For Hicksflicks.com, Aug. 15, 2014

It's a big week for movie openings with no less than eight new titles in theaters today, including the Utah-made third film in the "Saints and Soldiers" series, Woody Allen's annual comedy, Sly Stallone's third in the "Expendables" franchise, and a teen dystopian yarn that features Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift. (Or the other way around, depending on your age.)

"Saints and Soldiers: The Void" (PG-13) is the third in a series of locally produced World War II dramas, this one exploring the segregated Army of the time, as well as racism in the 1940s. When a platoon is attacked by a German patrol, the highest-ranking member of the squad is black, which doesn't sit well with everyone. Filmed in Alpine, Utah.

"Magic in the Moonlight" (PG-13) is the latest from Woody Allen, a farce about a debunker of psychics (Colin Firth) who is charmed by a woman (Emma Stone) he's been hired to expose as he begins to think might actually be the real deal. Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver and Eileen Atkins co-star.

"The Expendables 3" (PG-13). Sylvester Stallone pulls his pals together for yet another all-star shoot-'em-up: Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc., this time with newbies Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas, among others.

"The Giver" (PG-13) is a youth-oriented sci-fi tale set in a "perfect" future where the world is peaceful and everyone has an assigned role. Shades of "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent," with maybe some "Logan's Run" thrown in. Among the supporting players are Jeff Bridges (who also produced), Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.

"What If" (PG-13) is an Irish-Canadian romantic comedy set in Toronto, originally titled "The F Word." Unlucky-in-love Daniel Radcliffe falls for quirky Zoe Kazan, only to discover she has a boyfriend. Romantic entanglements ensue.

"Let's Be Cops" (R). Two idiot pals dress up as police officers for a costume party but then decide to keep up the impersonation as they encounter criminal activity in their neighborhood. Bad idea. Damon Wayans and Jake Johnson star.

"Calvary" (R), exclusively at the Broadway Center Cinemas, is a British melodrama about a faithful, good-natured priest (Brendan Gleeson) who is threatened in the confessional by a parishioner looking for revenge because another priest abused him as a child. Co-stars include Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly and M. Emmet Walsh.

"The Dog" (not rated) is a documentary playing exclusively at the Tower Theater about the real-life bank robber who provided the inspiration for Al Pacino's character in "Dog Day Afternoon."