Saturday, May 5, 2012

PREVIEWS - May Movies

The Avengers

Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow answer the call to action when Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a daring, globe-spanning recruitment effort to assemble The Avengers team to defeat an unexpected enemy threatening global safety and security. Despite pulling together the ultimate dream team, Nick Fury and longtime confidant Agent Coulson must find a way to convince the Super Heroes to work with, not against each other, when the powerful and dangerous Loki gains access to the Cosmic Cube and its unlimited power.

Directed by Joss Whedon, and starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders.

Opens: May 4, 2012 Runtime: 2 hr. 23 min. Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci - Fi Rated: PG-13

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

A small group of British retirees decide to outsource their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.

Based on the novel, These Foolish Things, by Deborah Moggach; directed by John Madden, and starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson

Opens: May 4, 2012 Runtime: 2 hr. 04 min. Genre: Comedy, Drama Rated: PG-13


Based on the 2008 French smash-hit, LOL (Laughing Out Loud), starring Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore, Ashley Greene, Thomas Jane and Adam Sevani; and directed by Lisa Azuelos.

In a world connected by YouTube, iTunes and Facebook, Lola (or "Lol," as her friends call her) and her friends navigate the peer pressures of high school romance and friendship while dodging their sometimes overbearing and confused parents. When Lola's mom, Anne, accidentally reads her teenage daughter's racy journal, she realizes just how wide their communication gap has grown.  

Opens: May 4, 2012 Runtime: 1 hr. 47 min. Genre: Comedy Rated: PG-13

Dark Shadows

In 1752, the Collins family sails from Liverpool, England to North America. The son, Barnabas, grows up to be a wealthy playboy in Collinsport, Maine and is the master of Collinwood Manor. He breaks the heart of a witch, Angelique Bouchard, who turns him into a vampire and buries him alive. In 1972, Barnabas is accidentally freed from his coffin and returns to find his once-magnificent mansion in ruin. The manor is currently occupied by Barnabas' dysfunctional descendants, all of whom are hiding dark and horrifying secrets.

Based on the 1966–1971 gothic soap opera of the same name, Dark Shadows is directed by Tim Burton, and stars Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfieffer, Chloë Moretz, Johnny Lee Miller and Helena Bonham Carter.

Opens: May 11, 2012 Runtime: n/a Genre: Thriller, Comedy, Horror Rated: PG-13   


A 13-year-old Nebraska girl, Luli, escapes to Las Vegas, leaving behind her alcoholic parents. Armed with her smarts, a pistol and pocket money, she hitchhikes her way west. Along the way, Luli crosses paths with Eddie, an unstable rebel with questionable motives and Glenda, a cocaine-snorting drifter on the run. Taken under the wing of grifter Glenda, who uses her in cons and makes her an accessory to a robbery.  

Adapted from Andrea Portes' novel, directed by Derick Martini, and starring Chloë Moretz, Blake Lively, Alec Baldwin, Juliette Lewis, Eddie Redmayne and Rory Culkin.

Opens: May 11, 2012 Runtime: 1 hr. 35 min. Genre: Drama Rated: R

The Dictator

Inspired by the novel Zabibah and the King by Saddam Hussein, is the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

Directed by Larry Charles, and starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Megan Fox, Anna Faris, John C. Reilly and Kevin Corrigan. 

Opens: May 16, 2012 Runtime: n/a Genre: Comedy Rated: R


Based on Milton Bradley's popular strategic board game of the same name, is the hostile meeting of an international naval fleet against an army of invading aliens. When the two forces find themselves evenly matched, each must rely on strategy and cunning in order to emerge the victor. 

Directed by Peter Berg and starring Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Liam Neeson, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Tadanobu Asano. 

Opens: May 18, 2012 Runtime: 2 hr. 11 min. Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci - Fi Rated: PG-13

What To Expect When You're Expecting

The story follows five couples; a celebrity couple, a baby crazy author and her devoted husband, a professional photographer on a quest to adopt a baby (whose husband's getting to realize he's not cut out for fatherhood) and rival food chefs get an unexpected yet permanent surprise before their first date; who "suffer the many joys of the childbirth process." 

Based on Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel's book of the same name; directed by Kirk Jones and starring Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Matthew J. Morrison, Jennifer Lopez, Dennis Quaid, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, Chris Rock and Chace Crawford.

Opens: May 18, 2012 Runtime: 1 hr. 50 min. Genre: Comedy Rated: PG-13


London, 1880. Mortimer Granville, a dedicated and forward-thinking young doctor, is struggling to establish his career. While Granville preaches sanitation and germ theory, the old guard of doctors clinging to leeches and hacksaws, scoff at his upstart ideas, and show him the door. Granville's fortunes change when he arrives for an interview at the well-appointed private offices of Dr. Dalrymple, London's leading specialist in women's medicine.

Directed by Tanya Wexler, and starring Felicity Jones, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Rupert Everett, Jonathan Pryce and Ashley Jensen.

Opens: May 18, 2012 Runtime: 1 hr. 39 min. Genre: Comedy, Romance Rated: R

Men In Black 3

Veteran MIB field agent Agent J learns that Agent K's life and the fate of Earth are at stake. He must time-travel to 1969 to stop an alien criminal named Boris from assassinating K and changing the course of history of the planet, travelling back from the future to 1969 to team up with the young version of Agent K to stop the alien criminal, while apparently also facing a twenty four hour time limit before he will be trapped in the past forever.

Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, and starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson, Alice Eve, Bill Hader and  Nicole Scherzinger.

Opens: May 25, 2012 Runtime: n/a Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy Rated: PG-13

Moonrise Kingdom

Set in the 1960s, a pair of young lovers, make a secret pact, flee their New England island town, prompting a local search party led by the Sheriff and the girl's parents to fan out to find them, while  a violent storm is brewing off-shore ... and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.

Co-written and directed by Wes Anderson, and starring Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman and Harvey Keitel.

Opens: May 25, 2012 Runtime: 1 hr. 34 min. Genre: Drama, Romance Rated: PG-13