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OUTTA THE WAY— BOND IS BACK

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

He’s Bond, James Bond, and other major fall films have stepped aside to let him rule the box office this weekend. The only other major studio film is a new “Peanuts” cartoon, which isn’t considered direct competition. Everything else falls under the “art film” category.

“Spectre” (PG-13). Daniel Craig is back for his fourth go-round as 007 in this action-thriller, the 24th film in the official franchise. The title, of course, refers to the global terrorist organization that is one of Bond’s primary nemeses, but which hasn’t been in a film since “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971). Christoph Walz plays the chief villain, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, a character that has been in seven previous films. Co-stars include Ralph Fiennes (as M), Naomie Harris (as Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (as Q), Monica Bellucci and Dave Bautista.

“The Peanuts Movie” (G). The “Peanuts” gang is back for their first theatrical film in 35 years, a computer-animated tale that reaches back to the basics as Snoopy challenges the Red Baron and Charlie Brown attempts to earn the affection of the Little Red-Haired Girl.

“Suffragette” (PG-13). In London in the early 1900s, a poverty-stricken young wife and mother (Carey Mulligan) is swept into the suffragette movement as women rise up to violently demand the right to vote, as well as to protest their treatment in general. Helena Bonham Carter and Brendan Gleeson co-star; Meryl Streep has a cameo as Emmeline Pankhurst.

“Miss You Already” (PG-13). Comedy-drama about two women (Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore) who have been best friends since childhood, a dynamic that is challenged when one struggles to get pregnant and the other is diagnosed with breast cancer. Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine and Jacqueline Bisset co-star.

“Labyrinth of Lies” (R, in German with English subtitles). Fictionalized story of a German prosecutor in 1958 who recognizes a teacher as a World War II criminal but while researching the case discovers there are many such criminals hiding in plain sight, including powerful government officials. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Tab Hunter Confidential” (not rated). Documentary on 1950s movie star Tab Hunter, narrated by Hunter himself, about his life and times, and how he was forced to hide the fact that he was gay as Warner Bros. arranged dates for him with starlets. Lots of celebrity interviews with those who were around at the time, from Debbie Reynolds to Clint Eastwood. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)