MOVIE OPENINGS – Dec 19, 2008

SEVEN POUNDS

Director: Gabriele Muccino 
Stars: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson 
Studio: Columbia Pictures

The Plot: A professional man (Smith) who is close to suicide for his role in an auto accident that claimed the lives of seven people finds a reason to live, and to atone, when he falls for a woman (Dawson) who wants to help him deal with his grief

THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX

Director: Sam Fell Robert Stevenhagen 
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman 
Studio: Universal Pictures

The Plot: Banished from his home for being more man than mouse, Despereaux (Broderick) is befriended by Princess Pea (Watson) who teaches him the value of reading books (instead of eating them) as well as a fellow outcast, Roscuro the Rat (Hoffman), who is interested in hearing the stories Despereaux has learned. When Roscuro is shunned by the princess, however, he plots her kidnapping, putting Desperaux's human-sized bravery to the test.

THE WRESTLER

Director: Darren Aronofsky 
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood 
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Plot: With his battle scars and failing heart, retired professional wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Rourke) jumps back into the squared cirle, climbing his way up the independent-circuit ladder, with his eyes on a showdown with his longtime rival.

YES MAN

Director: Peyton Reed 
Stars: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel 
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

The Plot: What happens when you agree with everyone and say "yes" to everything? Carl (Carrey) is about to find out when he chooses to become overly agreeable for an entire year.

NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

Director: Rod Lurie 
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Vera Farmiga 
Studio: Yari Film Group Releasing

The Plot: Reporter Rachel Armstrong (Beckinsale) is handed a jail sentence for refusing to name her source, a covert CIA operative, for her article on a American missile attack against Venezuela.


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