OSCAR LEFTOVERS

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

Academy Award-winners “Birdman,” “The Theory of Everything” and other Oscar-bait pictures have widened their nets a bit this weekend, hoping to take advantage of the hype that last weekend’s Oscar telecast presented.

As a result, only two new wide-release movies are opening, along with a pair of art films that played in New York and Los Angeles some weeks ago.

“Focus” (R). Will Smith (where’s he been?) stars in this romantic comedy-thriller as a veteran con artist whose former apprentice and lover (Margot Robbie) is on the other end of a major scam he’s pulling, and she throws him off his game. Gerald McRaney and BD Wong co-star.

“The Lazarus Effect” (PG-13). Yet another variation on “Frankenstein,” this modern-day yarn has Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde as doctors who have successfully revived dead animals but have yet to try their serum on humans. Then Wilde dies in a lab accident and Duplass tries to bring her back, with unexpected results. Or expected, if you’re familiar with “Frankenstein.”

“Maps to the Stars” (R). Last weekend’s Best Actress Oscar-winner Julianne Moore heads the ensemble cast of this dark satire from director David Cronenberg. Moore plays a fading movie star whose mother was an even bigger star, Mia Wasikowska is a scarred burn victim who becomes Moore’s personal assistant, Robert Pattinson is a limo driver and aspiring actor, John Cusack as a pop psychologist on TV and father of former teen sensation Evan Bird and Olivia Williams is Cusack’s ambitious wife. Carrie Fisher appears as herself. Exclusively at the Tower Theater.

“Leviathan” (R, in Russian with English subtitles). This Russian drama is about a simple man whose property is on the verge of being taken from him by an unscrupulous mayor who manipulates the law. The music of Philip Glass is used as the film’s score. Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.