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Regal Announces Their Own Big-Screen Concept: RPX: Regal Premium Experience

Regal Cinemas last week announced the launch of a new big-screen theater concept that they are calling "RPX: Regal Premium Experience." Regal is pitching this as "a custom-built premium environment featuring elegant and luxurious seats with... (more)

IMAX Getting Competition from Many Directions - But Are the Alternatives Really Better?

With the recent announcement by Regal Cinemas of their new RPX: Regal Premium Experience, IMAX is seeing more and more competition for the wallets of ticket-buying moviegoers. AMC has their new ETX "Enhanced Theater Experience" screen that will be... (more)

Buy "Make a Wave" by Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato from the Movie "Oceans" and Help a Charity

Disneynature is releasing the nature documentary Oceans on Thursday, April 22nd, and it features the song "Make a Wave" by Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato during the end credits. When you buy this song through iTunes, all proceeds from your purchase will... (more)

Hollywood, CA: Premiere of "Oceans" at El Capitan Theatre on Saturday, April 17, 2010

Disneynature's newest nature documentary Oceans will have a "Blue Carpet" premiere at the Pacific El Capitan in Hollywood, California on Saturday, April 17, 2010. Pierce Brosnan, Demi Lovato, and Joe Jonas are scheduled to appear and Wyland, the... (more)

Hollywood, CA: World Premiere of "A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)" at Chinese Theater on April 27, 2010

The World Premiere of A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) will be held at Mann Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Attending the event from the movie are: Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner, Katie Cassidy,... (more)

Redding, CA: Cinemark Movies 10 Getting 4 More Screens, Including XD Auditorium

The Cinemark Movies 10 - Redding in Redding, California will likely need a name change to "Movies 14" in the next few months, if their plans for an expansion that includes four new screens continue on schedule. The Redding Record Searchlight... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of April 9, 2010

  1. Clash of the Titans
  2. Date Night
  3. How to Train Your Dragon
  4. Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too
  5. The Last Song
  6. Hot Tub Time Machine
  7. Alice in Wonderland
  8. The Bounty Hunter
  9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  10. Letters to God

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 City of Your Final Destination
A naive American grad student travels to Uruguay seeking authorization from the heirs of a suicidal novelist to write the latter's biography.

Starring Anthony Hopkins, Omar Metwally, Laura Linney, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Hiroyuki Sanada

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
a brief sexual situation with partial nudity

Death at a Funeral
A hilarious day in the life of an American family come together to put a beloved husband and father to rest.

As mourners gather at the family home, shocking revelations, festering resentments, ugly threats, blackmail and a misdirected corpse unleash lethal and riotous mayhem.

Starring Chris Rock, Regina Hall, Loretta Devine, Ron Glass, Danny Glover

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
language, drug content and some sexual humor

Exit Through the Gift Shop
An eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempts to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results.

Billed as "the world's first street art disaster movie" the film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work.

Starring Shepard Fairy, Bansky

Genre - Documentary
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Rated R
some language

Handsome Harry
They call him “Handsome” Harry Sweeney (Jamey Sheridan). At 52, the Vietnam veteran has kept his rugged good looks. Everyone likes Harry, an electrician by trade who loves to sing—but for some reason he never lets anyone get too close.

One day, Harry gets a call from a former Navy buddy, Tom Kelly (Steve Buscemi), whom he hasn’t seen in some thirty years. On his deathbed and terrified of going to Hell, Kelly convinces Harry to seek forgiveness on his behalf from a comrade they betrayed long ago, David Kagan (Campbell Scott).

At first, Harry wants nothing to do with Kelly, Kagan or the remnants of his murky past. But guilt and memories have a mysterious grasp on Harry, and he finally relents, driving down the East Coast to call on his old comrades. One by one he confronts the rugged Rheems, (John Savage) the intellectual Porter, (Aidan Quinn) and the soft-spoken Gephardt, (Titus Welliver) about the long ago crime. Though they’ve all grown older, it is clear they are haunted by their past.

Starring Jamey Sheridan, Steve Buscemi, Mariann Mayberry, Aidan Quinn, John Savage

Genre - Drama
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The Joneses
A seemingly perfect couple along with their equally perfect teenagers, move into an upscale gated community. The Joneses have better goods and game than any other family in town. The only problem is they're not a family -- they are employees of a stealth marketing organization, and they know how to make everyone else want what they've got.

Starring Amber Heard, Demi Moore, David Duchovny, Gary Cole, Glenne Headly

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

Average teenager Dave Lizewski, a comic-book fanboy, decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name -- Kick-Ass -- assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There's only one problem standing in his way: Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers.

His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, is hunted by assorted violent and unpleasant characters, and meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes -- an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit Girl, and her father, Big Daddy.

Starring Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Chloe Moretz, Nicolas Cage

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated R
strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use - some involving children

A Nightmare in Las Cruces
On February 10, 1990 two cowards walked into the Las Cruces Bowl and changed the lives of many people. Seven people inside the bowling alley were forced at gunpoint to the floor and told to put their heads down. After stealing thousands of dollars from the safe, the killers shot all seven multiple times at close range, execution-style. The shooters then started a fire on the desk and fled.

Dead at the scene were Amy Houser, Steven Teran,and his step-daughter Paula. Steven's daughter Valerie died 45 minutes later at the hospital. Incredibly, Melissia Repass, Stephanie C. Senac, and Ida Holguin survived the brutal attack. Repass, just twelve at the time, made the heroic 911 call despite being shot in the head,which saved three lives.

Four out of the seven shot were children, including a two and six year old. For almost twenty years, the two remaining survivors (Senac died in 1999), family members, and friends have had to live with this unspeakable event. The case is unsolved after twenty years and the Las Cruces Police Dept., the FBI, and Crimestoppers plead for your help.

Starring Abbey McClellan, Wayno Sanchez, Alexis Gallegos, Alisia Laperuta, Kathy Gonzales

Genre - Documentary
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No One Knows About Persian Cats (Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh)
An indictment of cultural repression in Iran’s exciting underground music scene, a powerful cinematic foreshadowing of current protest movements, and a celebration of an entire generation of Iranians striving towards personal and creative freedom.

Shot in secret and featuring extraordinary performances by real underground bands, NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS follows a pair of young musicians, recently released from prison, on a mission to take their rock band to Europe. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan their escape abroad with a fast-talking music promoter. Vowing to play one last show before leaving Tehran, their dangerous mission takes them on a free-wheeling journey through the City’s vibrant and diverse underground scene, home to an estimated 2,000 illegal independent bands.

Starring Hamed Behdad, Ashkan Koohzad, Negar Shaghaghi

Genre - Drama
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Nobody's Perfect
One of the thousands of Germans born with deformities caused by the drug Thalidomide, filmmaker Niko van Glasow confronts his disability head-on in this extraordinary documentary, which follows his search for eleven other “Thalidomiders” willing to pose naked for a book of photos. With a darkly humorous touch, and no deference to political correctness, the film explores the sensitivities and feelings of the disabled in a way rarely seen on film.

Starring Fred Dove, Mat Fraser, Stefan Fricke, Sigrid Kwella, Andreas Meyer

Genre - Documentary
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"Paathshala" is a film with a message that tries to answer several questions related to the sanctity of today's education system. It sheds light on the shortcomings and wrong doings in today's schools where the high morals and basic ethics associated with the teaching profession seem to have taken a back seat.

The film attempts to challenge several harmful notions that threaten our children's future and thus our society.

Starring Ayesha Takia, Nana Patekar, Sunil Shetty, Swini Khera, Dwij Yadav

Genre - Drama
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The Perfect Game
Living amidst the gritty poverty of 1957 Monterrey, Mexico, a rag-tag group of boys from the other side of the tracks discovers the joy of sandlot baseball under the guidance of Cesar, an aspiring major league coach thwarted by discrimination.

Armed with the dream of playing a real Little League game, the young team members defy a total lack of resources, disapproving parents, and widespread prejudice to score their first Little League victory on U.S. soil and find themselves at the beginning of a once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Starring Clifton Collins Jr., Cheech Marin, Jansen Panettiere, Moises Arias, Jake T. Austin, Gabriel Morales, Emilie de Ravin, Lou Gossett Jr.

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG
some thematic elements

Pornography: A Thriller
Set in the world of gay adult entertainment, Pornography: A Thriller is a chilling nightmare told in three parts, centering on the mysterious disappearance of legendary "boy-next-door" porn star, Mark Anton, and the two men who become obsessed with finding out what happened to him.

The first story details the final days of Mark Anton in 1995. The second story concerns Michael, a present-day writer, whose obsessive investigation of Anton's disappearance begins to blur between reality and fantasy. In the last story, porn star turned director, Matt Stevens, channels a script of Anton's supposed demise and begins a seemingly cursed production. As it unfolds, the three stories, weave together a world begging to know…what is real?

Starring Matthew Montgomery, Pete Scherer, Jared Grey, Walter Delmar, Nick Salamone

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Starring Ruby Parihar, Sharvanand, Sai Kumar

Genre - Drama
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The Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de Sus Ojos)
Benjamin Esposito, a career long criminal court employee, has recently retired and decides to write a novel. He does not decide to make up a story. There is no need to. He can draw on his own past for a true and tragic story.

In 1974, his court was assigned an investigation into the rape and murder of a beautiful young woman. The search for the murderer is arduous. No clues remain at the scene and Esposito must rely on his own instincts. No longer an observer, he becomes an unwilling central character in a dangerous drama.

As he moves forward, Esposito begins to see that it is now too late to stop. Telling the story becomes a narrow, winding path in justifying his own life and facing up to the woman who he's been in love with for 30 years.

Starring Ricardo Darín, Guillermo Francella, José Luis Gioia, Javier Godino, Pablo Rago

Genre - Suspense/Thriller
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Rated R
a rape scene, violent images, some graphic nudity and language

Father vs. Son
A feature length Christmas comedy about a newly separated father who moves in with his son and joins him on the singles scene.

Starring Josh Dean, Heather Stephens, Paul Wolff, Eric Stonestreet, Janice Lynde

Genre - Comedy
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Cheech and Chong's Hey Watch This
A documentary based on Cheech and Chong's Light Up America reunion tour.

Starring Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Shelby Chong, Jimmy Root, Ricky Borrego

Genre - Documentary
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Rated R
drug content, crude sex-related humor and language throughout

Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D
Kenny Chesney, the biggest ticket-seller of this century in any musical genre, has wrapped his latest concert tour, the Sun City Carnival.

This spring, Sony Pictures Releasing’s special programming division, The Hot Ticket, will take audiences for another ride. For a limited engagement beginning in April 2010 in movie theatres nationwide, Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D, will give fans the chance to live the fun, the friends, the songs and the moments that make Kenny Chesney the must-see concert experience to kickoff the summer season.

With Chesney taking off the summer of 2010 from his hard core touring schedule, millions of fans can still experience the magic and thrills of his high energy performance, this time up close and as never seen before in Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D.

Starring Kenny Chesney

Genre - Program
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Nearly three-quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water and OCEANS boldly chronicles the mysteries that lie beneath.

Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud dive deep into the very waters that sustain all of mankind—exploring the playful splendor and the harsh reality of the weird and wonderful creatures that live within. Featuring spectacular never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies, OCEANS offers an unprecedented look beneath the sea.

Starring Rie Miyazawa

Genre - Documentary
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Rated G

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

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