It is a big weekend with a couple of very anticipated movies hitting theaters. One is a big swords and sandals epic. The other is a strange action, sci-fi story. The third features one of the final performances of one of the greatest actors of the generation. In short, the movies are all over the map!
Here are the movies new to theaters July 25, 2014:
Hercules - Dwayne Johnson, Aksel Hennie, Ian McShane. We take a look at the life of the legendary demigod after he has completed his fabled 12 labors. Now Hercules just wants to settle down and start a family, but the world is just not going to let him do that. This movie is action-packed and based on a comic book series. Surprisingly it is also getting generally favorable reviews. Look, if you see the previews and see men in skirts and sandals fighting each other and mythical beasts and you want to see that, then that is exactly what you'll get. Rated PG-13.
Lucy - Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-Sik Choi. Lucy is a simple woman who gets rooked into carrying a new drug sewn up inside her stomach. When that drug starts to leak into her system she discovers that one of the side effects is that the drug makes you use more and more of your brain. As Lucy begins to use 30, 40, 50, 75 percent of her brain, she develops vast superhuman powers and takes revenge against the people who sewed that drug up into her in the first place. Directed by Luc Besson, this one is guaranteed to be action-packed and weird and reviews are very mixed. Rated R.
A Most Wanted Man - Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willen Dafoe. One of the last performances captures on film from the great Hoffman before he passed away earlier this year. It is a spy thriller set in modern day Hamburg, Germany. When a half-dead man who is also half-Russian and half-Chechen shows up in an Islamic area looking for help, there are those who suspect he is not telling the truth about who he is and what he wants. Lots of intrigue and twists and turns in this one and it is getting great reviews. If you love a thinking and a political pot-boilers, this is the movie to see. Rated R.