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For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

We have a theme this week with no less than five true stories among the 11 movies opening in local theaters. Is Oscar listening?

“Only the Brave” (PG-13). This is the tragic story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite firefighting team, and their ill-fated battle with the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona. With Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly.

“Same Kind of Different as Me” (PG-13). The marriage of an art dealer (Greg Kinnear) and his wife (Renée Zellweger) is getting rocky until she urges him to befriend a homeless man (Djimon Hounsou) with a troubled past but a great deal of faith. With Jon Voight.

  

“Breathe” (PG-13). Andrew Garfield stars as Robin Cavendish, who, stricken by polio at age 28, became paralyzed from the neck down, and then, with the support of his wife (Claire Foy), became a pioneering advocate for the disabled. With Tom Hollander and Hugh Bonneville. Motion-capture actor Andy Serkis (“Lord of the Rings,” the “Planet of the Apes” reboot trilogy) makes his directing debut here.

“Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House” (PG-13). Felt (Liam Neeson) was the “Deep Throat” informant that led Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to the explosive revelations of the Watergate scandal, which eventually led to President Nixon’s disgrace. With Diane Lane and Tony Goldwyn. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Marie Curie” (Not Rated, in French, German and Polish with English subtitles). This Polish/French drama chronicles the life and struggles of Curie (Karolina Gruszka) as a physicist and chemist in the male-dominated world of science in early 20th Century France. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

  

“Walking Out” (PG-13). Matt Bomer is a reclusive mountain man visited by his teenage city-boy son (Josh Wiggins) in an effort to mend their estranged relationship. But when they go out to hunt a moose, an accident seriously injures Dad so that his son will have to grow up fast. With Bill Pullman.

“Geostorm” (PG-13). In the near future, the Earth’s weather is controlled by super-satellites, which keep natural disasters at bay — until a malfunction that causes a storm of epic worldwide proportions. And it may not be an accident. With Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia.

“Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” (PG-13). Writer-director Tyler Perry reprises his in-drag starring role as Madea in this sequel to last year’s comedy hit. Here, Madea and friends vacation at a haunted campground. (Wait! does this mean we’ll be getting one every year now?)

  

“The Snowman” (R). A police detective tries to catch a serial killer whose signature is leaving a snowman at each crime scene. Adapted from the Norwegian novel, the seventh in Jo Nesbø’s franchise about detective Harry Hole (played here by Michael Fassbender). With Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer, J.K. Simmons, Toby Jones and Chloë Sevigny.

“The Florida Project” (R). Among those residing at an extended-stay motel in Kissimmee, Florida, are a rag-tag group of children who get in and out of trouble in this foul-mouthed drama. With Willem Dafoe. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Human Flow” (PG-13). This German documentary is directed by Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei and examines the current global refugee crisis, delving into its overwhelming nature as well as personal stories of affected individuals. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)