Monday, October 15, 2018
Movies

What’s in theaters this week: ‘First Man,’ ‘Bad Times at the El Royale,’ ‘The Hate U Give’

OPENING FRIDAY:

First Man

After La La Land, Ryan Gosling, left, and director Damien Chazelle reunite for the story of NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong and his path to being the First Man to walk on the moon, in 1969. With Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Patrick Fugit, Ciaran Hinds, Ethan Embry, Shea Whigham, Corey Stoll and Pablo Schreiber. (141 minutes, PG-13)

Bad Times at the El Royale

A decrepit Lake Tahoe hotel plays host to seven strangers (Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, above, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman), each with a past they’re looking to leave behind. Written and directed by Drew Goddard. (141 minutes, R)

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Two boys (Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris) find a manuscript in an abandoned house previously owned by R. L. Stine (Jack Black) and accidentally release the characters into real life. With Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Chris Parnell and Ken Jeong. Directed by Ari Sandel. (100 minutes, PG)

Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer

True crime drama about Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell (Earl Billings, above) accused of murder and performing illegal abortions. Dean Cain and Sarah Jane Morris investigate as a detective and an assistant district attorney. Directed by Nick Searcy. (93 minutes, PG-13)

THE HATE U GIVE

Witnessing a police officer shoot her childhood best friend (Algee Smith) upends the life of an African-American girl (Amandla Stenberg) attending a mostly white prep school. With Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Lamar Johnson, Issa Rae, Sabrina Carpenter, Common, Anthony Mackie. Written by Audrey Wells, based on the book by Angie Thomas. Directed by George Tillman Jr. (132 minutes, PG-13)

Colette

Keira Knightley, above, stars as the mononymous writer who overcame patriarchy and sexism to become one of France’s most acclaimed literary figures. With Dominic West, Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, Robert Pugh and Eleanor Tomlinson. Directed and co-written by Wash Westmoreland. (111 minutes, R)

Critics’ picks

m A Star Is Born: Bradley Cooper headlines with Lady Gaga and makes his directorial debut with this remake of the venerable love story about rising and falling showbiz careers.

A Simple Favor: A blogger (Anna Kendrick) attempts to discover the secret behind her friend’s (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance.

Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: The festival continues this weekend at multiple venues. See tiglff.com for a full list.

UPCOMING RELEASES

All dates subject to change.

Oct. 19: Halloween

Oct. 26: Johnny English Strikes Again; Hunter Killer; Suspiria

Nov. 2: Bohemian Rhapsody; Nobody’s Fool; The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Nov. 9: The Girl in the Spider’s Web; The Grinch; Overlord

Nov. 16: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald; Widows; Instant Family

Nov. 21: Creed II; Ralph Breaks the Internet; Robin Hood

Dec. 14: The Mule; Second Act

Dec. 19: Mary Poppins Returns

Dec. 21: Aquaman; Bumblebee; Holmes & Watson

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