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HEROES AND RABBITS AND OSCAR, OH MY!

  

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

This weekend’s potpourri of new movies includes Clint Eastwood’s latest, along with a wacky family comedy, an independent film noir, Oscar-nominated short films, a French drama and the third in the “Shades of Grey” franchise.

“The 15:17 to Paris” (PG-13). Clint Eastwood directed this true-life drama about three young Americans traveling through Europe who, along with three other passengers, thwarted a terrorist attack. The kicker is that he hired the three American heroes to play themselves!

“Peter Rabbit” (PG). Rose Byrne is an animal lover who shares her land with the local wildlife. Two-faced Domhnall Gleason moves in next-door and plots to trap the little creatures, but when he meets Byrne, he pretends to love them. This sets the stage for the animals, led by Peter Rabbit, to fight back against Gleason. Animation and live-action blend for this knockabout family comedy. James Corden, Daisy Ridley and Margot Robbie voice Peter and his sisters. With Sam Neill.

“Small Town Crime” (R). An alcoholic ex-cop (John Hawkes) discovers the dead body of a woman he doesn’t know, which nonetheless sets him out on a crusade to find her killer. With Octavia Spencer and Anthony Anderson. (Exclusively at the Megaplex Gateway Theaters.)

  

“Oscar Animated Shorts” (Not rated, though some films may have R-level material).

“Oscar Live-Action Shorts” (Not rated, though some films may have R-level material). As the titles suggest, these two separate programs feature all five Oscar-nominated short films in the respective “Animation” and “Live-Action” categories. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)

“Happy End” (R, in French with English subtitles). Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant star in this French drama about a dysfunctional upper-class family that lives together in a large mansion in Calais, and whose patriarch is suffering from dementia. With Toby Jones. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Fifty Shades Freed” (R). Now that they are newlyweds, the Greys — Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Ana (Dakota Johnson) — believe they have left their shadowy pasts behind them, but sins have a way of catching up with you. Third in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” franchise.