JUDY, JUDY, JUDY - Movie of the Week
JUDY, JUDY, JUDY
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019
“Judy” (PG-13). Renée Zellweger stars (and sings) as Judy Garland in this musical biography, focusing on the superstar’s five-week London comeback concert run in 1968-69, as she comes to terms with depression, alcoholism, substance abuse and her desire to regain custody of her children. With Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell and Michael Gambon.
“Abominable” (PG). In Shanghai, a teenage girl encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment and soon she and her friends learn that he has magical powers, so they decide to help him get home before he is captured by a wealthy eccentric with evil intentions. The voice cast includes Chloe Bennet, Eddie Izzard and Sarah Paulson.
“The Day Shall Come” (R). This dark satire has the impoverished leader (Marchánt Davis) of a small Israelite commune in Miami accepting a cash donation to save his family from eviction. What he does not realize, however, is that it’s actually part of a sting planned by an FBI agent (Anna Kendrick) who wants to capture a terrorist, even if she has to invent one. With Jim Gaffigan.
“The Sound of Silence” (Not Rated). A self-styled “house tuner” (Peter Sarsgaard) in New York City obsessively diagnoses discordant ambient sounds produced by everything from wind patterns to humming electrical appliances. When he takes on the difficult case of a lonely, chronically exhausted woman (Rashida Jones), she develops feelings for him, which causes him to wonder about the dissonances of human emotion. With Austin Pendleton.
“A Name Without a Place” (Note Rated). In Miami Beach a sheltered young man (Bryan Burton) is in a relationship with an aging movie star (Elizabeth McGovern) until he learns of the death of his twin brother, which prompts him to retrace his brother’s travels to the Florida Keys. Along the way he picks up a young woman (Charlotte Best) and they find trouble in the form of a recluse (Patrick Fugit) who believes he has discovered the Fountain of Youth. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)
“Jay Myself” (Not Rated). This documentary is an intimate portrait of 88-year-old photographer Jay Maisel and his life in the 30,000 square foot building in lower Manhattan that his family occupied, and which he filled with random works of art over 40 years, before selling the building and having to move everything out. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Aquarela” (Not Rated). Documentary about water, from frozen lakes in Russia to rains during a hurricane in Florida to mountains of ice breaking apart in Greenland. (Exclusively at the Megaplex Gateway Theater.)