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‘A STAR IS (RE)BORN'

 

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

Yet another remake of “A Star Is Born” hits the big screen this weekend, with its only real competition being a new Marvel superhero movie, although there are also a couple of new low-budget art films.

“A Star Is Born” (R). The fourth movie version of this time-worn soapy story revisits the template laid out by the 1976 version with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, this time with Bradley Cooper as the singing superstar on his way down who mentors a shy songwriter (Lady Gaga) on her way up. Lots of songs, love and tragedy ensue. Cooper also co-wrote, co-produced and directed. With Sam Elliott, Dave Chappelle and Andrew Dice Clay.

“Venom” (PG-13). Tom Hardy stars in this Marvel superhero picture as a reporter who becomes the host for a symbiotic life form from another world, causing a sort of Jekyll-Hyde situation as he gains superhuman abilities but must battle a violent alter ego. With Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed and Jenny Slate.

 

“Monsters and Men” (R). In Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood a bystander records on his phone a cop’s wrongful shooting of a local street hustler, but he struggles with whether to take it public. With John David Washington (Denzel’s son; “BlacKkKlansman”). (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Shine” (R). Two Puerto Rican brothers from New York’s Spanish Harlem are salsa dancers in their father’s club until tragedy strikes and the brothers separate. Seven years later they find themselves on opposite sides of a construction project that would drastically change the neighborhood.