END-OF-THE-SUMMER INDEPENDENTS - Movie of the Week
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017
The major studios take a nap this week as lower-tier, non-studio “art films” get end-of-the-summer releases. None are expected to make much of a dent at the box office but a few look interesting.
“All Saints” (PG). John Corbett (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) stars in this true story as a pastor who is directed to shut down a small church. But when he meets up with a group of refugees from Southeast Asia, they stumble onto the idea of planting crops, and it looks like he’s on the road to saving the church instead. With Cara Buono, Barry Corbin and David Keith.
“Leap!” (PG). In 1880s France, an 11-year-old orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina, so she runs away to Paris and worms her way into a spot at the Grand Opera House. French animated feature, dubbed in English with voices provided by Elle Fanning, Carley Rae Jepsen, Kate McKinnon and Mel Brooks, among others.
“Birth of the Dragon” (PG-13). Bruce Lee’s life is fictionalized for this English-language biographical film that is designed to resemble one of his 1970s kung-fu pictures. Here, Lee (Philip Ng) is in 1960s San Francisco before he became a movie star, and is at odds with kung fu master Wong Jack Man (Yu Xia), who objects to his teaching kung fu to white students.
“Good Time” (R). In a change-of-pace role, Robert Pattinson plays a grungy, down-on-his-luck bank robber who uses his mentally challenged brother (Barkhad Abdi) to help him pull a job. But when the brother panics, things get wildly out of control. With Jennifer Jason Leigh.
“Ingrid Goes West” (R). Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza), a mentally unstable young woman, misinterprets a casual “like” from a web celebrity (Elizabeth Olsen), prompting her to move from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles, where she contrives to meet the woman, then ingratiates herself into her life. Dark comedy with satirical underpinnings aimed at social-media relationships.
“The Only Living Boy in New York” (R). From the trailer, this appears to be a Woody Allen-ish look at a young college graduate/aspiring writer (Callum Turner) who feels stuck in New York because of his fragile mother (Cynthia Nixon). His father (Pierce Brosnan) wants him to get a real job, the girl he loves (Kiersey Clemons) does not love him back, and when he discovers that Dad has a younger mistress (Kate Beckinsale), he begins to develop feelings for her. Jeff Bridges co-stars.
“Whose Streets?” (R). This documentary explores the Ferguson Uprising, the 2014 riot that followed the fatal shooting by a white police officer of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a black man, in Ferguson, Missouri. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)