THE MAN FROM ’60S TV

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

An adaptation of a vintage TV series, a low-budget Mormon comedy and a rap musical biography lead new movies in theaters this weekend.

“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” (PG-13). Reboot of the 1960s television spy series, which was a tongue-in-cheek James Bond riff. This action-filled movie version is set in the early 1960s as American agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Russian agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) form an uneasy alliance to take down a criminal organization selling nuclear weapons. Hugh Grant, as Solo’s boss Mr. Waverly, and Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina,” “Testament of Youth”) co-star.

“Once I Was a Beehive” (PG) is a low-budget comedy about a young girl whose widowed mother marries a Mormon, and while they are on their honeymoon she is shunted off to Beehive camp, surrounded by LDS kids involved in all kinds of embarrassingly silly outdoor activities.

“Straight Outta Compton” (R). Show-biz musical drama chronicles the rise of the rap group N.W.A., whose angry lyrics caused controversy in the 1980s. The character of Ice Cube is played by his real-life son, O’Shea Jackson Jr. Also on hand is Paul Giamatti.

“10,000 Saints” (R). In the 1980s a teenager from Vermont (Asa Butterfield) is lured by his father (Ethan Hawke) to live with him in New York City’s East Village, where the boy falls in with two more troubled teens in the days leading up to the Tompkins Park Riots. Co-stars include Hailee Steinfeld, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson and Emile Hirsch. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Listen to Me Marlon” (not rated, documentary, color and black & white). Marlon Brando’s own voice — lifted from hundreds of self-reflective audiotapes he recorded over his life — narrates this autobiographical film, illustrated by film clips and photos. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Cop Car” (R) is a corrupt-cop thriller focusing on two 10-year-olds that find an abandoned police cruiser in a field and hop in for a joyride, which turns deadly after a small-town sheriff (Kevin Bacon) comes looking for his stolen vehicle. Camryn Manheim co-stars. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)

“Point B” (not rated). This low-budget sci-fi comedy follows four friends and grad students in a university physics department where they discover that the clean-energy machine they’ve developed will actually transport them from one point to another. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)