‘LITTLE,’ ‘SMALL’ HOPE TO MAKE IT BIG - Movie of the Week
‘LITTLE,’ ‘SMALL’ HOPE TO MAKE IT BIG
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
A Salt Lake-produced adaptation of a classic novel, a family cartoon, adult dramas galore and yet another horror picture (Halloween is coming, after all) mix it up for this week’s new movie releases.
“Little Women” (PG-13). The seventh film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel is a locally produced comedy-drama that changes the setting to contemporary upstate New York, with flashbacks to 13 years earlier. The best-known performer here is Lea Thompson (“Back to the Future,” “Caroline in the City”) as Marmee.
“Smallfoot” (PG). In this animated comedy, a Yeti clan scares its children with the legend of Smallfoot (humans, of course). So when a Bigfoot called Migo (voiced by Channing Tatum) stumbles across a hiker and later shares his story, he isn’t believed. So he heads off to find the little guy again and bring him back as proof. Other voice actors include James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James and Danny DeVito.
“The Children Act” (R). An English High Court Justice (Emma Thompson) rules that a 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness suffering from leukemia must receive the blood transfusion he needs to survive, despite protests from the boy’s parents. After the transfusion the boy fixates on the judge and begins stalking her. With Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead and Ben Chaplin.
“Blaze” (R). Actor Ethan Hawke directed this biographical drama about country musician Blaze Foley (Ben Dickey), the founder of the “Texas Outlaw Music” movement who was shot to death at age 39. Hawke uses the unique viewpoint of three different time periods — a romance, the night he died, and the influence of his music on friends and fans. With Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Kris Kristofferson, Josh Hamilston, Charlie Sexton, filmmaker Richard Linklater and, in a cameo, Hawke.
“Pick of the Litter” (Not Rated). A litter of puppies is followed in this documentary from the moment of birth through two years of intensive training to become guide dogs for the blind, and not every dog will make the cut. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Night School” (PG-13). A group of misfits (led by Kevin Hart) attend night school to earn their GEDs and discover their teacher (Tiffany Haddish) is as zany as they are. Chaotic comedy also features Keith David, Loretta Devine and Mary Lynn Rajskub.
“Hell Fest” (R). This slasher gorefest is set in a horror-themed amusement park where a masked serial killer terrorizes a group of friends while the rest of the patrons think it’s all part of the show.