ART FOR ART’S SAKE - Movie of the Week
ART FOR ART’S SAKE
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, June 23, 2017
Another blockbuster is being added to the heap this week — the heap so far includiing “Cars 3” and “Wonder Woman,” which currently dominate the early-summer box office, and “The Mummy,” “Guardian of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” and “Pirates of the Caribbean V,” which are hanging in there. And here comes "Transformers V."
Plus four so-called “art films,” lower-budget movies about … wait for it … actual human beings.
"Transformers: The Last Knight" (PG-13). Michael Bay's latest episode in the franchise about shape-shifting robots brings back Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel and John Turturro, and adds Anthony Hopkins to the mix. Can another Oscar be in the offiing? Not for Hopkins, of course, but for Optimus Prime.
“Beatriz at Dinner” (R). When her car breaks down after an appointment with a wealthy client, a masseuse/holistic medicine practitioner (Salma Hayek) is invited to join a dinner party where her down-to-earth beliefs clash with the other guests’ materialism. John Lithgow, Chloe Sevigny, Connie Britton and Jay Duplass co-star.
“Band Aid” (Not Rated). Low-budget independent comedy about a bickering married couple that decides to turn their arguments into songs and forms a band to sing them. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” (Not Rated). Documentary about urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs, who fought to save historic New York City during the 1960s redevelopment era of urban planner Robert Moses. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“The Bad Batch” (R). Dark sci-fi romance about an unlikely romance that occurs in the midst of a community of cannibals in a post-apocalyptic Texas wasteland. With Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves and Giovanni Ribisi in supporting roles. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)