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At the Movies: September 15, 2017

September 14, 2017

This week at the movies: A seasoned veteran teams up with a rookie CIA agent/wannabe assassin to try and stop an imminent global war; and a young woman descends into a disturbing madness as uninvited guests show up at her and her husband’s quiet home.

American Assassin

When Cold War veteran and ex-Navy SEAL Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) takes CIA black ops recruit Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) under his wing, they receive an assignment to investigate a wave of random attacks on both military and civilian targets. After discovering a pattern of violence, Hurley and Rapp join forces with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative who wants to start a global war. Also starring Sanaa Lathan, Taylor Kitsch, Shiva Negar, and Scott Adkins. Based on the novel by Vince Flynn.

Rated R. Action/Thriller. Directed by Michael Cuesta. 1h 51m.

What the Internet Says:

“Built for action, like its title character, the movie packs a muscular, bloody punch… The globe-hopping story of covert U.S. operatives zeroing in on terrorist factions and renegade mercenaries clearly aims to separate itself from other popcorn spy thrillers based on airport novels.” — The Hollywood Reporter

Our Take: Action movie junkies: this one is for you. Michael Keaton’s intensity and Dylan O’Brien’s beefed-up character make an entertaining duo. This origin story might also be the first installment of many “American Assassin” films (there are more than a dozen novels waiting to be adapted for the big screen).

mother!

Veronica (Jennifer Lawrence) and her husband’s (Javier Bardem) tranquil life at their remote country home is challenged when a mysterious couple (Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer) unexpectedly arrives at their door. Their relationship continues to be tested as more uninvited guests turn up and Veronica’s husband, a successful poet, welcomes them into their home without hesitation. When strange and sinister events start to take place, Veronica begins to question the reality surrounding her.

Rated R. Horror/Thriller. Directed by Darren Arranofsky. 2h 1m.

What the Internet Says:

“Shot with a surrealist's eye for madness and destruction by the great cinematographer Matthew Libatique, ‘mother!’ always seems on the verge of exploding. Your head will feel the same way. And I mean that as a compliment… You won’t know what hit you.” — Rolling Stone

“By all means, go to ‘mother!’ and enjoy its roller-coaster-of-weird exhibitionism. But be afraid, very afraid, only if you're hoping to see a movie that's as honestly disquieting as it is showy.” — Variety

Our Take: From the same creator behind the films “Black Swan” and “Requiem for a Dream,” “mother!” is deeply visceral and full of chilling suspense. The preview alone is blowing our minds. We’re in.

Watch the trailer here.