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5 films to see on the week of October 20-27, 2017


The Foreigner

Quan (played by Jackie Chan) has had a tragic past — his two daughters were killed, and his wife dies soon after they start anew in the UK. Fifteen years later, his only surviving daughter is killed. As Quan searches for those responsible for his family’s tragedy, he seeks the assistance of Irish Deputy Minister Liam Hennessy (Pierce Brosnan), who also has a troubled past. Directed by Martin Campbell. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone commends, “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.”

MTRCB Rating: R-13

Bad Genius
A straight-A student makes a class act out of an exam-cheating scheme. Directed by Nattawut Poonpiriya, it stars Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Eisaya Hosuwan, Chanon Santinatornkul, Ego Mikitas, Sahajak, Boonthanakit, Teeradon Supapunpinyo, and Thaneth Warakulnukroh. Maggie Lee of Variety writes, “Bad Genius deserves full marks for a whip-smart script that makes answering multiple-choice questions as nail-biting and entertaining as Ocean’s Eleven.”

MTRCB Rating: PG

Brad’s Status
When accompanying his son to the East Coast, Brad begins to contemplate his life. Despite his successful career and happy family, he questions whether he has failed in fate. Directed by Mike White, the film stars Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Felicia Shulman, Jemaine Clement, and Jenna Fischer. The New York Times’ A. O. Scott remarks, “Brad’s Status, a worthy addition to the burgeoning genre of empty-nest movies, smooths more feathers than it ruffles.”

MTRCB Rating: R-13

Only the Brave
Rotten Tomatoes gives Only the Brave — based on the true story of a group of heroic firefighters, the Granite Mountain Hotshots, who run toward danger to save their families, communities, and country — a 100% rating. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, it stars Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, and Miles Teller. The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy writes: “By throwing down the welcome mat and inviting the viewer into close quarters with generally positive characters in a distinctive enclave within an otherwise recognizable small-town world, director Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) establishes a crucial audience bond that will make the tragic end you know awaits all the more powerful.”

MTRCB Rating: PG

Happy Death Day
A college student continuously relives the day of her murder and its details, until she discovers her killer. Directed by Christopher B. Landon, it stars Israel Broussard, Jessica Rothe, and Ruby Modine. David Edelstein of Vulture writes: “Well, even surefire things can end up missing by a wide margin. Not in this case, though. It’s a fun little movie, more of a giddy rom-com than a splatter-y slasher.”

MTRCB Rating: R-13

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