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MARVEL'S BIG CAT

 

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

The latest Marvel superhero arrives this weekend, along with an animated comedy, a biblical tale and an Oscar-nominated true story.

“Black Panther” (PG-13). One of the year’s most highly anticipated action films is this Marvel Universe entry about an African king (Chadwick Boseman) who returns home to his reclusive, technologically advanced nation but unexpectedly finds himself challenged for the throne. With Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.

“Early Man” (PG). This spoof of prehistoric man and creatures comes from British stop-motion animator Nick Park (“Wallace and Gromit,” “Shaun the Sheep”). The voice cast includes Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Rob Brydon and Miriam Margolyes.

 

“Samson” (PG-13). The biblical story of strongman Samson, his conflict with the Philistine army and eventual downfall at the hands of Philistine seductress Delilah, receives yet another film adaptation. Taylor James and Caitlin Leahy have the lead roles, with support from Lindsay Wagner, Rutger Hauer and Billy Zane.

“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” (R). Annette Bening stars as Oscar-winning actress Gloria Graham (“The Bad and the Beautiful,” “Oklahoma!”) in this biographical story of her romance with a much-younger man (Jamie Bell). With Vanessa Redgrave and Julie Walters. Bening, Bell and screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh are nominated for Academy Awards.

  

“The Insult” (R, in Arabic with English subtitles). A Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee exchange harsh words over repairs to a drainpipe on a balcony, which leads to court action that gains national attention. This Lebanese drama is nominated for the best foreign-language Oscar.

“La Boda de Valentina (The Wedding of Valentina)” (R, in English and in Spanish with English subtitles). A Mexican woman living in the United States accepts a proposal by her American boyfriend. But then she discovers that her corrupt politically connected family has married her off to her old boyfriend without her knowledge. So she heads south to straighten things out in this glossy rom-com.

“Oscar Documentary Shorts” (Not rated, though some films may have R-level material). As the title suggests, this program features all five Oscar-nominated short films in the “Documentary” category. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)