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For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019
Clint Eastwood fishes for another Oscar with “Richard Jewell,” Netflix also tries for Oscar nominations with “The Two Popes” and the “Jumanji” sequel goes for the box-office win. And it probably will succeed on that front.
“Richard Jewell” (R). Eastwood directed this true story of the title character (played by character actor Paul Walter Hauser) being railroaded for a bomb planted at the Atlanta Olympic Games when he actually managed to help save lives on that fateful day. With Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm and Olivia Wilde.
“The Two Popes” (PG-13). Anthony Hopkins is Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, soon to be dubbed Pope Francis, in this “what-if” story, based on real events when the conservative pope had discussions with his more liberal successor. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater, and on Netflix Dec 20.)
Jumanji: The Next Level” (PG-13). The cast of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” returns for further adventures in the wildly unpredictable video game they find themselves once again sucked into, literally. With Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Bebe Neuwirth, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Madison Iseman and Colin Hanks, along with newcomers Danny DeVito, Danny Glover and Awkwafina.
“Black Christmas” (R). Yes, it’s the Christmas season but it’s also Friday the 13th, so why not a holiday horror film? This is the second remake of the 1970s slasher film about sorority sisters stalked by a masked killer. With Imogen Poots and Cary Elwes.
“Promare” (PG-13, in Japanese with English subtitles). Elaborate Japanese anime feature about a futuristic firefighting mecha service that protects the world. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)