TRYING TO KEEP CURRENT - Movie of the Week
TRYING TO KEEP CURRENT
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019
After several weeks of just one or two movies opening, here comes a flood of new titles as no less than 10 pictures begin theatrical runs this weekend.
“The Current War” (PG-13). “The War of the Currents” was the 1880s battle between electricity titans Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), along with his partner Nikolai Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), over who would bring modern lights to Manhattan. With Katherine Waterston and Tuppence Middleton.
“The Great Alaskan Race” (PG). In 1925 Nome, Alaska, a brave group of mushers travel 700 miles to a small village to rescue children from a deadly epidemic. Writer/director/editor Brian Presley stars with Treat Williams. Henry Thomas, Bruce Davison and James Russo.
“Jesus Is King” (PG-13). Kanye West’s “Sunday Service” (which earlier this month was performed in Salt Lake City) comes to IMAX theaters after being filmed in the Roden Crater, an art installation in Arizona’s Painted Desert, with songs arranged by West in gospel traditions.
“The Lighthouse” (R). Willem Dafoe, as a grizzled lighthouse keeper in the 1890s, and Robert Pattinson, as his new assistant, star in this two-person horror-thriller that has them sinking into madness in their isolation as their nightmares seem to come to life.
“Dolemite Is My Name” (R). Eddie Murphy stars in this biographical comedy-drama about comedian Rudy Ray Moore, who made a name for himself when he starred in the 1975 blaxploitation thriller “Dolemite,” patterned after a character Moore used in his stand-up act. With Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Wesley Snipes and Chris Rock.
“Black and Blue” (R). A rookie cop (Naomie Harris) in New Orleans witnesses the murder of a young drug dealer by her partner, which she captures on her body cam. Fearful of corrupt fellow officers and aware that criminals out for revenge have put a bounty on her, she turns to a stranger (Tyrese Gibson) for help.
“Countdown” (PG-13). A mysterious phone app that predicts their death date becomes the latest craze for young phone social-media addicts who treat it as a joke, but when people start dying on the predicted dates it becomes apparent that something more sinister is going on.
“Western Stars” (PG). This is a sort of documentary-cum-music video as Bruce Springsteen sings and introduces each of the songs on his recent album, which carries the same title, assisted by his own archival photos and home-movie clips.
“Paradise Hills” (TV-14). In either the future or an alternate reality, a young upper-crust woman (Emma Roberts) is sent to a Mediterranean island that’s part spa, part concentration camp and stylistically fantasy-laden, where she and others are to be transformed into “proper” versions of themselves. Made for TV (hence the TV-14) rating, with Awkwafina and Milla Jovovich.
“Where’s My Roy Cohn?” (PG-13). American lawyer Roy Cohn, whose career crossed pathos with everyone from Sen. Joseph McCarthy to Donald Trump, is profiled in this documentary. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)