TICK TOCK - Movie of the Week
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018
The mix of new movies opening this weekend includes a PG-rated supernatural comedy, a PG-13 creature feature, a pair of R-rated social satires and a bevy of R-rated adult thrillers. Oh, yes, and Michael Moore’s latest “documentary.” Hmmm. The TV is looking better and better.
“The House With a Clock in its Walls” (PG). Jack Black is a warlock living in the title creaky old title house in 1955 Michigan when he takes in his 10-year-old nephew, whom he begins training in the magical arts. But when the boy inadvertently unleashes the long-dead original owner of the house, along with a bevy of nasty supernatural creatures, they seek help from their next-door neighbor, a much more powerful witch (Cate Blanchett). Family-friendly comedy-horror based on a 1973 young-adult novel. With Kyle MacLachlan and Colleen Camp.
“Lore” (PG-13). A woman (Lyndsey Lantz) and her estranged husband (Max Lesser) search a remote wilderness area for their missing son, with help from a Native American friend (Sean Wei Mah). But soon they come to realize that an evil creature is hunting them. With Eric Roberts.
“Fahrenheit 11/9” (R). Michael Moore’s latest political so-called “documentary” is a dark comic look at the 2016 presidential election and subsequent presidency of Donald Trump.
“Life Itself” (R). This romantic comedy-drama follows multiple couples across several generations, all of them connected by a single event. With Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Mandy Patinkin, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Jean Smart and Samuel L. Jackson.
“A Happening of Monumental Proportions” (R). In her directing debut, actress Judy Greer tackles a dark ensemble comedy that takes place in one day in and around a middle school as several characters deal with a a tyrannical boss, a complicated interoffice romance, a school crush, various wacky teachers and principals, and a dead body. The large cast includes Common, Allison Janney, Jennifer Garner, Katie Holmes, Bradley Whitford, John Cho and Keanu Reeves.
“Assassination Nation” (R). This dark satire has a high school senior (Odessa Young) and her hard-partying pals finding themselves caught up in violent chaos when a malicious data hack disrupts the lives of those in their community. With Bella Thorne, Bill Skarsgård and Joel McHale.
“I Think We’re Alone Now” (R). Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning star in this character-driven sci-fi yarn as a man who thinks he’s the lone survivor of an apocalypse and the young woman he eventually stumbles upon. With Paul Giamatti and Charlotte Gainsbourg. (Exclusively at the Megaplex Jordan Commons Theater.)
“Lizzie” (R). “Lizzie Bordan took an ax. … ” You know the rest. This is yet another speculation on the true story of the woman who was accused and acquitted of the ax-murders of her father and stepmother in Massachusetts, circa 1892. With Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Fiona Shaw, Jamey Sheridan and Kim Dickens. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Let the Corpses Tan” (Not Rated). A gang of murderous thieves make off with 500 pounds of gold in Corsica but then have to contend with cops and rivals in this bloody French shoot-’em-up. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)