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At the Movies: September 29

September 28, 2017

Now playing: Flatliners; American Made.


Five medical students embark on a daring and dangerous experiment to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life. The bold adventure begins when they trigger near-death experiences by stopping their hearts for short periods of time. As their trials become more perilous, each must confront the sins from their past while facing the paranormal consequences of journeying to the other side. Starring Nina Dobrev, Ellen Page, Diego Luna, and Kiefer Sutherland.

Rated PG-13. Sci-Fi/Thriller. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev. 1h 50m.

What the Internet Says:

“The new film ‘Flatliners’ will probably seem familiar to fans of '90s cinema... The new film is a sort of remake while also being a sequel, but its trailers seem to indicate that it's more of a horror film than the original.” – Bustle

“Pleasing older audiences versus younger audiences is always a conundrum that crops up when a new movie is handling material that is a few decades old, and it's an issue that ultimately requires decisive decision making on behalf of a filmmaker... The new movie may not be a full-on sequel, but the director obviously did position the actor's presence to be a key nod to what came before.” – Cinemablend

Our Take: If you saw the first “Flatliners” film in the ‘90s, then seeing this long-awaited pseudo-sequel/remake (hard to tell exactly what it is; it’s been 25 years since the original debuted) is an absolute must. This flick is nostalgic, but also fresh and spooky enough to keep you guessing...

American Made

Barry Seal (Tom Cruise), a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States. The operation spawns the birth of the Medellin cartel and almost brings down the Reagan White House. Also starring Sarah White and Domhnall Gleeson.

Rated R. Drama. Directed by Doug Lima. 1h 55m.

What the Internet Says:

“A sweat-slicked, exhausting but glibly entertaining escapade on its own terms, ‘American Made’ is more interesting as a showcase for the dateless elasticity of Cruise's star power.” — Variety

“Cruise is as compelling as ever with charm to spare, and this is a ceaselessly entertaining, sometimes tense romp.” — Empire

Our Take: U.S. history buffs and Tom Cruise fans will love this one. Tom nails it once again (in classic Tom fashion), and is more charming than ever.

Watch the trailer here.