MIXING IT UP - Movie of the Week
MIXING IT UP
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 17, 2019
This weekend’s new movies are a mixed bag — a family film, an ultra-violent thriller, a romantic comedy-drama and a couple of true stories.
“A Dog’s Journey” (PG). This sequel to the 2017 family film “A Dog’s Purpose” chronicles the further adventures of an oft-reincarnated dog (voiced by Josh Gad) that manages to hold onto his love for his first owner (Dennis Quaid). With Marg Helgenberger replacing the late Peggy Lipton as Quaid’s wife.
“John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum” (R). Keanu Reeves returns for his third outing as the titular uber-violent assassin. This is a direct sequel to the second film, picking up the story as Wick finds himself with a high-priced bounty on his head and every one of his rabid-killer colleagues out to get him. With Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Anjelica Huston, Ian McShane and Lance Reddick.
“The Sun Is Also a Star” (PG-13). Despite her cynicism about love, fate and destiny, sparks fly when a young quantum-physics student (Yara Shahidi) meets a romantic poetry-writing freshman (Charles Melton) in New York. But she fights her feelings so she can focus on helping her family, which is facing deportation. With John Leguizamo.
“Trial By Fire” (R). True story of Cameron Todd Willingham (Jack O’Connell) who was executed in Texas in 2004 for the murder of his three children, despite expert testimony and scientific evidence that bolstered his claims of innocence but which were suppressed during his trial. With Laura Dern.
“Wild Nights with Emily” (PG-13). Historical drama about the poet Emily Dickinson (Molly Shannon), her struggles to be published and her hidden, lifelong relationship with another woman (Susan Ziegler). Based on a stage play. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Sauvage/Wild” (Not Rated, in French with English subtitles). This French melodrama explores the ups and downs in the sordid life of a young male prostitute in Paris. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)