SUPER HEROES? - Movie of the Week
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, June 7, 2019
A couple of disparate superhero movies open this weekend, along with an animated feature and several low-key “art” films.
“Dark Phoenix” (PG-13). During a space mission, mutant Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) absorbs the Phoenix Force, a mysterious cosmic entity that enhances her telekinetic and telepathic powers, unleashing the title character, which tries to take control of her. The other X-Men try to help. This is reputedly the seventh and final main X-Men movie, and the 12th entry overall in the franchise. With James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Jessica Chastain.
“The Secret Life of Pets 2” (PG). Max the dog (voiced by Patton Oswalt) isn’t sure about the changes brought on by his owner Katie (Ellie Kemper) getting married, and when she has a baby the pooch becomes overprotective, a helicopter pet, if you will, in this animated sequel. Also in the voice cast are Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Tiffany Haddish, Lake Bell, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Bobby Moynihan and Harrison Ford.
“Fast Color” (PG-13). A woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who is unable to control her superpowers, which unintentionally cause earthquakes, returns home to her mother (Lorraine Toussaint) and the daughter (Saniyya Sidney) she has never known, both with telekinetic powers of their own. With David Strathairn. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)
“All Is True” (PG-13). After the Globe Theatre burns down in 1613 during a performance of his play, “Henry VIII,” William Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh) returns home to Stratford to live out the days of his life with his wife Anne Hathaway (Judi Dench) With Ian McKellen; Branagh also directed.
“The Tomorrow Man” (PG-13). An elderly man who has spent his life preparing for the end of the world is completely unprepared when he falls in love late in life with a shopaholic he meets at a grocery store. John Lithgow and Blythe Danner star.
“The Souvenir” (R). A young London film-school student (Honor Swinton Byrne) in the early 1980s becomes romantically involved with a strange young man (Tom Burke) who works for the government and their relationship is gradually revealed to be rather toxic. Byrne is the daughter of actress Tilda Swinton, who has a supporting role as her mother. With Richard Ayoade. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk” (PG). Bill Murray narrates this documentary as it explores the bond between golfers and caddies in the centuries-old sport. With Ben Crenshaw, Nick Faldo, Curtis Strange, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson. (Exclusively at the Megaplex Jordan Commons Theater.)