HE’S NOT THAT KIND OF PLAYER

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

A film shot in Utah, a foreign film up for an acting Oscar, two sci-fi epics and SpongeBob SquarePants make for an eclectic movie weekend. And not an R-rated picture in the bunch!

“Romance in the Outfield” (PG). Locally filmed romantic comedy about a young aspiring professional baseball player who’s never been kissed and a young woman who is adept at softball and takes his reluctance as a challenge. With a Mormon component, though the husband-and-wife filmmakers claim it’s not “an LDS films,” per se.

“Two Days, One Night” (PG-13, in French with English subtitles). In an industrial town in Belgium a young wife and mother (Oscar-nominated Marion Cotillard) working in a solar-panel factory takes time off due to a nervous breakdown. When she’s ready to return she finds her job covered by overtime workers for bonus pay, and her boss won’t take her back unless they agree to give up the extra money. So she visits each over a weekend hoping to persuade them. The film is up for best foreign-language picture. Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.

“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” (PG). In his second theatrical film, the Nickelodeon cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants squares off against the live-action pirate Burger-Beard (Antonio Banderas), who is intent on obtaining the secret recipe for Krabby Patties, which is the missing ingredient for a magic book.

“Jupiter Ascending” (PG-13). Sci-fi epic written and directed by The Wachowskis (the “Matrix” trilogy, “Cloud Atlas”) about a young janitor named Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) who is told by an interplanetary warrior (Channing Tatum) that she is actually intergalactic royalty and is about to be challenged by a villain (Eddie Redmayne, Oscar-nominated for “The Theory of Everything”) with plans to destroy Earth. Co-stars include Sean Bean, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and, in a cameo, Terry Gilliam.

“Seventh Son” (PG-13). An aged master spook (Jeff Bridges), the seventh son of a seventh son, has been protecting the world from witches, ghouls, etc., and now needs an apprentice to carry on his work. He chooses a young farmer (Ben Barnes) for the job, but there are creatures that don’t want him to survive his training. Julianne Moore, Djimon Hounsou and Olivia Williams co-star.

“Oscar Live Action Shorts 2015” (not rated). This year’s five Oscar-nominated short live-action films are collected here: “Aya,” “Boogaloo and Graham,” “Butter Lamp,” “Parvaneh” and “The Phone Call.” Exclusively at the Tower Theater.

“Oscar Animated Shorts 2015” (not rated). The five Oscar-nominated animated shorts are collected here: “The Bigger Picture,” “The Dam Keeper,” “Feast,” “Me and My Moulton” and “A Single Life.” Plus four bonus shorts: “Sweet Cocoon,” “Footprints,” “Duet” and “Bus Story.” Exclusively at the Tower Theater.