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AN R-RATED WEEKEND

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, April 8, 2016

Except for a sci-fi yarn, this is a movie for harsh R-rated movies, from Melissa McCarthy’s latest profane fest to a serious drama about a man that has trouble recovering from a tragedy.

“Midnight Special” (PG-13). Cue the spooky music. Described as “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” meets “Village of the Damned,” this sci-fi thriller has a father (Adam Driver) learning his young son has special powers, so he essentially kidnaps the boy and hits the road, pursued by the CIA, local police, a religious fanatic (Sam Shepard) and the boy’s mother (Kirsten Dunst). Co-stars include Joel Edgerton and Michael Shannon.

“Demolition” (R). Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this downbeat drama as an investment banker who suffers an emotional meltdown after his wife is killed in a car accident. His father-in-law (Chris Cooper) tries to get him to buck up but eventually it’s a customer-service rep (Naomi Watts) that connects with him.

“The Boss” (R). Melissa McCarthy stars as the title character, Michelle Darnell, a titan of industry sent to prison after an insider-trading conviction. When she’s released she has no friends and no money but maintains plenty of attitude, as her former assistant Claire (Kristen Bell) learns when Michelle shows up with no place else to go. Soon Michelle is setting a very bad example by inserting herself into Claire’s daughter’s cookie sales. Co-stars include Peter Dinklage, Kathy Bates and Margo Martindale.

“Hardcore Henry” (R). Action film about resurrected from the brink of death when he’s turned into a cybernetic super-soldier that remembers nothing of his past until his wife is kidnapped. The gimmick here is that everything is shown literally from his point of view

“Marguerite” (R, French). Set in the 1920s, this drama is about a socialite who believes she has a beautiful voice, all evidence to the contrary, and her family and friends help her maintain the illusion until she decides to use her position to finagle her debut as an opera singer. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)