B-MOVIES, ART MOVIES - Movie of the Week
B-MOVIES, ART MOVIES
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 3, 2019
This weekend’s new openings are a pair of B-movie thrillers, an animated feature for children, a sleazy comedy, a couple of documentaries and two foreign-language films — but nothing that threatens the box-office status of “The Avengers” in its second blockbuster weekend.
“The Intruder” (PG-13). After the death of his wife, a charming psychopath (Dennis Quaid) sells his home to a young couple (Michael Ealy, Meagan Hood), but then can’t seem to let go of the house as he sets his sights on the wife. Looks like another variation on “Fatal Attraction.”
“UglyDolls” (PG). A few UglyDolls leave their Uglyville home to discover what lies beyond the mountains and discover the town of Perfection, where the populace is decidedly different. The voice cast of this animated feature is led by Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monáe, Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton, Pitbull, Wanda Sykes and Emma Roberts.
“Long Shot” (R). An unemployed, free-spirited journalist (Seth Rogan) meets up with his first crush and former babysitter (Charlize Theron) who is now the Secretary of State and about to make a presidential run. Impulsively she hires him as a speechwriter, to the dismay of her team, and so begins an unlikely, and raunchy, romance (an apparent variation on “Knocked Up”). With Andy Serkis, Bob Odenkirk, Alexander Skarsgård and Lisa Kudrow.
“Ask Dr. Ruth” (Not Rated). Documentary portrait of 90-year-old Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who gained fame as a radio personality in the 1980s offering sex therapy on her popular radio program. Later she moved to television and authored some 40 books. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“El Chicano” (Not Rated). A Los Angeles police detective is assigned to help take down a vicious cartel when he discovers a link to his twin brother, who supposedly committed suicide, and now the gang threatens the neighborhood where they grew up.
“Sunset” (R, in Hungarian with English subtitles). A young woman arrives in Budapest, circa 1913, seeking work as a milliner in a legendary hat store once owned by her late parents. There, she discovers she has a brother and decides to track him down. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“The Brink” (Not rated). Controversial and divisive political figure Steve Bannon is profiled in this perhaps unflattering documentary about the far-right strategist who was a controversial voice in the White House during the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)
“Knife + Heart” (R, in French with English subtitles). Romance and murder in the world of third-rate gay porn. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)