FANTASY, FAITH, REVENGE

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, March 20, 2015

The three mainstream movies opening this week include the first sequel in the “Divergent” series, a faith film getting a wide release, and a violent genre film from, of all people, Sean Penn. Three art films are also opening at the Broadway Centre Cinemas in downtown Salt Lake City.

“The Divergent Series: Insurgent” (PG-13). This sci-fi action sequel to “Divergent,” set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago where a rigid class system is in place, has Tris (Shailene Woodley) and friends on the run after they escape the city’s high walls. But in the varied societies they encounter they still find violence and betrayals. Co-stars include Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts and Maggie Q.

“Do You Believe?” (PG-13) is an ensemble faith film about various personalities whose troubles bring them to crises that either encourage or endanger their beliefs. Ted McGinley is the nominal star as a preacher. Co-stars include Mia Sorvino, Sean Astin, Cybill Shepherd, Lee Majors and Alexa PenaVega.

“The Gunman” (R). In a genuine change of pace, Sean Penn gets his Liam Neeson on as a mercenary in hiding following a successful hit in the Congo. But when he returns years later and meets up with his former team members, he finds himself in the midst of an ongoing conspiracy. Co-stars include Idris Elba, Javier Bardem and Ray Winstone. Penn also co-produced.

“An Honest Liar” (not rated) is a documentary about The Amazing Randi, now in his 80s, a zealous debunker of psychics, faith healers, etc., using disguises and fake identities along the way. Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.

“Human Capital” (not rated, in Italian with English subtitles). Based on an American novel, this Italian film follows the repercussions that involve two families after a hit-and-run accident, in which a waiter on a bicycle is hit by a car, leaving him in the road, and later hospitalized and near death. Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.

“Red Army” (PG, in English and in Russian with English subtitles). Documentary about the Red Army hockey team, told largely through the eyes of its players, and the parallel histories of the hugely successful sports dynasty, and the Soviet Union and Russia. Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.