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OPENING FRIDAY

The Expendables 3 — The mercenary team known as the Expendables face off against a former member who went rogue and was thought to be dead. With Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas and Jet Li. Written by Stallone, Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt. Directed by Patrick Hughes. Rated PG-13, 103 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

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Get On Up — Chadwick Boseman, who was impressive as the dignified Jackie Robinson in 42, is electrifying as James Brown in Tate Taylor’s new biopic. And just as Brown, in life, upstaged pretty much everyone — including his bandmates, the Famous Flames — Boseman does that here. Tate and talented screenwriters Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth jump around in time, ditching chronology for a thematic approach. It can get confusing, but it keeps us on our toes. In the end, we have a portrait that is not uniformly positive — Brown was too complicated for that — yet falls mostly on the kinder side. With Dan Akyroyd, Viola Davis and Nelsan Ellis. Rated PG-13, 138 minutes. — The Associated Press

Guardians of the Galaxy — This 3-D space opera is Marvel’s most irreverent film yet, and has a welcome, slightly self-mocking tone. The problem with Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn (Super), is the weakness of the comedy it wears so proudly. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is a Han Solo-like scavenger who stumbles across a silver orb also sought by some evil forces: Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and his boss, Thanos (Josh Brolin). The resulting scrum for the orb introduces several more seekers: the green-skinned Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the hulking Drax (Dave Bautista), a bitterly sardonic raccoon named Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and his sidekick, a talking tree called Groot (Vin Diesel). The warm spirit of Guardians owes much to Pratt, the guileless, formerly doughy Parks and Recreation star; his casting is inspired. But the film is terribly overstuffed and many of the jokes get drowned out by the special effects. Rated PG-13, 121 minutes. — AP

Hercules — The mythical Greek hero Hercules leads a band of mercenaries to help end a bloody civil war in the land of Thrace and return the rightful king to his throne. With Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell and Joseph Fiennes. Directed by Brett Ratner. Rated PG-13, 98 minutes. — LAT

The Hundred-Foot Journey — Adaptation of Richard Morais’ novel about an Indian family opening a restaurant in a French village. Besides the always delightful Helen Mirren and the entertaining Indian actor Om Puri, it has the absurdly good-looking couple of Manish Dayal, as a gifted young Indian chef, and Charlotte Le Bon, as the gorgeous sous-chef who teaches him the joys of haute cuisine (and not much more — this is a PG-rated movie). It also has a script by the talented Steven Knight, and a score by Oscar winner A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire). Oh, and it’s produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. Given all these lovely ingredients, then, why is the final product so bland — and, not to lay on too many cooking metaphors, reductive? A couple of scenes feel borrowed from what remains the most original food movie of all, the animated Ratatouille. Rated PG, 122 minutes. — AP

Into the Storm — A town is ravaged by deadly tornadoes while storm chasers try to obtain a once-in-a-lifetime shot in this found-footage-style thriller. With Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies and Matt Walsh. Directed by Steven Quale (Final Destination 5). Rated PG-13, 89 minutes. — LAT

Lucy — Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a student of some sort living in Taiwan, and a few other unfortunates are forced to become drug mules, doomed to fly to Europe with packages implanted in their stomachs. Roughed up by thugs, Lucy suffers blows to the abdomen, and the drug starts leaking into her system — enhancing her brain capacity and leaving her with only 24 hours to live. She heads to Paris to meet Professor Norman, an expert on cerebral capacity (Morgan Freeman), and simultaneously, she’s trying to recover all the drug packets, with the help of a police detective (Amr Waked). And this is where it gets really weird. At a certain point, the best strategy may be to just sit back, listen to the pounding music, admire those bright colors, and just shut that brain down entirely. Director Luc Besson knows his way around a camera, and you can argue about the merits of the storyline. But the dialogue often sounds hammy and clunky. — AP

A Most Wanted Man — In one of his last film appearances, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a German intelligence official out to trap a possible terrorist. Anton Corbijn directs, from Andrew Bovell’s script of a John Le Carre novel, slowly building a portrait of a dedicated and determined man at work. Rachel McAdams plays a dedicated human rights lawyer, and Willem Dafoe appears as a corrupt banker. — Boo Allen

Step Up: All In — A high-stakes dance contest in Las Vegas brings together crews from previous installments of the Step Up franchise. With Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan and Stephen “Twitch” Boss. Directed by Trish Sie. Rated PG-13, 112 minutes. — LAT

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — Four anthropomorphic turtles trained in martial arts team up with a fearless reporter and her wisecracking cameraman to save New York City from the villain Shredder and his henchmen, the Foot Clan. With Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner and K. Todd Freeman. Written by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Evan Daugherty. Rated PG-13, 101 minutes. — LAT


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