Photo from Lionsgate FilmsIt's Friday. Time to see a new movie at a theater near you. Date night? Catch Killers, an action-comedy starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl. Something more serious -- and sinister? Check out Splice, with Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley. Craving comedy? Jonah Hill and Russell Brand rock out in Get Him To The Greek. Planning a night out with the kids? If you've already seen Shrek: The Final Chapter, guess you'll have to sit through Marmaduke. (Or you could just see Shrek again.)
Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl pair up for this romantic action-comedy about a government assassin who quits his day job when he meets the girl of his dreams. That is, until his work comes back to haunt him -- in the form of an undercover hit, and the killer could be anyone they know.
Splice (Dark Castle/Warner Bros.)
A deeper take on the creature feature? Here you have it. Politics and science converge in this timely, modern-day Frankenstein, a disturbing thriller about a pair of genetic engineers -- Elsa and Clive (Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody) -- who create something not-quite-human when messing around with stem cells and DNA. That the pair are a couple only nurtures their tortured affection for the child -- er, monster? -- they've created, Dren, played in an oddly alluring take by French actress Delphine Chanéac.
Get Him to the Greek (Universal Pictures)
Produced by Judd Apatow, this Forgetting Sarah Marshall spin-off has raunchy Russell Brand reprising his rock star dimwit Aldous Snow, who's meant to be dragged off to a concert in L.A. by a lowly record label underling played straight by Jonah Hill. Along the way, he experiences the highs (literal and figurative) and lows of rock star decadence, complete with painful bathroom stall sex and a drug mule set piece. Look for cameos by Aziz Ansari (Parks & Rec), Rose Byrne, Elizabeth Moss and Sean Combs, who aptly stars as a record label chief.
In this completely unnecessary live-action adaptation of the Sunday comic strip, Owen Wilson voices Marmaduke, yep, that big ole teen-aged Great Dane, as he and his clan (played by Lee Pace and Judy Greer, of all people) move from down-home Kansas to the sunny wilds of the O.C. There, he meets a feisty bunch of four-legged friends, voiced by the likes of George Lopez, Fergie, and Kiefer Sutherland. Dancing dogs. Need I say more?