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POSTED: Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Opening Friday:

”;Invictus”;: The title comes from the Latin word for undefeated, and the title of a 19th-century poem that inspired Nelson Mandela during his 27 years in prison in South Africa. Clint Eastwood directs Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in the story about the anti-apartheid leader's efforts to unify his country during the early days of his presidency, culminating in South Africa's stunning upset victory at 1995's rugby World Cup. (PG-13)

”;The Princess and the Frog”;: The Disney studio returns to traditional hand-drawn animation with the help of directors Ron Clements and John Musker, the men behind the box office hits “;The Little Mermaid”; and “;Aladdin.”; This version of the Grimm fairy tale is set in 1920s New Orleans. Here, a tenacious waitress who dreams of owning a restaurant and a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again are linked by a fateful kiss that leads them on an adventure through Louisiana's bayous. (G)