‘Halloween’ tops this week’s new releases

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Credit: Andrew Eccles/Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Here are the films opening nationwide on Friday:

Halloween -- Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode in this direct sequel to the 1978 original. Still dealing with the violent attack she suffered 40 years earlier, she prepares to face Michael Meyers for once last confrontation, as he returns to try and finish her off. Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton and Virginia Gardner also star. Rated R.

The Hate U Give -- This film adaptation of the late Angela Thomas' novel of the same name follows a 16-year-old girl -- played by Amandla Stenberg -- who must decide if she'll stand up for what she believes after witnessing the shooting of her best friend by a police officer. Also starring Regina Hall, Issa Rae, Common and Anthony Mackie. Rated PG-13.

The Old Man & the Gun -- Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker -- played by Robert Redford in what is reportedly his final role -- a career criminal who, at the age of 70, broke out of San Quentin prison and went on to rob 93 banks in five states over a two-year period. Also starring Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Tom Waits and Sissy Spacek. Rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

Can You Ever Forgive Me -- This dramedy, based on Lee Israel's memoir of the same name, stars Melissa McCarthy as Israel -- an out of step writer who attempts to revive her career by forging letters from dead authors and playwrights. Also starring Richard E. Grant and Jane Curtain. Rated R.

Mid90s -- Jonah Hill wrote and makes his directorial debut in this coming of age comedy about a 13-year-old boy in 1990s Los Angeles -- played by Sunny Suljic -- who navigates his troubled home life and new friends he meets at a local skate shop. Also starring Lucas Hedges and Katherine Waterston. Rated R.

What They Had -- Hillary Swank stars as Ruth, who returns to her hometown at the insistence of her brother -- played Michael Shannon -- to help him convince their father to put their Alzheimer's-stricken mother -- portrayed by Robert Forster and Blythe Danner, respectively -- in a nursing home and let go of their long life together. Rated R.

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