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At the Movies: October 13

October 12, 2017

Here’s what’s hitting theaters this weekend: The true story behind young civil rights activist and lawyer Thurgood Marshall; a spooky thriller about a college student who can’t stop reliving the day of her death; and Jackie Chan stars in an action-packed thriller about a man who seeks to avenge his daughter’s murder.

Marshall

Young Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) faces one of his greatest challenges while working as a lawyer for the NAACP. Marshall travels to conservative Connecticut when wealthy socialite Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson) accuses black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown) of sexual assault and attempted murder. He soon teams up with Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a local Jewish lawyer who's never handled a criminal case. Together, the two men build a defense while contending with racist and anti-Semitic views from those who deem Spell to be guilty.

Rated PG-13. Biography/Drama. Directed by Reginald Hudlin. 1h 58m.

What the Internet Says:

“‘Marshall’ is an absolutely riveting film. It is a snapshot of Jim Crow America, where racism and segregation permeated every facet of life... It is a fitting tribute to a great man, and all of the people who supported his cause... ‘Marshall’ is a must see.” — MovieWeb

Our Take: We agree that this film is a must-see. It’s enlightening, poignant, and a true testament to the legendary Thurgood Marshall.

Happy Death Day

Teresa “Tree” Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) is a blissfully self-centered collegian who wakes up on her birthday with the eerie feeling that she's experienced the events of this day before. When a masked killer suddenly takes her life in a brutal attack, she magically wakes up on her birthday again, completely unharmed­. Now, the frightened young woman must relive the same day over and over until she figures out who murdered her. Also starring Israel Broussard and Ruby Modine.

Rated PG-13. Horror/Thriller. Directed by Christopher B. Landon. 1h 36m.

What the Internet Says:

“It’s hard to be too scared by a PG-13 horror movie with a heroine so charming... Jessica Rothe should be in the next crop of regular teen-movie heroines, and should get very rich. Her comedic timing is disarming, and she’s at least as expressive and elastic as ‘Easy A’-era Emma Stone... ‘Happy Death Day’ is fun enough to be worth watching.” — The Verge

Our Take: This is the perfect fun and freaky flick to go see now that it’s officially Halloween season – teens will especially dig this one!

Watch the trailer here.

The Foreigner

Quan Ngoc Minh (Jackie Chan) is a humble London businessman whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love – his teenage daughter – dies in a senseless act of politically motivated terrorism. His relentless search to find the terrorists leads to a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official whose own past may hold the clues to the identities of the elusive killers. Also starring Pierce Brosnan, Katie Leung, Simon Kunz, and Liu Tao.

Rated R. Thriller/Action. Directed by Martin Campbell. 1h 54m.

What the Internet Says:

“Legend is a much abused word in the movie business – but Jackie Chan really is a legend... [Director Martin] Campbell keeps the action cooking and the suspense on a high burner in this compulsively watchable conspiracy thriller, while ‘The Foreigner’ proves again is that Chan is the Man – now and forever.”  — Rolling Stone

Our Take: Jackie is back-ie! But this time, he’s full of dramatic intensity and emotional energy; this truly could be his best performance yet. Plus, he still has all his martial arts moves – impressive to say the least!