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DESPICABLE? IGNOBLE, MAYBE

  

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, June 30, 2017

He hasn’t really been despicable since halfway through his first animated feature, “Despicable Me,” but here comes Gru for a third go-round under that title, destined, of course, for summer blockbuster status.

“Despicable Me 3” (PG). Gru is fired from the Anti-Villain League after failing to capture a diamond thief and most of his minions leave because he refuses to return to a life of crime. But when Gru discovers he has a wealthy long-lost brother, the brother temps him by suggesting they plot a heist. Voice cast includes Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Julie Andrews, Jenny Slate and Russell Brand.

“The Beguiled” (R). During the Civil War, a remote Confederate girls’ boarding school takes in an injured Union soldier (Colin Farrell). Initially the female staff and sheltered schoolgirls are fearful, but he begins to charm them one by one, leading to jealousy and deceit. With Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning. Remake of a 1971 Clint Eastwood films.

“The Hero” (R). Sam Elliott stars as an aging former Western movie star who is diagnosed with cancer, so he begins a search for an acting role that will allow him to go out at the top of his game. He also tries to reconcile with his estranged daughter (Krysten Ritter) and begins a relationship with a stand-up comic who is several decades younger (Laura Prepon). Nick Offerman and Elliott’s wife Katharine Ross co-star.

  

“Baby Driver” (R). Action crime-thriller about a getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) coerced into working for a mysterious kingpin (Kevin Spacey) on a bank heist that is doomed to fail. With Lily James, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Flea and Paul Williams.

“Dean” (PG-13). While trying to convince his father not to sell the Brooklyn family home after the death of his mother, a New York cartoon illustrator travels to Los Angeles to meet with an ad agency about work. While there he meets and becomes infatuated with a local woman, and back home his father develops feelings for his real-estate agent. Artist/stand-up comic Demetri Martin makes his theatrical writing/directing debut with a first-rate supporting cast that includes Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Peter Scolari and Gillian Jacobs.

“The House” (R). After they blow their daughter’s college fund, a suburban couple (Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell) talks their friends into helping fund an illegal casino in the basement of their home. With Jeremy Renner, Allison Tolman, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll.