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Not all May's movies have special effects

By Alisha Davis
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Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor star in "Down With Love."

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(CNN) -- With the sci-fi machines of "The Matrix: Reloaded" and the mutant superheroes of "X2: X-Men United" dominating the box office, it's easy to miss a number of medium-size movies that will also debut this month.

Here's a guide to some films that shouldn't get lost amid all the special effects-laden flicks:

'Down With Love'

Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor make retro chic as they rekindle the big screen romance of Rock Hudson and Doris Day in early 1960s comedies. Frequent Hudson-Day co-star Tony Randall even joins in on the fun as Zellweger plays the author of a best-selling book advising women to stay away from love. McGregor is the man out to change her mind.

"Down With Love" hits theaters May 16.

'Bruce Almighty'

We already know Jim Carrey is a comic god. Now he gets to play God -- or at least play a man who fills in when God (played by Morgan Freeman) decides to take a little vacation. Jennifer Aniston co-stars, seeking a boost to her budding film career.

"Bruce Almighty" debuts May 23.

'The In-Laws'

Albert Brooks, left, and Michael Douglas team up in "The In-Laws."

Michael Douglas, Albert Brooks and Candice Bergen star in this comedy, which the makers insist is not a "remake" but rather "inspired" by the 1979 Peter Falk-Alan Arkin caper of the same name.

Brooks is the father of the bride and Douglas the father of groom in this comedy about in-laws who just can't get along. But here's something not in the 1979 version: Brooks in a red thong.

"The In-Laws" opens May 23.

'Finding Nemo'

Disney and Pixar, the combination that brought you "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life" and "Monsters, Inc.," go for another monster hit with "Finding Nemo." Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe and Albert Brooks do the voices in this animated tale about an exotic fish on a deep-sea mission to rescue his son, who has been caught by a group of scuba divers. Disney is hoping to catch a hit.

"Finding Nemo" opens May 30.

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