‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ and ‘Fantasy Island’ lead busy Presidents Day weekend at the box office

Written by on February 15, 2020

Paramount Pictures and Sega of America(NEW YORK) — Opening nationwide on Friday:

Sonic the Hedgehog — Parks and Recreation’s Ben Schwartz voices the titular character in this live action/CGI animated film is based on the Sega video game that follows Sonic as he tries to defeat the evil scientist, Doctor Robotnik — played by Jim Carrey — with the help of a small-town sheriff named Tom — portrayed by James Marsden.  Tika Sumpter also stars.  Rated PG.

Fantasy Island — This scary film adaptation of the kitschy hit TV show that ran from 1978 to 1984 starts off much like its predecessor — with people who come to experience a fantasy and discover they are getting more than they bargained for.  However, in this permutation, the guests — which include Maggie Q and Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Portia Doubleday, Jimmy O. Yang, Ryan Hansen and Michael Rooker — don’t get the happy endings the classic series’ weekly guest stars experienced.  Michael Peña plays the enigmatic Mr. Roarke.  Rated PG-13.

The Photograph — Issa Rae plays the estranged daughter of a famous photographer who falls in love with a rising journalist — portrayed by Lakeith Stanfield.  With his help, she unravels the secrets of her mother’s early life.  Chelsea Peretti, Lil Rel Howery and Courtney B. Vance also star.  Rated PG-13.

Downhill —  This remake of the 2014 Swedish black comedy Force Majeure stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell as a couple whose ski vacation in the Alps has them reevaluating their marriage following an avalanche that his him running for cover — without his family.  Rated R.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

Ordinary Love — This drama examines the lives of a middle-aged couple — played by Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville — as they deal with the wife’s breast cancer diagnosis.  Rated R.

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