MOVIE OPENINGS – April 3, 2009

ADVENTURELAND

Director: Greg Mottola 
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds 
Studio: Miramax Films

The Plot: During the summer of 1987, recent college grad James Brennan (Eisenberg) takes what he thinks is a going-nowhere job at his local amusement park, only to discover it's a perfect opportunity to prepare himself for the real world.

FAST AND FURIOUS

Director: Justin Lin 
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez 
Studio: Universal Pictures

The Plot: The feud between ex-con Dominic Toretto (Diesel) and agent Brian O'Connor (Walker) is reignited back in Los Angeles, where a crime has pitted the two men against one another yet again. However, when they realize they have a common enemy, they put their past behind them and unite to stick it to their foe.

SUGAR

Director: Anna Boden Ryan Fleck 
Stars: Algenis Perez Soto 
Studio: HBO Films

The Plot: A chronicle of Miguel "Sugar" Santos's experience in the U.S., as the young Dominican baseball star is recruited to play in the minor leagues.

GIGANTIC

Director: Matt Aselton 
Stars: Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman 
Studio: First Independent Pictures

The Plot: Mattress salesman Brian Weathersby (Dano) finds his plan to adopt a Chinese baby augmented by the arrival of a young woman, Happy (Deschanel), who comes into his workplaces, falls asleep on one of the beds, and starts to affect his life upon waking up.

ALIEN TRESPASS

Director: R.W. Goodwin 
Stars: Eric McCormack, Jenni Baird, Robert Patrick 
Studio: Roadside Attractions

The Plot: A sci-fi/comedy set in 1957, in which residents of a small town in the Mojave Desert make an alliance with an alien named Urp, whose ship has crash-landed on Earth and released a second creature, the monstrous Ghota, who is bent on destroying humankind.

THE ESCAPIST

Director: Rupert Wyatt 
Stars: Brian Cox, Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes
Studio: IFC Films

The Plot: Frank Perry (Cox) concocts a scheme to bust out of prison with a band of fellow inmates in order to make peace with his ailing, estranged daughter.


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