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THE FAST & THE GIFTED

 

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, April 14, 2017

In movie theaters this weekend are quite a few disparate titles of various genres, led by a gentle independent film starring Captain America and Vin Diesel in yet another go-round as his signature character.

“Gifted” (PG-13). Chris Evans stars in this light, predictable but engaging melodrama, with scene-stealer McKenna Grace as a 6-year-old math prodigy in a custody struggle between her loving uncle (Evans) and her controlling grandmother (Lindsay Duncan). Jenny Slate is a sympathetic schoolteacher and Octavia Spencer is a neighbor and friend.

“The Fate of the Furious” (PG-13). The eighth entry in the “Fast & Furious” franchise has Dom (Vin Diesel) turning against the team under the spell of criminal mastermind Cipher (Charlize Theron). With Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Kurt Russell and … wait for it … Helen Mirren!

 

“Tommy’s Honour” (PG). This British drama, which arrives with solid reviews from across the pond, is about pioneering father-and-son golfers Tom and Tommy Morris in 1860s Scotland. Directed by Jason Connery, son of Sean. Sam Neill has a supporting role.

“Colossal” (R). Described as a weird riff on “Godzilla,” this offbeat monster-movie comedy stars Anne Hathaway as a New York party girl whose antics cause her boyfriend to kick her out. So she returns home, gets a job in bar and discovers she has some kind of psychic connection with a monster that’s terrorizing South Korea. With Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Tim Blake Nelson and Simon Pegg.

  

“Spark: A Space Tail” (PG). Canadian animated feature about a teenage monkey and his two friends, a fox and a warthog, embark on an interplanetary rescue mission. Voice cast includes Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon and Patrick Stewart.

“Frantz” (PG-13, in black-and-white, in French and German with English subtitles). This post-World War I melodrama has a German woman mourning her fiancé who died in battle when she and others in the family are surprised by a visit from a French war veteran who apparently knew him. They fall in love but he harbors a secret that could be a real deal-breaker. (Remake of Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 “Broken Lullaby.”)

“Donnie Darko” (R). A troubled Virginia teen (Jake Gyllenhaal) is warned by a figure in a giant rabbit costume about the impending end of the world, among other things. “Harvey” it ain’t. This 2001 cult favorite is having a theatrical revival in advance of its Blu-ray debut. With Maggie Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Katharine Ross, Seth Rogan and Noah Wyle.