Philip Martin

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Jennifer Christman

Weekend Editor, Columnist: Jennifer Christman


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MOVIE REVIEW: Bio-pic tells tale of early criminal case in which Thurgood Marshall battled racism

You might bring certain expectations to a movie called Marshall that you understand to be about the life of Thurgood Marshall, the first black man to sit on the United States Supreme Court. You might expect a certain solemnness to that movie, or that it would endeavor to trace the Great Man's arc, probably beginning in a childhood where certain seeds were sown and ending atop the mountain, with the subject looking both back upon what he has accomplished and ahead to what he has made possible.


The Foreigner


Boo! 2: A Madea Halloween, PG-13 Tyler Perry directs and reprises his role as Madea, who leads the mass exodus from a haunted campground. With Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Yousef Erakat, Diamond White, Lexy Panterra, Andre Hall, Brock O'Hurn. Oct. 20

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The Foreigner

Based on Stephen Leather's 1992 novel The Chinaman, Martin Campbell's first film in six years was rechristened The Foreigner possibly because of the discriminatory connotations of the original title. The new title is somehow fitting, with Jackie Chan's against-type performance pushed to the side in something more akin to a conspiracy thriller. Chan's sullen avenger might plant bombs, but the narrative is more concerned with multiple betrayals among Irish terrorists and political chicanery between them and the British political establishment.

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Home Movies

The Beguiled, directed by Sofia Coppola

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Blade Runner crawls into top spot

LOS ANGELES -- Warner Bros.' Blade Runner 2049 topped the box office last weekend, but despite some strong reviews and positive audience reaction, sales were about $33 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to the measurement firm ComScore.

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Happy Death Day

Happy Death Day follows in the oft-repeated footsteps of Groundhog Day, Edge of Tomorrow and, more recently, If I Fell. Essentially, the protagonist is forced to repeat the same day repeatedly until he or she learns to be a better person. At least director Christopher Landon starts the film off with a small, amusing gag. The Universal logo starts to display and then abruptly starts over. Feel free to walk out now because the wit fails after this.

Low-profile Bob Weinstein must now save family business

Anywhere else in Hollywood, Bob Weinstein would have been the star, with a string of executive producer credits on Oscar winners such as The English Patient and Good Will Hunting and a track record for making low-budget, profitable films.

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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Jerry Siegel was a shy, Jewish teenager growing up in the early '30s with his Lithuanian immigrant parents in Cleveland when his father, who owned a haberdashery, died of a heart attack after his store was robbed. Later on, teamed with high school friend Joe Shuster, the pair went on to create Superman, an ubermensch -- and an immigrant in his own right -- fighting for truth, justice and the American way, and dispatching criminals like the one who caused his father's death behind bars.

Super Quiz: Science

1. The Roman numeral for 500

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: Many people are traveling for business, vacations and to visit family and friends. But what do you do when you need a doctor in a foreign country?


Happy birthday. You’ll do it by yourself, for yourself, over the next six weeks — with amazing results, due to your habit of breaking things down into small steps. Plans will change to accommodate someone who needs you.

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: If God loves everybody, then why is there so much hate in the world? I'm a member of a racial minority, and I feel it every day -- even from people who claim to be Christians.

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Quirky Seal, quiet Arkansas town drew 'American Made' screenwriter

Barry Seal liked to use pay phones. He thought the authorities couldn't tap them.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Sequel to 'Blade Runner' a valiant effort that can’t hope to match revolutionary force of original

It's not all that unusual for a director to include a passage to be read to the critics before a press screening. Generally, this will be something about strictly observing the embargo date before we are allowed to comment on the film. But for Denis Villeneuve's much-anticipated sequel to the Ridley Scott sci-fi classic, not only did we get read the riot act before the film screened -- no social media comments, no phones, etc. -- but we were also instructed to wait in our seats after the credits, so the beleaguered publicist could read yet another memo from the director. This one was more along the lines of all the things Villeneuve wished us not to talk about in our reviews, including plot and character details, location details, and who is or is not a living human being, as opposed to a replicant. As one critic put it, "They just want us to say 'It's a good movie' and be done with it."