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DUMBO, MUMBAI, MUSTANG

  

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, March 29, 2019

Disney’s latest classic-animated-feature-turned-live-action-picture dominates the new movies opening this weekend.

“Dumbo” (PG). A small-circus owner (Danny DeVito) enlists the help of a war veteran and former circus star (Colin Farrell) to care for a newborn elephant with oversized ears that has brought ridicule to the already struggling circus. But when his children discover the ears enable the young elephant to fly, a ruthless entrepreneur (Michael Keaton) swoops in to save the circus and exploit the hapless pachyderm. Directed by Tim Burton; with Eva Green and Alan Arkin.

“Hotel Mumbai” (R). True story of the famed Taj Palace & Tower hotel in Mumbai, India, which came under attack by a group of heavily armed terrorists in 2008, and the staff members who came together to protect the guests. The assault was one of eight coordinated attacks on various Mumbai locations, killing 174 people and wounding more than 300. This dramatization is based on the documentary “Surviving Mumbai.” With Dev Patel, Armie Hammer and Jason Isaacs.

“The Mustang” (R). Another (somewhat) true story, this one stars tough-guy character actor Matthias Schoenaerts as a violent convict who is given the opportunity to participate in a rehabilitation-therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs. Developed by Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute; Redford has an executive producer credit. With Bruce Dern and Connie Britton.

  

“Unplanned” (R). Abby Johnson’s memoir is the basis for this Christian drama about an eight-year veteran of Planned Parenthood in Texas who, after witnessing an abortion at 13 weeks gestation, abandons her career and previous beliefs to become an anti-abortion activist and minister. (The R rating is for graphic depictions of abortions.)

“The Aftermath” (R). In 1946, much of post-World War II Germany is in ruins, including Hamburg where a woman (Keira Knightley) arrives to join her husband (Jason Clark), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the city. But she is put off when she discovers they will be living in a large home with its previous owners, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) and his troubled teenage daughter. Naturally, an affair isn’t far off.

“The Beach Bum” (R). Rebellious, hedonistic Moondog (Matthew McConaughey) lives by his own rules on the Florida coast as he parties with pals. Written and directed by Harmony Korine (“Spring Breakers”); with Isla Fisher, Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill, Martin Lawrence and, of course, Jimmy Buffett.