The following is a preview of movies opening this Friday:

"Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie" >> The best-selling animated kids' video series makes its big screen debut. A crisper's worth of talking Christian vegetables play parts in a musical version of the Biblical story of Jonah and the whale. (G)

"Moonlight Mile" >> "City of Angels" director Brad Silberling returns to the theme of love and loss, but this time, it's very personal; the film is inspired by his relationship with his girlfriend Rebecca Shaeffer's parents, after the actress was murdered by a stalker in 1989. But this film, starring Susan Sarandon, Dustin Hoffman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Holly Hunter, also has a serious dose of humor and irony. Gyllenhaal plays the man he believes everyone wants him to be -- dutifully bereaved husband-to-be and perfect would-be son-in-law -- until another woman enters his life. (PG-13)

"Red Dragon" >> The fourth Hannibal Lecter movie is based on the first book in the series, which introduced the infamous cannibal in only a small supporting role. Oscar-winning scriptwriter Ted Tally (for "The Silence of the Lambs") pulls storylines from the novel that illuminate the madness of a serial killer (Ralph Fiennes), who is pursued by an FBI profiler (Edward Norton) who put Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) behind prison asylum doors and now needs his help in getting this new murderer. This makes the second movie adaptation of the book, following Michael Mann's 1986 "Manhunter" -- only with more star power. (R)

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