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Space Pod

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Coming Attractions/News:
Pet Cemetery
Glass
The Best of Enemies

New Movies

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – Two young friends find a magic book that brings a ventriloquist’s dummy to life.

Collette – Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.

Bad Times at the El Royale – Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption – before everything goes to hell.

First Man – A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Undisputed Classic

The Right Stuff – The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.

Top Five – Space Movies

1988

The Accused (Jodie Foster, Kelly McGillis, Jonathan Kaplan): After a young woman suffers a brutal gang rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.

Pumpkinhead (Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, Stan Winston): After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers.

Night of the Demons: Ten teenagers party at an abandoned funeral parlor on Halloween night. When an evil force awakens, demonic spirits keep them from leaving and turn their gathering into a living Hell.

Madame Sousatzka (Shirley MacLaine, John Schlesinger): Renowned Russian piano teacher Irina Sousatzka gets a new student – Bengali piano prodigy Manek. They are both immigrants in the UK and bond quickly. When Manek’s single mother’s business fails, he must make a career decision.

Another Woman (Mia Farrow, Woody Allen): Facing a mid-life crisis, a woman rents an apartment next to a psychiatrist’s office to write a new book, only to become drawn to the plight of a pregnant woman seeking that doctor’s help.

Next Week: Halloween, The Hate U GIve, Undisputed Classic: Dawn of the Dead, Top Five Horror Movies

Eli Roth Delivers with A House With A Clock in its Wall

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Coming Attractions/News:
Captain Marvel
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

New Movies

The House With A Clock in its Walls – A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.

Farenheit 11/9 – Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald J. Trump presidency and gun violence, while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements.

Life Itself – As a young New York couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.

Assassination Nation – After a malicious data hack exposes the secrets of the perpetually American town of Salem, chaos decends and four girls must fight to survive, while coping with the hack themselves.

Undisputed Classic

Galaxy Quest – The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord.

Top Five – Sigourney Weaver

1988

Gorillas In the Mist (Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Brown): The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.
Dead Ringers (Jeremy Irons, Genevieve Bujold, David Cronenberg): Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.
Kansas (Matt Dillon, Andrew McCarthy): A young man returning home to attend a wedding hooks up with a drifter who turns out to be a violent bank robber. Before he knows it, the man finds himself involved in the robber’s plans.
Sweet Hearts Dance (Don Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Daniels, Elizabeth Perkins): Wiley and Sandra have been happily married for years and are now in the process of breaking up. Sam, his childhood friend, is just beginning to fall in love with a new teacher at the high school. As they try to adjust to these conflicting emotions they find themselves having to evaluate their own relationship as well.
Spellbinder (Tim Daly, Kelly Preston): A young lawyer, after falling in love with a beautiful woman, finds that she has an extremely mysterious past.

Next Week: Hell Fest, Night School, Smallfoot. Our Undisputed Classic: From Hell. Top Five: Movies About Hell

High Fidelity is Our 2nd Favorite Movie

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Coming Attractions/News:
2001: A Space Odyssey released in Imax

New Movies

Operation Finale – A team of secret agents set out to track down the Nazi officer who masterminded the Holocaust.

Searching – After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her.

Kin – Chased by a vengeful criminal, the feds and a gang of otherworldly soldiers, a recently released ex-con, and his adopted teenage brother are forced to go on the run with a weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection.

Undisputed Classic

High Fidelity – Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress.

Top Five – John Cusak Roles

1988

Tucker- The Man and His Dream (Jeff Bridges, Francis Ford Coppola): The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.

Eight Men Out (John Cusack, Charlie Sheen, D.B. Sweeney): A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.

Miles From Home (Richard Gere, Kevin Anderson, Gary Sinise): Two brothers who are forced off their farm in the debt stricken mid-west become folk heroes when they begin robbing the banks that have been foreclosing on farmers.

The Deceivers (Pierce Brosnan, Nicholas Meyer): Fact-based account of a secret society of murderers, and of the man who exposed them in British India 1825.

Freeway (James Russo): A deeply-disturbed priest goes on a murderous night-time rampage across America’s highways.

Rocket Gibraltar (Burt Lancaster): An old patriarch unites for his birthday all members of his family. But the group of people is full of personal and social problems.

Next Week: God Bless the Broken Road, The Nun, Peppermint, Undisputed Classic: The Sound of Music, Top Five Movie Nuns.

Ready Player One

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Coming Attractions/News:

The House with a Clock in its Walls – Trailer
First Reformed – Trailer
Halloween – Teaser

New Movies

Ready Player One – When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.

The Death of Stalin – Follows the Soviet dictator’s last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death.

God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness – Pastor Dave responds to the unimaginable tragedy of having his church, located on the grounds of the local university, burned down.

Undisputed Classic

WarGames – A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.

Top Five – Movies Referenced in Ready Player One

1988

1) Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Tim Burton): When a recently-deceased ghost couple find their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them.

2) Bright Lights, Big City (Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates): A disillusioned young writer living in New York City turns to drugs and drinking to block out the memories of his dead mother and estranged wife.

3) The Seventh Sign (Demi Moore, Michael Biehn): Abby Quinn is eagerly awaiting childbirth but is haunted by dreams where she suffers a miscarriage. When she decides to rent a room to a mysterious stranger, she realizes a chain of events that will unleash the end of humanity.

4) Stand and Deliver (Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips): The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus.

5) A Time of Destiny (William Hurt, Timothy Hutton): A modernized version of the story which inspired Verdi’s opera, “La Forza del Destino”.

Is Heat a Classic?

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Coming Attractions/News:

Super Troopers – Trailer
Becks – Trailer
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot – Trailer

New Movies

12 Strong – 12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.

Forever My Girl – After being gone for a decade a country star returns home to the love he left behind.

Den of Thieves – A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.

Undisputed Classic

Heat – A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist, while both sides attempt to find balance between their personal and their professional lives.

Top Five – Worst Gerard Butler Movies

1988

Promised Land – This gritty drama follows two high school acquaintances, Hancock, a basketball star, and Danny, a geek turned drifter, after they graduate. The first film commissioned by the Sundance Film Festival, it portrays the other half of the American dream, as Hancock and his cheerleader girlfriend Mary wander to a middle-class mediocrity out itself out of reach for Danny and his psychotic wife Bev.

Braddock: Missing in Action III – Braddock mounts a one-man assault to free his wife and son who are still being held in a Vietnam prison camp.

Five Corners – A psychotic young man returns to his old neighborhood after release from prison. He seeks out the woman he previously tried to rape and the man who protected her, with twisted ideas of love for her and hate for him.

The Telephone – A crazy out of work actress, Vashti Blue, spends all her time in her small apartment with her pet owl and her telephone, which she uses to try and solve all her problems with life.

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