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For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

A rowdy action comedy and a dark Hollywood satire are the big films opening this weekend, along with a trio of low-budget efforts.

“Just Getting Started” (PG-13). Ron Shelton (“Tin Cup,” “Bull Durham”) wrote and directed this comedy about an ex-mob lawyer (Morgan Freeman) in the Witness Protection Program who is living the high life at a fancy Palm Springs resort when an ex-FBI agent (Tommy Lee Jones) saunters in, just in time for mob hit men to come calling. With Rene Russo, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Joe Pantoliano and the late Glenne Headly (she died last June at age 62).

“The Disaster Artist” (R). James Franco directed and stars in this offbeat (what else?) true story of an aspiring filmmaker with no discernible talent who made a movie called “The Room,” which became a “bad-movie” cult favorite. With Dave Franco (James’ brother), Seth Rogan, Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson and Megan Mullally.

  

“Daisy Winters” (PG-13). The 11-year-old title character (Sterling Jerins) has a deep, close relationship with her dying mother (Brooke Shields), and soon goes on a journey to find her father, and in the process, herself. (Exclusively at the Megaplex District Theaters.)

“The Fencer” (Not rated, in Esonian, Russian and Armenian with English subtitles). In the 1950s, a young fencer who is on the run from the Russian secret police returns to his Estonian homeland, starts working at a sports club and begins training a group of young children how to wield a sword. But, of course, his past soon catches up with him. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Aida’s Secrets” (Not rated, in English, and in Hebrew with English subtitles). This personal and emotional documentary follows a World War II survivor who was born in a displaced-persons camp and sent to Israel for adoption, as he tracks his birth mother’s history down a winding path, eventually leading to a reunion with a brother he didn’t know he had. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)