LATEST NEWS's Weekly Openings Report - Dec 20/22

December 20, 2006

Wide release openings for Wednesday, December 20th include: Rocky Balboa.

Wide release openings for Friday, December 22nd include: The Good Shepherd, Night at the Museum, We Are Marshall, and The Good German.

Limited release openings on Wednesday, December 20th include: Letters from Iwo Jima, The Painted Veil, and Venus.

Limited release openings on Thursday, December 21st include: Curse of the Golden Flower.

We Are Marshall
Matthew Fox and Matthew McConaughey in We Are Marshall opening this weekend.

FirstShowing Weekend Suggestion: Rocky Balboa. A wonderful film with some true heart coming from Sylvester Stallone all around, ending this film series' legacy. The Good German. If you can catch it, it's an incredible experiment in filmmaking from Steven Soderbergh.

Make sure you head out to your local theater and watch one of these newly released movies!

Note: Keep up-to-date with the complete release schedule here on

Wide Release:

Rocky BalboaRocky Balboa (Wednesday, December 20th)
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Genre: Action, Drama, Sports
Rated: PG (for boxing violence and some language)
Synopsis: After considering a low-profile return to the ring, Rocky Balboa is granted a shot at the title held by heavyweight champ Mason "The Line" Dixon. Review - 8/10
The Good ShepherdThe Good Shepherd
Director: Robert De Niro
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Romance
Rated: R (for some violence, sexuality and language)
Synopsis: The history and evolution of the CIA, seen through the eyes of James Wilson, one of its founding officers, and the toll his spy games took on his home life. Review - 7.5/10
Night at the MuseumNight at the Museum
Director: Shawn Levy
Genre: Comedy, Action, Fantasy
Rated: PG (for mild action, language and brief rude humor)
Synopsis: A dim-witted guy gains employment at the Museum of Natural History as the nighttime security guard. Tipped off by a pair of day shift old-timers, his first night on the job is full of danger and surprises, as the humans and other animals on display come to life, looking for trouble. Review - Coming Soon
We Are MarshallWe Are Marshall
Director: McG
Genre: Drama, Sports, History
Rated: PG (for emotional thematic material, a crash scene, and mild language)
Synopsis: When a plane crash claims the lives of the Marshall University football team athletes and some of its fans, the team's new coach, his surviving players, and the school's dean try to keep the program alive. Review - 6/10
The Good GermanThe Good German (Expanded)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Rated: R (for language, violence and some sexual content)
Synopsis: In post-war Berlin to find his former mistress, an American journalist is lured into a murder mystery. Review - 9/10

Limited Release:

Letters from Iwo JimaLetters from Iwo Jima (Wednesday, December 20th - NY, LA, SF Only)
Director: Clint Eastwood
Genre: Drama, War, History
Rated: R (for graphic war violence)
Synopsis: The second half of Eastwood's look at the U.S.-led invasion of Iwo Jima during World War II, as seen through the eyes of the Japanese. Review - 8.5/10
The Painted VeilThe Painted Veil (Wednesday, December 20th - NY, LA Only)
Director: John Curran
Genre: Drama, Romance
Rated: PG-13 (for some mature sexual situations, partial nudity, disturbing images and brief drug content)
Synopsis: In Hong Kong, a shallow, uneducated society girl enters into an affair with a career politician, only to be awakened by a trip to a cholera-infested region of the country with her husband. The trip marks the beginning of a spiritual journey which will leave her a widow and fiercely devoted mother. Review - 6/10
VenusVenus (Wednesday, December 20th - Limited)
Director: Roger Michell
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Rated: R (for language, some sexual content and brief nudity)
Synopsis: The connection an aging actor makes with the grand-niece of his best friend alters not only his comfortable daily routine, but also his thoughts on life now that his is nearing its end. Review - Coming Soon
Curse of the Golden FlowerCurse of the Golden Flower (Thursday, December 21st - Limited)
Director: Yimou Zhang
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance
Rated: R (for violence)
Synopsis: China, Later Tang Dynasty: Emperor Ping returns to the Imperial Palace to celebrate the Chong Yang Festival with his family, though strained familial relations and whispers of an illicit affair darken the mood, and thousands of golden-armored warriors take their positions outside the palace.

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