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Movie Minute: ‘First Man’ leads quartet of new releases

October 11, 2018

Movie Minute: ‘First Man’ leads quartet of new releases

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The marquee outside your favorite movie theater this weekend will contain the titles of four new movies.

Leading off, “First Man” is a historical drama about the Apollo 11 mission to the moon starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong and directed by Damien Chazelle of “La La Land” fame.

“Bad Times at the El Royale” is a stylish neo-noir thriller mystery with an ensemble cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm and Jeff Bridges.

There’s also “The Hate U Give,” the dramatic story of a teenager caught between two worlds, both of which are shattered when her best friend is fatally shot by a police officer.

My succinct review of #TheHateUGiveMovie: “A powerful, moving story that is as inspiring as it is tragic. ‘The Hate U Give’ is a much-needed wake-up call that puts a complicated issue into relatable terms.”— joey morona (@joeyjoe) October 11, 2018

Get a sneak peak at all three films in the video at the top of this post. Scroll down for more info and the trailer for the fourth new release this weekend, “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween.”

FIRST MAN

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll

Director: Damien Chazelle

Rated: PG-13

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

Google synopsis: On the heels of their six-time Academy Award-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost—on Armstrong and on the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo

Director: Drew Goddard

Rated: R

Rotten Tomatoes: 80 percent

Google synopsis: The El Royale is run-down hotel that sits on the border between California and Nevada. It soon becomes a seedy battleground when seven strangers -- a cleric, a soul singer, a traveling salesman, two sisters, the manager and the mysterious Billy Lee -- converge on a fateful night for one last shot at redemption before everything goes wrong.

THE HATE U GIVE

Starring: Amandia Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, KJ Apa, Lamar Johnson, Issa Rae, Common

Director: George Tillman Jr.

Rated: PG-13

Google synopsis: Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what’s right.

GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN

Starring: Jack Black, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Chris Parnell, Ken Jeong

Director: Ari Sandel

Rated: PG

Google synopsis: While collecting junk one day, best friends Sonny and Sam meet Slappy, a mischievous talking dummy from an unpublished “Goosebumps” book by R.L. Stine. Hoping to start his own family, Slappy kidnaps Sonny’s mother and brings all of his ghoulish friends back to life -- just in time for Halloween. As the sleepy town becomes overrun with monsters, witches and other mysterious creatures, Sonny joins forces with his sister, Sam and a kindly neighbor to save Sonny’s mom and foil Slappy’s plan.

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