After his years of supporting roles were followed by his huge success in The Hangover, Bradley Cooper proved he had the goods to “open” a movie on his own with this fantasy-drama. He plays a creatively blocked writer turned into a genius overnight by an untested drug that puts the entirety of his brain to use, attracting the attention of a tycoon with less-than-upstanding plans to benefit from the new gift. Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel and Johnny Whitworth also star for director Neil Burger. (Rated PG-13)
TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT
He might seem a bit too mature for the escapades this presumed comedy puts him through, but Topher Grace does what he can with the role of a late-1980s college grad who rejects his seemingly assured success in life. He devotes most of his efforts instead to winning the heart of his longtime crush, with his sister in tow for what could be a very memorable evening. Dan Fogler, Chris Pratt and Michael Biehn also appear. (Rated R)
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HEY, BOO: HARPER LEE AND ‘TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Originally released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Lee’s enduringly popular novel, this documentary compiles comments by many notables about the impact they felt from the story of Southern lawyer Atticus Finch and his handling of a racially charged case. Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, singer Rosanne Cash and authors Scott Turow and James Patterson are among those interviewed ... as is Mary Badham, who played Scout in the Oscar-winning 1962 screen version of the book.(Not rated)