“Terminator” fans, your wait is over! “Dark Fate” hits the big screen this weekend with the return of original cast members Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Also making a big splash this weekend is the Harriet Tubman biopic, “Harriet,” in which Cynthia Erivo plays the titular heroine.
Meanwhile, in the crime-drama “Motherless Brooklyn,” Edward Norton stars as a private eye in search of truth.
Here’s what to see and what to skip this weekend:
Movies Out This Weekend
“Terminator: Dark Fate” — Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis; directed by Tim Miller
Remember James Cameron’s 1984 sci-fi thriller about a looming apocalypse, a cyborg from the future and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s iconic catchphrase, “I’ll be back.”? Well, they’re all back for another spin in “Dark Fate,” the sixth installment of the “Terminator” franchise. Also returning are the original team members, Linda Hamilton, Schwarzenegger and Cameron (but as a producer), who all get reunited for the sequel 28 years after “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”
Directed by Tim Miller (who also directed “Deadpool”), the latest film in the saga opens with a sequence set in the 1990s, where “Terminator 2” left off. Then, the narrative focuses on a scene that’s brewing in present-day Mexico, where a menacing, shapeshifting liquid-metal cyborg, Rev-9 (Gabriel Luna), is hunting down a timid factory worker named Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes).
Enter future soldier Grace (Mackenzie Davis), a technologically advanced human cyborg who travels back to 2019 and becomes Dani’s protector. Soon, Dani and Grace will cross paths with the heroine of the first “Terminator” films, Sarah Connor (Hamilton), who’s been battling Terminators for nearly three decades.
It is only a matter of time before we get to see the return of the original Terminator (Schwarzenegger), now known as Carl, who’s been living a quiet and peaceful life with his family in the countryside, replete with a day job running his own curtains business, Carl’s Drapes.
And you guessed it right! Carl will soon join forces with Sarah.
See it. Simply put, Hamilton and Schwarzenegger are back together for the sequel!
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“Harriet” — Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr.; directed by Kasi Lemmons
The biopic traces Harriet Tubman’s escape to freedom, as well as her unselfish acts of returning to the Eastern shore multiple times to liberate hundreds of slaves.
It is fall 1849 in Dorchester County, Maryland, and Araminta “Minty” Ross is one of the slaves at the Brodess plantation who is about to be sold to new owners in the South. But the young woman would rather flee or die in the face of her terrible fate. Prompted with conviction, she decides to escape. Her odyssey will test her resolve and fortitude as she treks through 100 miles of wilderness, mostly on foot, with only God and the North Star to guide her!
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Against all odds, she makes it to the Pennsylvania border. As she walks into her freedom, the clouds part with beams of light glowing around her. Alas! Minty is free. Upon her arrival in Philadelphia, she chooses a new name, and Harriet Tubman is born.
But her newfound freedom will not sit well in her veins, setting in motion her courageous missions to liberate her friends and loved ones. In the end, the freedom fighter’s tenacity, ingenuity and bravery would change the course of history.
See it. With Lemmons’ deft direction and Erivo’s powerful performance, the film is a moving tribute to Tubman’s legacy.
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“Motherless Brooklyn” — Edward Norton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw; directed by Edward Norton
A story about power and dispossession, the 1950s-set crime drama is a private-eye mystery based on Jonathan Lethem’s 1999 novel of the same name.
Written, directed and produced by Edward Norton, the film version stars Norton as Lionel Essrog, a private detective living with Tourette syndrome. An orphan, he and his three best buds (Bobby Cannavale, Ethan Suplee and Dallas Roberts) were taken under the wing of Frank Minna (Bruce Willis), who would become their mentor and friend, imparting them with a sense of purpose and responsibility in life. Soon, the four BFFs will be known as the Minna Men, a spurious detective agency and limo service.
Everything is running smoothly in Essrog’s world until one fateful day when Minna is shot and left for dead. The murder will send a chill to Essrog’s core, setting in motion his quest for the truth that would ultimately lead to the killer.
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See it. Like the movie classic “Chinatown,” the film is passionate, clever and propulsive — though the 144-minute running time feels somewhat too long.
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