ARE THEY STILL ‘NEW’ IF THEY’RE ALREADY ONLINE? - Movie of the Week
ARE THEY STILL ‘NEW’ IF THEY’RE ALREADY ONLINE?
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
Seven “new” movies open in local Megaplex theaters this weekend, each having already debuted on various streaming sites, of course.
“Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind” (not rated). In addition to reflections by the titular Canadian singer/songwriter who is now in his 80s, Randy Bachman, Anne Murray, Sarah McLachlan, Burton Cummings and many more talk about Lightfoot’s influence.
“Made in Italy” (rated R). Liam Neeson and his real-life son Micheál Richardson star in this comedy about a father and son traveling to Tuscany together to sell the house they’ve inherited but which is in need of repair.
“The Burnt Orange Heresy” (rated R). In Italy’s high-class art world an ambitious art dealer (Danish actor Claes Bang) attempts to steal a valuable painting from another, though more eccentric and enigmatic, dealer (Donald Sutherland). Mick Jagger has a supporting role as a collector.
“Becky” (rated R). A young girl goes on the attack to save her family when their remote cabin is invaded by violent escaped convicts. Despite the presence of Kevin James (as the chief villain!) and Joel McHale, this gory horror yarn is not a comedy.
“Waiting for the Barbarians” (not rated). Mark Rylance is assigned to a remote 19th century Asian outpost where the brutal interrogations he witnesses cause him to question his loyalty to the empire. With Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson and Greta Scacchi.
“The Tax Collector” (not rated). Shia LaBeouf’s character is named “Creeper” in this crime thriller about Los Angeles underworld thugs who collect money from local gangs. George Lopez is also in the cast.
“Black Water: Abyss” (not rated). A hungry crocodile threatens five friends as they explore a remote cave system in Northern Australia.
Along with the Megaplex theaters, the only other two open movie venues in the valley are Cinemark’s Jordan Landing complex and the Redwood Drive-In, and, like the Megaplexes, both continue to play primarily such “classics” as “Back to the Future,” “Jurassic Park,” the “Lord of the Rings” films, “The Fugitive,” “Jaws,” “Ghostbusters,” etc.
Added this week are “Gremlins,” “Space Jam” and, just in case you want to sit through all three in a big-screen setting, the two “Back to the Future” sequels.
And among more recent films joining the fray, “Edge of Tomorrow,” “Ready Player One” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” among others.