New in Theaters: 'Hercules,' 'Lucy,' 'And So It Goes'

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This weekend is looking up a little from the last few weeks of mostly grim cinema—three new releases hit the theaters today, and while none are receiving rave reviews, they are certainly above the meager average ratings of the last few weekends.

Our first new release, perhaps capitalizing on the success of gritty reimaginings of ancient Greek tales (such as 300), presents a darker take on an old story: Hercules. Dwayne Johnson stars as the eponymous hero as he fights monsters and men in a quest to restore the proper ruler of Thrace to the throne.

The film is doing a fair job with the critics, rating at 64% on Rotten Tomatoes. Given that it’s an action film starring Dwayne Johnson, it’s a good enough film—plenty of action and brooding, barely-clothed shots of Johnson. Box Office Mojo predicts an opening-weekend gross of $20 million.

Also opening today is another action-packed film from Luc Besson featuring a lethal female lead: Lucy. Scarlett Johansson stars as a woman unwittingly subjected to an experiment that gives her powers beyond human reckoning, and send her on a violent revenge trip.

This movie was similarly rated just above fresh, at 61% on the Tomatometer. The film is a little goofy with its half-logic and ridiculous action sequences, but the acting talent of Johansson and Morgan Freeman holds it all together. It’s predicted to earn $33 million over the weekend.

We do have one new release that isn’t violent and dark: And So It Goes. This film features Michael Douglass as a generally unlikeable
realtor, whose plan of retiring goes awry after he discovers he has a long-lost granddaughter. Attempts to pawn her off on his neighbor (Diane Keaton) result instead in romance, and a thawing of his bitter heart.

If this sounds trite and ill-conceived, you’re in good company—the film received 17% on Rotten Tomatoes for exactly that reason. There’s nothing original and nothing good about the film—it’s as simple and sad as that. It will be lucky to open to $5 million over the weekend.

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