I WENT TO THE ANIMAL FAIR … - Movie of the Week
I WENT TO THE ANIMAL FAIR …
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, March 4, 2016
One of the best-reviewed movies of, well, ever, is the new Disney animated feature “Zootopia,” which is opening this weekend, along with an animated feature from Japan. Plus, Tina Fey in Afghanistan, Gerard Butler rescuing the president (again) and a pair of fantasies round out this week’s new movies.
“Zootopia” (PG). Disney’s 55th animated film (not counting the Pixars) imagines a world populated by anthropomorphic animals, with the focus on a young female bunny that becomes a cop, and, with the help of a wily fox on the other side of the law, tries to find a missing otter, the latest in a string of mysterious disappearances. Voice cast includes Ginner Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Jenny Slate, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Bonnie Hunt and Kristin Bell.
“The Boy and the Beast” (PG-13, in Japanese with English subtitles or English dubbed; check listings). This Japanese feature-length cartoon fantasy is about a homeless boy whose mother has died and whose father is absent when he stumbles into an alternate world of beasts. He is eventually taken in by one of them, a warrior in search of an apprentice.
“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” (R). Tina Fey plays real-life journalist Kim Barker in this semi-comic adaptation of her memoir about being a war correspondent in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Co-stars include Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina and Billy Bob Thornton.
“London Has Fallen” (R). Sequel to “Olympus Has Fallen” brings back Secret Service agent Gerard Butler, president Aaron Eckhart and now-vice-president Morgan Freeman in a thriller set in London as a plot unfolds to assassinate world leaders gathered for the funeral of the Prime Minister. Angela Bassett, Robert Forster and Melissa Leo are also back.
“The Mermaid” (R, in Mandarin with English subtitles). This violent Chinese fantasy-comedy with an ecological message comes from Stephen Chow (“Shaolin Soccer”)/ The story has a mermaid being dispatched to assassinate a businessman responsible for endangering sea life in a reserve for a reclamation project. But when he falls in love with the mermaid, he vows to change his ways. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“The Other Side of the Door” (R). The delicate balance between this world and the next in this horror yarn is disrupted when a grieving mother wishing to see her dead son again disobeys a sacred warning at an ancient temple. Sarah Wayne Callies and Jeremy Sisto star.