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HORRORS! ANOTHER WEEKEND AT THE MOVIES

  

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020

 

Low-budget independent features again make up most of the seven new movies opening this weekend, which are again dominated by horror films. Not that October is unique to horror; we’ve seen a lot of them lately. Well, I guess someone has seen them. Not me.

 

“A Call to Spy” (PG-13). During World War II the British government commissions a special undercover female-spy operation to build an anti-Nazi resistance force. Based on the true stories of Virginia Hall, an American agent with a wooden leg; Indian Muslim Noor Inayat Khan, aka Nora Baker; and their recruiter Vera Atkins (played by the most recognizable actress here, Stana Katic, who played Beckett on the TV series “Castle”).

 

“Save Yourselves!” (R). A hip Brooklyn couple realizes they’ve become so addicted to their phones that they’re losing touch with each other, so they unplug in a secluded upstate-New York cabin for a week, which causes them to be out of the loop when the planet comes under alien attack in this sci-fi comedy.

 

“Death of Me” (R). Vacationing off the coast of Thailand, a couple (Maggie Q, Luke Hemsworth) awakens hung over and with no memory of the night before, but when they watch a video from their camera, it appears that one of them has murdered the other.

 

  

 

“Tar” (R). Underground construction in Los Angeles awakens a creepy creature beneath the La Brea Tar Pits. With Graham Greene, Timothy Bottoms and Max Perlich.

 

“Possessor” (R). Horror/sci-fi jumble has a corporate assassin (Andrea Riseborough) inhabiting other people’s bodies to carry out her missions until it begins to take a toll and she finds herself inside a man (Christopher Abbott) whose controlling mind threatens to take over hers. With Sean Bean and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

 

“The Call” (PG-13). In the fall of 1987 four small-town teens terrorize a local woman they believe has wronged them, but when a prank backfires they find themselves on the receiving end of terror in her home. Horror staples Lin Shaye and Tobin Bell star.

 

  

 

“Bring the Soul: The Movie” (PG-13). This concert documentary spotlighting the seven-member Korean group BTS (aka the Bangtan Boys), is the film that preceded “Break the Silence: The Movie,” which opened last week.

 

Over on the “classics” side — not my word for most of these but the label the theaters have slapped on them — the latest entries include “Beetlejuice,” “Hocus Pocus” and “The Addams Family” (1991), all obvious attempts to bring in the family crowd for semi-Halloween movies. (The stores aren’t the only ones getting a jump on the Oct. 31 celebration.)

 

Along with “Now You See Me,” “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” two entries in the “Conjuring” universe, “Annabelle” Creation” and “The Nun,” “Crazy Rich Asians” and “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” local theaters are also bringing in … and this really stretches the “classics” label … the raunchy, R-rated “Bridesmaids,” “Girls Trip,” “Magic Mike” and “Trainwreck”!

 

And these titles are still hanging around: “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Akira,” “Jurassic Park,” “The Goonies,” “Back to the Future,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “The Fast and the Furious,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Despicable Me.”

 

Lots to choose from if you’ve tired of movies at home and are willing to chance the coronavirus, despite theaters taking the usual distancing/masking/sanitizing precautions.