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ON THE BASIS OF FLICKS

  

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

A potential Oscar nominee, a family film and a bit  of a departure for Kevin Hart lead off this week’s new movies.

“On the Basis of Sex” (PG-13). Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is the subject of this biographical legal drama that primarily focuses on her challenges to laws enforcing gender-based discrimination. Felicity Jones stars, with support from Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates and Sam Waterston.

“A Dog’s Way Home” (PG). Bryce Dallas Howard voices a dog in this live-action family comedy-drama about a pooch that travels more than 400 miles to reunite with his master (Jonah Hauer-King). With Edward Ashley Judd, James Olmos, Wes Studi and Alexandra Shipp.

“The Upside” (PG-13). Kevin Hart is a paroled felon who is reluctantly hired by a wealthy quadriplegic (Bryan Cranston) and his assistant (Nicole Kidman) to help with the man’s day-to-day needs. This comedy-drama is a remake of the 2011 French film “The Intouchables.”

  

“Replicas” (PG-13). In the near future, after his wife (Alice Eve) and three children are killed in a car accident, a neuroscientist (Keanu Reeves) violates the law and his team’s scientific principles with his attempts to bring back his family back to life.

“Buffalo Boys” (Not Rated, in Indonesian with English subtitles). In 19th century Java after a brutal massacre, a sultan’s brother travels with his two infant brothers to the American wild west in this martial arts-spaghetti western mix. Eventually the trio returns home to avenge their father’s death. (Exclusively at the Megaplex Jordan Commons Theaters.)

“Perfect Strangers (Perfectos Desconocidos)” (Not Rated, in Spanish with English subtitles). A group of best friends gather for a dinner party where the hostess initiates a game that requires guests to put their cell phones on the table, read aloud all incoming messages and put calls on speaker for the entire group to hear. Naturally, this results in more than a few embarrassing revelations. A Spanish comedy of 21st century manners and mores. (Exclusively at the Megaplex Valley Fair Theaters.)