‘DOWNTON’ IS DOWNTOWN - Movie of the Week
‘DOWNTON’ IS DOWNTOWN
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
The “Downton Abbey” movie opens this weekend, along with a Brad Pitt sci-fi epic and a Sylvester Stallone franchise sequel as counter-programming, along with a horror yarn and some low-budget, independent pictures.
“Downton Abbey” (PG). The British TV series that became a worldwide phenomenon comes to the big screen with most of its sprawling cast of upstairs/downstairs characters intact, led by Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery and Maggie Smith. And the reuniting this cast is no small feat. Julian Fellowes, who wrote the entire series, also penned this script, which is set in 1927 as Downton Abbey prepares to host King George and Queen Mary.
“Ad Astra” (PG-13). An astronaut (Brad Pitt) is assigned to travel to the outer edge of the Solar System to unravel a mystery that threatens human survival and involves his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones). With Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland and LisaGay Hamilton.
“Rambo: Last Blood” (R). Sylvester Stallone, who stars and co-wrote the script, brings back his second most famous character (after Rocky) for a fifth film in the franchise (the “Rocky” series has eight films, counting the two “Creed” entries). This time the Green Beret and Vietnam Veteran agrees to travel to Mexico to rescue a friend’s daughter from a drug cartel.
“Haunt” (R). On Halloween night a group of college teens head for a remote “haunted house” that is advertised as “extreme,” but their cynicism and laughter dare muted when they begin to realize that this is a real house of horrors as grisly deaths follow. Written and directed by Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, who co-wrote “A Quiet Place” but instead of that film, think “Saw.”
“Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivans” (Not Rated). Before her death 12 years ago at age 62, Molly Ivans was a respected columnist, author and humorist whose newspaper scribblings were pithy, witty, entertaining and could be harsh, which pleased readers but made politicians and other targets wince. This documentary chronicles her life and times. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Before You Know It” (Not Rated). This comedy-drama, co-written and directed by Hannah Pearl Utt, who also stars, follows two dysfunctional sisters who learn, under tragic circumstances, that their mother did not die when they were young, as they had been told, but is in fact an actress starring in a TV soap opera. With Jen Tullock, Mandy Patinkin, Alec Baldwin and Judith Light. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“2019 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour” (Not Rated). Seven short films, both live-action and animated, comprise this 97-minute collection of entries in last January’s Sundance Film Festival in those two short-film categories. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)