What's at the Movies This Weekend?
Here's a sneak peek at what's opening this weekend, including the romantic drama "Water for Elephants" with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, the new Tyler Perry comedy "Madea's Big Happy Family" and the Disney nature documentary "African Cats."
In Theaters Now (April)
'Water for Elephants' (April 22)
Who: Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christophe Waltz; directed by Francis Lawrence What: A veterinarian student (Pattinson) joins a traveling circus and falls for the ringmaster's (Waltz) wife, the star of the show (Witherspoon).
'Madea's Big Happy Family' (April 22)
Who: Tyler Perry, Loretta Devine, Cassi Davis, Bow Wow; directed by Terry Perry What: Madea jumps into action when her niece, Shirley (Devine), receives distressing news about her health. All Shirley wants is to gather her three adult children around her and share the news as a family.
'African Cats' (April 22)
What: This Disney wildlife adventure follows two families of big cats — lions and cheetahs — as they live and survive the great plains of Kenya. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson
'Scream 4' (April 15)
Who: Neve Campbell, Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts, Courteney Cox, David Arquette; directed by Wes Craven What: Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott (Campbell), who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer. Again.
'Rio' (April 15)
Who: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, will.i.am; directed by Carlos Saldanha What: When Blu (Eisenberg), a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel (Hathaway), he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams.
'Conspirator' (April 15)
Who: James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Tom Wilkinson, Kevin Kline; directed by Robert Redford What: Mary Surratt (Wright) is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer (McAvoy) to uncover the truth and save her life.
'Arthur' (April 8)
Who: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig; directed by Jason Winer What: A drunken playboy stands to lose a wealthy inheritance if he doesn't marry a powerful woman (Garner) and follows his heart when he falls for a woman (Gerwig) his family doesn't like.
'Hanna' (April 8)
Who: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett; directed by Joe Wright. What: A 16-year-old (Ronan) is raised by her father (Bana) to be the perfect assassin. When she is dispatched on a mission across Europe, she is tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent (Blanchett) and her operatives.
'Soul Surfer' (April 8)
Who: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood; directed by Sean McNamara What: Based on the true story of pro surfer Bethany Hamilton, the film chronicles a teenage Hamilton and her struggle to surf again after losing an arm in a shark attack.
'Your Highness' (April 8)
Who: Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel; directed by David Gordon Green What: When Prince Fabious's (Franco) bride (Deschanel) is kidnapped, he goes on a quest to rescue her — accompanied by his lazy useless brother Thadeous (McBride).
'Source Code' (April 1)
Who: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright; directed by Duncan Jones What: This action thriller centers on a soldier (Gyllenhaal) who wakes up in the body of an unknown man, on an unknown commuter train to Chicago about to be blown up by a terrorist bomb. He finds out he is part of a government experiment called "Source Code," and it's his mission to find the bomb AND bomber... in 8 minutes.
'HOP' (April 1)
Who: Russell Brand, James Marsden, Kaley Cuoco, Hank Azaria; directed by Tim Hill What: E.B. (Brand), the Easter Bunny's teenage son, does not want to take over the family business and escapes to Hollywood. In L.A., he's taken in by Fred (Marsden) after the out-of-work slacker hits E.B. with his car — and it is NOT a match made in heaven.
'Insidious' (April 1)
Who: Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey; directed by James Wan What: From makers of "Paranormal Activity" and "Saw" comes another horror story about a small boy who is being haunted by a malevolent spirit.
'Super' (April 1)
Who: Rainn Wilson, Liv Tyler, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon; directed by James Gunn What: After his estranged wife (Tyler) falls under the influence of a cad (Bacon), an everyday guy (Wilson) transforms himself into a masked vigilante named Crimson Bolt, along with his sidekick Boltie (Page).
'Sucker Punch' (March 25)
Who: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens; directed by Zack Synder What: From the wildly creative director of "300" and "Watchmen" comes a story about a young girl (Browning) forced into an asylum by her wicked stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the facility.
'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules' (March 25)
Who: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Robert Capron; directed by David Bowers What: Back in middle school after summer vacation, Greg Heffley and his older brother Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond.