PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 Editor’s Note: Although it is thought of as a holiday film, since it is set during over Thanskgiving, it seems a bit off to have ‘Planes,...

HIT ME ONE MORE TIME

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 It’s a weekend of R-rated openings — every new film on the schedule has an R rating. Good luck out there. “Hitman: Agent 47” (R) is...

BYE-BYE TOONTOWN? (VINTAGE COLUMN)

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 EDITOR’S NOTE: Although unconfirmed at this writing, rumor has it that Disneyland will be razing Toontown for its new Star Wars Land. Roger...

THE MAN FROM ’60S TV

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 An adaptation of a vintage TV series, a low-budget Mormon comedy and a rap musical biography lead new movies in theaters this weekend. ...

THEY WERE EXPENDABLE

   For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 22, 2015 Robert Montgomery gets top billing in “They Were Expendable” (1945, b/w), but today second-billed John Wayne is the draw. The...

THE WIZARD OF ODD

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 22, 2015 This week’s new releases include a futuristic imaginary world, ghosts in the suburbs, and lions and tigers and cheetahs, oh my. ...

VINTAGE COLUMN: 70MM ...

   For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 22, 2015 EDITOR’S NOTE: My column in the Deseret News this week is about widescreen movies on DVD and Blu-ray. This July 8, 1990, ‘Hicks on...

THE BLUES BROTHERS

    For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 15, 2015 The first movie to be adapted from a “Saturday Night Live” skit was “The Blues Brothers” (rated R for language), which was...

MAX IS BACK AND STILL MAD

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 15, 2015 The only major-studio flicks this week are two sequels and a remake, or maybe that’s two remakes and a sequel (not sure how to classify “Mad...

VINTAGE COLUMN: ADULTS ARE …

  For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 15, 2015 EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s hard to believe that 33 years ago I was complaining in the Deseret News that there weren’t enough movies aimed at...

HARRY AND SON

        For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 8, 2015 EDITOR’S NOTE: Making its belated DVD/Blu-ray debut on the Olive label this week is the Paul Newman flick...

TRAPPED BY THE MORMONS

     For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 8, 2015 EDITOR’S NOTE: The silent British film “Trapped By the Mormons” (1922) was anti-LDS propaganda upon its initial...

SPARE PARTS

    For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 8, 2015 George Lopez stars in “Spare Parts” (PG-13), a true underdog story about a group of illegal-alien Mexican kids at an Arizona...

BOX-OFFICE PURSUIT

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 8, 2015 Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, Diane Keaton, Morgan Freeman, Kristen Wiig, Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Marsden (twice) are among the...

VINTAGE COLUMN: HOLLYWOOD MARKETS …

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 8, 2015 EDITOR’S NOTE: Citing ‘Striptease’ and ‘The Nutty Professor’ as primary examples, my June 30, 1996, Deseret News column, ‘Hollywood markets...

BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 1, 2015 It’s a few months after the end of World War II when a one-armed man named Macreedy (Spencer Tracy) gets off a train in the small rundown Western...

‘AVENGERS’ WITH A VENGEANCE

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 1, 2015 Those Marvel superheroes — the Avengers — are back, and every other movie on the summer schedule decided to capitulate and just get out of the way....

VINTAGE COLUMN: FILM EXCESSES

  For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 1, 2015 EDITOR’S NOTE: Twas ever thus. Yet another column, this one from Oct. 27, 1996, with the headline “Film excesses often detract instead of...

TOOTSIE

      For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, April 24, 2015 It’s tough being a woman in the 1980s, especially when you’re a man. That’s just one of the lessons Dustin...

FAITH AND FANTASY

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, April 24, 2015 A faith film and a pair of fantasies lead new movies in town this week. “Little Boy” (PG-13) is a faith-based film set stateside during...