(Posted Tuesday) As the slow days of midsummer pass and we all recover from our Michael Bay mugging, a number of films open in local theaters bearing themes as diverse as Greek mythology, 30-something angst and contemporary spies.
Friday’s openings are as follows:
“Hercules”: (IMAX 3-D, regular 3-D and standard format): Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as the Greek demigod. Still not ready for Shakespeare, Johnson takes on watered-down Aeschylus.
“And So It Goes”: Rob Reiner (“When Harry Met Sally …”) returns with this senior-centered look at what happens when a working man (Michael Douglas), one, discovers that he is a grandfather, and two, is forced to take care of his preteen granddaughter (Sterling Jerins).
“Wish I Was Here”: Zach Braff (“Garden State”) continues to explore contemporary life, this time documenting the problems of a guy in his mid-30s who is having troubles reconciling his career, family and personal ambitions.
“Lucy”: Scarlett Johansson stars as a woman, used as transport for a valuable chemical, who evolves into a brainiac capable of doing marvelously nasty things to the men who had taken advantage of her.
“A Most Wanted Man”: The late Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in this adaptation of the John le Carré novel about spies fighting international terrorism.
“The Fluffy Movie”: The comic Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias performs live.
And at the Magic Lantern: Nothing new is opening, though it will continue running “Life Itself,” “Belle,” “Ida,” “Snowpiercer” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Special note: AMC Riverpark Square is scheduled to open Richard Linklater’s film “Boyhood” on Aug. 15. That’s one to definitely put on your personal movie calendar.
Nugent brushes it off
(Posted Thursday) By now, you’ve likely heard that the Coeur d’Alene Tribe has canceled an upcoming show by rocker Ted Nugent at the tribe’s casino in Worley. The reason? Casino and tribal officials cited Nugent’s “racist attitudes and views.”
Meanwhile, some residents of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, circulated a petition in recent weeks to cancel Nugent’s scheduled appearance at a festival there this weekend. Those efforts, however, appear to have failed, as Saturday’s show is still set to go on. Earlier this year, a town in Texas paid Nugent $16,000 to not perform as scheduled on July 4.
His response to the Oshkosh effort? The rocker, who once called President Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel” and Hillary Clinton the b-word (and much, much worse), told Gannett Wisconsin Media this week that “I take it as a badge of honor that such unclean vermin are upset by me and my positive energy.”
For ticket refunds for the Worley show, call (800) 523-2464, ext. 7415.