‘DOWNHILL’ BOTH WAYS - Movie of the Week
‘DOWNHILL’ BOTH WAYS
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020
It’s an eclectic collection of new movies in theaters this weekend, ranging from dysfunctional families to horror to “Sonic the Hedgehog” to the Korean-language multiple Oscar-winner “Parasite” (in reissue; it initially opened in a couple of Salt Lake theaters back on Nov. 1).
The only real go-to romantic flick for Valentine’s Day would appear to be “The Photograph,” and maybe "Romance in the Outfield."
‘Downhill” (R). When a controlled avalanche appears to be racing for the outdoor terrace where an American family is having breakfast, the husband/father runs away and leaves his family behind, an impulsive act that signals serious problems in the marriage. Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Will Ferrell star in this remake of the 2014 Swedish drama “Force Majeure.” With Miranda Otto.
“The Photograph” (PG-13). When a famed photographer passes away suddenly her estranged daughter (Issa Rae) is hurt and angry that she didn’t know her better, and a mysterious photo she finds in a safe-deposit box doesn’t help. Then, to her surprise, she develops feelings for a journalist (Lakeith Stanfield) assigned to write a story on her mother. With Courtney B. Vance and Lil Rel Howery.
“Fantasy Island” (PG-13). Yes, this is a remake of the 1970s TV series about people who visit a vacation resort where they are granted realizations of their fantasies, and often must confront a troubled past. Here, however, the accent is on horror as the fantasies turn into nightmares. With Michael Peña, Maggie Q, Michael Rooker and Kim Coates.
“Romance in the Outfield: Double Play” (PG). A baseball player (Derek Boone) returns to his hometown after what may be a career-ending injury and while coaching a high-stakes softball game comes up against a woman (Monica Moore Smith) with whom he has a history, and she, of course, is coaching the opposing team. Low-budget, independent romantic comedy.
“Sonic the Hedgehog” (PG). The blue anthropomorphic hedgehog of the title (voiced by Ben Schwartz) eludes malevolent forces by escaping to Earth from an alternate dimension to, only to find himself pursued by a tyrannical “roboticist” (Jim Carrey). With James Marsden, Tika Sumpter and Neil McDonough.
“Incitement” (Not Rated, in Hebrew with English subtitles). This Israeli production is the true story of Yigal Amir, the Israeli law student who assassinated Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Citizen K” (Not Rated). Another true story, this one is about Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once believed to be the wealthiest man in Russia, who spent a decade in prison and became an unlikely leader of the anti-Putin movement. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)