MOVIE OPENINGS – May 29, 2009

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Director: Pete Docter Bob Peterson 
Stars: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger
Studio: Buena Vista Pictures

The Plot: By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn't alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip.

DRAG ME TO HELL

Director: Sam Raimi 
Stars: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Ruth Livier 
Studio: Universal Pictures

The Plot: A loan officer (Lohman) ordered to evict an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse which turns her life into a living nightmare. Desperate, she turns to a seer for help, and learns she only has a short period of time before she is literally ushered into Hell.

DEPARTURES

Director: Yôjirô Takita 
Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Ryoko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki 
Studio: Regent Releasing

The Plot: A musician (Motoki) who is jobless after his orchestra is dissolved moves back to hometown with his wife for a fresh start, a move which introduces him to an unusual profession: an "encoffineer," one who prepares the deceased for burial and entry into the next life.


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