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LIGHT BETWEEN MOVIES

  

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016

It’s an eclectic mix of no less than 10 movies opening in local theaters this weekend, from serious dramas to sci-fi and supernatural thrillers to a “Star Trek”-infused documentary.

“The Light Between Oceans” (PG-13). A World War I veteran (Michael Fassbender) lives with his wife (Alicia Vikander) off the coast of Western Australia, where he is a lighthouse keeper. One day they rescue a baby that’s adrift in a rowboat, and they take the child in and raise her as their own without proper notification. A few years later, they meet a woman (Rachel Weisz) who lost her baby under identical circumstances. Bryan Brown and Jack Thompson co-star.

“Little Men” (PG). An actor (Greg Kinnear) and his psychotherapist wife (Jennifer Ehle) move into a Brooklyn apartment he’s inherited and are thrilled when their introverted 13-year-old son becomes fast friends with a boy whose mother (Paulina Garcia) has a dress shop on the ground floor. But when they realize how low her rental fee is, the couple tells the dressmaker that they are tripling the rent, which becomes a point of contention for all concerned. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Hands of Stone” (R). True story of Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), who made his professional debut in 1968 at age 16 and retired when he was 50. Robert De Niro co-stars as his trainer, Ray Arcel, and Usher plays Sugar Ray Leonard. Co-stars include Ellen Barkin, Ruben Blades and John Turturro.

  

“Morgan” (R). Sci-fi thriller about a girl created and reared by scientists in a laboratory environment, in which she matures much more rapidly than nature intended. She also develops super-human qualities and becomes violent, leading to a debate about whether to terminate her. With Kate Mara, Toby Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Giamatti.

“The 9th Life of Louis Drax” (R). A 9-year-old boy has a near-fatal fall on his birthday, which ties into a lifetime of strange, curious mishaps, so his doctor tries to figure out why. Supernatural thriller, based on Liz Jensen’s best-selling novel, stars Jamie Dornan, Oliver Platt and Barbara Hershey.

“Yoga Hosers” (PG-13). The second film in Kevin Smith’s Canadian-set “True North Trilogy” is this horror-farce about two teen girls (Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp and Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith) whose party plans are interrupted by little monsters unleashed by an ancient evil. Johnny Depp, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Natasha Lyonne and many others co-star, all veterans of the cycle’s first film, “Tusk.”

  

“Morris from America” (R). Comedy-drama about a 13-year-old aspiring rapper who grows up a little too fast after moving to Heidelberg with his professional soccer-coach dad (Craig Robinson), traversing a culture clash and falling in with a sexually active 15-year-old German girl. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“For the Love of Spock” (Not Rated, documentary). Adam Nimoy, son of Leonard, came up with this look at his famous father’s life and career, and, of course, his “Star Trek” legacy. Interviewees include many “Trek” colleagues from both the new and old franchises, as well as fans at conventions. (Exclusively at the Megaplex Gateway Theater.)

“Miss Sharon Jones!” (Not rated, documentary). Soul singer Sharon Jones, of the Grammy nominated R&B band Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and struggles to regain her health and rediscover her voice. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“No Manches Frida” (PG-13, in Spanish with English subtitles). Crime comedy about a bank robber who, upon his release, goes to retrieve his buried loot — only to discover that a school gymnasium has been built over it. So to get into the school, he poses as a substitute teacher, and soon begins to wonder if life in prison wasn’t easier than dealing with teens.