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2017 MOVIES KICK OFF 2018

   

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

“The Post” has been earning accolades galore, though most of us in the hinterlands have yet to see it. This one’s another “platform” release, meaning it opened in New York, Los Angeles, etc., to earn advance word of mouth and qualify for Oscar nominations. Same with "Call Me By Your Name." Plus, another first-of-the-year Liam Neeson thriller, an R-rated action film about a female assassin and a pair of family pictures — one of them in Spanish.

“The Post” (PG-13). Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks star in this true story of the Washington Post going after a story that was begun by the New York Times, implicating the Nixon administration in a scandal regarding U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Co-stars include Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood and Alison Brie.

“The Commuter” (PG-13). An insurance salesman (Liam Neeson) riding a train on his daily commute home is approached by a woman (Vera Farmiga) who offers him money for a seemingly simple task, but which will thrust him into a murder conspiracy. With Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth McGovern and Sam Neill.

“Paddington 2” (PG). This sequel is another blend of CGI and live-action as Paddington Bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) is falsely accused of theft, which leads to his family (led by Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins) trying to help exonerate him. Hugh Grant is the chief villain, a narcissistic, down-on-his luck actor. With Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Braodbent and Tom Conti.

   

“Condorito: The Movie” (PG, in Spanish with English subtitles). Based on a popular Chielan comic strip, Condorito is an anthropomorphic condor that mingles with humans, and in this animated feature he battles an alien that is bent on destroying the Earth. (Exclusively at the Megaplex Valley Fair Mall Theaters.)

“Proud Mary” (R). Mary (Taraji P. Henson) is a hitwoman working for a Boston mob family, whose values shift when a hit goes sideways and leaves a young boy an orphan. With Danny Glover.

"Call Me By Your Name" (R). In Northern Italy in 1983, a 17-year-old boy (Timothée Chalamet) has an affair with his father's research assistant (Armie Hammer) in this highly acclaimed gay coming-of-age- romance. Screenplay by James Ivory from the novel by André Aciman. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)