MOVIE OPENINGS – April 17, 2009

STATE OF PLAY

Director: Kevin Macdonald 
Stars: Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck 
Studio: Universal Pictures

The Plot: Picture-perfect U.S. congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) seems to be the rising star in the world of politics -- until his research assistant, who was also his mistress, is murdered. And then the secrets start coming out... It's up to star reporter Cal McCaffrey (Russell Crowe) and his co-hort Della (Rachel McAdams) to uncover the truth, but there are three things that complicate matters: 1) Cal's friendship and loyalty to Stephen; 2) their ruthless editor (Helen Mirren); and 3) a conspiracy that goes far, far deeper than they thought.

CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE

Director: Mark Neveldine Brian Taylor 
Stars: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Clifton Collins Jr. 
Studio: Lionsgate

The Plot: When we last saw Chev Chelios (Statham), it appeared as though the assassin had met his maker. Wrong. As his story continues, Chelios hunts down the mobster who stole his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered ticker that requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working.

17 AGAIN

Director: Burr Steers 
Stars: Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Leslie Mann 
Studio: New Line Cinema

The Plot: Mike O'Donnell (Perry) has lived a life full of regrets. Suddenly, he reverts back to his 17-year-old self (Efron) who looks to navigate high school and create a path that leads to a better adult existence.

EVERY LITTLE STEP

Director: Adam Del Deo James D. Stern 
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

The Plot: A documentary that follows a group of dancers as they navigate the auditions for the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line".

IS ANYBODY THERE?

Director: John Crowley 
Stars: Michael Caine, Bill Milner 
Studio: Big Beach

The Plot: A drama centered on Edward (Milner), a ten-year-old boy who is growing up in an eldery-care facility run by his parents, and his bond with the home's newest arrival, a retired magician named Clarence (Caine).

SLEEP DEALER

Director: Alex Rivera 
Stars: Luis Fernando Peña, Leonor Varela, Jacob Vargas 
Studio: Maya Entertainment

The Plot: An intercepted radio transmission is the motivation Memo (Peña) needs to leave his village for Tijuana, where he goes to dangerous lengths to secure work in the hi-tech factories he once dreamed about.


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