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For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, June 8, 2018

An all-female sequel or sidequel or reboot of “Ocean’s Eleven” leads this weekend’s new movies, along with an offbeat sci-fi thriller that brings Jodie Foster back to the big screen after a five-year absence.

“Ocean’s Eight” (PG-13). This all-star distaff spinoff of the “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy is led by Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, the sister of George Clooney’s Danny Ocean. The plot has the group targeting jewelry that will be worn by a celebrity (Anne Hathaway) at the annual gala of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. With  Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, James Corden, Dakota Fanning and a number of cameo appearances, including Elliott Gould and Shaobo Qin reprising their “Ocean’s Eleven” characters.

“Zoo” (PG). In 1941 Belfast, Ireland, as the Germans step up their bombing of the British Isles, the government decides to destroy the animals in the Belfast Zoo, so they won’t escape when the area is bombed, thereby endangering the locals. But a young boy is determined to save baby elephant “Buster” from that fate. A British family film based on true story. With Toby Jones and Penelope Wilton.

  

“Hotel Artemis” (R). Jodie Foster stars in this futuristic crime thriller as an enigmatic character known as “The Nurse,” who operates the titular secret Los Angeles hospital for criminals. With Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto and Dave Bautista.

Mary Shelley (PG-13). Elle Fanning stars as the title character in this true story of the 19th century author of "Frankenstein," focusing primarily on her romance with the married Romance Poet Percy Shelley, which led to her writing the classic horror novel. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Hereditary” (R). After the death of a family’s grandmother/matriarch, a series of strange, supernatural events begin to occur. Filmed in northern Utah. With Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne and Ann Dowd.

  

“First Reformed” (R). Paul Schrader (“American Gigolo,” “Affliction”) wrote and directed this melodrama about a former military chaplain (Ethan Hawke) that is struggling with the death of his son, whom he encouraged to join the military. With Amanda Seyfried.

“Mountain” (PG). This offbeat documentary, narrated by Willem Dafoe, is a meditation of mountaintops, the highest places in the world, as chronicled here in 22 countries. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“On Chesil Beach” (R). This British melodrama, set in 1962 England, follows a young couple about to be married and their unhappy and unfulfilled wedding night, due to the bride’s aversion to being touched intimately, the result of a dark secret from her past. With Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle and Emily Watson. The screenplay was adapted by Ian McEwan from his own novel. (Exclusively at the Megaplex Gateway Theatres.)