Movie capsules: What's coming to Erie, Meadville, Oct. 12-18

More details about “Happy Death Day,” “The Foreigner,” “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women” and other films screening at local theaters this week.

Here’s what’s playing at regional theaters this week:


TINSELTOWN: “6 Below: Miracle” on Thursday, 7 p.m. “RWBY Vol. 5” on Thursday, 7:30 p.m. “Bad Blood” on Thursday, 10:30 p.m. Met Opera in HD’s “Die Zauberflote” on Saturday, 12:55 p.m., and Wednesday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. “The Princess Bride” (30th Anniversary) on Sunday and Wednesday, 2 and 7 p.m. “Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie Event” on Monday, 7 p.m.


TINSELTOWN: “Happy Death Day.” “The Foreigner.” “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women.” 


MOVIES AT MEADVILLE: “Happy Death Day.” “The Foreigner.” 



TINSELTOWN: “American Assassin.” “Battle of the Sexes.” “Home Again.”


“HAPPY DEATH DAY”: College student (Jessica Rothe) finds herself in a unique position of reliving the day of her murder over and over (in a different way each day) while she tries to figure out her killer’s identity. And it all started on her birthday. Also stars Israel Broussard and Ruby Modine. (1:36. PG-13 for violence/terror, crude sexual content, language, some drug material and partial nudity.)

“THE FOREIGNER”: London businessman Quan (Jackie Chan) embarks on a revenge-fueled vendetta after his teenage daughter is taken, and soon finds himself at odds with a British government official (Pierce Brosnan) with his own past. (1:54. R for violence, language and some sexual material.)

“PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN”: A superhero origin tale based on the true story about the women who inspired a Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940s. Stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote. (1:48. R for strong sexual content including brief graphic images, and language.)


“AMERICAN ASSASSIN”: Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton), is tasked with investigating seemingly random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Soon a pattern emerges and, along with lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar), they must race to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a war in the Middle East. The plot is boilerplate, and the film is full of over-the-top violence. But you can’t help but notice O’Brien make the transition from “Teen Wolf” heartthrob to movie star with skill and acting chops. (1:51. R for strong violence throughout, some torture, language and brief nudity.) 2½ stars

“AMERICAN MADE”: Barry Seal (Tom Cruise), a commercial pilot and drug runner, is recruited by the CIA to research the communist threat in Central America. Pretty soon, he’s running a huge covert CIA operation that leads to the birth of the Medellin cartel and nearly brings down the Reagan administration in the Iran Contra scandal. Also stars Domhnall Gleeson and Sarah Wright. A sly romp that subtly turns into a searing commentary on the American dream. (1:55. R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity.) 3 stars

“THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES”: The true story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and one-time champion and character Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). What turned out to be one of the biggest sports rivalries in history, though, actually paled in comparison to the players’ more personal issues writ large: King’s sexuality and relationship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough); and Riggs’ self-made media-age celebrity combined with a gambling habit that damaged his family, including wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Considering the level of public rhetoric surrounding gender and sexuality issues these days, it’s pleasantly surprising that this movie, based on the decades-old tensions surrounding both, turned out to be a really good, thought-provoking, worthwhile movie. (2:01. PG-13 for some sexual content and partial nudity.) 3 stars

“BLADE RUNNER 2049”: Some quick history: In 1982, a movie, “Blade Runner,” starring Harrison Ford as a police detective in the dystopian future of 2019, opens and flops. The film grows a cult following and Ford’s Rick Deckard becomes an icon of sci-fi heroes, and, well, basically, here we are. Thirty years later (in the story), a new “blade runner,” LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), finds a thread, pulls it and unravels a secret with the potential to make everything worse. He sets out to find Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been missing for 30 years. For the most part, the film is true to the original themes and adds qualities in visual styling, and powerful, devastating storytelling. (2:43. R for violence, some sexuality, nudity and language.) 3 stars

“DESPICABLE ME 3”: Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell), a villain-turned-good guy who’s just been booted by the Anti-Villain League, is tempted to fall into old habits when his supposed long-lost twin brother, Dru (also voiced by Carrell), tries to recruit him for one last heist. And, yes, the Minions are back. It’s clear that the franchise has lost some steam the third time around, but there are still some laughs. (1:30. PG for action and rude humor.) 2½ stars

“FLATLINERS”: Five med students attempt to stop each other’s hearts for short periods of time, triggering a near-death experience just to see what happens. What happens gets more and more dangerous as they find themselves confronted with the sins of their lives and paranormal consequences. The premise holds so much promise, but the execution is so much puree of cliche. (1:48. PG-13 for violence and terror, sexual content, language, thematic material, and some drug references.) 1 star

“HOME AGAIN”: Alice Kinney (Reese Witherspoon), separated from her husband (Michael Sheen) moves from New York back home to Los Angeles with her two young daughters. She meets three aspiring filmmakers and decides to let them live in her guesthouse, which eventually adds to an already complicated situation. The sugary rom-com doesn’t break any new ground, and is a perfectly serviceable for a date night. (1:37. PG-13 for some thematic and sexual material.) 2 stars

“IT”: Based on the Stephen King’s novel, the movie is set in a town named Derry, Maine, where children start disappearing one by one. Meeting in an area known as “The Barrens,” a group of bullied kids band together to kill it — an evil clown named Pennywise, who has left a trail of murder and violence stretching back centuries. The reboot, which only covers part of King’s original tale, has some creepy frights, but the real draw is the capable cast of young actors that adds a heartfelt touch to the story. (2:15. R for violence/horror, bloody images, and for language) 2½ stars

“KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE”: With the Kingsmen’s headquarters destroyed and the world held hostage, it’s up to the remaining agents to team up with their newly discovered U.S. counterparts, called the Statesmen, and defeat a common enemy. Stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth and Mark Strong. Offers a lot — too much — of the same as the original, which makes it such an over bloated, bleak mess. (2:21. R for sequences of strong violence, drug content, language throughout and some sexual material.) ½ star

“THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE”: By day, they are ordinary high school students with a big secret. By night, they are six young ninjas. Together, they fight villains and defend their island home, Ninjago, using an awesome fleet of vehicles and skills led by Master Builder Lloyd (voiced by Dave Franco), aka the Green Ninja, and Master Wu (voiced by Jackie Chan). They’re up against evil warlord Garmadon (voiced by Justin Theroux), The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. The third Lego movie in a year is proving to be the third wheel in what was a great relationship between “The Lego Movie” and “The Lego Batman Movie.” Not quite as much fun, not quite as good a story, not quite as good a fit. (1:41. PG for some mild action and rude humor.) 2 stars

“THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US”: After a plane crash, two strangers (Kate Winslet and Idris Elba) find they have to work together to survive the elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they set out to cross hundreds of miles of wilderness, finding the strength to push one another to survive. Although audiences might know the ending, it’s a well-done film with beautiful stars that make it work. (1:43. PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, peril, injury images, and brief strong language.) 2½ stars

“MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE”: Ponyville is threatened by a dark force and the Mane 6, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity must travel beyond Equestria. They meet new friends and face exciting challenges, learning to use the magic of friendship to save their home. The music is decent, though fluffy and sweet. There are amusing moments. But the kids will understand the plot better than their parental units. (1:39. PG for mild action.) 2 stars

“THE STRAY”: Based on a true story of how stray dog Pluto suddenly appears to help the struggling Davis family in various ways. In short order, the dog saves a toddler, comforts a hurting 9-year-old boy, rekindles a marriage and mends a father-son relationship. Stars Sarah Lancaster, Michael Cassidy and Scott Christopher. The faith-based family drama tries to tug at heartstrings, but never quite smooths out its storytelling. (1:32. PG for thematic elements including a perilous situation.) 2 stars

 “VICTORIA & ABDUL”: An unlikely friendship blossoms between a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) and Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) in the telling of a true story that took place in the later years of the queen’s rule. The movie is delightful, and not just because Judi Dench is playing Victoria again, having played the queen in her younger years in 1997 (winning an Oscar for her trouble). This funny, charming story has some truth, but leaves the fact checking to historians. (1:52. PG-13 for some thematic elements and language.) 3 stars 

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