DRAMAS, TRAGEDIES FOR CHRISTMAS - Movie of the Week
DRAMAS, TRAGEDIES FOR CHRISTMAS
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016
New movies this week opened on Wednesday, today (Friday) and on Sunday (Christmas Day) — and which stand as the only new films in town through Jan. 5 — are as follows.
Jackie (R). Natalie Portman is Jackie Kennedy in this film that chronicles her life in the days following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Peter Sarsgaard co-stars as Robert F. Kennedy, with Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and John Hurt.
Passengers (PG-13). The Starship Avalon, transporting 5,000 colonists to a new planet on a 120-year journey, suffers a malfunction, which awakens a mechanical engineer (Chris Pratt) 90 years too early. Then a writer (Jennifer Lawrence) is also awakened and they try to get back into hibernation. Michael Sheen plays a robot bartender onboard. With Laurence Fishburne and Andy Garcia.
Sing (PG). Animated tale of anthropomorphic animals preparing to take part in an “American Idol”-type TV competition, with the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Hudson and Nick Offerman.
Assassin’s Creed (PG-13). As an ex-con (Michael Fassbender) is about to be executed, he’s rescued by a modern incarnation of the Templar Order and forced to relive memories of an ancient ancestor, while gaining knowledge and skills necessary to confront age-old enemies. Based on a videogame franchise. With Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons and Charlotte Rampling.
Why Him? (R). Typially crass comedy about a middle-class couple (Bryan Cranston, Megan Mullally) meeting their daughter’s (Zoey Deutch) wealthy, famous, loud and obnoxious boyfriend (James Franco). With Cedric the Entertainer and Keegan-Michael Key.
Fences (PG-13). August Wilson’s 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning play becomes a movie with the screenplay the playwright wrote himself before his 2005 death. Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, the story concerns a garbage collector (Denzel Washington) who was once a Negro League baseball player and how life’s disappointments have shaped his relationship with his wife (Viola Davis) and son (Jovan Adepo). With Mykelti Williamson.
Lion (PG-13). The true story of Saroo Brierley (Dev Patel) who was lost to his family in India at the age of 5 and later adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman, David Wenham), and how he yearns to make the connection with his biological family. Rooney Mara co-stars.