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For, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

Oscar bait vs. exploitation this week, and everything's rated R. Good luck.

“Our Brand Is Crisis” (R). Sandra Bullock stars in this fact-based comedy-drama, which springs out of the 2005 documentary of the same title about U.S. political campaign strategies used during the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. Co-stars include Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Scoot McNairy and Ann Dowd. George Clooney co-produced.

“Truth” (R). This one is also a true story, based on Mary Mapes’ memoir of events surrounding a CBS News story about President George W. Bush’s military service, which ran before his re-election and was almost immediately called into question concerning its accuracy. Robert Redford plays Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett is Mapes. Co-stars include Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Stacy Keach.

“Burnt” (R). This comedy-drama stars Bradley Cooper as a high-rolling chef whose erratic behavior leads to his losing his restaurant. So he cleans up his act and tries to rebuild his life and career in London. Co-stars include Emma Thompson, Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman and Alicia Vikander.

“The Keeping Room” (R). This Civil War drama focuses on three Southern women — two sisters and a black slave — who fight to save their home when a pair of rogue soldiers that have deserted from the Union Army threaten them. Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru and Sam Worthington star. (Exclusive at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“The Assassin” (not rated, in Mandarin with English subtitles). Chinese art-house action film set during the Tang Dynasty has a woman as the title character, tasked with slaying corrupt government officials. But her resolve is tested when one of her intended victims is a former lover. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” (R). This comedy-horror flick stars Tye Sheridan and Logan Miller as boy scouts preparing for a campout when a zombie outbreak occurs in their small town. Think “Goonies” meets “Shaun of the Dead.”

“Freaks of Nature” (R). A small town where vampires, zombies and humans co-exist in harmony is disrupted by an alien invasion and it’s every creature for himself. Comedy has an array of familiar faces: Denis Leary, Keegan-MichaelKey, Bob Odenkirk, Joan Cusack, Patton Oswalt, etc.