NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS – Nov 20, 2009

PLANET 51

Director: Jorge Blanco Javier Abad 
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Jessica Biel 
Studio: TriStar Pictures

The Plot: The inhabitants of Planet 51 live in fear of alien invasion. Their paranoia is realized when astronaut Chuck Baker (voice of Dwayne Johnson) arrives from Earth. Befriended by a young resident, he has to avoid capture in order to recover his spaceship and try to return home.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON

Director: Chris Weitz 
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner 
Studio: Summit Entertainment

The Plot: When Bella's blood is shed at her birthday celebration, Edward's intense reaction to the event causes his parents to pull up stakes and leave Forks, Washington for the sake of the young lovers. Heartbroken, Bella finds a form of comfort in reckless living, as well as an even-closer friendship with Jacob Black (Lautner). Danger in different forms awaits.

THE BLIND SIDE

Director: John Lee Hancock 
Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw 
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

The Plot: A disadvantaged teenager is taken in by a conservative family who see tremendous promise in the young man. Despite certain obstacles, the attention and inspiration he receives helps him mature into an athletically and academically successful NFL prospect.

BROKEN EMBRACES

Director: Pedro Almodóvar 
Stars: Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, Blanca Portillo
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

The Plot: Blind screenwriter Harry Caine (Homar) reveals the secrets of his past to a young associate, from his former life as a filmmaker working under his given name, to the accident which claimed his sight and led to a break-up with Lena (Cruz), a now-famous actress who lives in a gilded cage with her wealthy older partner.

MAMMOTH

Director: Lukas Moodysson 
Stars: Gael García Bernal, Michelle Williams, Marife Necesito 
Studio: IFC Films

The Plot: Leo (Bernal) is a web entrepreneur on a business trip to Thailand. When his life takes an unplanned turn, the ripples reach back to his family in New York City, where his wife (Williams) and daughter have a close relationship with their Filipino nanny (Necesito).

BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS

Director: Werner Herzog 
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Russell M. Haeuser 
Studio: First Look Pictures

The Plot: Terence McDonagh (Cage) is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.


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