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Michael Fassbender is an alcoholic detective searching for a killer in The Snowman.Universal Pictures

What's new in theaters: 'The Snowman,' 'Only the Brave,' 'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween'

OPENING FRIDAY: THE SNOWMAN Unlike Frosty, The Snowman (R) isn't a jolly, happy soul. He's a serial killer who murders after snowfalls, keeping him busy in Norway where an alcoholic detective (Michael Fassbender) specializes in — wait for it — cold cases. Fassbender leads an intriguing cast: Oscar winner J.K. Simmo …

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  1. 'Only the Brave' honors sacrifice of front line firefighters amid California wildfires

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    No one knew that the release date for the forest firefighting movie Only the Brave' would coincide with one of the most destructive wildfires in California history.

    Brendan McDonough (Miles Teller), Chris MacKenzie (Taylor Kitsch), plan to do the backburn at the Chiricahua Mtn. fireline in  ONLY THE BRAVE. (Columbia Pictures)
  2. 'The Snowman' has a star-studded cast based on a blockbuster murder novel, but it's a mess

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    Mr. Alfredson, you could have saved it. We gave you all the tools — a star-studded cast, a blockbuster best-selling Scandinavian murder novel by Jo Nesbo, and three time Oscar winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker. So why is The Snowman such a jumbled nonsensical mess?

    Michael Fassbender in "The Snowman." (Universal Pictures)  1213107
  3. Channing Tatum drops out of Weinstein Co. movie about sex abuse

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    LOS ANGELES — Channing Tatum is no longer developing a film with the Weinstein Co. that dealt with a boy dealing with the aftermath of sexual abuse.

    Channing Tatum at the premiere of "Comrade Detective" in Los Angeles. Tatum is no longer developing a film with the Weinstein Company about a boy dealing with the aftermath of sexual abuse. (Associated Press)
  4. What's new in theaters: 'The Snowman,' 'Only the Brave,' 'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween'

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    OPENING FRIDAY:

    THE SNOWMAN

    Unlike Frosty, The Snowman (R) isn't a jolly, happy soul. He's a serial killer who murders after snowfalls, keeping him busy in Norway where an alcoholic detective (Michael Fassbender) specializes in — wait for it — cold cases.

    Michael Fassbender is an alcoholic detective searching for a killer in The Snowman.
  5. Look for Tampa Bay filmmaker Joe Davison on 'Stranger Things'

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    For a year, Joe Davison kept a secret he wanted to tell so badly he feared it would burst from his mouth like an alien baby from John Hurt's chest.

    Joe Davison, at home in his dining room in Seminole, decked out for Halloween with “Stranger Things” decor, will appear in Season 2 of “Stranger Things.”
  6. Andy Serkis' directing debut 'Breathe' is the swooniest polio movie ever

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    After such a revolutionary acting career, Andy Serkis should be expected to make an equally inventive directing debut. Breathe is anything but that.

    Cheery Clare Foy and Andrew Garfield star in Breathe as Robin and Diana Cavendish, an English polio victim and his devoted wife.
  7. 'The Foreigner' is Jackie Chan's (terrible) attempt at being taken seriously

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    Jackie Chan, master of martial arts comedy, wishes to be taken seriously as an actor. Seriously.

    Jackie Chan plays Ngoc Minh Quan, a London restaurant owner whose teenage daughter is killed in an IRA bombing. 
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  8. Somehow Thurgood Marshall isn't even the star in his own biopic 'Marshall'

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    Truth is an obstacle that the Thurgood Marshall biopic never overcomes.

    Sam Friedman (Josh Gad, left) takes center stage standing in for a banned Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) during 
a 1941 case against a black chaffeur (Sterling K. Brown).
  9. What's in theaters this week: 'Marshall,' 'The Foreigner,' 'Happy Death Day'

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    INDIE FLICKS: PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN

    Professor Marston & the Wonder Women stars, from left, Bella Heathcoate, Luke Evans and Rebecca Hall.
  10. 'Professor Marston and the Wonder Women' is comic book heroine's R-rated back story

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    Wonder Woman was a PG-13 blockbuster but her real origins are for adults only, as depicted in Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (R). Writer-director Angela Robinson dramatizes her comic book creator's erotic inspirations; you'll never think of Wonder Woman's …

    From left, Bella Heathcote stars as Olive Byrne, Luke Evans as Dr. William Marston and Rebecca Hall as Elizabeth Marston in the film, "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women." (Claire Folger/Annapurna Pictures) 1212629
  11. Watch the trailer: Stormtroopers on Soldier Field to introduce 'Last Jedi'

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    LOS ANGELES — The trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuted in dramatic fashion during Monday Night Football halftime. Fireworks flashed and Stormtroopers marched onto Chicago's Soldier Field as the preview played onscreen.

    Stormtroopers march down the field during the halftime of an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Chicago. The trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" debuted in dramatic fashion during Monday Night Football halftime. Fireworks flashed and Stormtroopers marched onto Chicago's Soldier Field as the preview played onscreen. [Associated Press]
  12. Dale Gordon, executive director of Film Tampa Bay, resigns

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    Four years after taking over as Hillsborough County's de facto film commissioner, it's a wrap for Dale Gordon.

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  13. Hollywood powerhouse Harvey Weinstein taking leave of absence after sexual harassment claims

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    Harvey Weinstein will take a leave of absence from his eponymous film company after the publication of a news report detailing decades of sexual harassment accusations against him.

    Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer, at a party in Los Angeles, Jan. 10, 2016. An investigation by The New York Times has found previously undisclosed allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein. [New York Times]
  14. Is it worth watching Idris Elba and Kate Winslet freeze in 'The Mountain Between Us'?

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    OPENING FRIDAY:

    THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US

    Ain't no mountain high enough, no plot valley deep enough, to keep Idris Elba and Kate Winslet from setting off romantic sparks in The Mountain Between Us (PG-13). But this movie surely doesn't do them any favors.

    This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Kate Winslet, left, and Idris Elba in a scene from “The Mountain Between Us.”
  15. Pup fiction: A doggie film festival is coming to Tampa this weekend

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    Take your best friend on a leash Friday to Water Works Park on Tampa's Riverwalk for open-air screenings of selections from the NY Dog Film Festival at 6 and 8 p.m.

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