Photo from Rogue PicturesIt's finally Friday. Here's a round-up of new movies hitting theaters tonight. In the mood for animated romance? Catch Shrek: The Final Chapter. Craving some silly comedy? They've made a whole movie out of Saturday Night Live's MacGruber. Ready for some Oscar bait? Michael Douglas delivers in Solitary Man.
Shrek: The Final Chapter (DreamWorks Animation)
Ogre eager? In the fourth and reportedly final installment of the Shrek series -- featuring newbie voicers Jane Lynch, Jon Hamm, and even Ryan Seacrest -- Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) makes a deal with the evil Rumpelstiltskin (DreamWorks writer Walt Dohrn) and ends up in an alternate world where he, Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and Donkey (Eddie Murphy) have never met. Oh no! Kid-safe and adult-friendly, this is must-see in 3D, naturally.
MacGruber (Rogue Pictures)
In the mood for a few cheap laughs? Mullet-ed, flannel-sporting Saturday Night Live funnyman Will Forte brings his bumbling former secret agent to the big screen in this decidedly -- and gleefully -- silly action-comedy, an extended MacGyver '80s action parody co-starring Val Kilmer as the evil war-mongerer Dieter van Cunth -- oh yeah, they went there -- and Ryan Phillippe as MacGruber's second-in-command.
Solitary Man (Millennium Films)
In this dark dramedy, Michael Douglas plays Ben Kalmen, a savvy and successful New York City car dealer who suffering from a major late-mid-life crisis. He's a womanizer -- sleeping with his mistress's daughter -- and a scandal at work leaves him jobless. His ex-wife (Susan Sarandon) and his daughter (Jenna Fischer) have long since abandoned hope of rehabilitating him. But when self-destructs on a visit to Boston, while instilling his floundering manifesto into a wide-eyed college kid (Jesse Eisenberg), an old pal (Danny DeVito) offers him a gig working the counter at his diner -- and a chance to really face what he's become. Oscar-bait for Douglas, with strong support from Sarandon, DeVito and Mary Louise Parker (as his mistress).