HALLOWEEN'S GONE, MERRY XMAS - Movie of the Week
HALLOWEEN'S GONE, MERRY XMAS
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019
Last week it was Halloween, so, Merry Christmas, as the first holiday flick of the season arrives in theaters this weekend, along with a big-budget horror movie, a big-budget World War action picture, and a silly kids comedy, along with several art films.
“Last Christmas” (PG-13). Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) and Henry Golding (“Crazy Rich Asians”) are a mismatched couple thrown together by fate when he meets her in the department store where she works during the Christmas holidays as one of Santa’s elves. This holiday-themed romantic comedy co-stars Michelle Yeoh, Patti LuPone and Emma Thompson, who also co-wrote the screenplay.
“Doctor Sleep” (R). Ewan McGregor is an alcoholic with psychic abilities and PTSD due to his childhood encounter with evil spirits in a Colorado Hotel. On the wagon, he tries to help a young girl with similar abilities targeted by a cult of killers that sucks out the “steam,” or life essence, of special children. This film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel is a sequel to his book “The Shining,” but the film also tries to be a faithful follow-up to Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 movie. With Rebecca Ferguson, Carl Lumbly, Bruce Greenwood, Cliff Curtis and Henry Thomas.
“Midway” (PG-13). The attack on Pearl Harbor and subsequent Battle of Midway are the focus of this World War II epic directed in razzle-dazzle style by Roland Emmerich (“Independence Day,” “Godzilla”), with Ed Skrein (“Game of Thrones”), Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Mandy Moore, Woody Harrelson and Dennis Quaid.
“Playing with Fire” (PG). This slapstick comedy stars John Cena as the leader of a group of no-nonsense, tough-guy firefighters who rescue a trio of children. Kiddie chaos ensues. With Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, Dennis Haysbert and Judy Greer.
“Pain and Glory” (R). A famous filmmaker in his decline (Antonio Banderas) has a series of re-encounters, some happening in real time and others remembered in flashbacks. With Penélope Cruz. This latest film from Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar has been described as his “8½” (the famous 1963 self-referential film by Federico Fellini that won two Oscars). (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound” (Not Rated). A documentary exploration of the history and technique that goes into creating sound in motion pictures, heavy on Hollywood players. With Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, David Lynch, Sofia Coppola, Christopher Nolan, Robert Redford, Barbara Streisand, etc. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Take Home Pay” (PG). Two brothers take on jobs as seasonal workers in New Zealand where they hope to earn money to give to their family in Samoa in this action comedy. But one of the brothers runs off with the cash, leaving the other to try and come up with a way to keep from returning home empty-handed. (Exclusively at the Regal Crossroads.)