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AMY VS. ALIENS

  

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

A serious, “thinking-person’s” science fiction film leads this week’s new releases, along with a Christmas comedy, a horror thriller and some art-house fodder.

“Arrival” (PG-13). Amy Adams stars as a linguist recruited by the government to crack the language code of alien invaders in this sci-fi thriller that appears to be a variation on “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “V” and other such yarns. Co-stars include Forest Whitaker and Jeremy Renner.

“Almost Christmas” (PG-13). Recently widowed retired auto engineer (Danny Glover) invites his four dysfunctional grown children to come home for a traditional Christmas, which naturally goes awry in this broad, vulgar comedy. With Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Gabrielle Union, Nicole Ari Parker, Jessie T. Usher, Mo’Nique and J.B. Smoove.

“Shut In” (PG-13). Naomi Watts stars in this thriller as a widowed psychologist whose husband was killed in a car crash that also injured their young son. As a result, she is isolated as she cares for her boy, and feels even more shut off from the world when a major snowstorm hits and it appears someone dangerous is in the house. With Oliver Platt.

  

“Moonlight” (R). Critically acclaimed coming-of-age story about a black youngster in a rough Miami neighborhood who is trying to resist the temptations that have ensnared those around him.

“Harry & Snowman” (Not Rated/probable G). Feel-good documentary about Dutch immigrant Harry DeLeyer and his relationship with an Amish plow horse he dubbed “Snowman” after rescuing the animal from a slaughter truck. Within two years Snowman had become an award-winning show horse and DeLeyer was a celebrity trainer of jumpers. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“King Cobra” (Not Rated/probable R). True story of gay porn actor Sean Paul Lockhart/Brent Corrigan (Garrett Clayton). With James Franco, Alicia Silverstone, Molly Ringwald and Christian Slater. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)