MINIONS AND BEN KINGSLEY - Movie of the Week
MINIONS AND BEN KINGSLEY
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, July 10, 2015
A cartoon spinoff-prequel to the “Despicable Me” pictures, and a dark fantasy with Ben Kingsley and Ryan Reynolds are the big studio films this weekend, with a horror movie and some art-house pictures also opening.
“Minions” (PG). This animated feature is an origin story about the little yellow guys that acted as henchmen for Gru in the two “Despicable Me” movies, as they go through early history up to modern times in search of an evil master/mistress. Top-flight voice cast includes Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Geoffrey Rush, Jennifer Saunders and Steve Carell.
“Self/less” (PG-13). Ben Kingsley plays a wealthy aristocrat dying of cancer who undergoes an experimental procedure that places his brain in the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But where did that body come from, and why are Kingsley’s memories jumbled with those of the body he now inhabits? Matthew Goode, Victor Garber, Derek Luke, Natalie Martinez and “Downton Abbey’s” Michelle Dockery co-star.
“The Gallows” (R). Found-footage horror set in a high school where a student died 20 years earlier while performing in a play that depicted her character being hanged. When 21st century students attempt to replicate the play, supernatural happenings result.
“Amy” (R). English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died at age 27 of alcohol poisoning in 2011, is the subject of this documentary, which uses home movies and interviews with Winehouse herself to push the narrative. Also interviewed include Mos Def and Tony Bennett.
“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” (R, in English, and in Swedish and German with English subtitles). A man flees a nursing home on his 100th birthday and stumbles upon a suitcase filled with money in this adventure-comedy. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Eden” (R, in French with English subtitles). A teen involved in the Paris underground scene of the early 1990s forms a DJ collective and plunges into the nightlife of sex, drugs and music. (Exclusively at the Broadway Center Cinemas.)