AN R-RATED WEEKEND - Movie of the Week
AN R-RATED WEEKEND
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, March 24, 2017
Except for a new “Power Rangers” reboot aimed at teens, this is a weekend for R-rated movies, ranging from sci-fi to horror to raunchy comedy to an offbeat musical.
“Life” (R). Big-budget sci-fi horror about a crew aboard the International Space Station that captures a space probe returning from Mars with a sample that proves to be extraterrestrial life. But what first becomes a joyous discovery soon turns to dread as the organism becomes hostile. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson.
“Power Rangers” (PG-13). This latest reboot of the popular superhero youngsters, originally adapted from a Japanese TV show, has five disparate troubled teens — including, for the first time, an autistic boy and a gay girl — being brought together by destiny to become the title characters and take on evil Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). With Bryan Cranston.
“The Last Word” (R). Shirley MacLaine stars in this comedy-drama as an irascible retired businesswoman who pays the local newspaper to have her obit written in advance under her control. Amanda Seyfried is the young journalist assigned to the daunting task. With Anne Heche, Philip Baker Hall and Tom Everett Scott.
“Song to Song” (R). Terrence Malick’s latest ethereal tone poem is set against the Austin, Texas, music scene, focusing on two couples, a pair of struggling songwriters (Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling), and a music mogul (Michael Fassbender) and a waitress (Natalie Portman). With Cate Blanchett, Val Kilmer, Holly Hunter, and cameos by musicians Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, Flea and more. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“CHIPS” (R). Dax Shepard wrote, directed and stars in this absurd, raunchy comic adaptation of the TV series “CHiPs,” about California Highway Patrol officers. Here Shepard is rookie Baker and Michael Peña is his veteran partner Ponch. But Ponch is actually an undercover FBI agent investigating crooked cops. With Kristin Bell (Shepard’s wife), Vincent D’Onofrio, Jane Kaczmarek and Maya Rudolph.
“Wilson” (R). A middle-aged misanthrope (Woody Harrelson) reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and meets his teenage daughter for the first time in this raunchy comedy. Based on a graphic novel. With Judy Greer, Cheryl Hines and Margo Martindale.
“Raw” (R, in French with English subtitles). After a veterinary-school hazing incident, a vegetarian discovers her inner cannibal in this gory and sexually explicit French horror film. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)