SOMEWHAT TRUE STORIES - Movie of the Week
SOMEWHAT TRUE STORIES
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017
A quartet of allegedly true stories leads off this week’s new movies, although how true they are is really anybody’s guess.
“Battle of the Sexes” (PG-13). Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in this comedy-drama, the story of young tennis champ Billie Jean King and over-the-hill former champ Bobby Riggs, and their titular 1973 tennis match. With Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue.
“American Made” (R). Also set in the 1970s, and also a comedy-drama, this one is this story of a hot-shot commercial airline pilot (Tom Cruise) who agrees to fly clandestine missions for the CIA, which leads to smuggling cocaine into the United States and then guns to the cartel. With Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleason.
“Year By the Sea” (PG-13). Empty-nester Joan Anderson (Karen Allen) takes a solo vacation from her home, husband, adult children and responsibilities to find herself, retreating to off-season Cape Cod, where she links up with a free spirit also named Joan (Celia Imrie). Comedy-drama based on Anderson’s best-selling memoir. With Yannick Bisson, S. Epatha Merkerson. (Exclusively at the Megaplex Jordan Commons Theater.)
“Cataract Gold” (R). Yet another true story, this one is set in 1889, as a brother and sister set out to find a load of government gold that their late father spoke of losing when he was a part of an expedition on the Green and Colorado rivers. Locally produced western adventure, set against Cataract Canyon in southern Utah. (Exclusively at the Megaplex Gateway Theater.)
“Flatliners” (PG-13). This is a sequel to the 1990 film of the same title and has Keifer Sutherland playing two roles, one of them reprising his character from the first film. The story has a group of medical students attempting to replicate the near-death experiences that are intoxicating but lead to unexpected side effects. With Ellen Page, Diego Luna.
“The Unknown Girl” (NR, in French with English subtitles). A young doctor (Adèle Haenel) on the fast track to a job in a prestigious hospital decides not to answer her office bell after hours and then learns that it was a teenage African woman whose body is found nearby the next day. Feeling guilty, she becomes obsessed with learning the girl’s identity. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)