AN R-RATED WEEK (SAVE 1) - Movie of the Week
AN R-RATED WEEK (SAVE 1)
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, April 22, 2016
Tom Hanks’ latest movie is rated R, which may surprise people who’ve seen the trailer, which appears to be a benignly humorous tale. In fact, only “The Huntsman” prequel is rated PG-13 this week; everything else also carries an R rating.
“A Hologram For the King” (R). In this character comedy, Hanks plays a failed businessman who tries to recoup his reputation with a last-ditch effort to sell a new hologram-meeting program to the king of Saudi Arabia. There, he meets an enchanting local doctor (Sarita Choudhury) and finds himself falling in love. Tom Skerritt co-stars.
“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” (PG-13). This prequel to “Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012) combines elements of both “Snow White” and “The Snow Queen,” with Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and Nick Frost returning to their roles as the Huntsman, the Evil Queen and a warrior dwarf, respectively. This time out Emily Blunt joins in as Theron’s sister, the Ice Queen, and Jessica Chastain is a warrior. Death and mayhem but very little of the Brothers Grimm, ensues.
“Miles Ahead” (R). Don Cheadle has been garnering kudos for his performance as jazz trumpeter Miles Davis in this film, which dwells on the six-year period when Davis was in a self-imposed, drug-addled exile. The film has him holding some master recordings hostage while he tries to get paid. Ewan McGregor co-stars.
“Elvis & Nixon” (R). This satirical tale, highly fictionalized, spins off of a real photo of Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon that was taken when the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll went to the White House to offer the POTUS his services as an undercover federal agent. Michael Shannon is Elvis, Kevin Spacey is Nixon and other cast members include Colin Hanks, Tate Donovan and Johnny Knoxville.
“Everybody Wants Some!!” (R). A quartet of college baseball players enjoy their freedom from parental authority by indulging in sex, drugs and whatever else comes along. Richard Linklater wrote and directed, apparently drawing on his own college experiences.
“Compadres” (Not Rated, in English and in Spanish with English subtitles). This Mexican comedy-action tale stars Omar Chaparro as a cop whose girlfriend is kidnapped by a mobster, so he recruits a computer nerd (Joey Morgan) to help him track them down. Kevin Pollack and Eric Roberts have supporting roles.