JANE, EMMA, ‘OLD MAN,’ ‘FIRST MAN’ - Movie of the Week
JANE, EMMA, ‘OLD MAN,’ ‘FIRST MAN’
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, 2018
A local film of interest to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a new picture starring Robert Redford and the story of astronaut Neil Armstrong lead this slate of eight movies opening this weekend.
“Jane and Emma” (PG). Jane is Jane Manning, a free black woman in 1844 Nauvoo, Illinois, where she comes to the home of Emma Smith, widow of Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith, the day after he is murdered by a mob. As Jane comforts Emma, their friendship unfolds in flashbacks in this historical entry in the LDS cinema genre, filmed in Salt Lake City.
“The Old Man & the Gun” (PG-13). In what may be Robert Redford’s final film as an actor, the 82-year-old stars in this light comic story of real-life bank robber Forrest Tucker, who escapes from San Quentin at age 70 and commits a string of heists as a “gentleman bandit.” Sissy Spacek co-stars, along with Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Elisabeth Moss, John David Washington (son of Denzel) and Keith Carradine.
“First Man” (PG-13). Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, and who famously uttered, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” in this look at the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. With Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Patrick Fugit and Lukas Haas.
“Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” (PG). On Halloween night two young boys accidentally release Slappy the Dummy, allowing him to gather the Goosebumps monsters to force a Halloween Apocalypse. Jack Black reprises his role as R.L. Stine from the first “Goosebumps” movie and also voices Slappy. With Ken Jeong and Chris Parnell.
“The Sisters Brothers” (R). John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix star as the titular brothers, a pair of assassins in 1850s Oregon who are tracking down a chemist that supposedly has a sure-fire secret formula for prospecting gold. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rutger Hauer, Carol Kane and Allison Tolman.
“Colette” (R). Biographical film about the French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (“Gigi”), who marries renowned Parisian writer Henry “Willy” Gauthier-Villars (Dominic West) in 1893 and begins ghostwriting his work, at least until his oppressiveness, affairs and refusal to give her credit for her work lead to her rebelling against societal constraints. Keira Knightley stars in the title role, with Dominic West as Willy.
“Bad Times at the El Royale” (R). Seven strangers gather at the El Royale novelty hotel on the border of California and Nevada, each harboring a secret that relates to something unnatural that begins to unfold. With Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm and Chris Hemsworth.
“Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” (PG-13). The story of Kermit Gosnell (Earl Billings), who was convicted in 2011 on three counts of murder for aborting infants that were born alive (out of hundreds of alleged victims). With Dean Cain and directed by character actor Nick Searcy (Raylan’s boss on TV’s “Justified”), who also co-stars as Gosnell’s defense attorney. This marks Searcy’s second directing effort, 21 years after his first. (Exclusively at the Cinemark Jordan Landing Theaters.)