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CAN YOU EVER NOMINATE ME?

 

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018

Melissa McCarthy plays it straight as the many weeks of forgettable movies give way to some Oscar bids … along with the expected doses of comedy and fantasy, of course.

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (R). McCarthy stars in this true story of down-and-out writer Lee Israel, who took to forging letters from literary giants in the 1960s — a con that worked quite well for her over the next couple of decades, until it all fell apart. With Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Jane Curtain and Ben Falcone (McCarthy’s real-life husband).

“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” (PG). A non-ballet retelling of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s short story, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” with Mackenzie Foy as Clara and an all-star cast (and lots of CGI) in support. With Keira Knightley, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren.

 

“Bohemian Rhapsody” (PG-13). Rami Malek stars as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in this musical biography that follows the band’s ups and downs from the early 1970s forward, with flashbacks to Mercury’s youth. With Lucy Boynton, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Tom Hollander and Mike Myers.

“Suspiria” (R). A young American dancer (Dakota Johnson) enrolls in a prestigious dance academy in 1977 Berlin, unaware that it is owned and operated by a coven of witches (led by Tilda Swinton). A remake of the 1977 Dario Argento film that starred Jessica Harper, who also has a supporting role here. (Exclusively at the Cinemark Jordan Landing Theaters.)

  

“Beautiful Boy” (R). Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”) stars as the title character in this true story of a teenage meth addict and the loving father who helplessly watches.

“Nobody’s Fool” (R). Tyler Perry’s latest comedy stars Tiffany Haddish as a paroled ex-con who moves in with her straight-arrow upscale sister (Tika Sumpter), who’s being catfished by someone on an online dating site. Naturally, sis wants to help her get revenge. Whoopi Goldberg plays their mother. With Amber Riley and Missi Pyle

“Sundance Film Festival ’18: Short Film Tour” (Not Rated). This collection of short films features dramatic narrative, animated and documentary shorts that were featured at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival last January. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)