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For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, July 27, 2018

Tom Cruise heads up the latest summer Hollywood juggernaut, but also in this weekend's box-office competition are a locally made documentary, a cartoon, a throwback horror flick and three art films.

“Mission: Impossible: Fallout” (PG-13). The sixth stunt-filled film in this blockbuster franchise has the loyalty of Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) being questioned by the CIA. But when he learns of an impending global catastrophe, he springs into action, with assassins and former allies in hot pursuit. With Henry Cavill and Angela Bassett, as well as returning characters played by Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin.

“Operation Toussaint” (Not Rated). This documentary (which opened Wednesday) tells of the exploits of Special Agent (and BYU graduate) Tim Ballard, who quit Homeland Security to free himself up to take down sex traffickers and rescue children sold into slavery without the bureaucratic red-tape restrictions of working for the government. The result: Operation Underground Railroad. Utah connections abound, including on-camera appearances by Utah politicians Sen. Orrin Hatch, Rep. Mia Love, and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes.

 

“Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” (PG). Animated feature based on the titular Cartoon Network TV series. Here, the teenage superheroes are jealous that other DC Comic characters (Superman, Batman, etc.) have their own theatrical films, so they head to Hollywood to make a film of their own. Voice cast includes Will Arnett, Kristen Bell, James Corden, Patton Oswalt and Marvel staple Stan Lee, along with Nicolas Cage as Superman and Jimmy Kimmel as Batman.

“Blindspotting” (R). Story of two childhood friends, Collin (Daveed Diggs), who is trying to abandon his criminal lifestyle and start anew while on probation, and the reckless Miles (Rafael Casal), who embraces “the street” with a death wish that threatens to bring Collin down with him. Written and co-produced by Diggs and Casal. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

  

“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” (R). Dark comedy-drama based on the life of the late John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix), an alcoholic paraplegic who became an unlikely celebrity newspaper cartoonist in his native Portland, Oregon, causing controversy with his politically incorrect sense of humor. With Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara and Jack Black; directed by Gus Van Sant (“Good Will Hunting,” “Milk”).

“Eighth Grade” (R). Before preparing for high school, an awkward, introverted teenage girl (Elsie Fisher) tries to navigate her last week of eighth grade while posting videos that no one watches. Meanwhile, her single father (Josh Hamilton), in an effort to connect with her, attempts to convince her she is too reliant on social media. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“The Row” (R). Two new freshmen girls (Lala Kent, Mia Rose Frampton) at a West Coast university become enmeshed in the party atmosphere of a Greek sorority when bodies suddenly start piling up in this modern take on 1970s and ’80s slasher flicks. Randy Couture plays Kent’s police-detective father. (Exclusively at the AMC theater in West Jordan.)