ABBA-MANIA - Movie of the Week
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, July 20, 2018
Two sequels will vie this weekend for the box-office top spot, one of them infused with toe-tapping Abba songs and the other a violent action thriller. Perhaps the most interesting entry in the box-office sweepstakes, however, is a third film, a documentary with a startling story to tell.
“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” (PG-13). This sequel to the 2008 Abba-songfest “Mamma Mia!” is set five years later as Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is still on the Greek island of Kalokairi and now pregnant by Sky (Dominic Cooper) while running the villa started by her mother (Meryl Streep). In addition to those stars, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski are also back. And this time around, Cher and Andy Garcia are also onboard.
“The Equalizer 2” (R). CIA retiree Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), who has OCD and an amazing facility with various weapons, learns that an old friend (Melissa Leo, reprising her role from the first film) has been murdered so he sets aside his quiet life to go after the killers. Bill Pullman, who played Leo’s husband in the first film, is also here. This follow-up to the 2014 film marks Washington’s first appearance in a sequel, and a third film is said to be in the works. Obviously, this film series is much more violent and generally R-rated than the 1985 TV series on which it is based.
“Three Identical Strangers” (PG-13). The fascinating story of a set of triplets who were separated at birth and adopted by three different families — and who remained unaware of each other’s existence until they turned 19, when they came together quite by chance — unfolds in this documentary. The film won the Documentary Special Jury Award for Storytelling at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Unfriended: Dark Web” (R). A young adult opens a laptop he found in a lost-and-found bin and finds a cache of secret files that leads to some disturbing discoveries, and the previous owner is watching and plotting to retrieve the computer. Sequel to the 2014 horror tale “Unfriended.”
"Hibiscus & Ruthless" (PG-13). This comedy from New Zealand (beware the thick accents) follows a teenage girl in her first year of college, attempting to adhere to her Samoan mother's rules about no going out and no boyfriends. Naturally, she's courted by many, and her manic best friend, who's gone out a lot and has plenty of boyfriends, is little help. (Exclusively at the Regal Crossroads 14 in Taylorsville.)