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EARTH DAY AND HISTORICAL FICTION

  

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, April 21, 2017

Minor movies are filling this weekend’s theatrical schedule. Apparently no one wants to take on the behemoth that is “The Fate of the Furious” in its second week after the blockbuster set worldwide records in its first few days.

“Born in China” (G). This year’s Earth Day documentary from Disneynature is the story of three animal families in the wilds of China, a doting panda bear mother and her cub, a golden snub-nosed monkey that has been displaced by a new baby sister, and a mother snow leopard raising two cubs. Narrated with the usual Disney anthropomorphic embellishment by John Krasinski.

“The Promise” (PG-13). Set against the last years of the Ottomon Turkish Empire, and specifically the 1915 Armenian genocide, this lavish historical soap opera stars Oscar Isaac as an Armenian medical student, Christian Bale as an American reporter for Associated Press and Charlotte Le Bon as the Armenian woman they both love. With James Cromwell, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Jean Reno.

“Lost City of Z” (PG-13). True story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) who ventured into the Amazon jungle at the turn of the 20th century and found evidence of an advanced civilization that once inhabited the region. After being ridiculed by the scientific community, he returned in pursuit of further proof and eventually disappeared. With Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland and Franco Nero.

  

“Their Finest” (R). British actors Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Richard E. Grant, Eddie Marsan and Jeremy Irons star in this period romantic comedy-drama that chronicles the efforts of the Ministry of Information’s film division to create a morale-boosting movie about the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Phoenix Forgotten” (PG-13). On March 13, 1997, mysterious lights reportedly appeared in the skies over Phoenix, a phenomenon now widely viewed as the biggest UFO sighting in history. Described as psychological horror with sci-fi elements, this found-footage film tells of three teenagers who went into the desert the next day to document the event and disappeared.

“Unforgettable” (R). The umpteenth variation on “Fatal Attraction” has Katherine Heigl as the psycho ex-wife of Geoff Stults, plotting to make life a living hell for her ex-husband’s new wife, played by Rosario Dawson. Cheryl Ladd co-stars.

  

“Free Fire” (R). In Boston, circa 1978, a gang meeting for an arms sale morphs into a shooting gallery as everyone turns on each other, and then a mysterious shooter known to neither gang shows up.  This dark comic British production stars Brie Larson and Armie Hammer.

After the Storm” (Not Rated, in Japanese with English subtitles). After the death of his father and the dissolution of his marriage, a former prize-winning author is eking out a living as a private eye when he begins to yearn for something meaningful, as his both his mother and ex-wife seem to have done. A dramatic Japanese rumination on missed opportunities and the power of forgiveness. (Exclusively at the Broadway Cinemas.)

“Cezanne and I” (R, in French with English subtitles). This historical drama looks at the relationship between a pair of famous 19th century lifelong friends, the painter Paul Cézanne and the novelist Emile Zola. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

"Grow House" (R). Two stoners (DeRay Davis, Lil Duval) decide to grow their own cannibus and sell it to the marijuana dispensaries that are popping up around California like Starbucks. So they get Snoop Dogg (playing himself) to fund it and seek out Dr. Doobie (Malcolm McDowell) for advice. Still, trying to start a produce business when you know nothing about how to cultivate the product is about as bad an idea as doing it while you're stoned. (Exclusively at the Cinemark Jordan Landing Theaters.)