CALL OF THE BOX OFFICE - Movie of the Week
CALL OF THE BOX OFFICE
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020
A major studio release adapting a popular novel for the umpteenth time leads this week’s new movies, which includes a couple of horror films and an offbeat romantic comedy.
“The Call of the Wild” (PG). In this adaptation of Jack London’s 1903 novel, Harrison Ford takes on the role of John Thornton, an anti-social loner in the Yukon during the 1890s gold rush who takes up with a dog that’s been mistreated. The pooch is primarily a CGI scan of a dog owned by Chris Sanders, the film’s director (making his live-action debut after helming “Lilo & Stitch” and “How to Train Your Dragon”). With Dan Stevens, Omar Sy, Karen Gillan and Bradley Whitford.
“Brahms: The Boy II” (PG-13). A young family moves into the Heelshire Mansion in a remote English village, unaware of the house’s horror history. But when the young son of the family finds an eerie doll it becomes apparent that it’s possessed by something evil. This one’s a sequel to the 2016 film “The Boy.” Katie Holmes stars as the boy’s mother.
“The Lodge” (R). In this horror yarn, an independent effort that made a splash at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, a young woman who is soon to be married finds herself snowed in at a remote holiday village with her new stepchildren-to-be and her past begins to catch up with her. With Riley Keough and Alicia Silverstone.
“Olympic Dreams” (PG-13). Long-distance runner Alexi Pappas (who represented Greece in the 10,000 meters at the 2016 Olympics) stars in this romantic comedy as a cross-country skier who bonds with a volunteer dentist (Nick Kroll). Filmed on location at the Olympic Village of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“The Assistant” (Not Rated). A young woman (Julia Garner) lands her dream job as an assistant at a major New York movie studio but soon learns that her boss is a manipulative, bullying womanizer (apparently patterned after Harvey Weinstein). With Matthew Macfadyen. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (R, in French with English subtitles). In 1760 a young artist is commissioned to paint a wedding portrait, but the subject is reluctant, so the artist surreptitiously observes her during the day and secretly paints the portrait at night, until they begin a lesbian affair. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Las Pildoras de Mi Novio (My Boyfriend’s Meds)/” (R, in Spanish with English subtitles). When a mattress salesman (Jaime Camil) strikes up a romance with an upscale tequila rep (Sandra Echeverria) she invites him to her work retreat on a remote island resort in this broad Mexican comedy. But he hasn’t told her about his variety of medical issues that cause him to demonstrate bizarre symptoms and he forgets to bring his meds.
“Emerald Run” (PG-13). An unemployed family man accepts a job from his mobster father-in-law to smuggle emeralds across the Southern Border but, of course, it goes haywire. Soon he and his devout Catholic guide are in the company of a crazed preacher, or possibly a hallucination. The biggest name in this low-budget faith/crime picture is John Schneider, best known for the 1980s TV show "Dukes of Hazzard."