Feb 12, 2020 3:44 AM

Movie news you can use

Posted Feb 12, 2020 3:44 AM

[ By DAN DEMING ]

[ ENTERTAINMENT CONTRIBUTOR ]

There are two new movies that are both worthy of seeing open this weekend at Hutchinson's B&B Theaters."Sonic the Hedgehog" is expected to be this weekend's biggest box office attraction, with the live action/animated adventure comedy based on the "blue hedgehog" video franchise.

Sonic, voiced by Ben Schwartz, is a super-speed character who comes to Earth from another world landing in Green Hills, Montana. After causing a massive power outage, he meets up with his new best friend, a small town sheriff named Tom. The evil Dr. Robotnix tries to capture Sonic using his world domination powers.

Jim Carrey and James Marsden bolster the cast of this $95 million budget which plows new ground from the original 1996 strictly animation "Sonic the Hedgehog" movie. The first trailer was greeted with much castigation causing release to be held up until editing of the original was followed by considerable praise.

The second new offering is "Downhill" with Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a co-producer and star along with Will Ferrell. It's a black comedy/drama about a family's Alps ski vacation punctuated by an avalanche. When the husband abandons his wife and two children after they are nearly killed,  she starts having questions about his devotion. "Downhill" was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia and is actually a remake of a Swedish movie called "Force Majeure."  The 'remake' aspects have caused national critics to be unkind to this film while Sonic has received a 95 percent audience approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes.

Also new in Hutchinson this weekend is "Fantasy Island" along with another opportunity to see Academy Award winning "1917," "Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey," "Dolittle," and believe it or not, "Jumanji: The Next Level," which is still around.

“Movie news you can use” is a weekly feature submitted by Dan Deming. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those of Hutch Post or its affiliates.