‘HALLOWEEN’ — AGAIN? - Movie of the Week
‘HALLOWEEN’ — AGAIN?
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
The “Halloween” movie franchise is now comprised of 11 films dating back to 1978. And in addition to all the sequels with numbers and subtitles, three are simply titled “Halloween” — the 1978 original, the 2007 remake and now the latest entry, opening this weekend. Clear as mud, right?
“Halloween” (R). This one skips over the movie lore developed by the many sequels to establish itself as a direct follow-up to the first film. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis in her fifth “Halloween” appearance) is now a grandmother and still suffers from the PTSD that started on that fateful night 40 years earlier. Naturally, Michael Myers, the original killer-that-won’t-die, escapes from his asylum incarceration and returns to Haddonfield, Illinois, to go after her. With Judy Greer and Will Patton.
“The Hate U Give” (PG-13). Amandia Stenberg (“The Hunger Games,” “Everything Everything”) plays Starr, a black teen attending an upscale prep school that is mostly white, but she lives in a poor, mostly black neighborhood. One evening she is being driven home by her childhood best friend, also black, when they are pulled over, resulting in the boy being shot and killed by a white cop. The event gathers national attention and drives Starr into activism. Based on the popular youth novel. With Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Common and Anthony Mackie.
“Tea With the Dames” (PG-13). “Dame” is the female equivalent of “Sir,” meaning it’s a title bestowed on British women who have been awarded knighthood. But the four women in this documentary who hold that title — Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright and Eileen Atkins, all now in their 80s — are really the queens of the acting game, and here the longtime friends gather to share stories about their lengthy careers on the theater stage, on cinema screens and on television. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Before Your Time” (PG). After the loss of their mother, a family is forced to move back to its small hometown and accept the hospitality of an eccentric aunt, as well as a community full of quirky friends and neighbors. This locally produced comedy-drama (with music) is a community effort filmed in Davis County with an amateur cast and crew, and had its premiere in Kaysville a year ago. (Exclusively at the Megaplex Jordan Commons Theaters.)
“Free Solo” (PG-13). Free solo mountain climber Alex Honnold is the subject of this National Geographic documentary, which follows him as he attempts — without a rope — to climb the face of El Capitan, the 3,000 feet high mountain in Yosemite National Park.