CHRISTMAS IS COMING … - Movie of the Week
CHRISTMAS IS COMING …
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020
“ … the goose is getting fat, please put a penny in. … ” Oh, you know.
Except that in this case it’s your local neighborhood movie theater multiplex hoping for a few pennies in the coffers during this age of Covid.
Of course, most of what they’re playing is — or will soon be — available online.
Personally, I’m saving a lot of money by not going to the movies every week!
But if you’re a braver (Re: younger) soul than I, there are just three new titles opening this weekend, with the many that have opened in the past few weeks hanging on (mostly horror films!).
“The Christmas Chronicles 2” (PG). If you saw the first “Christmas Chronicles” film on Netflix last year, you know that Kurt Russell played Santa (with lots of CGI creatures and elves) and his real-life longtime companion Goldie Hawn showed up at the end in a surprise cameo as Mrs. Claus. Here, they co-star as young Kat (again played by Darby Camp) makes her way to Santa’s Village at the North Pole to help him stop an evildoer from destroying Christmas. With Tyrese Gibson, Darlene Love, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Malcolm McDowell.
“The Croods: A New Age” (PG). The prehistoric family the Croods leave their cave and encounter another family, the Bettermans, who claim to be more evolved and just all-round better. The voice cast includes Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann, Kelly Marie Tran, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman.
“Stardust” (R). This look at the life of the late David Bowie, flashing back during his first U.S. tour in 1971 when he created his stagebound alter ego Ziggy Stardust, is not a documentary but rather a fictional biography — without his songs. It seems the Bowie estate declined to give permission, so Johnny Flynn as Bowie sings covers from the period.
“Frozen” and “The Santa Clause” are among the older films that are playing at local Megaplex multiplexes and the Redwood Drive-In, and “Elf” and “A Christmas Story” are showing at the AMC West Jordan complex.