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I AM HERCULES, BUT SHE IS LUCY

For Hicksflicks.com, July 25, 2014

The trailers and commercials for Dwayne Johnson's new "Hercules" movie end with him shouting, "I am Hercules," but after seeing the trailer for "Lucy," I'm wondering if she might not win in a standoff.

Most of the seven new titles opening in theaters this weekend fit the "art film" model but the only exclusive art-house run is "Life Itself," the documentary about the late film critic Roger Ebert.

"Hercules" (PG-13) stars Dwayne Johnson, the former "Rock," as the titular muscleman of Greek mythology, the half-mortal son of Zeus. Here, he is recruited to help a king defeat a tyrannical warlord. Directed by Brett Ratner ("Rush Hour," "X-Men: The Last Stand"). (This is the second Hercules film of 2014, the first being "The Legend of Hercules," which opened in January.)

"Lucy" (R) stars Black Widow herself, Scarlett Johansson, as a drug mule forced to work for mobsters when the dope she's carrying leaks into her body and turns her into a hyper-intelligent superhuman. Morgan Freeman co-stars. Written and directed by Luc Besson ("La Femme Nikita," "The Fifth Element").

"Life Itself" (R) is an up-close-and-personal documentary based on Roger Ebert's autobiography, directed by filmmaker Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") and produced by Chaz Ebert, the beloved film critic's widow.

"And So It Goes" (PG-13). Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton are paired in this comedy about a self-absorbed and widely despised realtor whose neighbor is roped into helping when he finds himself saddled with a granddaughter he didn't know he had. Directed by Rob Reiner ("A Few Good Men," "The Princess Bride").

"A Most Wanted Man" (R) is a British espionage thriller based on a novel by John le Carre ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") about a secret anti-terrorism unit run by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Great cast includes Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright.

"Wish I Was Here" (R). This is the Kickstarter project co-written and directed by Zach Braff, his sophomore comedy-drama effort, about a struggling actor with a family who is suffering a midlife crisis at 35. Kate Hudson and Mandy Patinkin co-star.

"The Fluffy Movie" (PG-13). Concert film by stand-up comic Gabriel Iglesias. Curiously, this one is playing exclusively at Cinemark's Jordan Landing multiplex.