The movie: "We Bought a Zoo"
When: Opening Friday at local theaters
Cast: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning
Director: Cameron Crowe
The story: A recently widowed writer, trying to overcome his own grief and help his children do the same, moves his family to a ramshackle animal park.
The buzz: After a six-year break after the underwhelming "Elizabethtown," director Crowe returns to filmmaking with this fact-based heartwarming tale, which shifts settings from England to Southern California.
— Carol Cling