For Hicksflicks.com, Aug. 29, 2014

The final films of summer 2014 are nothing special, though a couple do promise to provide some minor pleasures for those who are scouting about for something new to see in theaters. Note: "The November Man" got a slight jump on the competition by opening Wednesday.

"50 to 1" (PG-13) is the true story of Mine That Bird, an underdog crooked-footed racehorse that won the Kentucky Derby in a major 2009 upset. This family film stars Skeet Ulrich and William Devane.

"The November Man" (R). Pierce Brosnan leaves 007 and the British Secret Service to play a CIA veteran in this adaptation of Bill Granger's "There Are No Spies," which is actually the seventh novel in the "November Man" series. Here, Brosnan's character is retired but lured back into service, only to find he's being set up.

"Life of Crime" (R), exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas, is based on Elmore Leonard's 1978 novel "The Switch." But since star Jennifer Aniston was in a 2010 comedy by that title, it was changed, albeit unimaginatively. Aniston plays a housewife who is kidnapped and held for ransom, but her wealthy husband (Tim Robbins) doesn't want her back. Before you can say "Ruthless People," she plots with her kidnappers to get revenge.

"Cantinflas" (PG, in Spanish with English subtitles). Biographical film of the titular Mexican comedian who was a already huge star in his native country when he landed his first Hollywood role as Passepartout in "Around the World in 80 Days" (1956).

"As Above, So Below" (R). Found-footage horror about American explorers discovering dangers they hadn't bargained for in the haunted catacombs beneath Paris, France.

"Frank" (R), exclusively at the Tower Theater, is a British comedy based on the true story of a journalist who played keyboards for a band while wearing a huge fake head to hide his identity. Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal star.