AN ECLECTIC WEEKEND - Movie of the Week
AN ECLECTIC WEEKEND
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019
A variety of genres hit local movie theaters this weekend, including a locally-made historical film, a musical documentary, a true whistleblower thriller, a comedy, a heist yarn and a couple of unusual teen dramas.
“Out of Liberty” (PG). The latest Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints-themed movie to come to town is this dramatization of events surrounding the incarceration of Joseph Smith in a newly built jail in Liberty, Missouri, in the winter of 1839. The film is told from the point of view of Samuel Tillery, the jailer tasked with guarding Smith and other Latter-day Saint Church leaders as mobs harass them each night. Tillery is played by Jasen Wade (“17 Miracles,” “The Cokeville Miracle”), with Corbin Allred (“The Saratov Approach,” “Saints and Soldiers”) as Porter Rockwell.
“Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” (Not Rated). Documentary about the popular singer with the remarkable vocal range who became a rock star in the 1960s, filled arenas in the ’70s and then branched out to various other forms of music, including country, comic operetta, American standards and Mexican ballads sung in Spanish. Ronstadt was forced to retire in 2013 when she was stricken with Parkinson’s Disease. With Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt and many more.
“Official Secrets” (R). True story of a British government employee (Keira Knightley) who leaked a secret memo exposing an illegal spying operation by the United States in a plot to blackmail United Nations diplomats voting on a resolution regarding the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Matt Smith, Matthew Goode and Ralph Fiennes.
“Brittany Runs a Marathon” (R). Twenty-seven-year-old New Yorker Brittany (Jillian Bell) is a hard-partying good-time girl but she’s also overweight and unhappy. So when her doctor tells her she needs to get healthy she decides to train for the New York City Marathon, which, as this comedy demonstrates, it’s not as easy as it looks. A hit at the Sundance Film Festival.
“Hustlers” (R). Jennifer Lopez headlines this heist comedy/drama about a crew of savvy strip-club employees who come together to take down their obnoxious Wall Street clients. With Constance Wu, Cardi B, Julia Stiles and Mercedes Ruehl.
“The Goldfinch” (R). A young teenager witnesses his mother’s death in the bombing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and steals the titular painting. He grows up troubled and eventually becomes an art forger in this drama adapted from the 2013 novel by Donna Tartt. With Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson and Jeffrey Wright.
“Adam” (Not Rated). High schooler Adam gets permission from his parents to visit his sister in New York, who has, unbeknownst to them, come out as a lesbian. So, in order to fit in with her friends, Adam pretends to be a trans man and starts dating an older woman. Controversial comedy was another hit at the Sundance Film Festival. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)