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Film Guide for the week of Sept. 13 – Orange County Register

Film guide for box-office releases and ongoing movies

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NEW THIS WEEK

‘American Assassin’: (R) (for strong violence throughout, some torture, language and brief nudity) Dylan O’Brien brings a youthful freshness to the role of a counterterrorism operative in this international thriller whose holes are compensated for with action. (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 51 minutes. Grade:  */**

‘mother!’: (R) (for strong disturbing violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language) Jennifer Lawrence gives the best performance of her career as a woman whose idyllic existence is shattered when her home is invaded by her poet husband’s worshipful cult.  (The Associated Press) 2 hours. Grade: */*/**

CONTINUING

‘Atomic Blonde’: (R) (for sequences of strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity) Charlize Theron is terrific as an MI6 agent ordered to Berlin to break up a spy ring in this largely vacant, hyper-stylistic romp that trades on the Cold War atmosphere of far better films. (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 55 minutes. Grade:*/*

‘The Big Sick’: A quirky authenticity hovers over this slick comedy about a white American and a Pakistani Muslim who must deal with their cultural differences as their relationship grows. (Los Angeles Daily News) 2 hours, 4 minutes. Grade: */*/*1/2

‘Brigsby Bear’: (PG-13) (for thematic elements, brief sexuality, drug material and teen partying) A children’s TV show is produced for an audience of one, a kid who lives in an underground bunker. When the show abruptly ends, he sets out to finish the story himself. (Los Angeles Daily News) 1 hour, 40 minutes. Grade:*/*/*/1/2

‘Crown Heights’: (R) (for language, violence and some sexuality/nudity) This true story of a man wrongly convicted of murder in 1980 is full of good intentions and compelling performers but misses the chance to delve deeper into its characters. (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 39 minutes. Grade: */*

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