THE MAN WHO WOULD BE ARTHUR - Movie of the Week
THE MAN WHO WOULD BE ARTHUR
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 12, 2017
The umpteenth reworking of the King Arthur legend goes up against the behemoth that is “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” which, naturally, opened huge last week. But the King Arthur flick and the others opening this week … with the possible exception of Amy Schumer’s new raunchy comedy that co-stars Goldie Hawn … are just low-hanging fruit, filling in space before the arrival of more summer blockbusters.
“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” (PG-13). Filmmaker Guy Ritchie (“Sherlock Holmes,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”) lends his kinetic, over-the-top, quick-cut-editing style to the famous legend of the title, with Charlie Humman as Arthur, here portrayed as an orphan who discovers he’s been cheated out of his birthright. With Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou and Eric Bana.
“Snatched” (R). Amy Schumer stars in this raunchy comedy as a woman dumped by her boyfriend on the eve of their exotic vacation to South America, so she recruits her wary mother (Goldie Hawn, in her first film since “The Banger Sisters” in 2002) to join her and they’re both promptly kidnapped and held for ransom. With Joan Cusack, Wanda Sykes and Christopher Meloni.
“Lowriders” (PG-13). An East Los Angeles graffiti artist finds himself caught between his blue-collar father and his criminal brother in the midst of the car culture known as “lowriders.” With Melissa Benoist (“Supergirl”) and Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”) in support.
“The Wall” (R). An Army sniper (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and his spotter (John Cena) are trapped behind an unsteady wall in a remote area of Iraq by a wily Iraqi sniper (Laith Nakli) who is using Army radios to lure a U.S. rescue team into a trap.
“3 Generations” (PG-13). To transition from female to male, a New York teen (Elle Fanning) being raised by her mother (Naomi Watts) discovers she needs the consent of both her mother and her biological father. Meanwhile, her lesbian grandmother (Susan Sarandon), with whom they live, is having trouble coming to terms with her granddaughter’s decision. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Buster’s Mal Heart” (Not Rated). Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) stars in this surreal thriller as a former hotel night clerk whose break with reality cost him his wife and child. Now, as an eccentric mountain man with seafaring delusions, he hides out in the woods, staying in empty cabins and calling in to talk-radio shows to rant about his paranoia and end-of-the-world premonitions. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)
“Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent” (R). Documentary about Jeremiah Tower, the original celebrity chef, who reached the top of his profession by reinventing American cuisine, then, at the peak of his fame, disappeared for a decade, only to return with the fiery intention of climbing back to the top. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Risk” (Not Rated). Documentary about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, filmed by Laura Poitras, who won an Oscar for her documentary “Citizenfour,” about Edward Snowden. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)