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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Movie Roundup

Sam Friedman (Josh Gad) and Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) are young ac...

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Above: Sam Friedman (Josh Gad) and Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) are young activist lawyers in the new film "Marshall."

It may be Friday the 13th, but there’s more than just horror at the box office this weekend. There’s also Jackie Chan’s serious turn in the action thriller “The Foreigner” and an origin story of sorts for legal titan Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall.”

“Marshall”

Film

Diversity has been an agenda item for Hollywood since #Oscarsowhite focused national attention on the lack of color among Oscar nominees. “Marshall” seems designed to address this and focuses on the early law career of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Chadwick Boseman stars as Marshall relatively early in his career. Josh Gad also starts as a white lawyer who assists in the film’s central case.

Details: “Marshall” opens Friday. Find tickets.

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A still of Jackie Chan in the movie "The Foreigner."

“The Foreigner”

Film

Jackie Chan is 63, but he’s still able to show off some of his famous stunt work in “The Foreigner.” He plays a man whose daughter was killed in a London bombing by a group claiming IRA affiliation. Chan turns to a former IRA member-turned-government official, played by Pierce Brosnan. But the film isn’t terribly taxing on Chan’s stunt or acting skills and awkwardly tries to be a political thriller and Chan action film without doing either well. Renting a classic Chan film from the ‘80s might be a better bet.

Details: “The Foreigner” opens Friday. Find tickets.

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Photo credit: New Line Cinema

Mark Patton as Jesse in "Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge." He described himself as possibly the first male scream queen.

Gay Horror Halloween

Film

FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBT film festival, is putting horror center stage this month. It’s showing a double bill Wednesday of “Hellbent,” the first gay slasher film, and “Nightmare on Elm Street 2,” which has gained a cult following as what has been called the gayest horror film of all time. Most horror movies cast women as their primary victims, but “Nightmare” stars Mark Patton as what he calls “the first male scream queen.”

Details: 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas, 3965 5th Ave., San Diego. $12 Find tickets.

San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Movie Roundup

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Beth Accomando
, arts and culture reporter, KPBS

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