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Midday at the Movies: The Buzz on "First Man," "Bohemian Rhapsody," and "Halloween"


It's Midday at the Movies!

To help us spotlight some of the latest crop of Oscar contenders,  author and Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday and founding director of the Maryland Film Festival Jed Dietz join Tom in the studio.  Among the new films they discuss are:

First Man, a dramatic retelling of the 1969 mission to land the first men on the moon, from acclaimed director Damien Chazelle. It opened in October to positive reviews.  The strong cast includes Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong.

The much-anticipated Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody,has earned a lukewarm critical response ahead of its wide release this weekend. But fans of the late rock singer -- and music fans generally -- will find plenty to enjoy in this lavishly produced tribute by director Bryan Singer.

And Halloween,an effort to revitalize the now decades-old horror franchise about a knife-wielding killer named Michael Myer, stars Jamie Lee Curtis as an elder Laura Strode, in a reprise of her role in the 1978 original.  The film by David Gordon Green has performed far better at the box office than most of the preceding Halloween installments.

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Rob is a contributing producer for Midday.