INDIE FLICKS: PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN
Wonder Woman was a PG-13 blockbuster but her real origins are for adults only, as depicted in Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (R). Writer-director Angela Robinson dramatizes her comic book creator's erotic inspirations; you'll never think of Wonder Woman's lasso of truth the same way again.
Luke Evans stars as Dr. William Moulton Marston, a psychology professor exalting feminism decades before the women's liberation movement. His theory that all human behavior is caused by dominance, inducement, submission or compliance was a radical idea Marston worked into his love life. Bondage and light S&M were his kinks that Robinson tastefully portrays.
He presciently insists that Wonder Woman is tomorrow's feminism, so get used to it.
For a full review, go to tampabay.com/movies.
Chadwick Boseman is compiling an impressive portfolio of black history trailblazers: Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Floyd Little, now Thurgood Marshall (PG-13), the first black U.S. Supreme Court justice.
Reginald Hudlin's biopic focuses on an early, career-defining case for Marshall, defending a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) accused of sexually assaulting and attempting to kill a white socialite (Kate Hudson) in Connecticut. The NAACP sends Marshall, a skilled civil rights defender, to show racism isn't exclusive to the South.
Marshall is paired with local attorney Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad), whose Jewish heritage makes him nearly as unwelcome as Marshall's skin color.
Read a review of Marshall at tampabay.com/movies.
Martial arts movie legend Jackie Chan gets serious in The Foreigner (R), meaning this time he'll kick butt with a frown on his face.
Chan, right, plays Quan Ngoc Minh, a quiet London businessman whose teenage daughter is killed in a terrorist attack. Turns out Quan has a secret past as a hired killer. Before you can say "Liam Neeson," he's serving revenge with a particular set of martial arts skills.
Pierce Brosnan co-stars as an Irish government official and former terrorist with information Quan needs. The Foreigner reunites the former James Bond with director Martin Campbell, who steered Brosnan's 007 vehicle GoldenEye.
Read a review of The Foreigner at tampabay.com/movies.
HAPPY DEATH DAY
Take the deja voodoo of Groundhog Day, add gallons of fake blood and the result is Happy Death Day (R), this week's piece of red meat tossed to the horror crowd. Up-and-slummer Jessica Rothe is the victim reliving her murder over and over until she figures out who's doing it. Rothe's character is named Tree, one of those silly baby names that Apple doesn't fall far from.
In theaters: our Top 5
Current movies recommended by the Tampa Bay Times:
1Blade Runner 2049: Ryan Gosling stars in a cerebral sequel to a sci-fi classic.
2Battle of the Sexes: Emma Stone and Steve Carell star as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.
3Stronger: Jake Gyllenhaal plays a survivor of the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings.
4Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: Closing weekend for the annual celebration.
5Victoria & Abdul: Judi Dench wins her Queen-off with Helen Mirren, 3-1.
(Dates subject to change)
Oct. 20: The Snowman; Geostorm; Only the Brave; Boo 2: A Madea Halloween; Same Kind of Different as Me
Oct. 27: The Florida Project; Suburbicon; Thank You for Your Service; Jigsaw
Nov. 3: Thor: Ragnarok; A Bad Moms Christmas; The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Nov. 10: Murder on the Orient Express; Wonderstruck; Daddy's Home 2