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‘TREK,’ NOT ‘STAR TREK’

 

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, April 6, 2018

In Mormon-speak, the word “trek” has nothing to do with Capt. Kirk or Mr. Spock, as you’ll discover if you take in the latest LDS-centric faith comedy to hit local theaters. Another faith film is also opening, along with a well-reviewed animated film, an even better-received horror film and a true-life drama about an infamous Kennedy scandal.

“Trek: The Movie” (PG). This comedy spoofs a right of passage for teenage members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have the opportunity every few years to re-create the experiences of their pioneer ancestors by giving up social media and other modern conveniences for several days to take part in a handcart trek.

“The Miracle Season” (PG). The true story of the Iowa City West High School volleyball team, which became disheartened after the sudden death of the team’s leader in 2011, but found its way back to a championship under the guidance of their tough-love coach (Helen Hunt). With William Hurt.

    

“Isle of Dogs” (PG-13). Wes Anderson, whose quirky films are singular in their offbeat sensibilities, co-wrote and directed this one, his second stop-motion animated feature (after “Fantastic Mr. Fox”) about a near-future dystopian Japan where dogs have been banished to Trash Island. When a young boy steals a plane and flies there to find his pet pooch, five other mutts agree to help him. With an all-star voice cast that includes Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Greta Gerwig and many more.

“A Quiet Place” (PG-13). Mysterious creatures that hunt by sound are tracking humans in a remote wooded area in this horror film. John Krasinksi co-wrote and directed this horror movie in which he co-stars with his real-life wife Emily Blunt. Also here is 15-year-old Millicent Simmonds, a deaf actress who is a native Utahn and previously starred in last year’s “Wonderstruck.”

“Chappaquiddick” (PG-13). This true story addresses the 1969scandal surrounding the drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara), the lone passenger in the car driven by Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) when it went off a narrow, unlit bridge on Chappaquiddick Island. With Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan and Clancy Brown.

  

“The Leisure Seeker” (R). An elderly couple (Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren) take off in their vintage Leisure Seeker mobile home for one last road trip from Boston to the Hemingway House in the Florida Keys before his Alzheimer’s and her cancer become more debilitating. With Janel Moloney and Dick Gregory.

“Blockers” (R). After discovering that their teenage daughters have posted on social media that they intend to lose their virginity at a party, three parents (Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena) begin stalking them in this raunchy comedy. With Gary Cole and Gina Gershon.

"Gemeni" (R). The fragile relationship between a celebrity actress (Zoë Kravitz) and her assistant/BFF (Lola Kirke) is strained in the aftermath of a heinous crime in this 21st century film noir. With John Cho and Ricki Lake.