For Hicksflicks.com, June 27, 2014

Only one big summer movie is opening this weekend, and the fourth "Transformers" movie has prompted everyone else to get out of the way, save five small independent films that will offer an alternative for those who are comic book/superhero/monster movied-out right now.

"Transformers: Age of Extinction" (PG-13). Director Michael Bay is back, which means shaky-cam and lots of explosions and probably some inappropriate sexual humor, but Shia LaBeouf is gone. Mark Wahlberg stars this time around as a Texas auto mechanic with a young daughter, and the plot has them making a discovery brings Autobots, Decepticons and government paranoia their way. Co-stars include Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci.

"They Came Together" (R). The plot for this spoofy rom-com appears to be an update of "You've Got Mail" (1998), as an independent candy company operated by Amy Poehler is about to be shut down by a corporate candy company run by Paul Rudd. When they meet, it's hate at first sight. Cobie Smulders, Christopher Meloni, Bill Hader and Ed Helms lend support. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas in downtown Salt Lake City.)

"Irreplaceable" (not rated) is a documentary that explores the importance of family and its place in modern society, hosted by Tim Sisarich, executive director of the Bible-based group Focus on the Family. (Playing at two Megaplex theaters, the Jordan Commons in Sandy and the District in South Jordan.)

"Hellion" (not rated). A boozy, neglectful parent (Aaron Paul), depressed over the death of his wife, is forced to man up when the behavior of his delinquent son threatens to destroy the family. Juliette Lewis co-stars. Low-budget independent production playing exclusively at the Tower Theater in Salt Lake City.

"The German Doctor" (PG-13, in Spanish, German and Hebrew with English subtitles). The true story of an Argentine family that unwittingly harbored Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele in the early 1960s as Israeli agents were tracking him down. (Exclusively at the Broadway.)

"Obvious Child" (R). Jenny Slate stars in this dark comedy as an aspiring stand-up comedian who jokes about very personal things in her life, but when she finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand she is forced to look seriously at her life. (Exclusively at the Broadway.)