BILL & TED & MUTANTS & COPPERFIELD - Movie of the Week
BILL & TED & MUTANTS & COPPERFIELD
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020
As reported, “The New Mutants” is opening in theaters only before going to online streaming, and the same is happening with “Still Here.”
But as we’ve come to expect in recent weeks, most of the new films this weekend will simultaneously debut in theaters and online — including the new “Bill & Ted” picture.
With just a very few exceptions, nearly all of the movie houses in the Salt Lake Valley are open now, playing a mix of older films and some new titles — with social distancing measures in place.
Here are the newbies:
“Bill & Ted Face the Music” (PG-13). Back for their third go-round of fantasy ridiculousness (nearly 30 years after “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey”), this time Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are commissioned to save the universe by creating a song in 78 minutes! With Kristen Schaal, William Sadler and Holland Taylor.
“The New Mutants” (PG-13). This (alleged) final film in the X-Men franchise follows five young mutants who discover their abilities while being held against their will. Described as a horror cross between the movies of Stephen King and John Hughes.
“The Personal History of David Copperfield” (PG). This comedy-drama based on the Dickens novel stars Dev Patel in the title role as the good-hearted orphan who encounters a wide variety of offbeat characters in Victorian England. Among the large cast are Peter Capaldi, Hugh Laurie and Tilda Swinton.
“Still Here” (R). A young New York journalist lazily and superficially interviews apathetic police in the case of a missing African-American child from Brooklyn. But when the distraught father pleads for help, the remorseful reporter vows to solve the mystery himself.
“Centigrade” (Not Rated). In 2002 a young couple traveling in the arctic mountains of Norway find themselves trapped in a blizzard when their SUV is buried under layers of snow and ice. If that’s not enough, the wife is eight months pregnant and their food supply is low.
“The Broken Hearts Gallery” (PG-13). A young assistant in a New York art gallery has been dumped so many times that she has created a shrine of sorts to her exes, which she develops into a pop-up art site that quickly attracts a following and then becomes a movement in this romantic comedy.
“Tulsa” (PG-13). The titular precocious 9-year-old girl drives her newly discovered father, a desperate Marine, to distraction in this faith-film comedy-drama.
“Hard Kill” (R). Bruce Willis has a secondary role in this yarn about a billionaire tech CEO’s daughter being kidnapped by terrorists and his sending mercenaries to save her.
“The Eight Hundred” (Not Rated, in Mandarin with English subtitles). In 1937, eight hundred Chinese soldiers in Shanghai find themselves completely surrounded by the Japanese army in this Chinese epic.
“Bring the Soul: The Movie” (Not Rated, in Korean with English subtitles). Internationally popular music group BTS (aka The Bangtan Boys) is interviewed in Paris after the final concert of their European tour.
Among the additions to recent “classics” are “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Shrek,” the two most recent “Spider-Man” sequels and three films in the “Rocky” franchise.