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8 NEW MOVIES, NO NEW BLOCKBUSTERS

  

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020

 

Except for “The Devil All the Time,” which is currently streaming on Netflix, the new titles debuting in local movie houses this weekend are all straight-to-theater releases, but they’ll all be landing online over the next few weeks.

 

And as we’ve learned since theaters began opening during the pandemic (with mask and distancing precautions in place), independent filmmakers seem to love recycling horror and gore in various forms.

 

Meanwhile, the Megaplex theaters and the Redwood Drive-In have abandoned screening “classic” titles, but you can still catch some at the Cinemark multiplexes around town: “Jurassic Park,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Goonies,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “The Dark Knight,” along with this weekend’s addition of “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Despicable Me.” And “Minions” is playing at the Regal Crossroads theaters.

 

“The Secrets We Keep” (R). A Romanian woman (Noomi Rapace) in a post-World War II small town in America keeps her wartime trauma from her family — until she recognizes a former German soldier (Joel Kinnaman) and plots her revenge. But is he really the soldier who terrorized her or is she mistaken? This thriller is a remake of “Death and the Maiden” (1994).

 

“Infidel” (R). Jim Caviezel is an outspoken American journalist/blogger kidnapped by Iranians while he is in Cairo, Egypt, to be put on trial for phony spying charges in this political thriller. When his wife is turned down for help by the government she travels alone to the Middle East to find him.

 

“The Nest” (R). In 1980, an Englishman (Jude Law) married to an American woman (Carrie Coon) announces that he has a job opportunity in London, so with their two kids they rent a remote mansion they can’t afford and the husband begins to melt down, a la “The Shining,” minus the haunted house.

 

  

 

“The Way I See It” (PG-13). Former Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza uses a documentary format to lead us through eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency, but filmmaker Dawn Porter’s approach has less to do with politics than it does with empathy and kindness.

 

“The Racer” (Not Rated). This English romantic comedy-drama is set in 1998 during France’s Tour de France bicycle race as a support rider in his late 30s is dropped from the race, begins a relationship with a young Irish doctor and then is suddenly brought back in. But he’s no longer satisfied with being just a support rider.

 

“The Devil All the Time” (R). A variety of nasty characters are followed in this gory thriller, which takes place from the end of World War II to the middle of the Vietnam War as they eventually converge in Ohio. With Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgård, Riley Deough, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan, Robert Pattinson and Haley Bennett.

 

  

 

“Ravers” (R). This dark British horror satire has a contaminated energy drink turning ravers into mutant monsters as a germaphobic journalist tries to overcome her fears to get her friends out alive. With Natasha Henstridge.

 

“No Escape” (R). Friends of a social-media celebrity celebrate his birthday by taking him to Moscow for an escape-room adventure that turns deadly. From the “Hostel” and “Saw” school of gory horror.