THE GRINCH? AGAIN? - Movie of the Week
THE GRINCH? AGAIN?
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
Although two major-studio R-rated releases are getting a lot of publicity, this weekend’s likely box-office winner is yet another movie about the Grinch spoiling Christmas. At least this one’s a cartoon without Jim Carrey.
“The Grinch” (aka “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” PG). This third incarnation of Dr. Seuss’ classic book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is a colorfully animated retelling, with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the furry, green and very grumpy creature that enlists his dog Max to help him ruin the holiday in Whoville. Other voices are provided by Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury and Pharrell Williams.
“Time Freak” (PG-13). This time-travel romantic comedy stars Asa Butterfield as a young inventor who perfects a time machine. When his girlfriend (Sophie Turner) breaks up with him, he travels back in time to adjust his treatment of her and mend their relationship. Filmed almost entirely in the Salt Lake Valley, to include the University of Utah. (Exclusively at the Megaplex District Theaters.)
“The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story” (R). Claire Foy is the third actress to tackle the complicated role of Lisbeth Salander, the 20-something goth computer hacker with a photographic memory who teams up with an older journalist (Sverir Gudnason) to take down bad guys. This is a reboot of the “Dragon Tattoo” franchise, based on characters created by Stieg Larsson for his “Millenium” book trilogy.
“Overlord” (R). During World War II, on the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers caught behind enemy lines learn that the Nazis have been experimenting with the creation of monstrous super soldiers in this mix of wartime and horror genres.
“What They Had” (R). When an elderly woman (Blythe Danner) with Alzheimer’s wanders off during a blizzard on Christmas Eve, her daughter (Hilary Swank) travels back to her hometown to help her brother (Michael Shannon) convince their father (Robert Forster) that it’s time to place Mom in a nursing home. With Taissa Farmiga and Josh Lucas.
“Wildlife” (R). After a recent move to a new home in 1960 Montana, a golf pro (Jake Gyllenhaal) loses his job and signs on to help fight a forest fire raging nearby. His wife (Carey Mulligan) is none to pleased with the decision and soon their marriage is falling apart as their teenage son watches.