What New Movies Open on Friday, May 18th?

Eleven new movies open this Friday. Four open wide and seven in limited release.

Movie Opening Nationwide on Friday, May 18th:

Movie: Shrek the Third (PG) (Read Review)
Starring: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas
Genre: Animated Family Comedy
Synopsis: When the King of Far Far Away, Shrek’s father-in-law, suddenly passes away, it leaves Shrek as the next in line for the thrown. He doesn’t want to be King. So, he sets out to find a cousin of Fiona’s, a slacker high school student, to take the position or he could be stuck with it. Comedy ensues.
First Thoughts: It looks funny, but I haven’t seen the second one and this is the only thing opening in my neck of the woods this weekend.

Movies in Limited Release this Week:

  • Brooklyn Rules – The story of three friends, one who wants to get out, one who likes the mobster life and one who just wants to work at his job and marry his girl. When a big time mobster takes note of the one who likes the mob, the other two get drawn into a life they want nothing to do with. Stars Alec Baldwin (TV’s 30 Rock), Scott Caan (Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve & Thirteen). It sounds very similar to the cancelled NBC TV show The Black Donnellys.
  • Even Money – The story of how gambling ruins lives. Stars Kim Basinger (The Sentinel, Cellular), Danny DeVito (TV’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadephia), Kelsey Grammar (TV’s Frasier), Ray Liota (Wild Hogs, Smokin’ Aces) and Forrest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland)
  • Fay Grim – The story of a woman who goes on a globetrotting journey looking for her dead husband’s journals. It is a sequel to Henry Fool. Stars Parker Posey (Superman Returns).
  • Once – It is a musical drama about a vacuum repairman who is also a street musician hoping for his big break. When he meets an immigrant woman that is a singer and aspiring songwriter, they team up and more than just great music starts to blossom.
  • Severance – A horror comedy about a group on the way to a team building meeting that starts getting knocked off one by one in the forest on their way there.
  • The Wendell Baker Story – Stars Luke (Vacancy, Idiocracy) and Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers). The story of an ex-con who vows to turn his life around upon release and meets a bunch of senior citizens that help him do so when he gets a job at their retirement home.

Not a one of these is playing anywhere near me, are they playing near you? It looks like it is all about the Shrek this weekend.

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