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THE HOLIDAY SEASON HEATS UP

  

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019

From Disney animation to true-life dramas, this weekend’s new-movie schedule is packed with big-budget Hollywood efforts, some of which seem designed to tempt Oscar-voters.

“Frozen II” (PG). Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient autumn-bound forest of the enchanted land, where they hope to find the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save their kingdom. Disney animated musical sequel, voiced again by the original cast: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Also Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina, Marthan Plimpton, Jason Ritter and Jeremy Sisto.

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” (PG). Tom Hanks inhabits the late Fred Rogers’ persona as the creator and host of the beloved PBS children’s show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” as he is interviewed by a cynical journalist (Matthew Rhys) for an Esquire magazine profile. With Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Cooper, Enrico Colantoni and Christine Lahti.

  

“The Irishman” (R). Martin Scorsese’s nearly four-hour gangster saga (which will be available on Netflix next Friday, Nov. 27) stars Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran, who reminisces about being a World War II veteran and truck driver, and then a Mafia hitman, which eventually included the killing of his former friend and employer, Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). With Joe Pesci (who came out of retirement at Scorsese’s behest), Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin and Harvey Keitel.

“21 Bridges” (R). An NYPD detective (Chadwick Boseman) is thrust into a citywide search for a pair of cop killers, but along the way he uncovers a massive conspiracy and soon finds himself not only pursuing the killers but also being pursued by those who don’t want their secrets revealed. The title refers to the bridges that provide exit from Manhattan. With Sienna Miller, Keith David and J.K. Simmons.

“A Collection of Indigenous Short Films from the Sundance Film Festival” (Not Rated). As the title suggests, this is a 50-minute program of short films made by Sundance Institute Fellows to showcase the diversity, creativity and talent of emerging Indigenous filmmakers. Presented as part of National Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)