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Actors Morgan Freeman, left, and Matt Damon brings a page from South Africa’s history to the big screen in “Invictus.”(AP Photo)

Friday, December 11, 2009

 

Arriving this week

 

“Invictus.” Drama. PG. Shiloh 14 and Wynnsong 10. Newly elected South African President Nelson Mandela, played by Morgan Freeman, knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies the nation’s underdog rugby team, led by Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), as they make an unlikely run in 1995 World Cup.

“Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.” Animation. G. Shiloh 14 and Wynnsong 10. A modern twist on a classic tale features a beautiful girl named Tiana, voiced by Anika Noni Rose, a frog prince (Bruno Campos) who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.

 

Also playing

 

“Armored.” Drama. PG-13. Shiloh 14. Officers at an armored transport security business risks their lives when they embark on the ultimate heist against their own company. Armed with a seemingly fool-proof plan, the men plan on making off with a fortune with harm to none. But when an unexpected witness interferes, the plan quickly unravels, and all bets are off. Matt Dillon, Jean Reno and Laurence Fishburne lead the cast.

“The Blind Side.” Drama. PG-13. Shiloh 14 and Wynnsong 10. A poor, undereducated 344-pound teenager in Memphis, whose father was murdered and whose mother was a crack addict, is shuffled through the public school system, despite his low grade-point average and absenteeism. But his tremendous size and quickness attracts the interest of a wealthy couple who take him in and groom him both athletically and academically to become one of the top high school football prospects in the country.

“Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.” Drama. R. Shiloh 14. The MacManus brothers, played by Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus, are living a quiet life in Ireland with their father, but when they learn their beloved priest has been killed by mob forces, the duo returns to Boston to bring justice to those responsible.

“Brothers.” Drama. R. Shiloh 14. Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) and his younger brother Tommy Cahill (Jake Gyllenhaal), are polar opposites. A Marine about to embark on his fourth tour of duty, Sam is a steadfast family man married to his high school sweetheart Grace (Natalie Portman), with whom he has two young daughters. Tommy is a drifter just out of jail who’s always gotten by on wit and charm. When Sam’s helicopter is shot down and he’s presumed dead, the Cahill family suddenly faces a shocking void. Tommy tries to fill in for his brother by assuming newfound responsibility for himself, Grace, and the children.

“Disney’s A Christmas Carol.” Fantasy. PG. Shiloh 14 and Wynnsong 10. Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk (Gary Oldman) and his cheery nephew (Colin Firth). But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart before it’s too late.

“Everybody’s Fine.” Comedy-drama. PG-13. Wynnsong 10. Robert DeNiro plays a widowed man who, realizing that his wife was his only real connection with his children, sets off on a Greyhound bus ride from New York to Las Vegas to reunite with each of his kids.

“The Fourth Kind.”Thriller. PG13. Wynnsong 10. Since the 1960s, a disproportionate number of missing persons has been reported yearly from the population of Nome, Alaska. has been reported missing every year, and the truth has never been discovered despite multiple FBI investigations. A psychologist named Abigail Tyler, played by Milla Jovovich, began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented.

“Ninja Assassin.” Action. R. Shiloh 14. Transformed from a street child into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, Raizo breaks free after his friend is merciless executed by the clan. Waiting to exact his revenge, Raizo saves Mika, a Europol agent investigating a series of assassinations, from being killed herself. Knowing the clan will not rest until they are both eliminated, Raizo and Mika must trust one another if they hope to survive.

“Old Dogs.” Comedy. PG-13. Shiloh 14 and Wynnsong 10. Two best friends — one unlucky-in-love divorcee (Robin Williams) and the other a fun-loving bachelor (John Travolta) — have their lives turned upside down when they’re unexpectedly charged with the care of six-year-old twins while on the verge of the biggest business deal of their lives.

“Planet 51.” Animation. PG. Shiloh 14 and Wynnsong 10. Inhabitants of a distant planet live in fear of an alien invasion. Their paranoia is realized when astronaut Capt. Charles “Chuck” Baker arrives from Earth. Befriended by a young resident, the astronaut has to avoid capture in order to recover his spaceship and return home.

“2012.” Sci-fi. PG-13. Shiloh 14 and Wynnsong 10. John Cusack and Amanda Peet play a couple who go on vacation in December 2012, just as the Mayan calendar is coming to a close. Over the decades, many have prophesized that the world will end when the ancient calendar ceases on Dec. 21, 2012. Now, the family joins others in a desparate struggle to survive.

“The Twilight Saga: New Moon.” Fantasy. PG-13. Shiloh 14 and Wynnsong 10. Bella (Kristen Stewart) is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love Edward (Robert Pattinson) but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob (Taylor Lautner). She finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and she finds her loyalties tested.

“Transylmania.” Comedy. R. Shiloh 14. A group of college kids do a semester abroad in Romania and realize that if the partying doesn’t kill them, the vampires just might! Patrick Cavanaugh and James Debello lead the cast.

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