In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Lucy,' 'Hercules' and More

6:15 AM PST 07/25/2014 by Ryan Gajewski
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"Lucy"

See what THR's critics are saying about the Scarlett Johansson actioner and the Dwayne Johnson mythology film, plus the Woody Allen comedy "Magic in the Moonlight," the Philip Seymour Hoffman thriller "A Most Wanted Man" and the Michael Douglas-Diane Keaton dramedy "And So It Goes."

A woman with superpowers, a demigod and a magician do battle at the box office this weekend, as Scarlett Johansson's Lucy, Dwayne Johnson's Hercules and director Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight are among the films opening. 

Find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about this weekend's new offerings (along with which film will top the weekend's box office):

Lucy

Writer-director Luc Besson's (The Fifth Element) action flick stars Johansson, Morgan Freeman and Choi Min-sik (Oldboy) in the story of a former drug mule who develops superhuman powers. "Lucy plays more like a big, dumb superhero flick than sci-fi," THR film critic John DeFore writes in his review. "Besson's script offers neither the well-drawn character dynamics nor the clear motivations of a decent comic book origin story."

Hercules

Hollywood takes yet another crack at the story of the Greek demigod with this film version from director Brett Ratner. Johnson plays the eponymous hero, who has completed his 12 labors and is hired to kill an evil warlord, with Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell and Joseph Fiennes rounding out the cast. "The movie is often clunky, but at least it's fast and unpretentious," writes THR film critic Stephen Farber in his review.

Magic in the Moonlight

Director Woody Allen's latest effort stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden and Jacki Weaver. The film, about a magician attempting to expose a potential con artist, is "a fugacious bit of whimsy that can only be judged minor Woody Allen," reads THR film critic Todd McCarthy's review

A Most Wanted Man

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright star in director Anton Corbijn's (The American) adaptation of the best-selling John le Carre novel. The film, about a Chechen Muslim who gets embroiled in the war on terror in Hamburg, was among the last movies Hoffman made before his death in February 2014. The film is an "admirably textured thriller," although one that "more casual and mainstream viewers will likely tune out in mild befuddlement," according to McCarthy's review.

And So It Goes

Rob Reiner directs Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in the dramedy about an egotistical realtor who turns to his neighbor for help with raising his granddaughter. Farber writes in his review that, "despite the utter predictability of the plot, the picture wins you over." Read his full review here.

The Fluffy Movie

Stand-up comic Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias gets his own comedic concert film to showcase his routine. He "delivers a solid set of often highly personal material that's consistently amusing even if it never quite hits the level of hilarity," THR film critic Frank Scheck opines in his review.

Very Good Girls

Two best friends each vow to lose their virginity in the summer before college in this drama from first-time director Naomi Foner. The cast includes Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin and Peter Sarsgaard. THR film critic David Rooney writes that "the film rings false at almost every turn despite its naturalistic performances." Read his full review here.

Happy Christmas

Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) wrote and directed this dramedy about a newly single woman who moves in with her brother and his wife and children. Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber and Lena Dunham star. "Swanberg's modest script lays out some fairly mundane domestic situations, which the actors elevate with a collaborative style characterized by gentle humor and authentic, frequently overlapping dialogue," THR film critic Justin Lowe writes in his review.

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