LITTLE BIG GIRL - Movie of the Week
LITTLE BIG GIRL
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, April 12, 2019
With the mixed bag of also-rans opening in theaters this week “Captain Marvel,” “Us,” “Dumbo,” “Pet Sematary” and “Shazam!” should feel secure in their box-office dominance. But there are a couple here that look intriguing.
“Missing Link” (PG). A “myths and monsters investigator” (voiced by Hugh Jackman) heads to the Pacific Northwest to track down Bigfoot and shore up his reputation in this animated comedy. Others in the voice cast include Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry and Timothy Olyphant.
“Little” (PG-13). The plot of “Big” is reversed for this broad comedy starring Regina Hall as a ruthless, demanding tech mogul who is transformed back to her 13-year-old self (Marsai Martin) and has to solicit help from her overworked and underappreciated assistant (Issa Rae). With Rachel Dratch.
“Mia and the White Lion” (PG). Family film about a 10-year-old girl uprooted from her London home when her family abruptly moves to a ranch in South Africa. There, she befriends a lion cub and they bond over the next three years, at which point she learns that her father plans to sell the lion to trophy hunters.
“Diane” (Not Rated). A 70-year-old woman (veteran character actress Mary Kay Place) selflessly devotes her life to caring for others, including an unappreciative drug-addict son (Jake Lacy), but gradually it is revealed that she’s carrying the guilt of a long-ago sin that has too-long defined her. Written (specifically for Place) and directed by documentarian Kent Jones (“Hitchcock/Truffaut”). With Glynnis O’Connor, Joyce Van Patten, Andrea Marti and Estelle Parsons. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Mary Magdalene” (R). Rooney Mara plays the title biblical character in this fictionalized expansion of her life, with Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peter. The R rating is for violence in several scenes ranging from a Roman massacre to crucifixions.
“Hellboy” (R). A half-demon superhero (David Harbour, taking over for Ron Perlman) is called upon to battle the resurrected ancient sorceress Blood Queen (Milla Jovovich) and save the human race from destruction. This dark comic-book fantasy is a rougher reboot of the 2004 PG-13 film and its 2008 sequel. With Ian McShane, Daniel Dae Kim, Thomas Haden Church, Sophie Okonedo and Brian Gleeson.
“After” (PG-13). College freshman Tessa (Josephine Langford) is a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal to her high school sweetheart until she takes up with a brooding rebel (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin). With Selma Blair, Peter Gallagher and Jennifer Beals.
“Transit” (Not Rated, in German with English subtitles). When Nazis invade France, a man flees, using the identity papers of a dead author. But after finding himself stuck in Marseilles he is befriended by a woman who is looking for her missing husband — and yes, it’s the presumed-dead author. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“The Wind” (Not Rated). Described as a mix of western tropes and supernatural horror, this yarn tells of a 19th century frontierswoman (Caitlin Gerard) living with her husband (Ashley Zukerman) on an isolated stretch of land where the wind never stops howling. Soon she develops a sense of dread that her husband dismisses as superstition, but when a newlywed couple arrives, her fears prove to be justified. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)