Movies on the Grand Strand | Week of Oct. 20-26

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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.

Geostorm | 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.

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, Ariz.

The Snowman | For Detective Harry Hole, 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.

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The Foreigner (2017) | A London businessman named Quan (Jackie Chan) is devastated when his daughter is killed in a terrorist attack. He seeks revenge against those responsible, and his pursuit soon leads him to a shady British politico (Pierce Brosnan) with ties to the terrorist organization. Directed by Martin Campbell.

Happy Death Day | A college student (Jessica Rothe) is trapped in a time loop that forces her to keep reliving a birthday that ends with her murder at the hands of a masked madman. As she repeats the same day over and over again, she tries to figure out her killer’s identity so she can avoid a grisly fate. Directed by Christopher Landon.

Marshall | This historical drama depicts the early career of NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman), who would eventually become the first African-American Supreme Court justice. In 1940 Connecticut, Marshall defends a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) who’s accused of raping and trying to kill his white employer (Kate Hudson), and is aided in his efforts by his co-counsel, Sam Friedman (Josh Gad). Dan Stevens and James Cromwell co-star. Directed by Reginald Hudlin.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman | This biopic of Wonder Woman creator and Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) details how his beloved superhero was inspired by his polyamorous relationship with his wife (Rebecca Hall) and a younger student who became their lover (Bella Heathcote) — an unconventional arrangement in 1940s America that, if exposed, could have ended his career. Written and directed by Angela Robinson.

Blade Runner 2049 | This sequel to Ridley Scott’s landmark 1982 science-fiction film picks up the story 30 years later, giving viewers another detailed look at a future in which humanity live in polluted, overcrowded cities and rely on androids known as “replicants” for slave labor. In 2049 Los Angeles, K (Ryan Gosling) works as a “blade runner,” a specialized law-enforcement agent dedicated to tracking down and killing rogue replicants. But when he uncovers a shocking conspiracy involving the robot laborers, he searches for the one person who might have answers: a former blade runner named Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who vanished decades earlier. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario). Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto co-star.

The Mountain Between Us | Two strangers headed from Salt Lake City to Baltimore — one a surgeon who has to perform an operation (Idris Elba), the other a photojournalist who’s about to get married (Kate Winslet) — hail a chartered flight together after their initial travel plans fall through. Unfortunately, they end up stranded on a snowy mountain when their plane crashes, and soon realize they must trek to safety since no one is coming to rescue them. Based on the novel by Charles Martin. Directed by Hany Abu-Assad.

My Little Pony : The Movie | In this feature-film spin-off of the beloved animated TV series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Twilight Sparkle and the rest of the Mane 6 must go on an epic journey to defend their homeland of Equestria from fearsome invaders. Along the way, the ponies make a number of new friends, including a pirate crew. Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, Michael Peña, Sia, Taye Diggs, Uzo Aduba, Zoe Saldana, Tara Strong, Andrea Libman, and Ashleigh Ball all lend their voices to this fantasy adventure. Directed by Jayson Thiessen.

American Made | In this ’80s-set thriller based on a true story, airline pilot Barry Seal (Tom Cruise) is recruited by the CIA to smuggle drugs and weapons abroad for the U.S. government. Seal quickly amasses a fortune via his undercover operations, but he gets in over his head when he becomes involved with Colombia’s Medellín cartel and the Iran-contra scandal. Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones, Jayma Mays, and Lola Kirke co-star. Directed by Doug Liman.

Flatliners | Eager to find out what the afterlife is like, five adventurous medical students seek out near-death experiences by stopping their hearts for a brief period of time. However, their haunting visions of the great beyond eventually turn nightmarish and take over their waking lives. Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemons star in this remake of the 1990 sci-fi thriller of the same name. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev.

A Question of Faith | Three families become connected after fate brings them together through a series of unfortunate events. Facing these challenges, from a car accident that leads to jail time to a frightening medical diagnosis, the families call upon their faith as they inspire and rely upon each other. Directed by Kevan Otto.

The Lego Ninjajo Movie | A team of ninja warriors must defend their LEGO-made city from a sinister warlord. Jackie Chan, Justin Theroux, Dave Franco, and Olivia Munn lend their voices to this animated adventure, which was directed by Charlie Bean.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle | When Kingsman’s headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. Taron Egerton reprises his role as Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin in this sequel to the 2014 action adventure sleeper hit Kingsman: The Secret Service.

American Assassin | A young CIA recruit named Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) trains to become a black-ops counterterrorism agent under the tutelage of Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton), a fearsome warrior and legend within the agency. While Hurley advises never to make the mission personal, Rapp remains haunted by the death of his fiancée in a terrorist attack. Eventually, the two men must work together to stop a rogue operative from sowing chaos in the Middle East. Directed by Michael Cuesta, American Assassin is based on the novel of the same name by Vince Flynn.

IT | In a small town in 1989 Maine, seven bullied kids known as the “Losers’ Club” discover that a malevolent force is preying on the local children. When they realize that the town’s adults can’t protect them, they band together to destroy the monster, a killer clown called Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård). Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton, and Jackson Robert Scott co-star in this horror film, which is based on the novel by Stephen King. Directed by Andy Muschietti.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard | Professional bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) must protect his longtime nemesis, hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson), after the latter agrees to testify at the Hague against an Eastern European dictator (Gary Oldman). The constantly bickering pair are forced to go on a journey together from England to the Netherlands, and are targeted by the dictator’s henchmen along the way. Salma Hayek and Elodie Yung co-star. Directed by Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3).

Compiled by Gail Traver,gtraver@thesunnews.com

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