Man, woman, comic and dance contest primed for box office

By From page A7 | July 23, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is foregoing the fairy wings from 2010’s “The Tooth Fairy” for some steel in “Hercules,” which opens Friday nationwide.

The PG-13 action flick takes place after Hercules has completed his 12 labors and is working as a mercenary. He’s then approached by a benevolent ruler and his daughter to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord. Hercules learns he must be himself again to succeed in this venture.

Ian McShane, John Hurt and Ralph Fiennes also star.

Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman star in “Lucy,” the story of a woman who transforms into a merciless warrior after turning the table on her captors. It’s rated R.

More than 400 cities and 23 nations were visited as comic Gabriel Iglesias took his “Unity Through Laughter” tour on the road. The highlights are captured in “The Fluffy Movie,” a PG-13 flick with some never-bef0re-seen footage.

Dance takes center stage in the next chapter of the “Step Up” franchise. This outing, “Step Up All In,” rated PG-13, brings stars from prior “Step Up” flicks to a dance battle in Las Vegas.

Opening in limited release Friday are:

“A Most Wanted Man,” with Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright in the story of a mysterious, tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man in present-day Germany. He arrives in an Islamic community seeking help to recover his late Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune. Enter a private British banker and a young female lawyer determined to defend the defenseless. It’s rated R.

“Magic in the Moonlight,” which features Emma Stone and Colin Firth in a romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Woody Allen directs the PG-13 film.

“Happy Christmas,” which stars Anna Kendrick as an irresponsible younger sister who instigates an evolution in her sister-in-law’s life. It’s rated R.

“Very Good Girls,” which features Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as friends who make a pact to lose their virginity before heading off to college. The problem: They both fall for the same man. It’s rated R and also features Dustin Hoffman, Sissy Spacek and Demi Moore.

“Beneath,” which centers on a group of coal miners trapped underground by a massive collapse. They struggle for sanity and survival. It’s not rated.

“Ironclad: Battle for Blood,” which tells the story of a man, one of the few survivors of the Great Siege of Rochester Castle, fighting to protect his family’s estate from fierce Celtic raiders. It’s not rated.

“My Man is a Loser,” which features Sean Young and John Stamos in the story of two married friends who employ a single playboy to help them get their mojo back to save their marriages. It’s rated R.

For showtimes, call the Edwards Theatres at 432-2140, Brenden Theatres at 469-0190 or visit http://www.fandango.com/94533_movietimes.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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