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FAITH AND REVENGE

  

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

The end-of-summer blues continue at the movies with a faith film that’s been on the shelf for a couple of years, a distaff revenge flick and the fourth sequel/prequel in a horror franchise.

“God Bless the Broken Road” (PG). Based on the popular song, this melodrama tells the story of a young mother (Lindsay Pulsipher) whose military-officer husband is killed in Afghanistan, causing her to suffer a crisis of faith. Two years later she is a struggling waitress who has given up on God when she catches the eye of a NASCAR driver who’s teaching a class in church that includes her young daughter. With Jordin Sparks, Robin Givens and Kim Delaney.

“Peppermint” (R). Jennifer Garner returns to her roots as an action star (she earned her first major props as a secret agent on TV’s “Alias”) with this story of a widow whose husband and daughter are killed in a drive-by shooting by members of a drug cartel. When the killers go free because corrupt officials are on the their payroll, it’s time for payback. With John Ortiz and Method Man.

“The Nun” (R). This fifth film in the “Conjuring”/“Annabelle” franchise follows a Catholic priest (Demián Bichir) and a novice (Taissa Farmiga) in 1952 as the Vatican sends them to Romania to investigate a nun’s suicide, which leads them to a nun who appears to be possessed.

  

“We the Animals” (R). In upstate New York during the 1980s, three young Hispanic boys move with their family to the suburbs and grow up unhappily under the thumb of their domineering father in this independent production. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Custody” (Not rated, in French with English subtitles). A seemingly devoted husband and father moves to another city to be near his children, then files for joint custody with his ex-wife. But his pleasant demeanor masks the angry rages that once again flare up as he terrorizes his family. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Ya Veremos (We’ll See)” (PG-13, in Spanish with English subtitles). After his parents separate and his mother prepares to marry again, their only child is diagnosed with a disease that could cost him his eyesight. So the 11-year-old boy makes a bucket list and asks his parents to come together to fulfill it with him before the operation. This Mexican comedy-drama was one of the country’s highest grossing films last month.