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Short reviews of what’s in theaters

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½ And So It Goes The title of Rob Reiner's latest might as well be a eulogy for his career. A heartfelt but hapless comedy about an aging crank (Michael Douglas), his widowed neighbor (Diane Keaton), and the granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) he didn’t know he had, it’s a low-budget TV movie that somehow escaped to the big screen. (94 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

½ The Fluffy Movie This concert film about corpulent comic Gabriel (“Fluffy”) Iglesias makes the fatal error of referring at the start to a better movie about a funnier comic: “Eddie Murphy Raw.” The rest is mildly offensive and occasionally funny, until the very end when Fluffy decides to “get real,” and does. (101 min., PG-13) (Peter Keough)


Hellion In dreary East Texas, the angry 13-year-old of the title commits acts of pointless vandalism. He’s mad because Dad has been drinking hard and neglecting him and his brother since their mother died. Originally a short, “Hellion” has been padded with contrivances and clichés into a disappointing coming-of-age feature. (94 min., unrated) (Peter Keough)

½ Hercules The bar was set low for Brett Ratner after Renee Harlin’s “The Legend of Hercules,” and he clears it handily with this self-reflexive deconstruction of not just the Hercules myth but the hokum of Hollywood. (98 min., PG-13) (Peter Keough)

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½ I Origins A neurobiologist (Michael Pitt) researching the eye discovers heavy things about the human soul. An intriguing but not very convincing mixture of science and faith — or rationality and balderdash, as you will — from writer-director Mike Cahill. (113 min., R) (Ty Burr)

Lucy The latest piece of highly entertaining claptrap from Luc Besson features Scarlett Johansson as a dim young thing who once she accesses 100 percent of her brain gradually ascends to godhood. It’s stylish action-movie pop art with an eerily omniscient performance at its center. (89 min., R) (Ty Burr)

½ A Most Wanted Man The late Philip Seymour Hoffman, in a masterful final leading performance, plays one of author John le Carré’s people: a German spymaster trying to do the right thing in a morally gray post-9/11 landscape. Steadily directed by photographer Anton Corbijn, this is a thriller for grown-ups — patient, subtle, rewarding. (121 min., R) (Ty Burr)

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