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STAR WARS! OH, AND OTHERS TOO

 

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019

The steamroller is, of course, the new “Star Wars” movie but three major Oscar contenders are also jockeying for box-office position this weekend. So, happy cinema-going.

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (PG-13). A year after the events of “The Last Jedi” (2017), the remnant of the Resistance confronts the First Order and the conflict between Jedi and Sith reaches a climax. The final film in the recent “Star Wars” trilogy also concludes George Lucas’ original nine-film series. With Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams.

“A Hidden Life” (PG-13). In 1939, an Austrian peasant farmer is threatened with execution for treason when he follows his conscience to defy Adolf Hitler. The latest from Terrence Malick (“Days of Heaven,” “The Tree of Life”) is the true story of Franz Jägerstätter, told in the filmmaker’s own distinctive, artful and lengthy (three hours) terms. With August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist, Jürgen Prochnow and Bruno Ganz. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

 

“Bombshell” (R). The story of Fox News’ CEO Roger Ailes’ downfall as the backstage culture of sexual harassment and intimidation at the conservative network surfaced in 2016 stars Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson and John Lithgow as Ailes, along with Margot Robbie, Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Malcolm McDowell, Allison Janney, Stephen Root, Richard Kind and Holland Taylor.

“Cats” (PG). An all-star cast is dressed up in high-tech feline costuming for this adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega-popular musical play (based on a 1939 poetry collection by T.S. Eliot). Francesca Hayward (principle dancer at London’s Royal Ballet) has the nominal lead with the ensemble cast rounded out by James Corden, Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift and Rebel Wilson, among others.