MOVIE OPENINGS – July 23, 2009

G-FORCE

Director: Hoyt Yeatman 
Stars: Will Arnett, Penélope Cruz, Zach Galifianakis 
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 

The Plot: A specially trained squad of guinea pigs is dispatched to stop a diabolical billionaire from taking over the world

THE UGLY TRUTH

Director: Robert Luketic 
Stars: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler
Studio: Columbia Pictures 

The Plot: A macho morning TV show correspondent (Butler) makes a bet with his love-challenged producer (Heigl): If his tips on how to land and keep a guy don't work, he'll quit the business. But while he coaches her through a fledgling romance, can he avoid falling for her, and vice versa?

ORPHAN

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra 
Stars: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman 
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures 

The Plot: After their unborn baby dies, Kate and John Coleman (Farmiga and Sarsgaard) decide to adopt a child as a hopeful way to bring some joy and normalcy into their lives. Esther (Fuhrman), a 9-year-old orphan, captivates the couple, and comes home to live with them, though a strange sequence of events follows Esther's arrival, who's angelic façade might mask sinister intentions.

THE ANSWER MAN

Director: John Hindman 
Stars: Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham, Lou Taylor Pucci 
Studio: Magnolia Pictures 

The Plot: A reclusive author of a well-known spiritual guidance book falls for a sensible chiropractor and learns some important life lessons as he begins to face the public and his past.

SHRINK

Director: Jonas Pate 
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Mark Webber, Keke Palmer 
Studio: Roadside Attractions 

The Plot: A tragedy sends LA's top celebrity shrink (Spacey) into a personal and professional funk. Gradually, his experiences with a pro-bono client might serve as his best prescription for happiness, as he begins to reconnect with those around him.

IN THE LOOP

Director: Armando Iannucci 
Stars: Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini 
Studio: IFC Films 

The Plot: A comedy centered on an English government representative (Hollander) who accidently back the idea of a U.S.-led war in the Middle East, and the subsequent fallout on both sides of the Atlantic.


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