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VALENTINE’S DAY FARE

 

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019

This week’s new movies include two that opened on Wednesday (Valentine’s Day Eve), one that opened on Thursday (Valentine’s Day) and a couple of art-house films that arrive Friday.

“Alita: Battle Angel” (PG-13). In the year 2563, a young woman (Rosa Salazar) discovers that her scientist father (Christoph Waltz) has actually reconstructed her from cyborg parts found in a junkyard. When she discovers her true powers and purpose, she attempts to save the world from oppressive hunter-warriors. With Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Jackie Earle Haley and Michelle Rodriguez. James Cameron co-produced and co-wrote this live-action/animated sci-fi adventure with Robert Rodriguez directing.

“Happy Death Day 2U” (PG-13). This is a sequel, in case the title doesn’t give that away. And the first film, a PG-13 comic-slasher riff on “Groundhog Day,” wasn’t too bad. So Jessica Rothe (who always reminds me of Blake Lively) is back as the college student who was caught in a time loop — and now she’s inexplicably caught in one again, but this time with her friends also being targeted by the creepy baby mask-wearing killer.

  

“Isn’t it Romantic?” (PG-13). Rebel Wilson stars in this spoof of romantic-comedy movie clichés as a cynical architect who grew up in Australia watching and believing too many such movies. Now living in New York City, she eschews the very notion of finding a soul mate until she is knocked out and awakens in a candy-colored alternate universe where she is fully aware of being surrounded by the very rom-com tropes she abhors. With Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine and Jennifer Saunders.

“Capernaum” (R, in Lebanese with English subtitles). Nominated for an Oscar as best foreign-language film, this drama tells the story of a 12-year-old Lebanese boy who takes his parents to court to sue them for giving him life, then shows in flashback how he has come to rebel against the life he’s been given. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“The Wandering Earth” (Not Rated, in Mandarin with English subtitles). This Chinese sci-fi epic is set in the near future as the sun is dying out. So to save mankind scientists draw up an escape plan that requires thousands of huge fusion-powered engines to move Earth out of the Solar System and into the Alpha Centauri system, a 2,500-year journey that is fraught with peril. (Exclusively at the AMC Theaters in West Jordan.)