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For, Friday, Sept 18, 2015

Three of this weekend’s new movies are based on fact: a faith film about a killer on the loose, a mobster tale that took place in Boston and a group of doomed mountain climbers on the world’s tallest peak.

“Captive” (PG-13). This faith film is the true story of a troubled young widow (Kate Mara) trying to get herself together so she can regain custody of her little girl when she is taken hostage by an escaped killer (David Oyelowo). Mimi Rogers co-stars.

“Black Mass” (R). Johnny Depp stars in this true story of Irish mob boss Whitey Bulger, who reined with terror from the 1950s through the mid-’90s in South Boston but was protected by the FBI as an informant over the period’s last two decades. Co-stars include Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard and Julianne Nicholson.

“Everest” (PG-13). Here’s another true story, about a 1996 disastrous attempt to scale the world’s tallest mountain. (Wikipedia provides spoilers.) This is an IMAX event picture, being sold as something akin to Hollywood disaster flicks of the 1970s. Star cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, Sam Worthington, Emily Watson, Robin Wright and Keira Knightley.

“Grandma” (R). This comedy-drama vehicle for Lily Tomlin casts her as the title character, whose longtime partner has recently died when her teenage granddaughter (Julia Garner) approaches her with the news that she’s pregnant, leading up to a road trip. Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer and Sam Elliott co-star.

“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” (PG-13). The second film in the “Maze Runner” franchise (based on the best-selling novels by LDS author James Dashner) has the teens that escaped the maze and survived the first “phase” becoming more aggressive in uncovering the truth about their tormentors.

“Cooties” (R). Elijah Wood, Alison Pill and Rainn Wilson star in this horror comedy about teachers trying to escape their elementary school after the children are turned into zombies by a food-born virus in the cafeteria. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)

“The Second Mother” (R). Portuguese melodrama (with English subtitles) about a poor woman who reluctantly leaves her young daughter behind to find work in Sao Paulo. After 13 years as a housemaid for a wealthy family, the daughter comes to live with her, which causes untold complications. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)