BEN-WHO? - Movie of the Week
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016
As the summer movie season winds down, a big-budget, heavily computer-animated remake of a biblical classic leads new movies in local theaters.
“Ben-Hur” (PG-13). This remake of the 1959 classic film, complete with CGI-enhanced chariot race, stars TV actor Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire”) in the title role of a nobleman accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), consigned to a Roman slave ship and ultimately becomes a follower of Jesus Christ. Morgan Freeman co-stars.
“Kubo and the Two Strings” (PG). An eyepatch-wearing young boy in ancient Japan finds himself being pursued by monsters and gods until he is able to find a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior. Voice cast includes Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei and Brenda Vaccaro.
“Hell or High Water” (R). This gritty thriller stars Chris Pine and Ben Foster as brothers who decide to save their family’s West Texas farm by robbing banks, with Jeff Bridges as the Texas Ranger in hot pursuit.
“Don’t Think Twice” (R). Keegan-Michael Key is a comedian who is part of a struggling improve company in New York City when he gets an offer to becomes a regular on a television show. Does he leave his “family” behind? Gillian Jacobs co-stars, along with Mike Birbiglia, who also wrote and directed. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World” (PG-13). Werner Herzog’s latest documentary explores the connected world of the Internet. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)
“War Dogs” (R). Jonah Hill and Miles Teller are slackers living in Miami Beach during the time of the Iraq War in this true story. They stumble onto a way to become arms dealers, which works out well until they get a $300 million contract to arm the Afghan military, and they find themselves in over their heads. Bradley Cooper and Kevin Pollak have small roles.