages of books--and embarks on a daring and perilous journey to set things right.

Starring Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, Andy Serkis, Eliza Bennett, Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Sienna Guillory

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG
fantasy adventure action, some scary moments and brief language

The beautiful Carmen Colson (Diane Lane) and her husband Wayne (Thomas Jane) become entangled in a scam with a bumbling, small time con artist (Joseph Gordon Levitt) and his over-the-hill hitman partner the Blackbird (Mickey Rourke).

Ultimately, it all comes down to one wife, one husband, two killers... and one lethal killshot.

Starring Diane Lane, Mickey Rourke, Thomas Jane, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
violence, language and brief nudity

The Lodger
Malcolm Slaight arrives at the home of Joe and Ellen Bunting. Ellen is happy to make a little extra money, but also becomes enamored by the charm and eccentricities of this mysterious Lodger.

Meanwhile, police detective Chandler Manning begins to track a ruthless killer slaughtering prostitutes along West Hollywood's Sunset Strip. This killer's methods are identical to that of London's infamous psychopath, Jack the Ripper. This is especially troublesome for Manning because earlier in his career he brought a killer to justice who also mimicked Jack the Ripper.

Closing in on the killer, Manning finds himself following a trail that leads to a secluded residence located just off the Sunset Strip--right near the Bunting home.

Starring Shane West, Simon Baker, Rachael Leigh Cook, Alfred Molina, Donal Logue

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
violent content, language and brief nudity

A man from another galaxy crash lands on Earth during the time of the Vikings, bringing with him an alien predator.

Starring James Caviezel, Sophia Myles, Jack Huston, Ron Perlman, John Hurt

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Delves into the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires, known as Death Dealers, and the barbaric Lycans (werewolves).

A young Lycan, Lucian (Michael Sheen), emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor (Bill Nighy), the cruel vampire king who has persecuted them for hundreds of years.

Lucian is joined by his secret lover, the beautiful vampire Sonja (Rhona Mitra), in his battle to free the Lycans from their brutal enslavement.

Starring Rhona Mitra, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
bloody violence and some sexuality

The Metropolitan Opera: Orfeo ed Euridice

Genre - Program
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Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah
Documentary feature about Hannah Senesh, the World War II-era poet and diarist who became a paratrooper, resistance fighter and modern-day Joan of Arc.

Safe in Palestine in 1944, she joined a mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary. Shockingly, it was the only outside rescue mission for Jews during the Holocaust.

Hannah parachuted behind enemy lines, was captured, tortured and ultimately executed by the Nazis. Her mother Catherine witnessed the entire ordeal - first as a prisoner with Hannah and later as her advocate, braving the bombed-out streets of Budapest in a desperate attempt to save Hannah.

With unprecedented access to the Senesh family archive, this powerful story unfolds through the writings and photographs of Hannah and Catherine Senesh.

Starring Meri Roth, Marcela Nohynkova, Zdenek Kozakovic, Zdenek Astr, Jindrich Hinke

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

Coming Soon

Watch for these movies coming to a theater near you!

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

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