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FRI. 10/7, R ★★★★✩
This gripping adaptation of the best-selling novel stars Emily Blunt as an alcoholic divorcée (prone to blackouts) who gets immersed in the case of a missing woman (Haley Bennett) who was the nanny for the baby of her ex-husband (Justin Theroux) and his new wife (Rebecca Ferguson). Sure, the coincidences pile up — but so does the tension.
FRI. 10/7, R ★★★✩✩
Nate Parker (who also wrote and directed) stars as Nat Turner, an enslaved preacher who — tired of being a passive witness to suffering — leads a violent uprising against abusive slaveholders in Virginia in 1831. This historical drama is brutal but bluntly impactful viewing.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children OUT NOW, PG-13 ★★★✩✩
Tim Burton directs this visually stunning but emotionally uninvolving adventure about a teen boy (Asa Butterfield) who — after the death of his grandpa — travels to a home for magical misfits run by Miss Peregrine (Eva Green).
Flock of Dudes OUT NOW & ON VOD, NR ★★✩✩✩
Chris D’elia “breaks up” with his hard-partying boys in hopes of maturing out of manchildhood (and impressing his co-worker and crush Hannah Simone) in this hitand-miss ensemble comedy with a likable cast (including Eric André, Hilary Duff and Kumail Nanjiani) who’ve all done far funnier work on TV.
The Gist: The former child actor ( Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda) turned writer’s candid collection of “True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame” is witty and insightful.
Notable Quotable: “To be fair, [my mom] must have figured I wouldn’t understand what was happening on Melrose [ Place] — after all, I had thought the couple having sex in Four Weddings and a Funeral was just bouncing on a trampoline I couldn’t see.”
It was showtime. At 4:30 a.m. on June 29, Sarah Mariuz found herself taking out the trash, cleaning the house and pacing around her La Jolla, Calif., bedroom as she waited for her contractions to get closer together. At the same time, over 1,000 miles away in Denver, her identical twin sister Leah Rodgers’ water broke. Within hours, both women, 35, had checked into local hospitals with their husbands by their sides.
But what happened next can only be described as what Sarah calls a “twincidence.” At 1:18 a.m. Mountain time on June 30, Leah gave birth to son Reid Joseph, who weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces. An hour later at 1:18 a.m. Pacific time, Sarah welcomed 7-pound, 5-ounce daughter Samantha Lynne. Sarah tells In Touch she had a feeling it might happen ever since she and Leah told each other they were pregnant on Thanksgiving Day and discovered they were due four days apart. “I called it,” says Sarah. “I never imaged the same hour and minute in different time zones, but