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Movies opening this weekend - May 16
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Bryan Cranston stars as Joe Brody in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' epic action adventure "Godzilla,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Godzilla stars Watanabe, Cranston; Disney delivers Million Dollar Arm. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

Godzilla
Genre: Action, adventure and science fiction
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston
Director: Gareth Edwards
Rated: PG-13

The world's most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure "Godzilla."

From visionary new director Gareth Edwards comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance, as humanity stands defenseless.

Million Dollar Arm
Genre: Drama
Cast: Jon Hamm, Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Suraj Sharma, Aasif Mandvi, Madhur Mittal, Pitobash and Alan Arkin
Director: Craig Gillespie
Rated: PG

Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren't going well for his career.

In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseball's next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called "The Million Dollar Arm." With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (Madhur Mittal) and Rinku (Suraj Sharma), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball.

Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India, the boys, who have never left their rural villages, are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball, JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell), learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.

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

A Night in Old Mexico
Genre: Action and adventure
Cast: Robert Duvall, Jeremy Irvine, Angie Cepeda, Luis Tosar, Joaquín Cosio, Javier Gutierrez, Jim Parrack, James Landry Hébert, Michael Ray Escamilla and Abraham Benrubi
Director: Emilio Aragón
Not rated

Forced to give up his land and home, Texas rancher Red Bovie is not about to retire quietly in a trailer park. Instead he jumps in his Cadillac and hits the road with his estranged grandson for one last wild adventure filled with guns, women and booze. It's just another night in Old Mexico.

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case
Genre: Documentary
Cast: Ai Weiwei
Director: Andreas Johnsen
Not rated

After 81 days of solitary detention world famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is put under house arrest.

He suffers from sleeping disorder and memory loss, 18 cameras are monitoring his studio and home, police agents follow his every move, and heavy restrictions from the Kafkaesque Chinese authorities weigh him down. Picking up where Alison Klayman's "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" left off, Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case" is more explicitly political, reflecting Ai's battle against the gigantic lawsuit thrust upon him by the Chinese government in an effort to silence him. Ai Weiwei is shaken, but during his year on probation he steadily finds new ways to provoke and challenge the mighty powers of the Chinese authorities in his fight for human rights and free expression.

The film also features the creation of S.A.C.R.E.D., a new work depicting Ai's time in prison, which premiered during the Venice Biennale.

Chinese Puzzle
Genre: Comedy, drama and romance
Cast: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cecile De France, Kelly Reilly and Toshiko Onizawa
Director: Cedric Klapisch
Rated: R

A 40-year-old father of two, still finds life very complicated.

When the mother of his children moves to New York, he can't bear them growing up far away from him and so he decides to move there as well.

Half a Yellow Sun
Genre: Drama
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, John Boyega, Joseph Mawle, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, O.C. Ukeje and Rob David
Director: Biyi Bandele
Not rated

Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family.

Upon returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. Olanna shocks her family by going to live with her lover, the "revolutionary professor" Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his devoted houseboy Ugwu (John Boyega) in the dusty university town of Nsukka; Kainene turns out to be a fiercely successful businesswoman when she takes over the family interests, and surprises even herself when she falls in love with Richard (Joseph Mawle), an English writer. Preoccupied by their romantic entanglements, and a betrayal between the sisters, the events of their life seem to loom larger than politics. However, they become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra as an independent republic, ending in chilling violence, which shocked the entire world.
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