Opening Wide: Invictus, The Princess & The Frog

by | December 11, 2009 at 3:26 PM | The Movies

Here’s what’s opening nationwide in theaters everywhere this weekend. Perennial favorite Clint Eastwood returns with Invictus, a stirring story about healing the divides between whites and blacks in South Africa that should put to bed all of Spike Lee’s knee-jerk criticisms about Flags of Our Fathers. There’s also The Princess and The Frog, Disney’s long-awaited return to the traditional hand-drawn animation that made their name and made their fame. Get more info below.


Invictus
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Morgan Freeman stars in Clint Eastwood’s latest film as South African president Nelson Mandela (learn more about him with the Fancast doc Mandela) who, in the midst of a tumultuous national tension in the aftermath of apartheid, takes a strong interest in reinvigorating the national rugby team the Springboks (captained by Matt Damon) to get them to win the World Cup, knowing full well the power of sports to bring out national pride.

Watch more clips from Invictus.


The Princess and The Frog
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Walt Disney makes its triumphant return to traditional hand-drawn 2-D animation with this story that takes the old fairy tale of a prince being turned into a frog by a magic curse and sets it in the heyday of New Orleans’ French Quarter. This also marks the first time that an animated Disney musical has featured a black woman as its heroine, which has been a very long time in coming.

Watch more clips from The Princess and The Frog.