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IS THERE A DOLITTLE IN THE HOUSE?

 

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020

A new, oddly action-packed version of “Doctor Dolittle” opens this weekend, along with a belated sequel and several art-house films.

“Dolittle” (PG). Robert Downey Jr. stars as Hugh Lofting’s beloved Doctor Dolittle in this live-action/computer-animation mix that has the Victorian-era vet who has conversations with animals setting out on a voyage to find a mythical island that has a cure for Queen Victoria’s ailments. With Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent and a voice cast that includes Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Octavia Spencer, Criag Robinson, Tom Holland, Ralph Fiennes and Selena Gomez.

“Bad Boys for Life” (R). This third in the infrequent action-comedy franchise (the first film was released in 1995, the second in 2003) reunites Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as Miami Police detectives Mike and Marcus. This time they’ve gone their separate ways, Mike as a police inspector and Marcus training millennial cops, but they are reunited when a fierce cartel mob boss comes after them with revenge on his mind. With Vanessa Hudgens and Joe Pantoliano.

 

“Invisible Life” (R, in Portuguese and Greek with English subtitles). In 1950 Rio de Janeiro, two young adult sisters living at home with conservative parents dream of better lives, one to become a renowned pianist and the other to find true love. But soon they are separated, one taken to Europe while the other stays in Rio, each determined to find the other again. (Exclusively at the Broadway Center Cinemas.)

“Les Misérables” (R, in French with English subtitles). After a divorce, a young French police officer moves to Paris to be near his son and finds himself assigned to the impoverished suburb where Victor Hugo wrote the famous titular novel. As part of the local Anti-Crime Brigade he investigates the theft of a baby lion from a circus, which leads to a confrontation with a young thief and his cronies that is streamed by a drone and spirals into a neighborhood riot. (Exclusively at the Broadway Center Cinemas.)

  

“Varda By Agnès” (Not Rated). This personal autobiographical documentary about her own career was the final film by acclaimed French filmmaker Agnès Varda (“Cléo from 5 to 7,” “Faces Places”), a free-spirited cinematic tour through her six-decade artistic journey. (Exclusively at the Broadway Center Cinemas.)

“Cunningham” (PG). Merce Cunningham, an American dancer and choreographer who died a decade ago at the age of 90, is profiled in this unique 3-D documentary, which focuses on three decades, 1944-72, and includes members of his dance company performing in such evocative backdrops as a tunnel, a rooftop and a forest. (Exclusively at the Broadway Center Cinemas.)

“Weathering With You” (PG-13; depending on the showtime you choose this film is in Japanese with English subtitles or dubbed in English). Japanese-anime romantic fantasy about a high school boy who runs away from his home in Tokyo and is befriended by a girl who appears to be able to manipulate the weather.