Movies in Theaters This Friday, July 25, 2014: Hercules, Lucy, Magic in the Moonlight, and More
Perhaps the last true summer blockbuster is still a week away, but this weekend’s crop of films sure will make it tough for Guardians of the Galaxy to completely dominate the box office next weekend.
The biggest release, in my opinion, is Brett Ratner’s (Tower Heist) Hercules adaptation. Can you think of an actor that is more suited to play Hercules than powerhouse Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? I sure as hell can’t. He’ll do just that and he single-handedly makes me want to check this movie out.
Lucy, the latest to star the red-hot Scarlett Johansson, will probably make it hard for Hercules to dominate even this weekend. Normally, movies don’t fight over demographics but I could see a lot of the same people choosing between Hercules and Lucy. It’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top.
The third wide release is Rob Reiner’s (Stand By Me) And So It Goes with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. I just don’t think the names involved are enough to carry this film but I could be wrong.
It seems fitting that a Diane Keaton-starring film would release on the same weekend as Woody Allen’s next movie. Magic in the Moonlight, as it’s titled, unfortunately only comes out in limited theaters. However, given Allen’s hot streak lately, I’d get to this one as soon as possible.
The other three limited releases worth mentioning are The Fluffy Movie (a Gabriel Iglesias stand-up comedy film), Happy Christmas (directed by Joe Swanberg and starring Anna Kendrick), and A Most Wanted Man (starring Philip Seymour Hoffman).
The rest of the limited releases are Beneath, Ironclad: Battle for Blood, The Master Builder (which released on Wednesday), My Man is a Loser, and Very Good Girls.
Enjoy all the movies’ synopses, links, and trailers below. Have a great Comic-Con weekend everyone!
There are a million reasons not to like realtor Oren Little (Michael Douglas), and that’s just the way he likes it. Willfully obnoxious to anyone who might cross his path, he wants nothing more than to sell one last house and retire in peace and quiet. His wife Sarah Beth passed away years ago, so while awaiting his big real estate break, he’s biding his time in the waterfront four-plex building he owns – “Little Shangri-La” – surrounded by neighbors who have formed a close-knit community that he mostly avoids when he’s not barking about how noisy their kids are or taking heat for hogging the whole driveway with his classic Mercedes Benz convertible. Even kindly Leah (Diane Keaton), who persists in inviting Oren to participate in mojito happy hour despite his cranky demeanor, gets rebuffed. His only real friend, fellow realtor Claire (Frances Sternhagen), gets a pass because of their decades-long history and the fact that she can dish out snark and sarcasm as well as he can even when he’s at his eye-rolling worst.
Oren’s life gets turned upside-down when his estranged son Luke (Scott Shepherd) appears out of the blue, asking him to temporarily care for the nine-year-old granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) Oren never knew existed. With Sarah (named after Oren’s late wife) literally being left on his doorstep, Oren grudgingly agrees to take her in but quickly pawns her off on Leah, who is too moved by Sarah’s sadness at being apart from her father to balk – at first – at Oren’s absurd expectation that she’ll just handle everything so he can resume his life uninterrupted. But Leah’s got her own path to figure out, trying to find her second act as a lounge singer — which might bring her more success if she could just get through a set without telling stories of her late husband and fleeing the stage in tears leaving her band, led by doting pianist Artie (Rob Reiner), to fend for themselves.
Over time, Sarah’s need for love and affection bring Oren and Leah closer and allow them to see different sides of one another. Initially solely consumed with the prospect of selling his family home to fund his retirement, Oren soon discovers Leah is more than an extra set of hands to help with Sarah. And Leah learns that Oren’s hardened exterior might be just that, with a humanity inside worth trying to break through to. Together, Oren and Leah tackle the funny, joyous, awkward and sometimes intense moments that have become their new reality. And little by little, Oren begins to open his heart – to his family, to Leah, and to life itself – in this uplifting comedy from acclaimed director Rob Reiner.
Both man and myth, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) leads a band of mercenaries to help end a bloody civil war in the land of Thrace and return the rightful king to his throne. A tormented soul from birth, Hercules has the strength of a God but feels the suffering of a human.
Unimaginable villains will test the mythical power of Hercules in Director Brett Ratner‘s gritty take on one of the most epic action heroes of the ages.
From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
Lucy also stars Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman and is produced by Virginie Besson-Silla for EuropaCorp. Universal Pictures will distribute the movie worldwide, except for France, Benelux and China.
When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill-gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man’s true identity – oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist?
Based on John le Carré’s novel, A MOST WANTED MAN is a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics that prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene.
A crew of coal miners becomes trapped 600 feet below ground after a disastrous collapse. As the air grows more toxic and time runs out, they slowly descend into madness and begin to turn on one another. Inspired by true events.
A comedy concert film that captures the on-stage performance and inspirational success story of Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias.
When Jenny (Anna Kendrick), a hard-partying 20-something, moves in with her film director brother (Joe Swanberg), his wife Kelly (Melanie Lynskey), a budding novelist, and their two-year-old son after a break up, the family’s idyllic life is shaken up. Jenny begins a rocky relationship with a baby sitter-cum-pot dealer (Mark Webber) and she and a friend Carson (Lena Dunham) team up to try and help Kelly find balance in her life. As usual, the results are in the eye of the beholder. A new comedy from the director of DRINKING BUDDIES.
Gathered together by young Hubert (Tom Rhys Harries), a small band of hired swords gather inside his families castle intent on holding off evil Celtic Tribesmen hell-bent on revenge for the death of their leaders’ son: a young mercenary named Guy (Tom Austen) whose soul is wracked with guilt over the atrocities he has committed during the days and years after the great battle of Rochester Castle and his burgeoning feelings for Kate, his cousin (Roxanne McKee), ; battle-hardened mercenaries such as Berenger (David Caves), who fight not for God and country for money and bloodlust
Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen’s MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake.
What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling. In the end, the biggest trick MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT plays is the one that fools us all.
A successful, ego-maniacal architect who has spent a lifetime bullying his wife, employees and mistresses wants to make peace as his life approaches its final act.
My Man Is A Loser is a full-featured comedy about two married guys who employ their single playboy friend to help them get their mojo back to save their marriages. During the ensuing adventures, things start to backfire leaving the wives to wonder if the new versions of their husbands are worse than the old ones. This movie is projected to be released in 2014 and will deploy billions of Digital impressions including millions of Twitter and Facebook fans and followers helping to promote the film. We expect that this will be the heaviest digitally promoted Independent film to date.
Two New York City girls make a pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school. When they both fall for the same street artist, the friends find their connection tested for the first time.
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