“The Old Man and the Gun” and “Halloween” on area big screens

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A Hollywood legend’s swan song and the return of a horror icon are on area screens this weekend. Here to tell us about The Old Man and the Gun and Halloween are film critics, Pam Powell and Chuck Koplinski.


Halloween (2018) (Starts Friday) In this reboot of the horror franchise, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. The first hour of the film is a genuinely skillful exercise as director David Gordon Green creates an eerie atmosphere while deftly tipping his hat to the John Carpenter original. However, the film loses its way during its third act, becoming a ridiculous exercise in gore and needless violence. 2 ½  Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 101 minutes.  AMC-C, AMC-D, SAV.


The Old Man and the Gun (Starts Friday) This biopic of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), a serial bank robber who escaped from San Quentin at the age of 70 to pull off an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public, is a charming star vehicle for its lead veteran actor.  Like a pair of comfortable old shoes, the film is an appealing lark that plays to the strengths of Redford as well as he co-stars Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Tom Waits and Casey Affleck.  This is a perfect swan song for Redford who announced his retirement after completing this film. 3 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 93 minutes. ART.

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