ALIEN V. GUARDIANS - Movie of the Week
ALIEN V. GUARDIANS
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 19, 2017
After two weeks in the top box-office spot, “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” may be unseated by the latest in the “Alien” series this weekend, and on the family-friendly side, a new “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movie also opens.
“Alien: Covenant” (R). Ridley Scott directs another film in the scary sci-fi/horror franchise, this time with a colony ship headed for a planet described as paradise when an accident derails their plans. Then a distress signal is received from another planet that appears to be inhabitable, so they head there. Bad idea. This sequel to “Prometheus” is the second entry in the “Alien” prequel series and the sixth “Alien” film. With Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride and James Franco. In addition to Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Guy Pearce also return from “Prometheus.”
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” (PG). Set one year after “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” this entry in the franchise finds the Heffley family on a road trip to visit grandma on her 90th birthday, though Greg and Rodrick really want to attend a video game convention. Alicia Silverstone plays their mother. Although no one from the earlier “Wimpy Kid” movies shows up here, the filmmakers are calling this fourth film in the series a sequel, not a reboot, despite its coming five years after “Dog Days.”
“Everything, Everything” (PG-13). A teenage girl (Amandla Stenberg) lives a sheltered life in her home equipped with filtered air because she’s allergic to everything. But when a boy (Nick Robinson) moves in next door and they begin to communicate via email, she finds herself yearning for life beyond her restrictions.
“Chuck” (R). True story of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner (Liev Schreiber), who fought Muhammad Ali (Pooch Hall) and was the inspiration for the Oscar-winning film “Rocky,” which starred and was written by Sylvester Stallone (Morgan Spector). With Elisabeth Moss, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Rapaport and Ron Perlman. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Norman” (R). Originally subtitled “The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,” this thriller follows smooth operator Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere), who befriends a prominent Israeli politician (Lior Ashkenazi), buys him an expensive pair of shoes, and then sees him rise to prominence three years later as Israel’s prime minister. With Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles and Charlotte Gainsbourg. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Obit” (Not Rated). Documentary about obituary writers at the New York Times who try to succinctly, and quickly write in 500 words the life stories of prominent people who have died. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)