GOODIES SURFACE IN A SLOW WEEK

         

For Hicksflicks.com, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Just like last week, there are not too many new movies in local movie theaters this weekend. After 10 new films three weeks ago and eight new films two weeks ago, last week's measly two movies seemed like a real dearth.

This week we have only have three but all are expected to perform well at the box office, and one looks like a sure-fire Oscar contender.

"The Theory of Everything" (PG-13) is based on an autobiography by Jane Wilde Hawking, the first wife of physicist Stephen Hawking, and is primarily about their relationship as he was afflicted with ALS. Eddie Redmayne who gave noteworthy performances in 2011 in "My Week With Marilyn" and the next year in "Les Miserables," is being touted as Oscar-bait for his starring role as Hawking. Jane is played by Felicity Jones.

"Penguins of Madascar" (PG) is an aninmated spinoff of "Madagascar," its two sequels and the subsequent "Penguins" TV cartoon series. This new film focuses on those scene-stealing penguins as they star in their own spy adventure. The voice cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich.

"Horrible Bosses 2" (R) is a sequel to the 2011 film about a trio of abused office drones (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis) who fantasize about killing their bosses but prove too inept to do so. This time their joint business venture is threatened by Christoph Walz, so they kidnap his son. And who wouldn't? Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey return, and Chris Pine is also on hand.