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NANCY DREW AND THE WONDER PARK

 

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, March 15, 2019

A pair of PG-rated kids pictures lead off this week’s new openings as “Captain Marvel” continues to steamroll the box office.

“Wonder Park” (PG). In her childhood imagination, young June (voiced by Sofia Mali and Brianna Denski) created a magical theme park, complete with talking animals, but left it behind as she grew a bit older. One day, however, she finds the park actually exists in the nearby woods. Others in this animated feature's voice cast include Jennifer Garner, Kenan Thompson, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, Ken Jeong, Matthew Broderick

“Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase” (PG). The titular teenage mystery-solver (Sophia Lillis) is updated and given a bit of an edge in this adaptation of the second Nancy Drew novel, which has her being hired by an eccentric octogenarian (Linda Lavin) to investigate the apparent paranormal activity in her seemingly haunted house. (Exclusively at the West Jordan AMC Theater.)

 

“Five Feet Apart” (PG-13). Two young patients with cystic fibrosis (Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse) attempt to have a relationship despitge being forced to stay a certain distance from other people.

“Captive State” (PG-13). After an extraterrestrial force enslaves humanity under the guise of peaceful unity (can you say “V”?), a young man leads a rebellion against the alien force. With John Goodman, Ashton Sanders and Vera Farmiga.

  

“No Manches Frida 2” (Not rated, in Spanish with English subtitles). The seemingly reformed ex-con Zequi (Omar Chaparro) promises his fiancé Lucy (Martha Higareda) that he won’t get drunk at his bachelor party, but, of course, he does, so Lucy calls off the wedding. To prove he’s changed and is responsible, Zequi enters his high school class in a beachside multi-event competition. Slapstick silliness ensues.

“Ruben Brandt, Collector” (R, in Hungarian with English subtitles). When nightmares inspired by legendary works of art plague a psychotherapist, he decides to hire a criminal crew to find them for him, thinking that ownership will cause his nightmares to cease. Animated melodrama from Hungary. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Climax” (Not Rated, in French with English subtitles). During one long wintry night a troupe of dancers gathers in a remote and empty school to rehearse, but an all-night celebration turns nightmarish when the dancers discover they’ve been drinking sangria laced with LSD.