SAN ANTONIO – Halloween weekend may be a busy time at the movies with the release of three new films -- and they could help a sagging box office.
Opening Friday is Universal Pictures' "Thank You for Your Service" a film based on the real-life story of US soldiers who return home from Iraq with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and have to adjust back to civilian life.
The story follows Army Staff Sgt. Adam Schumann who, along with two other soldiers, come home after witnessing the shooting of a fellow soldier.
“Thank You for Your Service” is expected to make $12 million through the weekend according to early estimates, while getting the most favorable reviews of all the new releases.
Directed by Jason Hall, writer of Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” the drama is based off of a non-fiction book of the same name by David Finke and has an approval rating of 72% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Also entering theaters this weekend is the scary thriller "Jigsaw" which was smartly planned to open right before Halloween and has an approval rating of just 43% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie is the latest installment in the "Saw" franchise, and takes place eleven years after the death of the eponymous Jigsaw killer.
Those looking for a dark drama need to look no further than "Suburbicon" starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore. Director George Clooney's movie follows a mild-mannered father who reacts after a home invasion shakes his quaint neighborhood in 1959. The movie is set to debut in roughly 2,050 theaters and early estimates have the film making $8 million.
Here's a look at all the latest films (with their trailer) that were released for the weekend of Oct. 27.
And don't forget to look for the latest article each week to see what else will be playing at the movies.
Thank You for Your Service
Sgt. Adam Schumann tries to readjust to civilian life after returning home from the war in Iraq. Fellow soldier Tausolo Aeiti must deal with the aftermath of a bombing that left him with a traumatic brain injury. Will Waller searches for normalcy after surviving several explosions, while Michael Emory must deal with the effects of a sniper's bullet to the head. With memories of the battlefield still lingering, the soldiers soon begin their long journey to physical and emotional rehabilitation.(Google synopsis)
The movie is 1 hour and 49 minutes is rated R.
A mysterious madman rounds up a group of victims to play sadistic games of life and death. Police soon find evidence that link the crimes to Jigsaw, the infamous killer who died 10 years earlier. (Google synopsis)
This film is 1 hour 32 minutes and is rated R.
Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic, suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns -- the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge must navigate the town's dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit and violence. (Google synopsis)
This film is 1 hour 45 minutes and is rated R.