BUSINESS AS USUAL - Movie of the Week
BUSINESS AS USUAL
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020
This weekend’s entries return to genre stuff aimed at audiences that have a taste for certain types of movies.
“The Last Full Measure” (R). The true story of Vietnam hero William H. Pitsenbarger, a pararescueman pilot who flew nearly 300 missions and personally rescued at least 60 men before being killed in one of the war’s bloodiest battles. Thirty-two years later a Pentagon staffer (Sebastian Stan) is assigned to discover whether Pitsenbarger should receive the Medal of Honor. With Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Ed Harris, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Fonda, LisaGay Hamilton, Diane Ladd, Amy Madigan, Bradley Whitford and John Savage.
“The Gentlemen” (R). British filmmaker Guy Ritchie (the two ‘Sherlock Holmes’ flicks, the live-action ‘Aladdin’) returns to his roots (‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,’ ‘Snatch’) with this violent thriller about a tabloid editor (Eddie Marsan) insulted by a cannabis dealer (Matthew McConaughey) at a party, which leads to a dust-up with a private eye (Hugh Grant) involved with a lord and his drug-addict daughter. With Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery, Henry Golding and Colin Farrell.
“The Turning” (PG-13). In this umpteenth variation on Henry James’ 1898 novella “The Turn of the Screw,” a young woman (Mackenzie Davis) is hired as a governess for two disturbed orphans, a pre-teen girl (Brooklyn Prince) and a teenage boy (Finn Wolfhard) in a mansion that appears to be haunted.
“The Song of Names” (PG-13). During World War II a 9-year-old violin prodigy and orphaned Polish-Jewish refugee is taken in by a London family and quickly grows as close to the family’s youngest son. Years pass and on the eve of his first concert at age 21, the violinist disappears without a trace. With Tim Roth and Clive Owen. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Coda” (Not Rated). An aging famous concert pianist (Patrick Stewart) discovers he has stage fright late in his career but then is inspired by a free-spirited music critic (Katie Holmes). With Giancarlo Esposito. (Exclusively at the Megaplex Jordan Commons Theaters.)
“Pain and Glory” (R, in Spanish with English subtitles). The latest from eccentric Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar has been compared to Fellini’s “8½” with its story of a gay filmmaker (frequent Almodóvar muse Antonio Banderas) looking back on his career and relationships. With another Almodóvar regular, Penélope Cruz. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“The Rescue” (R, in Mandarin with English subtitles). Spectacular action scenes highlight this Chinese disaster flick, whose storyline is driven by the soap opera personal lies of members of a Chinese Coast Guard rescue unit struggling to resolve personal differences. (Exclusively at the AMC West Jordan Theaters.)
“Gauguin from the National Gallery, London” (PG-13). This documentary explores the life and work of controversial French post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin, to include a private view of the National Gallery exhibition of Gauguin portraits. (Exclusively at the Megaplex Jordan Commons Theaters).