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The Woodlands, TX: Cinemark Launches New XD Auditorium in The Woodlands

Cinemark has opened their latest XD "Extreme Digital Cinema" auditorium at Cinemark Tinseltown at Woodlands in The Woodlands, Texas, which is located just outside Houston. This is the 15th such opening in 2009, according to their press release,... (more)

Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles Premiere of "The Book of Eli" to be Held at Chinese Theater on January 11, 2010

Warner Bros. announced this week that the Los Angeles Premiere of the upcoming action movie The Book of Eli will take place on Monday, January 11, 2010 at Mann Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. Attending the premiere will be... (more)

Disney Closes the Vault on Several Home Video Releases

Disney is known for their "vault," where they keep their movie titles until they're good and ready to let us buy them. While some movies leave the vault, others are put in, and once their stock is depleted, we have to wait for the great vault of... (more)

New York, NY: World Premiere of "Leap Year" at Directors Guild of America Theater on Wednesday, January 6

Universal Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment announced last week that the World Premiere of the upcoming romantic comedy Leap Year, starring Amy Adams, will be held at the Directors Guild of America Theater in New York, New York, on Wednesday,... (more)

Blu-ray Review: Logan's Run

Logan's Run Warner Home Video 118 Minutes List Price: $28.99 (Check Price at Amazon.com) Available 11/10/2009 TheatricalThis Disc Video Format: 35mm 1080p VC-1 Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 2.40:1 Audio: Stereo... (more)

Blu-ray Review: The Negotiator

The Negotiator Warner Home Video 139 Minutes List Price: $28.99 (Check Price at Amazon.com) Available 11/10/2009 TheatricalThis Disc Video Format: 35mm 1080p VC-1 Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 2.40:1 Audio: ... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of January 1, 2010

  1. Avatar
  2. Sherlock Holmes
  3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
  4. It's Complicated
  5. The Blind Side
  6. Up in the Air
  7. The Princess and the Frog
  8. Did You Hear About the Morgans?
  9. Invictus
  10. Nine

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.

Bitch Slap
Three bad girls (a down-and-out stripper, a drug-running killer and a corporate powerbroker) arrive at a remote desert hideaway to extort and steal $200 Million in diamonds from a ruthless underworld kingpin.

Things quickly spin out of control as allegiances change, truths are revealed, other criminals arrive for the score, the fate of the world hangs in the balance and they are forced to confront a villain much worse than they ever expected -- themselves.

It's the ultimate morality tale as, one by one, they realize the whole she-bang was a set-up and one of them may not even be human.

Starring Julia Voth, Erin Cummings, America Olivo, Michael Hurst, Ron Melendez

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
brutal violence, strong sexual content and language throughout, and brief drug use

Crazy on the Outside
Tommy is fresh out of prison and ready for a second chance in life. Enter his loving sister Vicky, her cynical husband Ed and their family. Tommy moves in with them, and when it comes to explaining to Grandma Tommy's whereabouts for the last three years, the truth-challenged Vicky has the answer: He's been in France!

Starring Sigourney Weaver, Ray Liotta, J.K. Simmons, Tim Allen, Julie Bowen, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kelsey Grammer, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG-13
sexual content and language

The year is 2019. A mysterious plague has swept over the earth, transforming the majority of the world's population into vampires. Humans are now an endangered, second-class species – forced into hiding as they are hunted and farmed for vampire consumption to the brink of extinction.

It’s all up to Edward Dalton, a vampire researcher who refuses to feed on human blood, to perfect a blood substitute that might sustain vampires and spare the few remaining humans. But time and hope are running out – until Ed meets Audrey, a human survivor who leads him to a startling medical breakthrough.

Armed with knowledge that both humans and vampires will kill for, Ed must battle his own kind in a deadly struggle that will decide the fate of the human race.

Starring Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Isabel Lucas, Jay Laga'aia

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

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

In Search of Memory

Genre - Documentary
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Leap Year
When their four-year anniversary passes without a marriage proposal, Anna (Amy Adams) decides to take matters into her own hands. Investing in an Irish tradition that allows women to propose to men on February 29th, Anna decides to follow her boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott) to Dublin and get down on one knee herself.

But airplanes, weather and fate leave Anna stranded on the other side of Ireland, and she must enlist the help of handsome and surly Declan (Matthew Goode) to get her across the country. As Anna and Declan bicker across the Emerald Isle, they discover that the road to love can take you to very unexpected places.

Starring Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Kaitlin Olson, Adam Scott, Peter O'Meara

Genre - Comedy
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Rated PG
sensuality and language

Pyaar Impossible!
Abhay, a geek falls in love with Alisha, a beauty.

Starring Priyanka Chopra, Anupam Kher, Uday Chopra, Dino Morea, Rahul Vohra

Genre - Romance
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Wonderful World
A bittersweet comedy about families, friends and a frivolous fight against corporate institutions, Matthew Broderick plays Ben Singer, a failed children's folk singer, a newly unemployed proofreader and an every-other-weekend dad to his young daughter (Jodelle Ferland), who prefers pretty much anything to listening to her dad's pessimistic ramblings.

Struggling in all aspects of his life, Ben's only comforts come from smoking marijuana alone and regular chess games with his smart and opinionated Senegalese roommate Ibou. When Ibou is suddenly struck ill and an insensitive municipal employee exacerbates the emergency situation, Ben pours his energy into a lawsuit against the city for depraved indifference. Ben’s life begins to turn around with the arrival of Ibou’s beautiful and sexy sister Khadi from Senegal, who moves into Ibou’s room in Ben’s apartment. As Ben suspects that it is his own cynicism corroding the beauty around him, he realizes that it’s all a matter of perspective.

Starring Matthew Broderick, Sanaa Lathan, Michael K. Williams, Jodelle Ferland, Philip Baker Hall

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
language, some drug use and sexual content

Youth in Revolt
The story of Nick Twisp - a unique, but affable teen with a taste for the finer things in life like Sinatra and Fellini - who falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful, free-spirited Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday) while on a family vacation.

But family, geography, and jealous ex-lovers conspire to keep these two apart. With Sheeni's encouragement, Nick abandons his dull, predictable life and develops a rebellious alter ego: Francois. With his ascot, his moustache, and his cigarette, Francois will stop at nothing to be with Sheeni, and leads Nick Twisp on a path of destruction with unpredictable and uproarious consequences.

Starring Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta, Justin Long, Jean Smart, Ari Graynor, Fred Willard, Zach Galifianakis, Mary Kay Place

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
sexual content, language and drug use

The Metropolitan Opera: Der Rosenkavalier

Starring Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Christine Schäfer, Eric Cutler, Thomas Allen

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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