YIPPEE KI-YAY - Movie of the Week
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, July 13, 2018
An action thriller starring the actor formerly known as The Rock and a cartoon sequel are the big summer releases this week, along with four “art” films, including a documentary filmed in Utah.
“Skyscraper” (PG-13). Dwayne Johnson finally gets his “Die Hard” movie (it was only a matter of time) as a former FBI agent who is now head of security for the tallest and “safest” skyscraper in Hong Kong, where he also lives with his family. Naturally, terrorists move in and Johnson is framed for the attack, and his family is taken hostage. Co-starring Neve Campbell (where’s she been?).
“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” (PG). This third animated creature comedy about hotelier Count Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) and his monstrous family and friends has them taking a cruise, unaware that the ship’s captain (Kathryn Hahn) is a Van Helsing and she’s plotting revenge her grandfather’s fate at the vampire’s hands. Other voices include Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Jim Gaffigan and Mel Brooks.
“Leave No Trace” (PG). A single father suffering from PTSD and his 13-year-old daughter are living an isolated existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails their lives. Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie star in this low-key, moody independent film.
“Sorry to Bother You” (R). Lakeith Stanfield (“Straight Outta Compton,” “Get Out”) stars in this offbeat comedy set in an alternate-universe version of Oakland as a telemarketer who discovers he can earn customers and rise in the business by adopting a “white voice” over the phone. With Tessa Thompson, Terry Crews, Danny Glover, Armie Hammer and Forest Whitaker.
“Church & State” (Not rated). Locally made documentary exploring the behind-the-scenes movement on several levels that led to the legalization of gay marriage in Utah before the U.S. Supreme Court made it legal in all 50 states. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“The Night Eats the World” (Not rated, in French with English subtitles). This meditative horror yarn focuses on a young man who awakens hung over the morning after a big party and finds that he is alone and zombies have invaded the streets of Paris. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)