This is a big weekend for movies. Not only are four new films opening in wide release this weekend, but this also marks the point at which Will Ferrell's "Semi Pro" will likely and mercifully be dropped out of the top 20 in the box office charts.
If you were planning on going to the movies this weekend, here are the trailers and the synopsis for the films opening today.
Superhero Movie (PG-13)
High school loser Rick Riker (Drake Bell) is bitten by a mutated dragonfly that allows him to develop abilities like super strength and armored skin. He decides to become a crime fighter, calling himself "The Dragonfly". However, he is opposed by the villainous Lou Landers (Christopher McDonald), who had been transformed in an accident during an experiment to become "The Hourglass", with powers to steal people's life forces to eventually gain permanent immortality.
Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) is an MIT student who – needing to pay school tuition – finds answers in counting cards. As a superior math and statistics student, he is recruited to join a group of mathematically-gifted students that heads to Las Vegas every weekend with fake identities and the know-how to turn the odds at blackjack in their favor. Unorthodox math professor Mickey Rosa (Kevin Spacey) leads the way. By counting cards and employing an intricate system of signals, the team can beat the casinos. Drawn by the money, the Vegas lifestyle, and his teammate, Jill Taylor (Kate Bosworth), Ben begins to push the limits. Though counting cards isn’t illegal, the stakes are high, and the challenge becomes not only keeping the numbers straight, but staying one step ahead of the casino's menacing enforcer, Cole Williams (Laurence Fishburne).
Stop Loss (R)
The film is about an Iraqi war hero, Sgt. Brandon King (Ryan Phillippe). After returning home after his duty, he began to resume his old life with the help of his family, and best friend Steve Shriver (Channing Tatum), who served with him in Iraq. Against his will, the Army calls Brandon back to duty in Iraq via stop-loss policy. This conflict tests his family relationships, loyalty of friendship, value of honor, and limits of love.
Run, Fatboy, Run (PG-13)
Five years ago Dennis Doyle (Simon Pegg) was about to marry Libby (Thandie Newton), his pregnant fiancée, before getting cold feet and running away during the preparation for the wedding and he's been going in circles ever since. When Dennis discovers that Libby has started seeing high-flying go-getter Whit (Hank Azaria), with their son, Jake, he realises it’s now or never. He finds out that Whit is running the Nike River-run in London, and to prove himself to his doubting friends and, most importantly, Libby, he decides to run the race himself.