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A WEAK WEEK

 

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

As “Halloween” and “A Star Is Born” continue to dominate the box office charts, major studios are taking a break this weekend before the holiday “serious season” begins in earnest with a variety of Academy Award hopefuls. Except for a standard thriller and a farcical sequel, this week’s new movies are what we used to refer to as “art-house pictures.”

“Indivisible” (PG-13). This faith film relates the true story of an Army chaplain who, fresh from seminary and basic training, must leave his wife and three young children when he’s deployed to Iraq. There, he tries to bolster the troops that are also away from their families, each of them missing significant bonding events and finding it difficult to cope with the strain of being separated. With Justin Bruening, Sarah Drew and Eric Close.

“Johnny English Strikes Again” (PG). This third Johnny English spoof of James Bond movies brings back Rowan Atkinson as the titular bumbling spy, who is reinstated when a cyber attack exposes all of Britain’s younger agents. With Olga Kurylenko and Emma Thompson (as the prime minister), and cameo appearances by Charles Dance, Michael Gambon and Edward Fox.

  

“Hunter Killer” (R). After American and Russian subs sink in Arctic waters, it’s revealed to be linked to an attempted coup in Russia, so an American submarine captain (Gerard Butler) is tasked with assembling a group of elite Navy SEALs to avert World War III by rescuing the kidnapped president of Russia. With Gary Oldman, Common, Caroline Goodall and Michael Nyqvist.

“The Happy Prince” (R). This biography of Oscar Wilde, the acerbic wit who was a 19th century poet, playwright and promulgator of aestheticism, is obviously a labor of love for veteran English actor Rupert Everett, who stars as Wilde, as well as making his writing-directing debut. With Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Mid90s” (R). A 13-year-old boy growing up in 1990s Los Angeles is struggling with his dysfunctional family, including a co-dependent single mother and an abusive older brother, when he joins a group of skateboarders and learns lessons about class, race and privilege. With Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges and Katherine Waterston.

  

“All About Nina” (R). Mary Elizabeth Winstead is garnering rave reviews for her performance here as a foul-mouthed stand-up comic with unresolved personal demons that undermine her personal relationships and threaten to torpedo her career. With Common, Beau Bridges, Clea DuVall, Jay Mohr and Camryn Manheim. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“London Fields” (R). A fatally ill American writer (Billy Bob Thornton) travels to London looking for a story and finds one when he meets a woman (Amber Heard) who may be plotting her own murder. With Jim Sturgess, Theo James and Johnny Depp. (Exclusively at the Cinemark Jordan Landing Theaters.)

“Silencio” (R, in English and in Spanish with English subtitles). This supernatural thriller is wrapped up in conspiracy theories and urban legends, but it spins off of a real-life incident, when an American rocket went off course and crashed in the desert of Chihuahua, Mexico, in 1970. In the film, it creates a “Zone of Silence” with ties to an alternate dimension. With John Noble and Rupert Graves. (Exclusively at the Cinemark Jordan Landing Theaters.)