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GIANT LIZARD TRIES TO CRUSH SPIDER

For Hicksflicks.com, May 16, 2014

Another monster movie is in theaters this week — and not just another metaphorical box-office monster like "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which have dominated moneymaking lists over the past month or so.

A literal city-crushing creature from the deep. That's right, yet another remake, reboot, rejiggering of "Godzilla."

Also opening is another alleged "true story," a sports drama titled "Million Dollar Arm," which, against all odds is surprisingly rated PG, along with three new R-rated, low-budget, independent films opening exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas in downtown Salt Lake City.

"Godzilla" (PG-13). No relation to the 1998 reboot, also titled simply "Godzilla," this one delves deeper into character — that is, the human characters — before revealing the big guy halfway through or so. It's the Spielberg-"Jaws" motif, and it's not a bad idea. Human stars are led by Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn and Elizabeth Olsen.

"Million Dollar Arm" (PG) is a Disney drama about a pair of baseball pitchers discovered on a reality-TV show in India by sports agent J.B. Bernstein, played by Jon Hamm, star of cable-TV's "Mad Men." Co-stars include Bill Paxton and Alan Arkin.

"Fed Up" (PG) is a documentary that goes after the American food industry for processing unhealthy foods and selling them as something they aren't, and the film indicts the government for its complicity by creating dangerous dietary guidelines for children. Co-produced and narrated by Katie Couric.

"God's Pocket" (R) is one of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman's final films. He plays a low-rent hood in trouble for gambling debts who finds himself tasked with taking care of his stepson's funeral but gambles away the money. Co-written and directed by first-timer John Slattery, a seasoned character actor best known for "Mad Men," whose co-star on that show, Christina Hendricks, is also cast here, along with John Turturro, Richard Jenkins and Joyce Van Patten.

"Locke" (R) is a one-man show (except for voice actors) with Tom Hardy as a British construction foreman who drives to London, dealing by phone with crisis after crisis having to do with family matters as well as his work. Hardy is best known for playing Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012).