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LOW-KEY MARCH MOVIES

 

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, March 13, 2020

March is typically a slow month for new movies, although unexpected hits do sneak in from time to time. Not that this weekend looks to be one of those, however. It’s genre pictures and art flicks all the way — from R-rated fantasy-action to a silly spy spoof to unusual art films — along with two faith films, one of them about Latter-day Saint missionaries.

“Heart of Africa” (PG). Filmed entirely on location in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this LDS-centric drama follows the conflicts and eventual conciliation between a Congolese revolutionary and a farm boy from Idaho who are paired as Mormon missionaries in Africa.

“I Still Believe” (PG). Based on the life of Christian-music singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp, this faith film follows him through his college years and his rise as a singing star to his courting and marrying his first wife (Britt Robertson), who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer before their wedding and then told after their honeymoon that the cancer had spread. With Gary Sinise and Shania Twain.

  

“The Hunt” (R). This already-controversial umpteenth variation on Richard Connell’s 1924 short story “The Most Dangerous Game” updates the tale of a big-game hunter who finds himself among the hunted by turning it into a dark political satire. Here, 12 conservatives wake up in the middle of a field and find themselves stalked by liberal elitists, until they turn the tables with hunting skills of their own. With Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, Amy Madigan and Hilary Swank.

“Bloodshot” (R). Vin Diesel steps away from the “Fast & Furious” franchise (although he returns to it in May) to start a new franchise (the studio hopes) based on a Valiant Comics character, a soldier killed in action who is brought back to life and given superpowers by an organization that plans to use him as a weapon. With Eiza González and Guy Pearce.

  

‘Wendy” (PG-13). In this riff on “Peter Pan,” a young girl is kidnapped and taken to an island where a mysterious form of pollen has disrupted age and time, and as she and a reckless, pleasure-seeking young boy cycle in and out of youth, the ecosystem around them spirals toward destruction. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“The Times of Bill Cunningham” (Not Rated). A recently unearthed 1994 interview allows the highly regarded street and fashion photographer Bill Cunningham to tell his own story, including his relationship with Jackie Kennedy and his four decades with the New York Times, illustrated by his pictures. Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

  

“The Traitor” (R, in Italian with English subtitles). The true story of Tommaso Buscetta, a Cosa Nostra mobster who was dubbed “the boss of the two worlds” but whose later penitent attitude led him to his becoming the first Mafia informant in Sicily in the 1980s.

“Swallow” (R). A wealthy newlywed (Haley Bennett) who becomes pregnant begins to unravel as she develops a craving for swallowing various small inedible objects such as rocks, needles, marbles and batteries, a condition called pica that is explored in this psychological thriller. With Austin Stowell and David Rasche. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)

“Big Time Adolescence” (R). A bright, innocent 16-year-old (Griffin Gluck) attempts to navigate high school under the guidance of his best friend (Pete Davidson), an unmotivated college dropout, in this offbeat comedy. With Jon Cryer. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)