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Get "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" on Blu-ray for $14.99 from Amazon.com with Coupon Code

You can get a copy of the upcoming Blu-ray release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for just $14.99 from Gift Shop merchant Amazon.com when you use the coupon code "snowhite" during checkout! (don't include the quotes when you enter the code, and... (more)

Detroit, MI: "Whip It" Screening Early in Detroit-Area Theaters

Adam Graham of The Detroit News is reporting that Drew Barrymore's roller derby movie Whip It will be shown in theaters in the Detroit, Michigan area, a week ahead of its October 2, 2009 release. The movie was filmed around metropolitan Detroit and... (more)

Disney to Offer $10 Coupons for Upgrades from DVD to Blu-ray

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has started a program to encourage owners of DVD versions of its movies to upgrade to the high definition Blu-ray version by offering a $10 discount off the purchase of the Blu-ray title. The first movie... (more)

Updated Help Document: Why am I seeing black bars when I watch movies?

After running across some videos on YouTube about the comparison between pan and scan and letterbox versions of widescreen movies, I thought they were worth adding to our Help section. The document Why am I seeing black bars when I watch movies?... (more)

Blu-ray Review: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Warner Home Video 100 Minutes List Price: $35.99 (Check Price at Amazon.com) This movie is also available from Amazon on DVD and video on demand (rental or purchase), and from iTunes for rental and purchase. ... (more)

North Bergen, NJ: BIG Cinemas' Columbia Park 12 Now Featuring Digital 3D

The Big Cinemas Columbia Park 12 in North Bergen, New Jersey now has the ability to show movies in Digital Cinema 3D, according to a press release issued by BIG Cinemas last week. The first movie they showed in 3D was Cloudy With a Chance of... (more)

Blockbuster to Close Up to 960 Stores by End of 2010

Video rental chain Blockbuster announced last week that it will close up to 960 stores by the end of 2010. Their SEC filing paints a less than pretty picture, where 18% of their stores are unprofitable, and another 47% are considered "non-core" that... (more)

Will Disney Fans Accept a New Princess?

With the upcoming release of The Princess and the Frog in December, Disney is making another attempt to increase the number of princesses in its roster. Will fans accept Tiana joining Snow White, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Cinderella, Belle, Ariel,... (more)

Disney Celebrating Release of "The Princess and The Frog" with Events, Games, Activities in NY and LA

Walt Disney Studios is opening the doors to their operation, just a little, so that fans can enjoy some quality time with the Disney princesses, play games, and view presentations from Disney animators, all in conjunction with the upcoming release... (more)

Photo Galleries Added for Three Wisconsin Theaters

I just added photo galleries for three theaters in Wisconsin. the Marcus Menomonee Falls Cinemas in Menomonee Falls, the Marcus Northtown Cinemas in Milwaukee, and the Marcus Sheboygan Cinemas in Sheboygan. These three join the 59 other theater... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of September 18, 2009

  1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
  2. The Informant!
  3. I Can Do Bad All by Myself
  4. Love Happens
  5. Jennifer's Body
  6. 9
  7. Inglourious Basterds
  8. All About Steve
  9. Sorority Row
  10. The Final Destination

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 Blue Tooth Virgin
Two writers must face a dilemma that is common to anyone who has ever had an artistic friend: What happens when you have to give feedback, and the news isn't good?

Sam, an aspiring screenwriter, and David, a successful magazine editor, have been pals for years. When David doesn't appreciate Sam's latest script, it opens a fissure in their friendship, one that spreads through the rest of their lives.

Ultimately, both men must reevaluate their motivations to write, their need for praise and validation, and what it means to see yourself as you actually are.

Starring Austin Peck, Bryce Johnson, Tom Gilroy, Roma Maffia, Lauren Stamile

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
language and brief drug use

The Boys Are Back
A witty, wisecracking, action-oriented sportswriter (Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Clive Owen), in the wake of his wife's tragic death, finds himself in a sudden, stultifying state of single parenthood.

With turbulent emotions swirling just below the surface, Joe Warr throws himself into the only child-rearing philosophy he thinks has a shot at bringing joy back into their lives: "just say yes." Raising two boys -- a curious six year-old (Nicholas McAnulty) and a rebel teen (George Mackay) from a previous marriage -- in a household devoid of feminine influence, and with an unabashed lack of rules, life becomes exuberant, instinctual, reckless... and on the constant verge of disaster.

United by unspoken love, conflicted by fierce feelings and in search of a road forward, the three multi-generational boys of the Warr household, father and sons alike, must each find their own way, however tenuous, to grow up.

Starring Clive Owen, Laura Fraser, George MacKay, Nicholas McAnulty, Tommy Bastow, Emma Booth

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
some sexual language and thematic elements

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
After her boyfriend mysteriously leaves her with little explanation, grad student Sara Quinn is left looking for answers as to what went wrong.

Directing all her energies into her anthropological dissertation, Sara conducts a series of interviews with men in an effort to uncover the secret thoughts that drive their behavior.

As she records the astonishing and disquieting experiences of various subjects, Sara discovers much more about men and herself than she bargained for.

Starring Julianne Nicholson, John Krasinski, Dominic Cooper, Timothy Hutton, Christopher Meloni

Genre - Drama
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Coco Before Chanel
The story of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, who began her life as headstrong orphan, and through an extraordinary journey, she became the legendary couturier who embodied the modern woman and became a timeless symbol of success, freedom and style.

The film portrays the formative years of Chanel's life, the years of Chanel spent discovering and inventing herself.

Starring Audrey Tautou, Alessandro Nivola, Benoit Poelvoorde, Emmanuelle Devos, Marie Gillain

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
sexual content and smoking

A reinvention of the original Oscar®-winning hit film, Fame follows a talented group of dancers, singers, actors, and artists over four years at the New York City High School of Performing Arts, a diverse, creative powerhouse where students from all walks of life are given a chance to live out their dreams and achieve real and lasting fame...the kind that comes only from talent, dedication, and hard work.

In an incredibly competitive atmosphere, plagued by self-doubt, each student’s passion will be put to the test. In addition to their artistic goals, they have to deal with everything else that goes along with high school, a tumultuous time full of schoolwork, deep friendships, budding romance, and self-discovery.

As each student strives for his or her moment in the spotlight, they’ll discover who among them has the innate talent and necessary discipline to succeed. With the love and support of their friends and fellow artists, they’ll find out who amongst them will achieve Fame…

Starring Kay Panabaker, Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Megan Mullally, Johanna E. Braddy, Debbie Allen, Asher Book, Kristy Flores, Paul Iacono, Paul McGill, Naturi Naughton

Genre - Musical
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Rated PG
thematic material including teen drinking, a sexual situation and language

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
A guy tries to patch things up with his soon-to-be-married pal after botching things up at his bachelor party.

Starring Jesse Bradford, Traci Lords, Matt Czuchry, Geoff Stults, Keri Lynn Pratt, Marika Dominczyk

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
nudity, strong sexual content including graphic dialogue throughout, language and some crude material

Lord, Save Us From Your Followers

Starring Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, George W. Bush, Bono, Bill Maher

Genre - Documentary
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Rated PG-13
thematic elements and some language

Two astronauts awaken in a hyper-sleep chamber aboard a seemingly abandoned spacecraft. It's pitch black, they are disoriented, and the only sound is a low rumble and creak from the belly of the spacecraft.

They can't remember anything--who are they, what is their mission? The only way out of the chamber is a dark and narrow airshaft. Corporal Bower, the younger of the two, crawls inside, while the other, Lt. Payton, stays behind for guidance on a radio transmitter.

As Bower ventures deeper and deeper into the ship, he begins to uncover a terrifying reality. Slowly the spacecraft's shocking and deadly secrets come unraveled, and the astronauts realize that the survival of mankind hinges on their actions.

Starring Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet, Antje Traue, Cung Le, Norman Reedus

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
strong horror violence and language

Paranormal Activity
After a young, middle class couple moves into what seems like a typical suburban "starter" tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night.

Starring Micah Sloat, Katie Featherston, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong, Tim Piper

Genre - Horror
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Rated R

The Providence Effect
Paul J. Adams III, an African-American man with activist roots in the 1960s civil rights movement, came from a family of teachers. After being black listed himself as a teacher in Alabama because of his civil rights activities, he moved to Chicago, received a master's degree in psychology, and then landed a job as guidance counselor at Providence St. Mel, an all-black parochial school on Chicago's notorious drug-ridden, gang-ruled West Side.

"The Providence Effect" is an account of an individual man, the inner city Chicago school he founded, and the student lives that school has changed and saved.

Genre - Documentary
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Rated PG
some mild thematic elements

Serbian Scars
A Serbian soldier named Alex Obilich ventures to Chicago hoping to find his older brother Peter and ask him about a kidney transplant in an effort to save their dad. Peter escaped from Serbia with their mother years ago, leaving behind his brother and father to fight the war -- not knowing their fates. Alex desperately searches for his brother, relying on the help of a pretty American named Maria to track him down. What Alex doesn't realize is that their father is actually being used as a tool by a terrorist named Vukasin, who is certain that Peter holds the key to a devastating weapon that his father developed years ago.

Starring Vladimir Rajcic, Michael Madsen, Mark Dacascos, Steve Agnew, Bojana Brankovic

Genre - Action/Adventure
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People are living their lives remotely from the safety of their own homes via robotic surrogates—sexy, physically perfect mechanical representations of themselves. It’s an ideal world where crime, pain, fear and consequences don’t exist.

When the first murder in years jolts this utopia, FBI agent Greer (BRUCE WILLIS) discovers a vast conspiracy behind the surrogate phenomenon and must abandon his own surrogate, risking his life to unravel the mystery.

Starring Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, James Francis Ginty, Boris Kodjoe

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, language, sexuality and a drug-related scene

What's Your Raashee?
A romantic comedy about an eligible bachelor searching for a bride, with Priyanka Chopra in 12 roles as the 12 signs of the Zodiac.

Starring Harman Baweja, Priyanka Chopra, Suzy Brack, Tommy Bartlett, Gene Fojtik

Genre - Romance
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National Theatre Live: Allís Well That Ends Well

Starring Clare Higgins, George Rainsford, Michelle Terry

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

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