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For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019

Sure to be the first major box-office hit of 2019, the “Lego Movie” sequel opens this weekend with an all-star voice cast, along with Liam Neeson’s latest thriller and a gender-flip comedy remake.

“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” (PG). More animated Lego spoofery with General Sweet Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz), leader of the Duplo army, kidnapping Lucy (voiced by Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett), Benny (Charlie Day), Metalbeard (Nick Offerman) and Unikitty (Alison Brie), which forces eternally cheery Emmet (Chris Pratt) to come to the rescue, in his own bumbling manner. Other voices are provided by Tiffany Haddish, Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Margot Robbie, Ralph Fiennes, Will Forte and Bruce Willis.

“Cold Pursuit” (R). Liam Neeson, in his annual rock-’em, sock-’em action flick, this time a remake of the popular Swedish thriller “In Order of Disappearance,” with Neeson as a snowplow drive in a Rocky Mountains resort town. When his son dies of an overdose, he tracks down the drug dealers, bent on revenge. With Laura Dern, Emmy Rossum and William Forsythe.

  

“What Men Want” (R). Those with a long memory might recall the 2000 Mel Gibson comedy “What Women Want,” in which a womanizing chauvinist developed mind-reading abilities and learned to be a better man after discovering what women were thinking. Here, it’s a gender-switch remake, with Taraji P. Henson as an aggressive sports agent who similarly discovers what men are thinking and uses the information to break the glass ceiling, and become a better person. With Tracy Morgan.

“The Prodigy” (R). After a young boy shows signs of being a genius, he demonstrates disturbing, even sinister behavior, which ultimately leads his mother (Taylor Schilling) to suspect he is possessed by a supernatural force. With Colm Feore.

“2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts” (Not Rated). Animated and live-action short films, along with documentary shorts, that are nominated for Academy Awards in their three respective categories, are on display in this collection. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)