As one weekend draws to a close and we all begin to expect the next, let’s take a moment to consider any weekend plans that need to be made for a trip to the box office. Here’s three movies releasing this Friday you may consider seeing – Only the Brave, The Snowman and Geostorm – and two that you may have missed, The Foreigner and American Made.
Only the Brave – 2hrs, 13 min
Rated PG-13 (for thematic content, language, some sexual references and drug use).
Only the Brave is a biographical action drama film directed by Joseph Kosinski. It tells the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team of firefighters who fought the historic Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013. Fans of Jeff Bridges might consider giving this movie a go – but it must be said that this does cover real events from less than 5 years back. Emotional investment may vary.
“All men are created equal… then, a few become firefighters. Only the Brave […] is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families, communities, and our country become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the country.” – Rotten Tomatoes’ Movie Info
The Snowman – 1hr, 59min
Rated R (for grisly images, violence, sexuality, some language and brief nudity)
The Snowman is a British crime thriller directed by Tomas Alfredson, based on the novel of the same name by Jo Nesbø. The film sees detective Harry Hole in a race against time to find and catch the serial killer “The Snowman” before the next winter sets in completely. The movie stars Michael Fassbender – you may want to resist finding the book to avoid spoilers.
“When [detective harry Hole] investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. [Harry] must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.” – Rotten Tomatoes’ Movie Info
Geostorm – 1hr, 49min
Rated PG-13 (for destruction, violence and action)
Geostorm is a disaster sci-fi film directed by Dean Devlin as his directorial début. It starts Gerard Butler as he races to avert a catastrophe being caused by manipulation of the Earth’s weather. Not much to get spoiled on here – it’s a disaster film, which by nature tend to put their weight behind impressive special effects – so sit back, relax and enjoy the fireworks!
“A satellite designer (Gerard Butler) must race to avert a catastrophe when the planet’s climate control satellites begin to malfunction.” – Rotten Tomatoes’ Movie Info
All three movies are playing at your local Cinemark, along with two movies you may have missed – The Foreigner and American Made. Below you’ll find information on both – if either sound like your kind of movie, see them now and not later!
The Foreigner – 1hr, 54min
Rated R (for language, violence and some sexual material)
The Foreigner is an action thriller film directed by Martin Campbell. It starts Jackie Chan as Quan, a business person whose daughter is killed in a political terrorist attack that prompts him to hunt down the men responsible. Nothing that the trailers tell us about The Foreigner show that this is your average Jackie Chan movie with a large amount of martial arts involved but it’s probably safe to assume that if you’re a fan of the man himself, you won’t be disappointed.
“The Foreigner […] tells the story of humble London businessman Quan, whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love [is taken from him in an act of political terrorism]. […] Quan is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers.” – Rotten Tomatoes Movie Info
American Made – 1hr, 55min
Rated R( for some sexuality/nudity and language throughout)
American Made is a biographical crime film directed by Doug Liman. Starring Tom Cruise, it tells the story of American pilot turned CIA drug-runner Barry Seal, who worked secret operations during the 1980’s which would eventually be publicized as the Iran-Contra Affair. A biopic like Only the Brave, American Made tells its story in a high-energy and entertaining way, making this a great choice for Tom Cruise Fans.
“Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and eventually almost brought down the Reagan White House with the Iran Contra scandal.” – Rotten Tomatoes Movie Info
If any of the above films piqué your interest, make plans sooner rather than later – in particular, American Made has been at your local Cinemark since around the last week of September so it may likely leave very soon, while Only the Brave, The Snowman and Geostorm will likely be around for a couple of weeks yet, having just released. Sit back, relax and enjoy!