A thought provoking independent film and a unique action film are on area screens this week. Film critics Chuck Koplinski and Pam Powell tell us about Wildlife and Widows in Friday Flicks.
Wildlife (Starts Friday) A teenage boy (Ed Oxenbould) must deal with his mother’s (Carey Mulligan) troubling response when his father (Jake Gyllenhaal) temporarily abandons them to take a dangerous, menial job. Seen through the eyes of Oxenbould’s character, this quietly moving film appeals to the viewer’s sense of personal nostalgia as the young man sees his parents as fallible for the first time, trying to come to terms with this as well as his role in their shifting lives. Powerful and haunting, this is one of the most undervalued movies of the year. 4 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG. 105 minutes. ART
Widows. Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, three women (Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez & Elizabeth Debicki) with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. Unexpectedly complex, there’s more than meets the eye in this heist film that deals with gender politics, corruption politicians and racial equity. Satisfying narrative twists, great acting and numerous timely themes make this one of the most surprising films of the year. 3 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 129 minutes. AMC-C, AMC-D, SAV.