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Popcorn & Candy is DCist’s selective and subjective guide to some of the most interesting movies playing around town in the coming week.

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Jackie Chan (STX)

THE FOREIGNER

Martial arts legend Jackie Chan is 63 years old and well past his prime, but he hasn’t exactly been absent from the big screen. Not counting voice talent in The LEGO Ninjago Movie and The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, he’s been featured in no fewer than five movies this year, including a reunion with Rumble in the Bronx director Stanley Tong for Kung Fu Yoga. But his latest and most prominent role is in this curious action drama. Chan stars as Quan, whose daughter is killed in a terrorist bombing claimed by a group calling itself “the authentic IRA.” Determined to avenge his daughter’s murder, he pursues Liam Hennesy (Pierce Brosnan), an IRA member turned politician whom Quan is convinced can lead him to the bombers. Yes, it’s a strange genre mix and a long two hours, but the film is notable as a departure from Chan’s usual comic roles. Chan puts his fighting prowess into a more intense practice as he fights terrorists, and he gets to act, too. The fight scenes make this meeting of two aging action heroes worth the occasional slog.

Watch the trailer.
Opens tomorrow at area theaters.

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Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler (Netflix)

THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES

When Adam Sandler signed a multi-picture deal with Netflix, consumers were right to assume that this simply meant another low-brow comedy like Jack and Jill or That’s My Boy for the straight-to-video market. Although it’s not part of that lucrative package, Sandler’s latest for the network is a drama helmed by indie auteur Noah Baumbach. The film debuts simultaneously on Netflix and in selected theaters. While I’m no fan of the director’s work with Greta Gerwig, this is reportedly a return to Baumbach’s earlier, darker form, and the movie reportedly shows a side of Sandler the serious actor that we haven’t seen since his heartbreaking performance in Punch-Drunk Love. The New York Times writes that Sandler is “a revelation” and that Baumbach “has achieved a near-perfect balance between engagement and discomfort.”

Watch the trailer.
Opens tomorrow at Landmark Bethesda Row

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Keir Dullea and Don Murray (Riverfront Times)

A HOODLUM PRIEST

Veteran character actor Don Murray, whose career spans from early ’50s television to The Marilyn Monroe vehicle Bus Stop to ABC Afterschool Specials, returned to the small screen as Bushnell Mullins on Twin Peaks: The Return. The AFI Silver wraps up a tribute to the actor tomorrow night, screening a 35mm print of this 1961 drama produced and co-written by Murray and directed by Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back). The movie is based on the life of Father Charles Dismas Clark, a Jesuit priest who ministered to St. Louis street gangs. Clark distanced himself from the film, insisting to Murray, “I ain’t no square priest, you see.” This rarely screened film will be shown with a digital presentation of the 1957 drama A Hatful of Rain, also starring Murray. The actor will appear in person for a discussion moderated by film historian Foster Hirsch.

Watch the trailer.
Friday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the AFI Silver.

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(RKO Pictures LLC)

ARMORED CAR ROBBERY

For area moviegoers, October doesn’t just mean scary movies. It means Noir City DC, a showcase of classic film noir and neo-noir that screens a variety of old favorites and rarely-screened titles. Now in its ninth year at the AFI Silver, the festival launches this weekend with a 35mm print of this 1950 thriller about an Los Angeles police officer (Charles McGraw) who seeks to avenge a partner murdered in a robbery. Director Richard Fleischer’s career swung wildly from the Oscar-winning 1947 documentary Design for Death to the Razzie award-winning 1981 remake of The Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond. Shown with a digital presentation of the 1949 classic Criss-Cross, starring Burt Lancaster.

Saturday, October 14 and Monday, October 16 at the AFI Silver.

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Jennifer Lopez (Warner Bros.)

SELENA

As part of its Hispanic Heritage Month programming, the Library of Congress will be screening a 35mm print of this 1997 biopic from El Norte director Gregory Nava, starring Jennifer Lopez as the Mexican-American singer who was murdered in 1995. Roger Ebert wrote that the film “succeeds, through Lopez’s performance, in evoking the magic of a sweet and talented young woman. And, like Nava’s My Family, it’s insightful in portraying Mexican-American culture as a rich resource with its own flavor and character.”

Watch the trailer.
Friday, October 13 at 7 p.m. at the Mary Pickford Theater, third floor of the Madison Building, Library of Congress. Tickets are sold out but a standby line forms at 6:30 p.m.

Also opening this week, Chadwick Boseman stars in Marshall, a biopic of the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. We’ll have a full review tomorrow.



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