Friday, May 21, 2010

Cinematic Excursions: Film Releases For The May 21st Weekend

Here we are, another big movie opening weekend.  The two big name films out this weekend is the 4th installment in the Shrek franchise and the Saturday Night Live hit short, MacGruber.  I'll be on the road this weekend to see my brother-in-law graduate from high school so there won't be any trips to the movies for me this weekend.  But everyone else should enjoy the end of school and take a trip to the movies, there's something for everyone...

Release Date: May 21, 2010 (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D) 
Studio: DreamWorks Animation 
Director: Mike Mitchell 
Screenwriter: Josh KlausnerDarren Lemke 
Starring: Mike MyersCameron DiazEddie MurphyAntonio BanderasJon HammKathy GriffinKristen Schaal Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy 
MPAA Rating: PG (for mild action, some rude humor and brief language) 
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Review: 7/10 rating | 6/10 rating 

Plot Summary: Shrek is feeling over-domesticated in the fourth installment. He has lost his roar. It used to send villagers running away in terror. Now they run to him and ask him to sign their pitchforks and torches. To regain his ogre mojo, he strikes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin. The pact goes awry and Shrek must confront what life would be like in Far Far Away if he had never existed. That translates into Donkey being forced into cart-pulling duty, fat and lazy Puss in Boots trading his sword for a pink bow and the underhanded Rumpelstiltskin ruling the kingdom. 

Release Date: May 21, 2010 
Studio: Rogue Pictures (Universal) 
Director: Jorma Taccone Screenwriter: Will ForteJohn SolomonJorma Taccone Starring: Will ForteRyan PhillippeKristen WiigVal KilmerPowers Boothe,Maya Rudolph Genre: Action, Comedy 
MPAA Rating: R (for strong crude and sexual content, violence, language and some nudity) 
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Plot Summary: Only one American hero has earned the rank of Green Beret, Navy SEAL and Army Ranger. Just one operative has been awarded 16 purple hearts, 3 Congressional Medals of Honor and 7 presidential medals of bravery. And only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet. In 2010, Will Forte brings "Saturday Night Live's" clueless soldier of fortune to the big screen in the action comedy "MacGruber."

In the 10 years since his fiancée was killed, special op MacGruber has sworn off a life of fighting crime with his bare hands. But when he learns that his country needs him to find a nuclear warhead that's been stolen by his sworn enemy, Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer), MacGruber figures he's the only one tough enough for the job.

Assembling an elite team of experts--Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe) and Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig)--MacGruber will navigate an army of assassins to hunt down Cunth and bring him to justice. His methods may be unorthodox. His crime scenes may get messy. But if you want the world saved right, you call in MacGruber. 

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