WARTIME AT THE CINEMA - Movie of the Week
WARTIME AT THE CINEMA
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018
World War II is well represented in theaters right now, with “Operation Finale” beginning its third week and two new films opening that are set during that era, along with other films about monsters and horror and a variety of scary stuff.
“Unbroken: Path to Redemption” (PG-13). When “Unbroken” was released in 2014, many devotees of Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling non-fiction book, on which the film was based, wondered why it only related the tome’s first half, emphasizing the torture undergone by World War II veteran Louis Zamperini in a Japanese POW camp. This sequel fills in what was missing as Zamberini returns home from the war, marries and has children, but finds himself consumed with a desire for vengeance — until he finds God through a 1949 Billy Graham crusade. Samuel Hunt takes over the Zamperini role (played by Jack O’Connell in the first film), with Merritt Patterson, Bobby Campo, Bob Gunton, Gary Cole, and Will Graham playing his own grandfather, Billy Graham.
“Where Hands Touch” (PG-13). In 1944 Germany a 15-year-old dark-skinned teenager (Amandia Stenberg) — her mother is white and her father is black — lives in fear of being singled out as the persecution of Jews and other non-Ayrans accelerates. And when she and a boy (George McKay) fall in love things get really complicated; he’s a member of Hitler Youth and his father is an SS officer. With Abbie Cornish and Christopher Eccleston.
“The Wife” (R). There’s Oscar talk for Glenn Close (who has six nominations but has never won) for her role in this melodrama about an intelligent, forceful woman who has spent 40 years supporting her charismatic husband (Jonathan Pryce) in his literary career. But on the eve of his receiving a Nobel Prize for literature, she begins to wonder about the cost of that support, especially when a journalist (Christian Slater) suggests that perhaps her husband is not actually the author of his prized works. With Max Irons and Elizabeth McGovern.
“A Simple Favor” (R). A young widowed mommy blogger (Anna Kendrick) becomes best friends with a sophisticated woman (Blake Lively) who seems to be everything she is not. So when her friend mysteriously disappears, the blogger naturally steps out of her self-imposed comfort zone and investigates. A comedy-mystery directed by Paul Fieg, best known for his four collaborations with Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” “Spy” and “Ghostbusters”). With Henry Golding (“Crazy Rich Asians”) and Jean Smart.
“The Predator” (R). Mercenaries try to protect a small town from an invading group of “predators” from outer space. This is the fourth “Predator” film and it is said to be both a sequel and something of a remake. The cast includes Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Jake Busey and Jacob Tremblay.
“White Boy Rick” (R). At the height of the crack epidemic in 1980s Detroit, during the government’s War on Drugs, a 16-year-old street hustler (Richie Merritt) becomes an FBI informant and a drug dealer. Based on Merritt’s true story, the film follows his unlikely rise and fall in both the justice system and the criminal drug world. With Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern, Piper Laurie and Eddie Marsan.
“Mandy” (Not Rated). Nicolas Cage is garnering solid reviews for his role in this gory horror yarn as a quiet lumberjack living in a secluded cabin in the woods with his artist girlfriend (Andrea Riseborough), circa 1983, until their lives are upended by a crazed cult leader and his motorcycle-riding demon followers. With Linus Roache and Bill Duke. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)
“American Chaos” (R). Documentary about the presidential election of Donald Trump, focusing on 2016 footage with Trump supporters who were interviewed before the election. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)