MOVIE OPENINGS – Dec 26, 2008

BEDTIME STORIES

Director: Adam Shankman 
Stars: Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Courteney Cox 
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The Plot: Somehow, someway, the lavish bedtime stories that a hotel handyman (Sandler) tells his niece and nephew start to magically come true.

THE SPIRIT

Director: Frank Miller 
Stars: Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson
Studio: Lionsgate

The Plot: A rookie cop (Macht) returns from the dead to fight crime from the shadows of Central City. His main opposition is a former lab technician who has reinvented himself as The Octopus (Jackson), an elusive criminal mastermind who knows the secrets behind his nemesis.

REVOLUTIONARY ROAD

Director: Sam Mendes 
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet 
Studio: DreamWorks Distribution

The Plot: A young couple raising a family in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s look to break free from their frustratingly mediocre lives.

 

VALKYRIE

Director: Bryan Singer 
Stars: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten 
Studio: United Artists

The Plot: Near the end of WWII, Claus von Stauffenberg (Cruise) leads to group of fellow German army colonels in an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler; the event would later be called the July 20 Plot of 1944.

MARLEY AND ME

 

Director: David Frankel 
Stars: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston 
Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

The Plot: An impossibly cute, but impossible-to-live-with yellow Labrador retriever named Marley teaches his newlywed owners a thing or two about patience and parentho

LAST CHANCE WITH HARVEY

Director: Joel Hopkins 
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Kathy Baker 
Studio: Overture Films

The Plot: During a weekend in which Harvey Shine (Hoffman) travels to London for his daughter's wedding, her first learns that he's lost his job back in New York, then he discovers he won't be the man giving away the bride at the ceremony. The one good thing that happens -- his meeting Kate (Thompson), a prickly but nevertheless enchanting Londoner -- might be the beginning of some much-needed change in Harvey's life.

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

Director: David Fincher 
Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton 
Studio: Paramount Pictures

The Plot: Benjamin Button (Pitt) was born under unusual circumstances. As everyone around him grew older, he aged backwards, making the challenges of life such as creating friendships, finding a job and falling in love all the more difficult and heartbreaking.


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