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For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, May 10, 2019

A trio of goofball comedies highlight this weekend’s new movies, along with a trio of biographies, some of which are more fictionalized than others.

“Poms” (PG-13). After moving into a retirement community, a woman (Diane Keaton) organizes some of the other residents into a cheerleading squad, and eventually a competition, in this farce for the older set. With Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier, Rhea Perlman and Bruce McGill.

“The Hustle” (PG-13). A low-rent Australian scammer (Rebel Wilson) teams up with an upper-crust British con artist (Anne Hathaway) to take down men who mistreat women in this distaff remake of the 1988 comedy “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” which was itself a remake of 1964’s “Bedtime Story.” With Tim Blake Nelson and Dean Norris.

“Pokémon Detective Pikachu” (PG). In a world where humans and Pokémon co-exist a young former Pokémon trainer (Justice Smith) reluctantly becomes partnered with a talking Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds), which once belonged to his missing father. This comedy-mystery is a combination of live-action and animation. With Ken Watanabe and Bill Nighy.

  

“Tolkien” (PG-13). Biography of the early life of English professor J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult), from his childhood friendship with a circle of artists and writers through his World War I experiences, all of which leads him to write the “Lord of the Rings” books. With Lily Collins, Colm Meaney and Derek Jacobi.

“Red Joan” (R). Fictionalized story (based on fact) of an elderly Englishwoman (Judi Dench) suddenly arrested by MI-5, revealing that she is a Russian spy, recruited when she was a young university student (Sophie Cookson) some four decades earlier. With

“The Chaperone” (PG-13). Free-spirited silent movie star Louise Brooks (Haley Lu Richardson) epitomized the Jazz Age, but she started out just a few years earlier as a teenager traveling from her Kansas home to New York City to study dance, and her mother insisted she be accompanied by a chaperone (Elizabeth McGovern). With Miranda Otto, Blythe Danner and Campbell Scott; written by Julian Fellowes (“Downton Abbey”).

  

“Resilience and the Last Spike” (PG). Locally made kids film about an 11-year-old explorer in the remote Utah desert with her family when she discovers a 150-year-old treasure linked to Chinese laborers who worked on the transcontinental railroad.

“Ash Is the Purest White” (Not Rated, in Mandarin with English subtitles). A Chinese gangster rises and falls in the early 2000s, letting his moll take the fall for him. When she returns after five years in prison, he ignores her — but she has a plan to get back on top as the film gradually takes us into the present day. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Hail Satan?” (R). The title is reportedly the most blasphemous thing about this documentary that looks into the six-year-old Satanic Temple, a leftist political movement that reaches out to atheists to lobby for the separation of church and state. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)