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Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012 4:28 pm | Updated: 2:04 pm, Tue May 15, 2012.

For those not planning to “Marvel’s The Avengers” for the first time, second time or third time – There are plenty of movies opening this week at the Box Office.

“God Bless America”

Starting with “God Bless America,” which appears to be the critic’s choice this weekend, garnering a 62 percent rating already.

Running at 1 hour, 44 minutes, the comedy drama is written and directed by Bobcat Galdthwait. The movie stars Joel Murray, Melinda Page Hamilton, Geogg Peirson, Tara Lynn, Rich McDonald and Larry Miller.

The movie is about Frank (Joel Murray) has had enough of the downward spiral of American culture. Divorced, recently fired, and possibly terminally ill, Frank truly has nothing left to live for. But instead of taking his own life, he buys a gun and decides to take out his frustration on the cruelest, stupidest, most intolerant people he can imagine -- starting with some particularly odious reality television stars. Frank finds an unusual accomplice in a high-school student named Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement. Together they embark on a nationwide assault on our country's most irritating celebrities.

“Dark Shadows”

The strange roles continue for Johnny Depp this weekend, with the opening of the “Dark Shadows.” The newest Depp film isn’t scoring well with critics already, with Rotten Tomatoes showing a 45 percent rating. The movie is running at 1 hour, 53 minutes, and is directed by Tim Burton.

The movie is about Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets.

“Girl in Progress”

Eva Mendes returns to the big screen this weekend in “Girl In Progress,” a drama comedy running 1 hour, 30 minutes. The PG-13 movie is directed by Patricia Riggen.

Not receiving good reviews so far, Rotten Tomatoes has given the film a 32 percent.

In the film, Grace (Mendes) is a single mom. She is too busy juggling work, bills, and the very married Dr. Hartford (Matthew Modine), to give her daughter, Ansiedad (Ramirez) the attention she desperately needs. When Ansiedad's English teacher, Ms. Armstrong (Patricia Arquette), introduces her students to classic coming-of-age stories, Ansiedad is inspired to skip adolescence and jump-start her life without mom. While Grace becomes preoccupied with the increasing affections of her co-worker (Eugenio Derbez), Ansiedad enlists the help of her loyal friend, Tavita (Raini Rodriguez), to plot her shortcut to "adulthood". But as her misguided plan unravels, Ansiedad and Grace must learn that sometimes growing-up means acting your age.

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