WE LOVED YOU, SHIRLEY; HAIL CAESAR

  For Hicksflicks.com, Feb. 14, 2014 Much has been written about Shirley Temple since her death Monday at age 85, and I'm not sure how much I can add at this point. Her...

WINDMILLS OF THE GODS

For Hicksflicks.com, Feb. 7, 2014 One of the better two-part network-television movies of the 1980s is CBS's "Windmills of the Gods" (1988), a thriller adapted from the novel by...

SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE

For Hicksflicks.com, Feb. 7, 2014 "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993, PG) is about as unabashedly old-fashioned as a modern romantic comedy can get, and it serves as a reminder than with...

ALL IS LOST

For Hicksflicks.com, Feb. 7, 2014 Robert Redford is 77. He's arrived at an age when movie actors, even those who've played dashing leading roles in their youth, are often consigned...

MONUMENTS, LEGOS & VAMPIRES

For Hicksflicks.com, Feb. 7, 2014 Another slow movie week begins. Hey, the Winter Olympics are in full force. The thinking in Hollywood is that no one is going to go to the...

FAREWELL TO SCHELL AND HOFFMAN

       Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Capote"; Maximillian Schell in "Nuremberg." For Hicksflicks.com, Feb. 7, 2014 You've no doubt seen several stories...

WHO IS HARRY KELLERMAN ...

For Hicksflicks.com, Jan. 31, 2014 Considering how many wonderful old movies have never been released on home video it's always surprising to see critically drubbed box-office flops...

GROUNDHOG DAY

For Hicksflicks.com, Jan. 31, 2014 In "Groundhog Day" (1993, PG). Bill Murray has one of his best roles as a snarky, self-centered weatherman caught up in a time loop, doomed to...

CAPE FEAR

For Hicksflicks.com, Jan. 31, 2014 One of the best, scariest movies of the early 1960s is not a horror movie, per se, and it helps make the case that the most effective big-screen...

LABOR w/KATE, SING w/A PRINCESS

For Hicksflicks.com, Jan. 31, 2014 Not much new this week with just two major openings and a collection of short films at one of Salt Lake's art houses. The drama "Labor Day" ...

OLD WEST, SAME AS THE NEW WEST?

Natalie Portman in "Jane Got a Gun" For Hicksflicks.com, Jan. 31, 2014 I miss Westerns. Regular readers of my scribblings over the years won't be surprised by that. I often...

RIGHT STUFF, THE

From the Oct. 21, 1983, Deseret News THE RIGHT STUFF — Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Quaid, Pamela Reed, Sam Shepard, Kim Stanley, Fred Ward; written & directed by...

THE APRIL FOOLS

For Hicksflicks.com, Jan. 24, 2014 In this day and age of manufacture-on-demand DVD-R releases, it's surprising to see Paramount team up with CBS Movies for general DVD releases of...

IVANHOE

For Hicksflicks.com, Jan. 24, 2014 "Ivanhoe" (1952), one of MGM's glossier star-studded period adventures, was filmed in British locations and the vivid Technicolor cinematography...

IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD

For Hicksflicks.com, Jan. 24, 2014 No one is going to say "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" (1963) is one of the all-time great comedies. It may be the biggest, perhaps the most...

IT’S NOT YOUR MAMA’S ‘FRANKENSTEIN’

For Hicksflicks.com, Jan. 24, 2014 New films are led this week by just one big-budget, computer-graphics-driven epic thriller, the graphic-novel adaptation "I, Frankenstein" ...

WILL JACK BE BACK?

For Hicksflicks.com, Jan. 24, 2014 To say "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (PG-13) did not do well at the box office when it opened last weekend (Jan. 20) is to understate. In fact,...

JOHN FORD: COLUMBIA FILMS

For Hicksflicks.com, Jan. 17, 2014 In addition to manufacture-on-demand sites for Warner/MGM/UA, Sony/Columbia and Fox, there are a few boutique DVD labels that steadily give life to...

THE CHAPLIN MUTUAL COMEDIES

For Hicksflicks.com, Jan. 17, 2014 "The Chaplin Mutual Comedies" (1916, b/w, silent) are considered by some Chaplin fans and film historians to be Charlie Chaplin's finest hour. ...

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

For Hicksflicks.com, Jan. 17, 2014 Tom Hanks gives a terrific performance as the title character in "Captain Phillips" (PG-13), playing him as a strait-laced man of honor, making...