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Movies opening this weekend - May 9
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Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron), left, has a chat with neighbors Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) in "Neighbors," a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby.
New animated feature sends Dorothy back to Oz; Rogen, Efron partner for Neighbors. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
Genre: Animation and family
Cast: Lea Michele, Martin Short, Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Megan Hilty, Hugh Dancy, Oliver Platt, Patrick Stewart and Bernadette Peters
Director: Dan St. Pierre and Will Finn
Rated: PG

"Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" is a 3D-animated musical based on the adventure books by Roger Stanton Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum.

A continuation of one of the world's most popular and beloved fairy tales, "Legends of Oz" finds Dorothy (Lea Michele) waking to post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from a devious new villain, the Jester (Martin Short). Wiser the owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg the tugboat (Patrick Stewart) join Dorothy on her latest magical journey through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to Emerald City.

Set to the tunes of Academy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, "Legends of Oz" marks a charming, family-friendly return to the Oz franchise.

Neighbors
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Rated: R

Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne join forces with director Nicholas Stoller for "Neighbors," a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby.

By all appearances, new parents Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) are living the American

dream, one complete with an adorable little girl and a beautiful new starter home in the suburbs. Still, the early-thirtysomethings want to believe that they have a modicum of coolness left within them. This next phase of life is proving to be a challenge, as the reformed partyers struggle with the realities of entering an inevitable new stage: unapologetic adulthood.

When Mac and Kelly discover that their new next-door neighbors are none other than dozens of Delta Psi Beta fraternity brothers - led by charismatic president Teddy Sanders (Efron) - they try to play along and make the best of an awkward situation. But when the frat's parties grow increasingly more epic, both sides of the property line begin to fend for their turf.

Mom's Night Out
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton and Trace Adkins
Director: Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin
Rated: PG

All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation ... a long-needed mom's night out.

But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours - what could go wrong? "Mom's Night Out" is an endearing true-to-life family comedy that celebrates the beautiful mess called parenting.

The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.

Chef
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Emjay Anthony, Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey, Jr.
Director: Jon Favreau
Rated: R

When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what's next.

Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen - and zest for life and love.

The Double
Genre: Comedy, drama and thriller
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O'Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts and Paddy Considine
Director: Richard Ayoade
Rated: R

Simon James (Eisenberg) is a timid office clerk working in an ominous government organization.

He is overlooked by his boss (Wallace Shawn) and colleagues, scorned by his mother, and ignored by Hannah (Wasikowska), the lovely copy room girl he pines for. Undermined and undervalued everywhere he turns, it seems that his directionless life couldn't get any worse - until the arrival of James Simon, his new co-worker. James is both Simon's exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and seductive with women.

To Simon's horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.

God's Pocket
Genre: Comedy and drama
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, Glenn Fleshler, Caleb Landry Jones and John Turturro
Director: John Slattery
Rated: R

When Mickey's crazy stepson Leon is killed in a construction "accident," nobody in the working class neighborhood of God's Pocket is sorry he's gone.

Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body, but when the boy's mother demands the truth, Mickey finds himself stuck in a life and death struggle between a body he can't bury, a wife he can't please and a debt he can't pay.

Palo Alto
Genre: Drama
Cast: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, Claudia Levy, Chris Messina and Val Kilmer
Director: Gia Coppola
Rated: R

Shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts) is the class virgin - a popular soccer player and frequent babysitter for her single-dad coach, Mr. B. (James Franco). Teddy (Jack Kilmer) is an introspective artist whose best friend and sidekick Fred (Nat Wolff) is an unpredictable live wire with few filters or boundaries.

While April negotiates a dangerous affair with Mr. B., and Teddy performs community service for a DUI - secretly carrying a torch for April, who may or may not share his affection - Fred seduces Emily (Zoe Levin), a promiscuous loner who seeks validation through sexual encounters. One high school party bleeds into another as April and Teddy finally acknowledge their mutual affection, and Fred's escalating recklessness spirals into chaos.

Stage Fright
Genre: Comedy, horror and musical
Cast: Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Brandon Uranowitz, Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf
Director: Jerome Sable
Rated: R

Starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson (Allie MacDonald) wants to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she's stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp.

Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill, and Camilla soon finds herself terrorized by a bloodthirsty masked killer who despises musical theater.
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