IT’S SOME BIRDS, IT’S SOME PLANES - Movie of the Week
IT’S SOME BIRDS, IT’S SOME PLANES
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
Another superhero blockbuster is expected to dominate this weekend’s movie business, DC’s answer to Marvel’s Avengers, but there are also some promising counter-programming choices on hand.
“Justice League” (PG-13). This direct sequel to “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” finds Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) teaming up with The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to take on monsters threatening the planet. With Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen and J.K. Simmons. And, despite being presumed dead, will Superman (Henry Cavill) show up? Is the sun yellow?
“Wonder” (PG). Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson are the parents of a young boy (Jacob Tremblay) with Treacher Collins Syndrome, resulting in disfigured facial features after multiple surgeries. When it is decided he should attend public school for the first time, he has difficulty navigating his own insecurities and local bullies, but eventually makes friends and finds his way. Based on the popular novel. With Mandy Patinkin and Sonia Braga.
“The Star” (PG). This musical animated feature is about the birth of Christ but it’s told from the point of view of comic anthropomorphic animals. Hmmm. The voice cast includes Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Clarkson, Patricia Heaton, Anthony Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Kriss Kristofferson, Christopher Plummer, Gabriel Iglesias and Mariah Carey.
“Lady Bird” (R). Indie star Greta Gerwig wrote and directed this fictionalized autobiographical comedy-drama about a Catholic high school senior (Saoirse Ronan) trying to figure out what she wants and how to get it, circa the early 2000s. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“The Square” (R, in English, and in Swedish with English subtitles). This Swedish satire takes aim at the modern-art world and, to a larger extent, the foolishness of humanity, as an egotistical museum curator aspires to altruism with a supposedly revealing installation, but then responds rather shamefully when his cell phone is stolen. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Jane” (NR). Jane Goodall, the 83-year-old primatologist who is the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, is the subject of this film, which focuses on her early years, and her groundbreaking research and field work. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Dealt” (NR). This documentary is about blind magician Richard Turner, who is most famous for his card-trick performances, during which he never reveals to the audience his visual impairment. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)