New Movies This Week: HERCULES, LUCY

New Movies This Week: HERCULES, LUCY

It's the week of one word titled new movies, where Dwayne Johnson and Scarlett Johansson lead the way into theaters with new movies.  Check out the quick list and my preview take on the movies. (For what it's worth!)

Opening This Week - July 25

Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson

Rated: PG-13 98 min

Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes

My thoughts: At first I was all about Johnson playing the legendary strong man, but then I caught some previews that were hack full of 3D gimmick scenes of things coming at the viewer. For some reason, I thought that crap went away a long time ago.

Because of that, I've put this on the back burner until it becomes a rental, a pay channel focus or it lands on FX of TNT or some such channel that doubles the length of the movie with loud commercials.


LUCY starring Scarlett Johansson

Rated: R 90 min

A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Director: Luc Besson
Stars:    Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked

My thoughts: Director Luc Besson has had some great popcorn hits under his belt, like the Taken and Transporter film franchises. He is also credited with creating the CW TV series, Nikita.  So there's that.

Scarlett Johansson... well, if you think about it, I'm guessing there will be a strong male demographic heading out to see this film. She rocks it as The Black Widow in the MCU so why wouldn't she here?

If I weren't going to Comic-Con, this would be the flick I'd be seeing in theaters this week.


The Fluffy Movie

Rated: PG-13 101 min

A comedy concert film that captures the on-stage performance and inspirational success story of Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias.

Stars: Gabriel Iglesias, Jacqueline Obradors, Gina Brillon, Alfred Robles

Thoughts: It's a comedy concert... I'm not sure what to think.


LIMITED RELEASES (In only a few major cities across the country)

Magic in the Moonlight - [Limited]
Rated: PG-13 97 min

A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars:    Colin Firth, Antonia Clarke, Natasha Andrews, ValĂ©rie Beaulieu


A Most Wanted Man - [Limited]
Rated: R 121 min   -   Thriller

A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.

Stars: Grigoriy Dobrygin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Homayoun Ershadi, Mehdi Dehbi


And So It Goes
Rated: PG-13 94 min   -   Comedy | Drama | Romance

A self-centered realtor enlists the help of his neighbor when he's suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home.

Director: Rob Reiner
Stars:    Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins, Annie Parisse


Very Good Girls - [Limited]
Rated: R 91 min   -   Drama

Two New York City girls make a pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school. When they both fall for the same street artist, the friends find their connection tested for the first time.

Stars: Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Demi Moore, Peter Sarsgaard


Happy Christmas - [Limited]
Rated: R 88 min   -   Comedy | Drama

After a break up, Jenny moves in with writer Kelly, her filmmaker husband, and their child. Despite a rocky start, Jenny's influence helps Kelly realize that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness.

Stars: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham


My Man Is a Loser - [Limited]
Rated: R 95 min   -   Comedy

Two married friends employ a single playboy to help them get their mojo back to save their marriages.

Stars: John Stamos, Tika Sumpter, Michael Rapaport, Bryan Callen

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