Aliens invade the earth while Sacha Baron Cohen plays dictator in the theaters this weekend

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The big movies opening this weekend includes a raucous comedy from the creator of Borat and Bruno while a big-budget adaptation of a popular childhood board game hits theaters, as well.

This is another big weekend at the box office. Once more the Hollywood studios are launching a number of big summer movies in the hopes of taking a bite out of the profits earned by The Avengers. This week that includes a comedy about a dictator, aliens battling the U.S. Navy and a comedy about couples expecting babies.

Here are the movies coming to your local muti-plex the weekend of May 18, 2012:

Battleship - Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Neeson. A movie by director Peter Berg (Hancock) that attempts to bring the infamous Hasbro board game to the big screen. Instead of two navies from earth battling it out, Berg has made the opponents aliens who are attempting to invade earth. Of course, scientists have invited these aliens here, but that does not stop the aliens from proving hostile and for the navies of the earth to try and blow them back into space. When a force field is thrown up around the aliens’ base and a couple of the warships, the battle really begins. Taylor Kitsch is coming off of his disastrous John Carter debut earlier this summer and is hoping to catch some box office gold with this one. A big-time action movie that some critics say compares, in a good way, with the Transformers movies. Rated PG-13.

The Dictator - Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley. Cohen plays the dictator, Admiral General Aladeen, of the fictional Middle Eastern country of Wadiya in this crazy comedy from the same man who brought the world Borat and Bruno. This time, however, instead of just creating a crazy character and then showing up in various places around the country to see what happens, this one involves an actual script. When an assassination attempt is made against Aladeen, he is convinced by his second-in-command to help to America and make an appeal to the U.N. Once he gets here, however, an American security agent shaves off his beard and he is replaced in his own country with a look-a-like. Forced to fend for himself and take a job in America in the hopes of returning to his country, he ends up falling in love with a wild liberal woman who believes in women’s lib. Despite the heartwarming bent, previews indicate that this is full of the crazy, raunchy and sometimes gross humor that Cohen displayed in his prior films. Rated R.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting - Elizabeth Banks, Chris Rock, Cameron Diaz. An ensemble piece about several couples who suddenly find themselves getting ready for a new arrival. Most of them involve couples who have gotten pregnant, while one couple sets about adopting a baby from Ethiopia. In the midst of this a group of fathers meets regularly to exchange tales of horror about being a new father. A mixture of outrageous humor and big laughs mixed with pathos and drama as the couples try to deal with life as they head into the biggest journey of them all - parenthood. Rated PG-13.

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