‘LITTLE MOVIES’ DOMINATE THIS WEEK - Movie of the Week
‘LITTLE MOVIES’ DOMINATE THIS WEEK
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, April 7, 2017
An eclectic array of “little” movies open this weekend — plus a sing-along version of this year’s biggest hit (so far) —as we get ready for the blockbuster summer fare that kicks off next week with the latest “Fast & Furious” sequel (No. 8 in the franchise).
“The Case for Christ” (PG). In the early 1980s, embittered investigative reporter Lee Strobel (Mike Vogel) is shocked when his wife (Erika Christensen) becomes a faithful Christian. An avowed atheist, Strobel decides to use his journalistic skills to disprove Christianity, but after a deep two-year investigation, the results are surprising. A true story based on Strobel’s book. With Faye Dunaway and Robert Forster.
“Going in Style” (PG-13). Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin star in this remake of the 1979 comedy-drama. In this version, the three elderly men see their pensions dry up, so they decide to make it right by robbing a bank. With Ann-Margret, Matt Dillon, Christopher Lloyd and Kenan Thompson.
“Smurfs: The Lost Village” (PG). Those blue animated Smurfs are back with Demi Lovato voicing the main character, Smurfette, who leads Clumsy, Brainy and Hefty into the Forbidden Forest after seeing what she believes is another female Smurf. But they are captured by the evil wizard Gargamel (Rainn Wilson), and in his castle find a map to a lost village. They escape, head for the village and have dangerous (“Oz”-like?) adventures along the way. Other voices are provided by Mandy Patinkin, Julia Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias and Jeff Dunham.
“Beauty and the Beast Sing-A-Long” (PG). It usually takes months or years before a sing-along version of a popular musical film is released with subtitles so you can, um, sing along. But here we are with this one, as the live-action Disney version of “Beauty and the Beast” begins just its fourth week. Have fun.
“Your Name” (PG, screening both in Japanese with English subtitles and in an English-dubbed version). A teenage girl living in a mountain region of Japan tires of country life, so she makes an offering and wishes to be a handsome boy in the city of Tokyo. Her wish comes true and she and a Tokyo boy switch bodies. They also find themselves spiritually connected and discover they are in different timelines, which may allow them to help avert a tragedy.
“Land of Mine” (R, in Danish and German with English subtitles). This true story, set immediately after World War II, has a Danish sergeant assigned to use German POWs to defuse and remove more than 2 million mines along the Danish coast, to make the beaches safe again. The POWs, most of them teenagers, are promised they will be released to return home when the task is completed. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“The Void” (Not Rated). A cop comes across a bloody man limping down a remote road, takes him to an emergency room and is forced to confront an evil presence that manifests itself through hooded figures that surround the hospital and people inside the building who start to go mad. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)