Other new movie releases for Oct. 20

Andy Downing
“Happy Death Day”

New in theaters:

“Mark Felt”

Mark Felt, best known as “Deep Throat,” is the once-anonymous source who helpedWashington Post reporters take down the Richard Nixon White House. The film stars Liam Neeson and features a paltry body count (namely zero) compared with the “Taken” series.

“Boo 2! A Madea Halloween”

I still haven't seen the first “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” so I don't know how essential it is to picking up the plot here. I'm going to guess not very.


This disaster thriller asks the question: “How much scarier could global weather systems be if humankind was in control of the environment?” Think of it as a Turducken of every weather-related disaster flick (“Twister,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” etc.)

“The Snowman”

The movie, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, features a great cast (Michael Fassbender, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J.K. Simmons) as well as a muddled plot, poor pacing and a humorless tone that currently have it clocking in at 26 percent (out of 100) on Rotten Tomatoes.

Now playing:


No, not the “We are Marshall” Marshall, but rather Thurgood Marshall, longtime associate justice of the Supreme Court. This biopic focuses on his early years working as a lawyer for the NAACP. Chadwick Boseman, no stranger to playing important black Americans (James Brown, Jackie Robinson), stars.

“The Foreigner”

Jackie Chan, recently the subject of a long, wonderful profile inGQ, makes his big-screen return in this (duh) action movie where he (double duh) does his own stunt work.

“Happy Death Day”

This horror-thriller plays like “Groundhog Day” meets “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” at least if the trailer is to be believed.

Alive Recommends:

“Blade Runner 2049”

What could have been just the latest example of Hollywood running through its endless remake/sequel cycle turns out to be something more. This sequel is so in the spirit of the 1982 original that it seems destined for the same cult status. (5 stars)