MOVIE OPENINGS – April 24, 2009

OBSESSED

Director: Steve Shill 
Stars: Beyoncé Knowles, Idris Elba, Ali Larter 
Studio: Screen Gems

The Plot: A successful business man (Elba) with a beautiful wife (Knowles) becomes the target of a female stalker (Larter).

EARTH

Director: Alastair Fothergill Mark Linfield 
Stars: Patrick Stewart 
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The Plot: A documentary that follows the migration paths of four animal families.

FIGHTING

Director: Dito Montiel 
Stars: Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Luis Guzmán 
Studio: Rogue Pictures

The Plot: In New York City, a young counterfeiter (Tatum) is introduced to the world of underground street fighting by a seasoned scam artist (Howard), who becomes his manager on the bare-knuckling brawling circuit.

THE SOLOIST

Director: Joe Wright 
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener
Studio: DreamWorks SKG

The Plot: In Los Angeles, reporter Steve Lopez (Downey Jr.) befriends Nathaniel Ayers (Foxx), a brilliant but troubled musician and one-time Julliard student who currently lives on Skid Row. In a series of revealing articles, Lopez draws attention to Ayers's remarkable story, while Ayers still dreams of a grand performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

TYSON

Director: James Toback 
Stars: Mike Tyson 
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

The Plot: A mixture of original interviews, archival footage, and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson.

MUTANT CHRONICLES

Director: Simon Hunter 
Stars: Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Devon Aoki 
Studio: Magnet Releasing

The Plot: In the year 2707, a soldier (Jane) leads a campaign to save the Earth -- which has been rendered unrecognizable from a war between the four corporations who control the planet -- from the mutant menace which has been unleashed from its prison by an explosion.

THE INFORMERS

Director: Gregor Jordan 
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke 
Studio: Senator Distribution

The Plot: A multi-strand narrative set in early 1980's Los Angeles, centered on an array of characters who represent both the top of the heap (a Hollywood dream merchant, a dissolute rock star, an aging newscaster) and the bottom (a voyeuristic doorman, an amoral ex-con). Connecting the intertwining strands are a group of beautiful, blonde young men and women who sleep all day and party all night, doing drugs -- and one another -- with abandon, never realizing that they are dancing on the edge of a volcano.


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