ANOTHER FAITH FILM OR TWO - Movie of the Week
ANOTHER FAITH FILM OR TWO
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Sept 11, 2015
After the unexpected box-office success of “War Room” (No. 2 its first weekend, behind “Straight Outta Compton”; No. 1 its second weekend, in front of “Straight Outta Compton”), here comes another faith film in a national release. And “The Prophet” might also be classified as a faith film, albeit an animated one.
“90 Minutes in Heaven” (PG-13). After a car crash a Baptist minister (Hayden Christensen) is pronounced dead, but an hour-and-a-half later he awakens and claims to have been in heaven. Faith film based on the best-selling autobiographical novel co-stars Kate Bosworth and Dwight Yoakam.
“The Prophet” (PG). This animated feature tells of an exiled artist/poet who heads home with his housekeeper and her daughter, evading authorities that look upon him as a rebel. Based on Kahlil Gibran’s titular book with a voice cast that includes Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, John Krasinski, Alfred Molina, Frank Langella and young Quvenzhane Wallis. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Learning to Drive” (R). When her husband leaves her, a New York author with a sharp tongue (Patricia Clarkson) decides to learn how to drive, unexpectedly bonding with her instructor, a gentle Indian Sikh cabbie (Ben Kingsley) with an impending arranged marriage. Grace Gummer and Sarita Choudhury co-star.
“The Visit” (PG-13). Comedy-horror written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”) about a woman estranged from her parents who decides to let her two children visit their grandparents for the first time.
“The Perfect Guy” (PG-13). A lobbyist (Sanaa Lathan) is in a passionate relationship with someone she barely knows (Michel Ealy) when her former boyfriend (Morris Chestnut) tries to come back. But when frightening events begin to occur, she’s not sure who’s responsible. Tess Harper, Charles S. Dutton and Kathryn Morris co-star.
“Wolf Totem” (PG-13, in Mandarin and Mongolian with English subtitles). During China’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, a Beijing student is sent to live with nomadic Mongolian herdsmen. While there, the boy adopts a wolf cub, which the herdsmen look upon as a natural enemy. (Exclusively at Megaplex Jordan Commons.)