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LAST JEDI? NOT LIKELY!

 

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Our annual “Star Wars” fix is in theaters this weekend, along with a cartoon, Woody Allen’s latest and a monster-romance-fantasy that’s garnering rave reviews.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (PG-13). Carrie Fisher’s final film and Mark Hamill in a prominent role this time out highlight what we know so far about this latest entry in George Lucas’ ultra-franchise. The film supposedly picks up right where it left off with “The Force Awakens.” With Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac, among others.

“Ferdinand” (PG). The children’s book about a Spanish fighting bull that prefers smelling flowers over running around the ring gets the feature-length treatment 20th Century Fox. (The book was adapted by Disney as a cartoon short in 1938.) The voice cast includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, David Tennant, Anthony Anderson and Gabriel Iglesias.

 

“Wonder Wheel” (PG-13). Woody Allen’s annual film is a drama about the unhappy wife (Kate Winslet) of a carousel operator (Jim Belushi) at Coney Island in the 1950s. When she falls for a younger lifeguard (Justin Timberlake), she begins to feel good again, until her husband’s estranged adult daughter (Juno Temple) shows up and also shows interest in him.

“The Shape of Water” (R). The latest offbeat fantasy from Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” the “Hellboy” movies) is set in the 1960s as a “Creature from the Black Lagoon”-inspired humanoid that has been captured by a villain (Michael Shannon) is locked up in a research facility. There, a mute janitor (Sally Hawkins) becomes friendly with the creature and eventually helps it escape, with assistance from a co-worker (Octavia Spencer) and a neighbor (Richard Jenkins).