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The movies opening this weekend involve aliens, Will Smith, and radioactive mutants

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The next big blockbuster hoping to help you part with your hard-earned money hits the multi-plexes this weekend as Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones once again team up to tackle aliens.

It’s the official start of the summer season this weekend as everyone celebrates Memorial Day around the United States. And with every three-day weekend, you know that at least one major studio release will be hitting theaters, and this holiday is no different. This is a huge sequel to one of the more successful movie franchises starring Will Smith. There is also another found-footage horror film hitting theaters and it is already causing controversy.

Here are the movies opening in theaters around the world on May 25, 2012:

Men in Black III – Will Smith, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones. The two men with the black suits, sunglasses and the "flashy thing" that makes people forget are back. Continuing the story of J and K are Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. The hitch this time around is that Smith’s character has to go back in time to the 60s to try and save K. The young K is played by Josh Brolin, doing an outstanding impression of Tommy Lee Jones. Of course, the world is in danger from an evil alien bent on the planet’s destruction, because it would not be a Men in Black movie if that were not the case. This is the first film in the series to also be offered in 3D. Filled with dazzling special effects, big laughs, slapstick comedy and lots and lots of aliens, this one is sure to delight fans of the series and families. Rated PG-13.

Chernobyl Diaries - Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski, Devin Kelly, Olivia Taylor Dudle. It’s a film that is another entry in the "found footage" genre that just does not seem to want to go away. This time it is a film brought to you, in part, by the same people who brought Paranormal Activity to the screen and helped kick-start the whole genre. Six tourists end up exploring the supposedly abandoned wasteland of Chernobyl, where a huge nuclear reactor leaked quite some time ago, creating one of the biggest nuclear disasters the planet has ever seen. What they find there, however, is that the town is not quite as abandoned as you might think and whatever is there appears to be hunting them. This film has already raised controversy as being insensitive to the actual victims of the Chernobyl disaster from disaster groups involved with helping survivors.

Moonrise Kingdom – Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Ed Norton. The latest film from Wes Anderson who has teamed up with Murray on cult classic films like Rushmore and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zassou returns with this one. This time the film is set off the coast of New England on a small island back in the summer of 1965. This story involves two twelve-year-olds who fall in love and then decide to make a secret pact to run away together. They head off into the wilderness while the rest of the world seems to be trying to find them. An all-star cast, similar to other Anderson films, appears in this one. Rated PG-13.

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