What New Movies Start Friday, July 18th?

by Jason of New Movie Friday on July 16, 2008

in New Movies This Friday

This Friday we get five new movies arriving at a theater near you. Three of them are opening everywhere and two are in limited release.

Opening Nationwide on Friday, July 18th:

Movie: The Dark Knight (PG-13)
Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman & Morgan Freeman
Genre: Comic Fantasy Action
Synopsis: Batman is attempting to help Lt. Gordon and D.A. Harvey Dent put an end to organized crime in Gotham City. Just as things look to be going in their direction, they find themselves under attack from a new criminal mastermind that calls himself the Joker. He embarks on putting the criminals back in charge, but threatens to push the Dark Knight to walk the line between being a hero and becoming a vigilante.
First Thoughts: What else is left to say about this movie, it is the one we have been waiting for all summer. It is also available at some IMAX theaters.

Movie: Mamma Mia! (PG-13)
Starring: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård & Julie Walters
Genre: Musical Romantic Comedy
Synopsis: A woman that runs a hotel in the Greek islands on her own, is getting ready for her daughter’s wedding and has enlisted the help of two of her longtime friends. The daughter, has her own plans and has invited three men that new her mother back before she was born. She thinks one of them is her father and wants him to walk her down the aisle at her wedding.
First Thoughts: A bit of counter-programming, if you will, to The Dark Knight, for the ladies that have no interest in seeing Christian Bale in a rubberized suit.

Movie: Space Chimps (G)
Starring: Andy Samberg, Cheryl Hines, Kenan Thompson, Stanley Tucci & Kristin Chenoweth
Genre: Animated Family Comedy
Synopsis: A trio of chimps has been launched into a far off galaxy by NASA. Two of them are the best of the best and the other is just one of the rest. Yet, they have to band together when they find themselves on an unknown planet in the middle of a fight to save its population from their oppressive leader.
First Thoughts: A bit more counter-programming, for families with kids to young to take to see The Dark Knight.

Movie in Limited Release:

  • Lou Reed’s Berlin – Concert film about Lou Reed performing songs from his 1973 album Berlin, which he had never previously done.
  • Mad Detective – Foreign actioner about a police pistol that goes missing and the crime spree that is connected to it. A top detective is given the case and he seeks help from his mentor who went mad years earlier.

For New Movie Friday there are three new movies to choose from this week. They are The Dark Knight, Mamma Mia! and Space Chimps. What new movie looks good to you this week?

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