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'Princess,' 'Invictus' hit the big screen

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
December 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Analysts predict a "big kiss" from audiences this weekend for "The Princess and the Frog." Its wide release Friday puts it into an already crowded holiday box office. But while that's family fare, this weekend also includes films aimed at an older audience, including something from the history books, courtesy of director Clint Eastwood.In director Clint Eastwood's fact-based drama, "Invictus," Morgan Freeman plays Nelson Mandela.

The story takes place in the mid 1990s and it focuses on an important event in South Africa's history, one that helped bring blacks and white together following the end of apartheid.

Matt Damon co-stars as the captain of the South African rugby team.

"Invictus" is rated PG-13.

"The Lovely Bones" is based on the best-selling novel of the same name. It's about a 14-year-old girl, played by "Atonement's" Saoirse Ronan who's murdered.

She's not ready to move on to heaven, though, until she knows her family is all right and her killer doesn't go unpunished.

Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci are among the ensemble cast.

The PG-13 rated film, now in limited release, is directed by Peter Jackson of "The Lord of the Rings" fame.

Also in limited release is "A Single Man," starring Colin Firth. He plays a gay college professor whose longtime lover is killed.

The movie shows you how he deals with that in 1962 America.

Julianne Moore also stars in this rated PG-13 film from first-time director Tom Ford, who's best known for his work in the fashion world.

Anika Noni Rose of "Dreamgirls" fame lends her voice to the newest Disney heroine, in "The Princess and the Frog."

This G-rated adventure is set in jazzy New Orleans, and centers on a young girl named Princess Tiana and her fateful kiss with a frog prince who wants nothing more than to once again be a person.

Also opening Friday is the comedy, "The Slammin' Salmon," with Michael Clarke Duncan. And "Broken Embraces," a new dramatic thriller from director Pedro Almodovar starring Penelope Cruz -- who we'll also see a week from Friday in "Nine."