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Save Up To $26 with Amazon's Disney Pixar DVD/Blu-ray Promotion

Most people will agree that Pixar has made some really good movies. They are also very good at releasing those movies on DVD and Blu-ray, scoring some of the best reviews for picture and sound available. When you combine a great movie with a high... (more)

"Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," "500 Days of Summer," and "Jennifer's Body" Feature iPhone/PC App

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced this week that the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray releases of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, (500) Days of Summer, and Jennifer's Body will be accompanied by an application for iPhones... (more)

Theater Chains Dropping "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" Over Early Home Video Release

Trade industry publication The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that several movie theater chains are dropping Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 3D from their showtimes due to the studio's decision to release the... (more)

Green Bay, WI: Photo Gallery Added for Silver Cinemas - East Town Budget Cinemas

A gallery of 10 photos has been created for the Silver Cinemas - East Town Budget Cinemas - Green Bay in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The theater is located inside the East Town Mall on the East side of Green Bay, near Mason Street and I-43. It's quite a... (more)

Connections Added for Many Theaters in Chains

The best way to make the recently-released Search for Theater Owner feature more useful is to make sure that as many theaters as possible are connected by their owner. Over the course of the last several weeks, we've sifted through all of the... (more)

Photos Added for "Old Dogs"

Two dozen new photos have been added to the Photo Galleries page for the upcoming comedy Old Dogs, which opens in theaters Friday, November 25th, 2009. (L-R) Ella Bleu Travolta, Conner Rayburn, Robin Williams, John Travolta. Photo © Disney... (more)

Mayfield Heights, OH: Phoenix Theatres Announces the Grand Opening of Eastgate 10 Theatre

Phoenix Theatres announced last week that the Phoenix Theatres Eastgate 10 Theatre in Mayfield Heights, Ohio would have its grand opening on November 6, 2009. The theater is located in the Eastgate Shopping Center and will hold approximately 1700... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of November 6, 2009

  1. Disney's A Christmas Carol
  2. Michael Jackson's This Is It
  3. The Men Who Stare at Goats
  4. The Fourth Kind
  5. Paranormal Activity
  6. The Box
  7. Couples Retreat
  8. Law Abiding Citizen
  9. Where the Wild Things Are
  10. Astro Boy

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.

When a pompous actor tells good girl Alexa (Rossum) that she hasn't lived, she embarks on a bold journey that takes her to mysterious bad boy Johnny (Gilford). Envious, her shy best friend Ben (Springer) also dares to pursue Johnny, complicating Alexa's romance and pushing the boundaries among the three friends.

Starring Emmy Rossum, Zach Gilford, Ashley Springer, Rooney Mara, Ana Gasteyer

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
sexual content, language and alcohol use - all involving teens

The End of Poverty?

Starring John Christensen, William Easterly, Susan George, Chalmers Johnson, Alvaro García Lineras

Genre - Documentary
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The Messenger
With three months left in the service, Will has spent a good deal of time in army hospitals, healing scars from his time in Iraq. To make things worse, the girl he left behind (Jena Malone) has moved on with her life.

Ironically, his chance at a fresh start lies in working shoulder to shoulder with Tony (Woody Harrelson), a senior officer who teaches him the ropes of his new post with the Casualty Notification Office. Will, who narrowly escaped death, must now break the news about those who didn't.

Between assignments, these two soldiers form a unique bond that helps them in their struggle to get back to "normal" life, fully knowing nothing will ever really be normal again.

Will faces an ethical dilemma because he is drawn to one of the young widows, played by Samantha Morton.

Starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone, Eamonn Walker

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language and some sexual content/nudity

Pirate Radio
The irreverent yet fact-based tale of a seafaring band of rogue rock and roll deejays whose “pirate radio” captivated and inspired 1960s Britain. Playing the music that rocked a nation and a decade, the group boldly and hilariously defies the government that tries to shut them down.

Broadcasting live 24/7 from an old tanker anchored in the middle of the North Sea (just beyond British jurisdiction), Radio Rock sends out a vibrant and unifying signal to millions across the nation, ranging in age from wide-eyed pre-teens secretly tuning in long past their bedtimes to everyday people in need of a musical pick-me-up.

The Radio Rock roster, overseen by unflappable station owner (and ship’s captain) Quentin (Bill Nighy), includes a risk-prone American known only as The Count (Philip Seymour Hoffman); mystic deejay royalty Gavin (Rhys Ifans); slyly amorous Dave (Nick Frost); idiosyncratic New Zealander Angus (Rhys Darby); the rarely seen Bob (Ralph Brown); the aptly named Thick Kevin (Tom Brooke); lovelorn Simon (Chris O’Dowd); ladies’ magnet Mark (Tom Wisdom); shy Harold (Ike Hamilton); reporter News John (Will Adamsdale); and lesbian ship’s cook Felicity (Katherine Parkinson). One night in 1966, Quentin’s teenaged godson Carl (Tom Sturridge) comes aboard. While Carl harbors romantic aspirations that he hopes will be fulfilled during one of the biweekly visits by Radio Rock’s prettiest fans, he also hopes to find out more about his long-absent father…

As the ship sails on and rocks out, what Carl and the freewheeling, free-loving Radio Rock gang don’t know is that back in London, landlocked government minister Dormandy (Kenneth Branagh) has embarked on a vehement crusade to silence their signal -- permanently. To stay afloat and keep their devoted audience plugged in, the crew will have to band together and trust in the power of music like never before.

Starring Rhys Ifans, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Nick Frost, Bill Nighy, January Jones

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

In America, a kid drops out of high school every 9 seconds… Imagine if they didn't. This is the compelling question behind award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio's newest project Ten9Eight, a thought provoking film which tells the inspirational stories of several inner city teens (of differing race, religion, and ethnicity) from Harlem to Compton and all points in between, as they compete in an annual business plan competition run by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).

Genre - Documentary
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Tum Mile

Starring Emran Hashmi, Soha Ali Khan

Genre - Drama
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Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments.

2012 is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.

Starring John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
intense disaster sequences and some language

Bobby Thompson and Kate Montero (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lynn Collins) are thrust into two alternate realities on the same steamy summer day in New York City. With the flip of a coin, the couple are sent in opposite directions – a delicate drama set in Brooklyn examines familial love, self-discovery, loss and the ordinary choices we make everyday, while Manhattan offers a vastly different tale of intrigue, suspense and murder on the streets of Chinatown.

Starring Lynn Collins, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nelson Landrieu, Olivia Thirlby

Genre - Drama
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William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe
In the 1960s and 70s, William Kunstler fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. and represented the famed "Chicago 8" activists who protested the Vietnam War. When the inmates took over Attica prison, or when the American Indian Movement stood up to the federal government at Wounded Knee, they asked Kunstler to be their lawyer.

To his daughters, it seemed that he was at the center of everything important that had ever happened. But when they were growing up, Kunstler represented some of the most reviled members of society, including rapists and assassins. This powerful film not only recounts the historic causes that Kunstler fought for; it also reveals a man that even his own daughters did not always understand, a man who risked public outrage and the safety of his family so that justice could serve all.

Starring William Kunstler, Herman Badillo, Dennis Banks, Harry Belafonte, Clyde Bellecourt

Genre - Documentary
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Women in Trouble
A comedy about a serpentine day in the life of 10 seemingly disparate women--including a porn star, a flight attendant, a psychiatrist, a masseuse, a bartender and a pair of call girls--all with one thing in common: trouble.

Starring Carla Gugino, Connie Britton, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Marley Shelton, Adrianne Palicki, Simon Baker, Josh Brolin, Garcelle Beauvais, Sarah Clarke, Cameron Richardson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
sexual content including strong dialogue, and for language

The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Hi-Def Event Encore
NCM Fathom, Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies present an encore showing of "The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Hi-Def Event" featuring the first ever High Definition presentation of The Wizard of Oz.

This One Night Event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. (local time). In addition to the feature presentation of The Wizard of Oz, this exclusive event will include a special introduction by Robert Osborne, a classic film historian and host of Turner Classic Movies, followed by "We're Off to See the Wizard," a look into how L. Frank Baum's classic novel was transformed into one of the most beloved films of all time including archival interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and rare musical outtakes.

Whether seeing it for the first time or the 100th time, it is only fitting that audiences nationwide will have the chance to enjoy the 70th Anniversary of this multi-generational favorite in movie theatres for an exclusive One Night celebratory event. This presentation is suitable for all audiences.

Starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton

Genre - Program
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The Metropolitan Opera: Turandot Encore

Genre - Program
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The Sun (Solntse)
On 15 August 1945, millions of Japanese hear the voice of Japanese Emperor Hirohito for the first time. In his address to the nation, he commands his army and his people to cease all fighting.

This announcement enables the Allies to land on Japan's islands without encountering any form of resistance. With his appeal, the Emperor saves the lives of millions of Japanese who were prepared to fight to the death for their emperor and their country. It also saves the lives of thousands of Americans and Chinese, Britons and Russians.

In spite of this act, the victorious powers insist that the Emperor appear before a military tribunal. Commander-in-chief of the American occupying forces in Japan, General Douglas McArthur, advises his own President not to declare Emperor Hirohito a war criminal.

This is the story of the meetings between these two men.

Starring Issei Ogata, Robert Dawson, Kaori Momoi, Shirô Sano

Genre - Drama
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Twilight/New Moon Marathon

Genre - Program
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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!

Friday, Nov 20th

Wednesday, Nov 25th

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

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