SUMMER SLOWS DOWN AT THE MULTIPLEX - Movie of the Week
SUMMER SLOWS DOWN AT THE MULTIPLEX
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, June 1, 2018
LDS history, survival-on-the-ocean drama, horror, sci-fi and sleazy comedy are all new in movie theaters starting Friday, but the first weekend in June is surprisingly blockbuster-free (except for all those already playing). But worry not; lots more blockbusters are on the way over the next few weeks.
“Emma’s Footseps” (Not Rated). Following the martyrdom of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith in 1844, his widow Emma Hale Smith chooses not to follow the members of the church her husband founded as they are led West by Brigham Young. Low-budget, locally produced historical drama.
“Adrift” (PG-13). In 1983 a young pair of avid sailors (Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin) heads out on a journey across the Pacific Ocean, only to run smack-dab into a hurricane. This film covers the event and its aftermath as the couple struggles to survive. Based on a true story.
“Upgrade” (R). A self-described technophobe and his wife are mugged, leaving her dead and him paralyzed. Out of options and seething with a desire for revenge, he agrees to receive a computer chip implant that gives him superhuman strength in this sci-fi horror yarn.
“Action Point” (R). Stunt comic Johnny Knoxville (“Jackass”) plays the owner of an amusement park who, with his motley crew, rigs the rides for maximum impact, which makes them dangerous but, um, fun. Loosely based on the real-life (but now defunct) Action Point park in New Jersey, considered to have been the most dangerous theme park in the country.
“Beast” (R). This British psychological thriller has a young woman skipping out on her own birthday party because she finds her family so oppressive and meeting up with a secretive outsider who is under suspicion for a series of murders. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“How to Talk to Girls at Parties” (R). In the 1970s at the height of the London punk-rock era, a teenage boy named Enn (Alex Sharp) meets the enigmatic Zan (Elle Fanning), not realizing she’s an alien sent to prepare Earth for an invasion, to be led by their queen (Nicole Kidman). Wacked-out punk farce from John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”). (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“In the Last Days of the City” (Not Rated, in Arabic with English subtitles). In 2009 Cairo, a 35-year-old filmmaker is working on a documentary, which he hopes will capture the soul of the city, but finds himself struggling due to a personal loss that has compromised his drive. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Jewel’s Catch One” (NR). Documentary about the title dance bar in Los Angeles founded by Jewel Thais Williams, a black gay dance venue that was open for 40 years after starting out as a black disco parlor in 1973. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)