NEW STUFF/OLD STUFF - Movie of the Week
NEW STUFF/OLD STUFF
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020
Given the “new normal” of the pandemic, although this weekend brings eight new movies to local theaters they are all independent efforts that will either open simultaneously on streaming sites or will come to those sites in the next few weeks. And a few more “classics” have popped up as well, some obviously scheduled with Halloween in mind.
And yes, as you may have heard, the Regal in Taylorsville is shuttered, though the other local movie theaters that have been operation for the last couple of months continue to show a mix of new and old movies.
“The War with Grandpa” (PG). In one of his infrequent steps away from R-rated material, Robert De Niro stars in this family comedy about a young boy who is thrilled that Grandpa is coming to live with his family — until he learns that it means giving up his bedroom. Hence the title conflict. With Uma Thurman, Cheech Marin, Jane Seymour and Christopher Walken.
“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (R). For his second directing effort (after “Molly’s Game”), writer Aaron Sorkin (“A Few Good Men,” “The West Wing”) takes on the notorious trial of counter-culture, anti-war protesters charged by the federal government with conspiracy and inciting to riot after their civil disobedience during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. With Michael Keaton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sacha Baron Cohen, Frank Langella, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance and Jeremy Strong.
“On the Rocks” (R). Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”) wrote and directed this comedy-drama about a happily married wife and mother (Rashida Jones) who begins to suspect her husband (Marlon Wayans) of having an affair. So she turns to her roguish father (Bill Murray) for advice, and he leads her on a less-than-hopeful investigation. With Jenny Slate and Barbara Bain.
"Time” (PG-13). This black-and-white documentary explores through video diaries and interviews the effects of a husband and father’s incarceration on his family over two decades, as his wife dedicates herself to facilitating his release.
“Yellow Rose” (PG-13). Rose (Eva Noblezada) is an undocumented 17-year-old Filipina living in a small Texas town who hopes to pursue a country-music career But when her mother is picked up by Immigration and Customs officials she flees to Austin and has to make her own way a little sooner than expected. With Lea Salonga.
“Henchmen” (PG). This Canadian animated superhero spoof has a fallen henchman (voiced by James Marsden) leading his team, dubbed “Union of Evil,” on a mission to halt attempts at world domination by Baron Blackout (Alfred Molina). Other voice actors include Rosario Dawson, Nathan Fillian, Jane Krakowski and Bobcat Goldthwait. (Can you say “The Incredibles” or “Despicable Me”?)
“The Doorman” (R). Ruby Rose stars as a former Marine now working as a “doorman” at a Manhattan hotel whose survival skills are put to the test when a group of thieves break in to steal precious art hidden inside apartment walls. With Jean Reno.
“The Wolf of Snow Hollow” (R). A deputy sheriff (Jim Cummings) in a winter resort town is raising a teenager daughter and caring for his ailing father when a series of killings point to a werewolf as the culprit. Robert Forster, who died late last year, has his final role in this horror-comedy, written and directed by Cummings.
Revivals coming to town this weekend include the Fathom Events presentation of “Total Recall,” as well as “A Nightmare On Elm Street,” “Lights Out,” and for younger audiences, “Coco” and “Monster House,” as well as “Pitch Perfect” and the IMAX documentary “Michael Jordan to the Max.”
And holdovers under the “classics” label are “Hocus Pocus,” “Beetlejuice,” “Annabelle,” “Akira,” “Jurassic Park,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Now You See Me,” “Downton Abbey” and “Shrek.”