SO MANY CHOICES, SO FEW OPTIONS - Movie of the Week
SO MANY CHOICES, SO FEW OPTIONS
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020
You know how you look through the Netflix selections and there are all these different genres and perhaps some familiar stars, and yet when you read the descriptions, nothing in any of these movies seems remotely unique.
That pretty much sums up the 12 … no kidding, 12 … new movies opening in local theaters this weekend some of which are already online and some of which will go to streaming sites (including Netflix) in the next couple of weeks.
“Come Away” (PG). After the death of their elder brother, young Alice and Peter try to console their parents (Angelina Jolie, David Oyelowo) by taking on imaginary personas for tea parties and sword fights, eventually leading them to permanently become Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. With Michael Caine, Derek Jacobi, Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
“Fatman” (R). Having watched “Bad Santa” too many times, Mel Gibson stars in the title role of this dark comedy as an unorthodox Chris Cringle (that’s how he spells it) who partners with the military and is targeted by an assassin (Walton Goggins) hired by a kid that received coal in his stocking. With Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
“Too Close for Christmas” (G). And this one’s for the Hallmark Channel crowd: A single high-powered event planner (Jessica Lowndes) joins her sister’s family for a quiet Christmas in the mountains until she learns that someone she loathes is also going to be there, her brother-in-law’s brother (Chad Michael Murray). Naturally, reluctant love ensues. (And it is notably the first G-rated film I can remember in many a moon.)
“Dreamland” (R). Echoes of “Bonnie and Clyde” rattle throughout this story of a wounded bank robber on the run (Margot Robbie) in Texas during the Great Depression when she is discovered by a young man (Finn Cole) who is torn between turning her in for a bounty and his growing feelings for her.
“Hillbilly Elegy” (R). Ron Howard directed and Amy Adams and Glenn Close star in this Netflix drama based on the memoir by J.D. Vance, and it’s already been vilified by critics across the country as one of the year’s worst movies. The story has Yale student Vance exploring three generations of his Appalachian family.
“Echo Boomers” (R). Patrick Schwarzenegger (son of Arnold) stars in this crime drama as a college graduate mired in debut and with no job prospects, so he joins a criminal outfit that robs the rich. With Michael Shannon, Lesley Ann Warren.
“Freaky” (R). This supernatural slasher comedy has a high school senior (Kathryn Newton) targeted by a notorious serial killer (Vince Vaughn), but his signature magic dagger causes them to switch bodies, which allows the killer to go after her high school friends. She has only one day to switch back. “Freaky Friday” meets “Halloween”? With Alan Ruck.
“The Climb” (R). Two close friends (played by Michael Angelo Covino and Kyle Marvin, who also wrote the film) find their relationship broken when one reveals he is sleeping with the other’s fiancée. This comedy-drama follows their lives over many years.
“Stealing Chaplin” (R). Two aging, bumbling con-artist brothers in Las Vegas owe a bundle to the mob, so they come up with a scheme to dig up the body of Charlie Chaplin and sell it to the highest bidder. Canadian comedy-drama.
“Ammonite” (R). In the 1840s an acclaimed-but-sidelined paleontologist (Kate Winslet) hires on to care for a recuperating young wife (Saoirse Ronan) but hey immediately clash due to their socio-economic and cultural differences, until they begin to be attracted to each other. Based on a true story. With Fiona Shaw, Gemma Jones,
And two foreign animated films will have limited screenings locally, courtesy of Fathom Events. “Wolfwalkers” (PG) is an Irish adventure about a young apprentice hunter and her father trying to wipe out the last wolf pack in Ireland, and the other is a double-feature, the first two parts of “Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel” (PG-13), a Japanese anime trilogy about the Holy Grail War, a conflict between mages, or magicians.
In addition, the oldies arriving on screens this weekend include “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Love Actually” and an actual Thanksgiving film, “Planes, Trains & Automobiles.”