FILL ’ER UP - Movie of the Week
FILL ’ER UP
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019
The low-budget pictures that open this weekend — all of which are quirky though a couple have possibilities — are fillers, or place-holders, brought in to local multiplexes until the fall film season begins next week, but a couple of them look interesting.
“After the Wedding” (PG-13). Isabel, the co-founder of an orphanage (Michelle Williams) travels from India to New York to meet Theresa (Julianne Moore), a potential benefactor and arrives just in time for the wedding of Julianne’s daughter. There, she discovers that Theresa’s husband is none other than her old, unfaithful boyfriend (Billy Crudup).
“Bennett’s War” (PG-13). A soldier in the Army Motorcycle Unit is caught in an IED explosion during overseas combat and returns home with a broken back and a leg that was nearly amputated. But against the odds, he decides to return to motocross racing so help his dad save the family farm. With Michael Roark and Trace Adkins.
“Don’t Let Go” (R). A cop (David Oyelowo) is investigating the brutal murder of his brother’s family, to include his teenage niece (Storm Reid), when he receives a call from the girl and determines that she is in an alternate timeline where the murder has not yet occurred. With Mykelti Williamson and Alfred Molina.
“Killerman” (R). A New York money-launderer (Liam Hemsworth) and his pal steal a stash of cash from some crooked New Jersey cops but crash their car during the getaway. As a result, he loses his memory and doesn’t understand where the money came from or why people are trying to kill him.
“The Nightingale” (R). This Australian revenge thriller follows a 21 year-old woman (Aisling Franciosi) in 1825 Tasmania who is raped and helplessly watches as her husband and baby are brutally killed by a British officer (Sam Claflin) and his men. When he is transferred farther north, she heads after him, recruiting an Aboriginal tracker (Baykali Ganambarr) along the way. Directed by Jennifer Kent (“The Babadook”). (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre District Theaters.)
“Lake’s 7 and the Golden Gun” (PG-13). Locally made farce about a security-systems technician and petty thief who is engaged by a customer to locate his stolen gun, supposedly made of solid gold (does James Bond know about this?). So he enlists six friends to help, patterning their caper after heist movies. (Exclusively at the Megaplex Jordan Commons Theater.)
“Tod@s Caen” (Not Rated, in Spanish with English subtitles). A charming womanizer (Omar Chaparro), who is instructing friends in the art of seduction, meets his match in the form of an ambitious TV producer (Martha Higareda) who is an expert in the same field from the female perspective in this Mexican romantic comedy. (Exclusively at the Megaplex Valley Fair Theaters.)