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Rave Motion Pictures to Buy Up to 40 Theaters, 35 from National Amusements

Rave Cinemas, LLC. announced today that it will be acquiring up to 40 movie theaters, including 35 from National Amusements, and operating them under the Rave Motion Pictures brand name. The National Amusements sale was reported here back on... (more)

Sun Prairie, WI: Marcus Theatres Complex Approved

The Wisconsin State Journal is reporting that the proposed 16-screen movie theater in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin has been approved by the City Council on December 15, 2009. We reported in September that Marcus had purchased the land for this... (more)

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

  1. Avatar
  2. The Princess and the Frog
  3. The Blind Side
  4. Did You Hear About the Morgans?
  5. The Twilight Saga: New Moon
  6. Invictus
  7. Disney's A Christmas Carol
  8. Up in the Air
  9. Brothers
  10. Old Dogs

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 Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
The story of Dr. Parnassus and his extraordinary ‘Imaginarium’, a travelling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom.

Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Doctor Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr. Nick, in which he won immortality. Centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr. Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his daughter reached her 16th birthday, she would become the property of Mr Nick.

Valentina is now rapidly approaching this ‘coming of age’ milestone and Dr. Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate. Mr. Nick arrives to collect but, always keen to make a bet, renegotiates the wager. Now the winner of Valentina will be determined by whoever seduces the first five souls. Enlisting a series of wild, comical and compelling characters in his journey, Dr. Parnassus promises his daughter’s hand in marriage to the man that helps him win.

In this captivating, explosive and wonderfully imaginative race against time, Dr. Parnassus must fight to save his daughter in a never-ending landscape of surreal obstacles – and undo the mistakes of his past once and for all!

Starring Johnny Depp, Heath Ledger, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, Tom Waits

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
violent images, some sensuality, language and smoking

It's Complicated
Jane is the mother of three grown kids, owns a thriving Santa Barbara bakery/restaurant and has-after a decade of divorce-an amicable relationship with her ex-husband, attorney Jake. But when Jane and Jake find themselves out of town for their son's college graduation, things start to get complicated.

An innocent meal together turns into the unimaginable-an affair. With Jake remarried to the much younger Agness, Jane is now, of all things, the other woman. Caught in the middle of their renewed romance is Adam, an architect hired to remodel Jane's kitchen. Healing from a divorce of his own, Adam starts to fall for Jane, but soon realizes he's become part of a love triangle.

Should Jane and Jake move on with their lives, or is love truly lovelier the second time around? It's--complicated.

Starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, John Krasinski, Lake Bell, Rita Wilson

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
some drug content and sexuality

Sherlock Holmes
In a dynamic new portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous characters, "Sherlock Holmes" sends Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson on their latest challenge. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Kelly Reilly

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
intense sequences of violence and action, some startling images and a scene of suggestive material

The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band)
Set in a Northern German village before World War I during the decline of the Austro-Hungarian empire, depicts the emergence of national socialism.

Starring Ulrich Tukur, Susanne Lothar, Burghart Klaussner, Marisa Growaldt, Josef Bierbichler

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
some disturbing content involving violence and sexuality

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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Friday, Jan 15th

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

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