Friday the 13th brings slate of PG-13 movies to theaters

'Marshall', 'Happy Death Day' offer moviegoers different choices

By Ben Spicer - Web Producer
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SAN ANTONIO - It looks like it might be déjà vu at the box office as another scary movie appears set to continue the trend of successful horror films this year.

Opening on Friday the 13th is Universal Pictures' "Happy Death Day", a teen fright film which takes much of its concept from another famous movie -- 1993's "Groundhog Day" -- but this time around involves both a sorority girl and a stalking mystery murderer.

"Happy Death Day" is about a young woman, Tree Gelbman, who must relive her birthday over and over with the end result her being killed each time until she is able to figure out who wants her dead.

REVIEW: Is 'Happy Death Day' 'Groundhog Day' for a new generation?

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“Happy Death Day” is expected to make a solid $15 million to $20 million through the weekend according to early estimates, which may just be enough to take the top spot from "Blade Runner 2049", a film that has disappointed at the box office.

"Happy Death Day" will open in 3,000 theaters and has an approval rating of 68% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also entering theaters this weekend is "Marshall" starring Chadwick Boseman as young Thurgood Marshall, which has an approval rating of 87% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie is about the first African-American Supreme Court Justice and focuses on one of his very first cases. 

Those looking for an action movie have to look no further than "The Foreigner" starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. The movie is based on the 1992 novel "The Chinaman" by Stephen Leather and will debut in roughly 2,300 theaters. Early estimates have the film making more than $12 million with a potential third place finish.

A sneaky good film with the potential to create Oscar buzz is "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women", a biographical drama about American psychologist William Moulton Marston -- the creator of the fictional character Wonder Woman. Rotten Tomatoes gives the new movie an approval rating of 91%.

Here's a look at all the latest films (with their trailer) that were released for the weekend of Oct. 13.

And don't forget to look for the latest article each week to see what else will be playing at the movies.

Marshall

Young Thurgood Marshall faces one of his greatest challenges while working as a lawyer for the NAACP. Marshall travels to conservative Connecticut when wealthy socialite Eleanor Strubing accuses black chauffeur Joseph Spell of sexual assault and attempted murder. He soon teams up with Sam Friedman, a local Jewish lawyer who's never handled a criminal case. Together, the two men build a defense while contending with racist and anti-Semitic views from those who deem Spell to be guilty. (Google synopsis)

The movie is 1 hour and 58 minutes is rated PG-13. 

You can view the trailer below or by clicking here..

Happy Death Day

Tree Gelbman is a blissfully self-centered collegian who wakes up on her birthday in the bed of a student named Carter. As the morning goes on, Tree gets the eerie feeling that she's experienced the events of this day before. When a masked killer suddenly takes her life in a brutal attack, she once again magically wakes up in Carter's dorm room unharmed. Now, the frightened young woman must relive the same day over and over until she figures out who murdered her. (Google synopsis)

This film is 1 hour 36 minutes and is rated PG-13.

You can view the trailer below or by clicking here.

The Foreigner

Quan is a humble London businessman whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love -- his teenage daughter -- dies in a senseless act of politically motivated terrorism. His relentless search to find the terrorists leads to a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official whose own past may hold the clues to the identities of the elusive killers. (Google synopsis)

This film is 1 hour 54 minutes and is rated R.

You can view the trailer below or by clicking here.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

The unconventional life story of Dr. William Marston, Harvard psychologist and inventor, and the relationship between his wife and his lover, who became her lover after his death, that inspired the iconic super heroine Wonder Woman. (Google synopsis)

This film is 1 hour 48 minutes and is rated R.

You can view the trailer below or by clicking here.

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