FANTASY, HORROR, HISTORY - Movie of the Week
FANTASY, HORROR, HISTORY
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
Racism and horror, historical drama, mindless action and a pair of foreign-made cartoon movies make up this weekend’s mix of new theatrical films.
“The Red Turtle” (PG). French animated fantasy, in collaboration with Japan’s Studio Ghibli and without dialogue, relates the story of a man who has been set adrift in the sea by a storm and awakens on a deserted island. He attempts to leave the island on a makeshift raft but his efforts are thwarted by a giant red turtle that later morphs into a woman. Nominated for the best-animated film Academy Award. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Get Out” (R). Jordan Peele (one-half of TV’s Key & Peele comedy team) wrote and directed this horror film, which is a metaphor for racial strife. Taking a page from “The Stepford Wives,” the story tells of a young black college student who travels with his white fiancée to meet her parents, but learns that she hasn’t told her family he is black. Once there, his apprehension turns darker as he learns that black men have a habit of disappearing in this area.
“Bitter Harvest” (R). Between the two World Wars, Joseph Stalin engineers a genocidal famine by having the Soviet Union’s forces take grain from the Ukraine, with no thought to the starving Ukrainians.
“Rock Dog” (PG). Chinese-produced, English-language animated feature about a Tibetan sheepdog (voiced by Luke Wilson) that would rather become a rock musician than guard the sheep. Additional voice talent includes J.K. Simmons, Eddie Izzard, Lewis Black, Kenan Thompson, Sam Elliott and Matt Dillon.
“Collide” (PG-13). Backpacking abroad, Casey (Nicholas Hoult) and Juliette (Felicity Jones) are having a great time until she falls ill, and in order to pay for Juliette’s treatment, Casey agrees to pull a drug heist for an eccentric gangster (Ben Kingsley). Anthony Hopkins is also here.