MOVIE OPENINGS – Dec 12, 2008

DOUBT

Director: John Patrick Shanley 
Stars: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams (
Studio: Miramax Films

The Plot: The principal (Streep) of a Catholic school in the Bronx grows suspicious of a priest (Hoffman) who might have crossed the line with one of their students; her subsequent accusation leads to a tense confrontation that also involves a young nun (Adams) who might have proof of the priest's wrongdoing.

NOTHING LIKE THE HOLIDAYS

 

Director: Alfredo De Villa 
Stars: John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodríguez, Debra Messing 
Studio: Overture Films

The Plot: The scattered members of the Rodriguez family return to their parents' home in Chicago to celebrate the holiday season, as well as their youngest's safe return from combat overseas. But when old tensions surface, the pressure is on the individuals to truly come together as a family.

THE READER

Director: Stephen Daldry 
Stars: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz 
Studio: Weinstein Company, The

The Plot: Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Burk is reunited with his former lover (Winslet) as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL

Director: Scott Derrickson 
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates 
Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

The Plot: Aliens land on Earth with an important message for its citizens. A remake of the classic 1951 sci-fi film directed by Robert Wise

GRAN TORINO

Director: Clint Eastwood 
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang 
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

The Plot: When his prized 1972 Gran Torino nearly is stolen, disgruntled Korean War vet Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) looks to clean up his neighborhood, which has been taken over by gangs. Reluctantly, Kowalski also forms a bond with one of his neighbors, a Hmong teenager, whose family is embroiled in a gang-related conflict.

WENDY AND LUCY

Director: Kelly Reichardt 
Stars: Michelle Williams 
Studio: Oscilloscope Pictures

The Plot: Troubles besiege Wendy (Williams) during her trip from Indiana to Alaska, where she hopes to find gainful employment at a fish cannery. While stopped in Oregon, she's caught shoplifting food for her beloved dog, Lucy, which causes the duo to become separated, and presents to Wendy an increasingly dire set of circumstances as she searches for her companion.

WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU

Director: Brian Goodman 
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo, Brian Goodman 
Studio: Yari Film Group Releasing

The Plot: Two lifelong friends who have survived the mean streets of South Boston find it increasingly hard to maintain a balance between their personal lives and the "jobs" they take for a local crime boss (Goodman).

DELGO

Director: Marc F. Adler Jason Maurer 
Stars: Freddie Prinze Jr., Val Kilmer, Anne Bancroft 
Studio: Freestyle Releasing

The Plot: When Delgo (voice of Prinze, Jr.), a troubled teenager, is framed for a crime he didn't commit, his subsequent prison escape leads him and a group of unlikely friends on adventure to save two sparring races from a common enemy.


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