DID SOMEBODY WISH FOR THIS? - Movie of the Week
DID SOMEBODY WISH FOR THIS?
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 24, 2019
Yet another Disney re-do, an apparent horror spin on Superman’s origin story and a well-reviewed documentary lead off this weekend’s new movies.
“Aladdin” (PG). With considerable CGI assistance, Disney’s latest live-action remake of one of its classic animated features retells the oft-filmed “Arabian Nights” story of a young street thief who discovers a magic lamp and is granted three wishes by a big blue genie (Will Smith in the role made famous by Robin Williams). With Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and the voices of Alan Tudyk (as the parrot Iago) and Frank Welker (reprising his voice roles from the original film: Abu the monkey, the Cave of Wonders and the tiger Rajah).
“The Biggest Little Farm” (PG). Evicted from their small Los Angeles apartment because their dog barks too much, a naïve couple decides to begin farming on 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County. This documentary chronicles eight years of developing uncooperative land into a wildly diverse farm.
“The White Crow” (R). Actor Ralph Fiennes directed and co-stars in this biographical film about acclaimed ballet artist Rudolf Nureyev (Oleg Ivenko) and his defection to the West. Based on Julie Kavanagh’s book “Rudolf Nureyev: The Life; screenplay by David Hare (“The Hours,” “The Reader”).
“Brightburn” (R). After struggling to have a baby, a couple (Elizabeth Banks, David Denman) finds a child that has crash-landed on Earth from another world. But he ain’t no superhero. They think the boy is an answer to their prayers but as he grows older, the lad reveals dangerously sinister powers.
“Photograph” (PG-13, in Hindi with English subtitles). This Indian romantic drama has a struggling street photographer in Mumbai being pressured by his grandmother to marry, so he convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. Naturally, an unexpected (to everyone but the audience) romance follows. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Booksmart” (R). On the eve of their graduation two high school seniors, who are academic superstars (Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein) but are socially inept, decide to cram all the partying they missed while studying into one night in this raunchy teen comedy. With Lisa Kudrow, and “Saturday Night Live” alums Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte and Mike O’Brien.