At the Movies: October 28

American Pastoral, Inferno

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This week at the movies: Ewan McGregor directs and stars in a thrilling drama about a desperate father in search of his missing daughter; and Tom Hanks is back again as the puzzle-solving symbologist Robert Langdon in the third installment of the Da Vinci Code series.

American Pastoral

Seymour Swede Levov (Ewan McGregor) is a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn (Jennifer Connelly), a former beauty queen. When his beloved teenage daughter (Dakota Fanning) disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him. Also starring Uzo Aduba. Based on the novel by Phillip Roth.

Rated R. Directed by Ewan McGregor. Crime/Drama. 2h 6m.

What the Critics Say:

"Few movies based on books are as good as their source material… American Pastoral hints at that richness, but it's not quite enough to keep Roth's legacy forever young.” – New York Daily News

Our Take: It’s always difficult for a film to fully do the book that it’s based on justice, especially when it’s written by the great Phillip Roth. But we are still very interested to see how actor Ewan McGregor (yes, that guy who was in Moulin Rouge) does in his directorial debut…

Inferno

Famous symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) follows a trail of clues tied to Dante, the great medieval poet. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman (Ben Foster) from unleashing a virus that could wipe out half of the world's population. Also starring Irrfan Khan and Omar Sy. 

Rated PG-13. Directed by Ron Howard. Mystery/Crime. 2h 1m.

What the Critics Say:

“It’s not the worst of the trilogy, but this is less for fans of thrillers and more for people who are pining after last year’s holiday to Florence.” ­– Empire

Our Take: We love the Da Vinci Code series and all of the puzzles it presents (Inferno is the third installment). Also: Tom Hanks. We'll definitely be at the theater this weekend – ciao!