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MARSHALL v. CHAN

  

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

That’s Marshall vs. Chan at the box office, of course. I’d love for Chan to have a big mainstream hit in America but if I was a betting man I’d choose the former.

“Marshall” (PG-13). Chadwick Boseman (he played Jackie Robinson in “42”) takes on the role of young Thurgood Marshall in this true story set in 1940 Connecticut, long before Marshall’s groundbreaking appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. In his early days as a crusading lawyer, Marshall takes on the troubling case of a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) accused of raping and attempting to kill a white woman (Kate Hudson). With Josh Gad, Dan Stevens and James Cromwell.

“The Foreigner” (R). Jackie Chan takes on a more serious, somber persona in this revenge yarn as a widowed father whose teenage daughter dies in an act of politically motivated terrorism in London. He sets out to find those responsible but a politician (Pierce Brosnan) stands in his way. Not that he’ll be slowed down — hey, he’s Jackie Chan.

“Lucky” (NR). Harry Dean Stanton, in one of his last film roles, has a rare lead as a 90-year-old Navy vet who is just starting to decline in health and has trouble facing up to it. With David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt and James Darren. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

  

“So B. It” (PG-13). A 12-year-old girl (Talitha Bateman) cares for her mentally disabled mother with help from an agoraphobic neighbor (Alfred Woodard). When the girl finds a camera with photos of a New York group home, she hops a bus and travels from Nevada to New York, gleaning help from strangers along the way as she hopes to find information on her mother’s past. With John Heard and Cloris Leachman.

“Swing Away” (PG). A player (Shannon Elizabeth) on tour with the Ladies Professional Golf Association is suspended after she suffers a meltdown, so she travels to her grandparents’ village in Greece to escape the harsh spotlight of international sports and meets a young girl who may be a golfing prodigy. With John O’Hurley.

“Columbus” (NR). A young Korean-born man (John Cho) travels to Columbus, Indiana, when his renowned father, an architecture scholar, falls ill. But they’ve been estranged for some time and the son feels stifled there until he strikes up a friendship with a young architecture enthusiast (Haley Lu Richardson) working at the local library. With Parker Posey and Rory Culkin. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

  

“Romeo & Juliet” (PG-13). This is the umpteenth reworking of Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers, and perhaps the umpteenth version in a modern-day setting, this time with Juliet (Devin Neff) an abused girl looking for an escape when she meets the hopelessly, impulsively romantic Romeo (Dallin Major).

“Happy Death Day” (PG-13). Taking a page (or a script) from “Groundhog Day,” this horror tale has a teenage girl being murdered, then reliving the day and her death repeatedly until she figures out who the killer is.

“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” (R). The true story of Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans), a Harvard psychologist who invented the lie-detector test and, using ideas gleaned from his relationships with wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall) and their lover Olive (Bella Heathcote) created the comic-book character Wonder Woman in 1941. Oliver Platt and Connie Britton co-star.