CINEMA WORTH SEEING - Movie of the Week
CINEMA WORTH SEEING
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, April 5, 2019
Things are looking up on the new-movie front, with a drama, a super-comedy and a horror movie that are all getting good reviews in advance of their opening locally this weekend.
“The Best of Enemies” (PG-13). This drama chronicles the true story of Durham, North Carolina, activist Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson) as she squares off against local Ku Klux Klan leader C.P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell) over a decade during the turbulent era of the civil rights movement. Things heat up when the two agree to co-chair a two-week community sit-down to decide how to react to newly court-ordered school desegregation. With Anne Heche, Wes Bentley and Bruce MCgill.
“Shazam!” (PG-13). The latest from DC Comics is this comedy that crosses Superman with “Big,” as a young foster kid named Billy Batson (Asher Angel) learns that he can transform into an adult superhero (Zahary Levi) by shouting the title word. With Mark Strong and Djimon Hounsou.
“Storm Boy” (PG). A young boy growing up on the largely uninhabited coastline of Southern Australia stumbles upon and decides to raise three orphaned pelicans, which puts him at odds with his fisherman father. With Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney.
“The Public” (PG-13). Emilio Estevez wrote and directed this ensemble drama about a brutal cold snap in Cincinnati that causes the local emergency shelters to fill up, forcing a group of homeless people to seek safety in a library, which they refuse to leave at closing time, What begins as a non-violent sit-in escalates when police arrive. (Based on a story by a Salt Lake librarian.) Estevez also plays one of the librarians; with Alex Baldwin, Christian Slater, Jena Malone, Taylor Shilling and Jeffrey Wright.
“Pet Sematary” (R). A family that has newly relocated from Boston to rural Maine discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home, and a learn of legend that says animals — and perhaps humans — who die and are buried there will come back to life. But not necessarily in a good way. Based on the Stephen King novel; with Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow.
“Dragged Across Concrete” (R). When a pair of inner-city cops (Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn) is suspended for using strong-arm tactics that were recorded by a bystander, they use their criminal connections to learn of an impending robbery so they can steal the score from the crooks. But it turns out to be a violent bank robbery, which quickly spirals out of control. With Don Johnson.
“The Hummingbird Project” (R). This dry comedy has a pair of brokerage hustler cousins (Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård) coming up with a plot to lay fiber optic cable in a direct line from Kansas to New Jersey, which takes them on the road as they meet up with various quirky characters and try to elude their former boss (Salma Hayek). (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Mapplethorpe” (R). Former “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith stars in this biography of controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, infamous for his homoerotic black-and-white works that caused controversy over their being publicly funded. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)