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At the Movies: October 20

October 19, 2017

This weekend at the movies: Geostorm; The Snowman; Only the Brave; Boo! 2: A Madea Halloween; and Same Kind of Different as Me.


After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world's leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong: the system built to protect Earth is attacking it, and it becomes a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone along with it. Starring Gerard Butler, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia, and Jim Sturgess.

Rated PG-13. Sci-Fi. Directed by Dean Devlin. 1h 49m.

What the Internet Says:

“There are some decent CGI set pieces to be seen here, and Ed Harris and Andy Garcia, respectively playing a Washington politician and the US President, bring their dramatic chops... Written, produced and directed by American Dean Devlin – best known for producing ‘Independence Day’ (1996), ‘Godzilla’ (1998), and ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ (2016) – ‘Geostorm’ has the potential to become an important cautionary tale.” – South China Morning Post

Our Take: Lots of action and thrills in this pseudo-apocalyptic flick about the disastrous consequences of climate change... extreme weather is no joke!

The Snowman

For Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender), the death of a young woman during the first snowfall of winter feels like anything but a routine homicide. His investigation leads him to "The Snowman Killer," an elusive sociopath who continuously taunts Hole with cat-and-mouse games. As the vicious murders continue, Harry teams up with a brilliant recruit to try and lure the madman out of the shadows before he can strike again. Also starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, J.K. Simmons, James D’Arcy, and Toby Jones. Adapted from the Norwegian bestseller written by Jo Nesbø.

Rated R. Suspense/Thriller. Directed by Tomas Alfredson. 1h 59m.

What the Internet Says:

“In terms of craftsmanship, ‘The Snowman’ fares better than on other fronts. Alfredson, working here in collaboration with cinematographer Dion Beebe (‘Edge of Tomorrow’), draws from a cold and bleak color palette to positive effect. Combined with some clever visual framing techniques and good use of the movie’s real-world Swedish backdrop, this allows ‘The Snowman’ to maintain an unsettling and dreary sense of atmosphere throughout its runtime.” ­– Screen Rant

Our Take: Prepare for ‘The Snowman’ to send some serious chills down your spine (no pun intended) – this movie is riddled with lots of noir-esque suspense...

Only the Brave

Through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families and communities, the “Granite Mountain Hotshots” become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the country. While most people run from danger, they run toward it – watching over lives, homes, and everything people hold dear, forging a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire in Yarnell, Arizona. Starring Miles Teller, Taylor Kitsch, Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly, and Andie MacDowell. Based on a true story.

Rated PG-13. Drama/Biography. Directed by Joseph Kosinski. 2h 13m.

What the Internet Says:

“... You don't get a reverential tribute to real-life heroes without making viewers invest in them as human beings first and foremost. There's something beautifully old-fashioned about Only the Brave's ode to these messy, moody, fearless men who continually ran headfirst into the fray and the bond they had... There are people inside the heavy uniforms fighting those natural catastrophes, and thanks to Brolin & co., you get to walk a mile in their ash-covered boots.” – Rolling Stone

Our Take: Authentic, powerful, courageous, inspiring... ‘Only the Brave’ is a heroic story, through and through, and is a much-needed homage to firefighters, near and far.

Boo! 2: A Madea Halloween

After venturing to a haunted campground, Madea, Bam, and Hattie must run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman appear. Starring Tyler Perry (who also produced, wrote, and directed), Cassi Davis, Brock O’Hurn, Patrice Lovely, Tito Ortiz, and Yousef Erakat.

Rated PG-13. Comedy/Horror. Directed by Tyler Perry. 1h 41m.

What the Internet Says:

“‘Madea is someone who is relatable and says a lot of things that people would like to, but just can’t,’ actor Brock O’Hurn said. ‘I wouldn’t say she’s the best role model, but in all of the ‘Madea’ movies, she touches on family, faith, and forgiveness, and it’s such an amazing thing.’” – Variety

Our Take: The tenth film in the “Madea” series, “Boo! 2” is quite the silly, spooky, and spoof-y Halloween movie. If you’re looking for more laughs than screams, this one is right up your alley.

Watch the trailer here.

Same Kind of Different as Me

International art dealer Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear) befriends a homeless man (Djimon Hounsou) to save his struggling marriage to Deborah (Renée Zellweger), a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the most remarkable journey of their lives. Also starring Jon Voight. Based on the book written by Ron Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent.

Rated PG-13. Drama. Directed by Michael Carney. 1h 59m.

“‘Same Kind of Different as Me’ [is] a relevant film about healing and redemptive transformation... Based on a true story and book by the same title, ‘Same Kind of Different as Me’ tackles the challenging issues of race and homelessness head on, and ultimately delivers a much-needed, timely and hope-filled message of love and understanding to a world that continues to struggle with racial strife and tension.” – PR Urgent

Our Take: This movie is full of hope and has a positive moral and social message – it will surely lift your spirits.