END-OF SUMMER ART FILMS - Movie of the Week
END-OF SUMMER ART FILMS
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018
The summer cinema season is winding down and major releases are reduced to meager sci-fi and horror for this final Friday of August. But a number of new art-house offerings look pretty good.
“Operation Finale” (PG-13). True story of Peter Malkin (Oscar Isaac) leading a team of Israeli intelligence agents to track down notorious Nazi SS officer Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley) in Argentina, circa 1960, and how, after his capture, Eichmann uses mind games to toy with Malkin. (Previously dramatized in the 1996 TV movie ”The Man Who Captured Eichmann,” with Robert Duvall as Eichmann.)
“Juliet, Naked” (R). British comedy-drama about the unlikely romance between a singer-songwriter (Ethan Hawke) and a woman (Rose Byrne) whose boyfriend (Chris O’Dowd) is the singer’s biggest fan. (The title refers to a newfound demo version of the musician’s most popular album of 20 years earlier.)
“The Bookshop” (PG). In 1959 England a free-spirited widow (Emily Mortimer) opens a bookstore in a conservative East Anglican coastal town, which leads to a cultural awakening among locals as they are introduced to Ray Bradbury, Vladimir Nabokov and other writers. A local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) expresses her opposition while a reclusive book-loving widower (Bill Nighy) becomes her best customer. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Searching” (PG-13). Using smartphones and computer screens, this thriller follows a father (John Cho) trying to find his missing 16-year-old daughter. With Michelle La and Debra Messing.
“Kin” (PG-13). A young teenage boy (Myles Truitt) finds a futuristic weapon and uses it to protect his older adopted brother (Jack Reynor) who is newly out of prison and being threatened by a crime lord (James Franco). With Zoë Kravitz and Dennis Quaid.
“The Little Stranger” (R). In the summer of 1947, a country doctor (Domhnall Gleeson) is summoned to a dilapidated and apparently haunted mansion where his mother once worked as a housemaid. The physician is to take on a new patient (Will Poulter), a disfigured war veteran with PTSD, but soon the household is distracted by supernatural goings-on. With Ruth Wilson and Charlotte Rampling.
“Skate Kitchen” (R). A teenage girl (Rachelle Vinberg) is lonely in the suburbs until she befriends a group of skateboarding girls and journeys deeper into their New York City subculture. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)