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Look for ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Gigolo’ this Friday

Monsters, gigolos and cheesy sports films are on tap Friday as the new movie openings hit Spokane-Coeur d'Alene. The lineup is as follows:

"Godzilla" (all formats, including IMAX 3-D): This most recent telling of the Godzilla tale, as directed by Gareth Edwards ("Monsters"), has featured some of the most impressive trailers in some time. And it stars Bryan Cranston. But can it match the hype?

"Million Dollar Arm": Jon Hamm stars as a down-on-his-luck sports agent who decides to risk everything on the chance that a couple of Indian cricket players might make the transition to major-league baseball. Think "Jerry Maguire" meets "Slumdog Millionaire."

"Fading Gigolo": One of AMC's alternative films, which is likely to play one week to minimal crowds and disappear, involves a guy who decides to become a professional gigolo to help a needy friend. The twist? Though directed by John Turturro, it features none other than … Woody Allen. Wouldn't Rob Schneider have been a better choice?

And at the Magic Lantern? Spokane's art-house theater reopens "Le Week-End," while holding over "The Lunchbox," "Joe," "Finding Vivian Maier," "The American Nurse" and "Particle Fever."

Happy viewing.