TRUE STORIES AND THAT FLYING KID IN THE ROBIN HOOD SUIT - Movie of the Week
TRUE STORIES AND THAT FLYING KID IN THE ROBIN HOOD SUIT
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015
A drama with a local angle, a documentary about the youngest Nobel Peace Prize-winner and a reboot of “Peter Pan” lead new movies in theaters this weekend.
“Just Let Go” (PG-13). Dramatic film based on Chris Williams’ autobiography about his decision to forgive the 17-year-old drunk driver that caused a hit-and-run automobile accident in 2007, resulting in the deaths of Williams’ wife, his 11-year-old son, his 9-year-old daughter and their unborn child that his wife was carrying. Williams was a Mormon bishop in Salt Lake City at the time of the incident.
“He Named Me Malala” (PG-13). Documentary about Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani schoolgirl who spoke out about education for girls and as a result was shot in the face on orders from the Taliban. She survived, of course, and at age 17 became the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize.
“Pan” (PG). Flashy family-friendly reboot of the “Peter Pan” story, with Levi Miller as innocent 12-year-old Peter, Hugh Jackman as a scenery-chewing Blackbeard the pirate, Rooney Mara as a take-charge Tiger Lily and Garrett Hedlund as an affable, friendly Hook.
“Walt Before Mickey” (PG). Biographical drama about Walt Disney, focusing on the earliest days of his career. Thomas Ian Nicholas stars as Walt, with Utah native Jon Heder as his brother Roy.
“Highway to Dhampus” (PG). A socialite from England visit a small orphanage in Nepal simply to improve her image but what happens is a surprising transformation. Rachel Hurd-Wood stars. Utahns involved include Rick McFarland making his directing debut, and Sam Cardon, who provided the musical score.
“99 Homes” (R). After losing his home in the 2008 housing market crash, a young man (Andrew Garfield) reluctantly goes to work for the greedy broker (Michael Shannon) that evicted them, and he finds himself evicting others like himself. Co-stars include Laura Dern and Kate Walsh.
“Mississippi Grind” (R). Comedy-drama starring Ryan Reynolds as chronic gambler looking to change his luck by teaming up with another gambler (Ben Mendelsohn) that’s on a losing streak. Sienna Miller and Alfre Woodard co-star. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)
“Ladrones” (PG-13, in Spanish with English subtitles). Comedy-adventure about a pair of retired thieves (Mexican stars Fernando Colunga and Eduardo Yanez) who come together to help a humble hardworking community being swindled by a crooked diva.