Best movie bets this weekend (July 25, 2014)

07/25/2014 7:14 AM

07/25/2014 8:04 AM

Best bets opening Friday

•  “Lucy” — Scarlett Johansson stars in this actioner as an American woman in Taipei who is forced to act as a drug mule and accidentally ingests what she’s carrying. That opens up her mind and gives her superhuman abilities. I’ll have some of that, too, please.

•  “Wish I Was Here” — Indie alert! Zach Braff (TV’s “Scrubs,” “Garden State”) directs and stars in this comedy-drama as a 30-something actor who finds himself at a major crossroads in his life (autobiographical, perhaps?). Word is that Kate Hudson, who plays Braff’s long-suffering wife, delivers her best performance in years.

Also opening Friday

•  “And So It Goes” — Michael Douglas stars as a self-centered Realtor who enlists the help of his neighbor (Diane Keaton) when he’s suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed.

•  “Hercules” — The latest incarnation stars Dwayne Johnson as the Greek hero, who leads a band of mercenaries to end a bloody civil war and return a rightful king to his throne. Stinker alert: The film wasn’t screened early for critics, almost guaranteeing bad reviews.

Special screening

•  “ Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” — The “Summer of Sparrow” film series continues with the third film in the franchise. It will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Tickets are $5; $4 for students/seniors/military.

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