WHAT? NO FRANCHISE FLICKS? - Movie of the Week
WHAT? NO FRANCHISE FLICKS?
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, July 12, 2019
It’s just not like the summer season to have a weekend without a new franchise flick but that’s the case this weekend. Perhaps ‘Spider-Man: Far from Home” and “Toy Story 4” are just dominating the box office too much for any of the other major studios to bother. Whatever the reason, this is an uncharacteristicly slow period with a couple of films that exhibit promise but nothing that screams for an audience.
“Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable” (PG). If you remember the 2011 faith film “Soul Surfer” that chronicled here remarkable life, you may enjoy this documentary about Bethany Hamilton, the surfer in Hawaii who, at age 13, survived a shark attack but lost her left arm — then went on to recover and ultimately return to professional surfing.
“Stockholm” (R). This comical, fictional account of a real bank robbery/hostage situation purports to tell explain how “Stockholm Syndrome” became an actual medical diagnosis for hostage/kidnap victims who form an attachment to their captors. With Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace and Mark Strong. (Exclusively at the Megaplex Jordan Commons Theaters.)
“Stuber” (R). Dave Bautista is capitalizing on his success as Drax in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”/”Avengers” franchise with a pair of action comedies this summer, the family comedy “My Spy” in August and this R-rated comedy-thriller about a hapless Uber driver (Kumail Nanjiani) who picks up a tough detective (Bautista) on the trail of a sadistic terrorist. With Mira Sorvino and another “Guardians” star, Karen Gillan (she plays Nebula in the Marvel films).
“Crawl” (R). This monster movie features marauding alligators attacking humans in a small Florida town after a fierce Category 5 hurricane. Hmmm. Where have we seen this before? (“Lake Placid”? “Alligator”? “Eaten Alive”? Let me count the ways.)
“The Fall of the American Empire” (R, in French with English subtitles). A shy delivery-truck driver happens upon two bags of cash and decides to keep them. But when two detectives begin to suspect him the driver links up with a couple of lowlifes for help (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)