THIS WOMAN IS A WONDER - Movie of the Week
THIS WOMAN IS A WONDER
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, June 2, 2017
This week’s summer blockbuster is “Wonder Woman,” another attempt by DC Comics to catch up with Marvel. Good luck with that.
“Wonder Woman” (PG-13). Gal Gadot, who played Wonder Woman in last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” returns with the first in her own franchise, an origin story of the Amazon princess who learns of World War I from a soldier (Chris Pine) washed ashore on her island and decides to enter the fray to end the war. With Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis and Connie Nielsen.
“Love, Kennedy” (PG). The latest from Utah filmmaker T.C. Christensen (“17 Miracles,” “The Cokeville Miracle”) is this true story of 16-year-old Kennedy Hansen (Tatum Chiniquy), who is stricken with a rare and incurable disease, but it’s what happens after her death that makes up the bulk of the film. With Heather Beers (“Charly”) and Jason Wade (“17 Miracles”) as the girl’s parents.
“Churchill” (PG). Beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, fearful of repeating mistakes made in World War I and worried about his historical legacy, waffles in the run-up to the Allied D-Day invasion at Normandy, France, in June 1944 until his wife Clementine (Miranda Richardson) reassures him.
“Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” (PG). Animated adaptation of the popular children’s book series about two elementary school kids (voiced by Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch) with overactive imaginations who hypnotize their principal (Ed Helms) so that he thinks he’s the title hero. Eventually, they must go up against villain Professor Poopypants (Nick Kroll) and his henchman Melvin Sneedly (Jordan Peele).
“Wakefield” (R). This offbeat look at alienation follows a successful attorney (Bryan Cranston) who feels underappreciated by his family, so one night when he returns home he goes into the garage and sets up camp, unbeknownst to his wife (Jennfier Garner) and children, and begins a hermit-like existence so he can spy on them. With Beverly D’Angelo. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)
“Chasing Trane” (Not Rated). Documentary about the music of John Coltrane, a saxophonist, composer and pioneer in free jazz in the 1950s and ’60s. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)