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YET ANOTHER TALL TOY TALE

 

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, June 21, 2019

“Toy Story 4” is the big gun this week and all the major studios are holding back their films, anticipating that the Pixar magic will once again dominate the summer box office. But there are other films opening, should you desire to avoid the kid-driven crowds.

“Toy Story 4” (G). The fourth in the beloved animated franchise from Pixar/Disney has Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and the other toys befriending Forky (Tony Hale) — a spork that has been made into a makeshift toy by Bonnie. With other voices provided by Annie Potts, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Christina Hendricks, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Wallace Shawn and Keanu Reeves.

“Hampstead” (PG-13). True story of an Irishman (Brendan Gleeson) who moved to London and after being evicted from his apartment set up a makeshift camp in a corner of Hampstead Heath, where he claimed squatter’s rights. Diane Keaton co-stars as an American widow who offers help and unexpectedly comes to love him. With James Norton, Lesley Manville and Simon Callow.

 

“Pavarotti” (PG-13). Ron Howard directed this documentary about the late Italian singer, hailed by many as one of the greatest operatic tenors in history, and who improbably crossed over to popular musical success. With Bono, Nicoletta Mantovani and archival interviews with Spike Lee, Princess Diana, Stevi Wonder, Zubin Mehta, Joan Sutherland and many others. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” (R). A young black man (Jimmie Fails) tries to reclaim the Victorian home built by his grandfather in the titular city where gentrification is slowly reshaping the neighborhood. With Danny Glover, Mike Epps and Thora Birch. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

  

“Papi Chulo” (R). A lonely, alienated television weatherman in Los Angeles “hires” a middle-aged Latino migrant (Alejandro Patino) to be his friend in this dark comedy.(Matt Bomer) (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Anna” (R). Veteran French filmmaker Luc Besson (“Leon: The Professional,” “The Fifth Element”) wrote and directed this thriller that appears to be a variation on one of his earliest films, “La Femme Nikita.” Here, Sasha Luss stars as a mild-mannered model who is transformed into a government assassin. With Helen Mirren, Luke Evans and Cillian Murphy.

“Child’s Play” (R). The seven-film franchise about a child’s doll that comes to life and goes on a killing spree gets a high-tech reboot with Mark Hamill providing the voice of Chucky, the doll. With Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza and Tim Matheson.