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Prince Harry is headed stateside. He’ll spend a day in Washington next week to promote his Invictus Games for wounded warrior s, which will take place in Orlando next year. On Harry’s agenda? He ’ll join first lady Michelle Oba- ma and Jill Biden at Fort Belvoir in the Virginia suburbs to meet with wounded men and women in recovery and rehabilitation programs. The trio will tour the USO Warrior and Family Center for wounded servicemembers. 6B E3 USA TODAY—DEMOCRATANDCHRONICLE FRIDAY,OCTOBER23,2015 LIFELINE MONEY AUTOS TRAVEL SPORTS LIFE New-mom treadmill USA SNAPSHOTS © Source Gerber “Good Start” survey of 1,000 adult mothers of infants up to 4 months old TERRY BYRNE AND JANET LOEHRKE, USA TODAY Mommy I 9 in 10 new moms say they skip working out due to lack of sleep. Rating; the good and the bad Black Mass eeeg 2hours, 2 minutes Plot: Boston gangster Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp) rises to the top of the Boston underworld through an alliance with an FBI agent (Joel Edgerton). Director: Scott Cooper Rating: R Upside: Depp has one of his best performances as the icy real-life gangster. Downside: The story doesn’t do anything that innovative with the crime genre. Bridge of Spies eeeE 2hours, 21 minutes Plot: At the height of the Cold War, an insurance lawyer (Tom Hanks) is tasked with defending an accused Soviet spy (Mark Rylance). Director: Steven Spielberg Rating: PG-13 Upside: Rylance is a revelation to mainstream audiences. Downside: Spielberg’s latest isn’t phenomenal, though it hits the spot. Crimson Peak eegE 1hour, 59 minutes Plot: Adapper British gentleman (Tom Hiddleston) whisks an American ghost story writer (Mia Wasikowska) away to his haunted manor, presided over by his menacing sister (Jessica Chastain). Director: Guillermo del Toro Rating: R Upside: Just in time for Halloween, del Toro’s latest sinister film is both visually sumptuous and stacked with talent. Downside: Del Toro die-hards may find it a tad soft on extreme terror. Goosebumps eegE 1hour, 43 minutes Plot: Horror author R.L. Stine (Jack Black) finds his hideous creations have come to life to wreak mayhem on a leafy suburban town. Director: Rob Letterman Rating: PG Upside: Black shows his dark, fully camp side while stopping the worst monsters of all time and nemesis Slappy the Dummy. Downside: Too much boy (Dylan Minnette) moving to town, falling in love. Could use more Black, more monster. Hotel Transylvania 2 eEEE 1hour, 29 minutes Plot: Dracula (voice of Adam Sandler) is a proud grandfather but worries if his half- human grandson will be accepted by his hardcore vampire father (Mel Brooks). D irector: Genndy Tartakovsky Rating: PG Upside: Despite reteaming Sandler with David Spade and Kevin James, it doesn’t get as bad as a ‘Grown Ups’ film. Downside: Not even Brooks c an save this already- exhausted monster premise. The Intern eeEE 2hours, 1 minutes Plot: Asenior citizen (Robert De Niro) is hired as an intern to work for the stressed-out head of an online fashion company (Anne Hathaway). Director: Nancy Meyers Rating: PG-13 Upside: De Niro and Hathaway work their chemistry well. Downside: The dramedy is relentlessly fluffy. The Martian eeeg 2hours, 21 minutes Plot: An astronaut (Matt Damon) stranded on Mars has to use his knowledge as a skilled botanist to stay alive until NASA can mount a rescue mission. Director: Ridley Scott Rating: PG-13 Upside: Damon’s nearly one-man show is humorous and compelling. Downside: No space botanist is this good at his job. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials eeeE 2hours, 11 minutes Plot: Now out of captivity, the heroes of ‘The Maze Runner’ race to find the resistance against the nefarious villains of WCKD. Director: Wes Ball Rating: PG-13 Upside: New characters add to the action-packed adventure. Downside: The zombies are boring, and the geography of the world is a bit nonsensical. Pan eeEE 1hour, 51 minutes Plot: An origin story takes young Peter Pan (Levi Miller) to Neverland to befriend James Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and battle Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). Director: Joe Wright Rating: PG Upside: Some of the tweaks really freshen up an old fairy-tale world. Downside: The plot is messier than a Lost Boy’s bedroom. Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension eeEE 1hour, 28 minutes Plot: Final chapter of the found-footage franchise follows a new family capturing the horrors of the demon Toby on film. Director: Gregory Plotkin Rating: R Upside: Some scares and Ivy George is freaky as a young girl possessed by the finally revealed Toby. Downside: Predictable, right down to the exorcism priest. It’s ready to retire after a great run. Rock the Kasbah eeEE 1hour, 40 minutes Plot: Awashed-up rock tour manager (Bill Murray) helps an Afghan teenager realize her dream of performing on a Middle East version of ‘American Idol.’ D irector: Barry Levinson Rating: R Upside: Leem Lubany has a breakout role as the Afghan star in the making. Downside: Comedy wastes Murray’s mercurial charm and A -list supporting cast. Sicario eeeE 2hours, 1 minutes Plot: An FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is recruited by the government to work on a task force in a border drug war between the USA and Mexican cartels. Director: Denis Villeneuve Rating: R Upside: Strong acting performances pair with intense, often brutally brilliant set pieces. Downside: The story gets convoluted juggling the many subplots and characters. In theaters this weekend PARAMOUNT PICTURES LIONSGATE LEGENDARY PICTURES AND UNIVERSAL PICTURES SONY PICTURES ANIMATION 20TH CENTURY FOX FILM WARNER BROS. PICTURES WARNER BROS. PICTURES SONY WARNER BROS. PICTURES 20TH CENTURY FOX FILM WARNER BROS. PICTURES Compiled from reviews by USA TODAY fi lm critics MOVIES DREAMWORKS ‘Storyteller’ is best sung softly Carrie Underwood sometimes seems a little too perfect for her o wn good, or at least for her material. With her Barbie-doll looks and c lean, strong soprano, the 2005 American Idol champ easily could have cast herself as a pop prom q ueen. But to her credit, Underwood, 32, has r esisted that kind of pigeonholing from the start, stressing her c ountry roots and tackling challenges such as a foray into m usical theater broadcast live on national TV. I n her recordings, Underwood has shown an attraction to characters whose lives hardly s eem tidy or idyllic, from the avenging wife in the Martina McBride hit Independence Day to the avenged widow and mistress in Two Black Cadillacs from her last studio album, 2012’s Blown Away . On Underwood’s new Storyteller , out Friday, we’re introduced to another abused young woman who eventually o s her spouse, in the driving Church Bells . W e also meet a couple of Bonnie and Clyde wannabes in the aggressively seedy Choctaw Count y A air , and a “devil in a satin dress” lures us through the charging, arena-ready twang of Renegade Runaway. In Mexico , Underwood imagines herself an o utlaw, belting over crashing g uitars; in the anthemic Smoke B reak , she pays tribute to the regular folks who “sometimes ... need a sti drink.” There’s nothing disingenuous about these songs, several of which Underwood co-wrote. You want to cheer Underwood on, in fact, for trying to honor country music’s rich narrative tradition with original material. B ut Storyteller o ers too many clichés and too little opportunity for Underwood to cultivate her emotional range. She does feisty well enough, but there isn’t much to mine in a lyric such as “All the Ajax in the world ain’t gonna clean y our dirty laundry” (from, yes, Dirty Laundry ). Underwood is at her most convincing, and winning, on the songs that seem to stem from personal contentment. Singing What I Never Knew I Always Wanted , an obvious ode to her husband and the child they welcomed earlier this year, U nderwood finds truth in corn; her joy sparkles because it’s never forced or overstated. Tenderness remains Underwood’s strongest suit, the one in which she can show o the clarity of her voice, and her sheer likabili- ty, without apology. Elysa Gardner BRIAN RASIC, WIREIMAGE Carrie Underwood’ s ne w album, Storyteller , arrives Friday. ALBUM OF THE WEEK CARRIE UNDERWOOD eegE Storyteller COUNTRY DOWNLOAD W hat I Never Knew I Always Wanted, Like I’ll Never Love You A gain MORE MUSIC REVIEWS LIFE.USATODAY.COM All hail the queen of style! Helen Mirren looked radiant at the Tokyo International Film Festival opening ceremony Thursday in Tokyo. The Academy Award winner shined in a Badgley Mischka Couture floral embroider ed and beaded long- sleeve ball gown. ST YLE ST AR JUN SATO, WIREIMAGE SAMIR HUSSEIN, WIREIMAGE GOOD D AY ELT ON JOHN F ANS The veteran singer has announc ed he’ll release his 33r d studio album early next year . ‘W onderful Crazy Night’ is due Feb . 5. The first single, ‘Looking Up,’ is out today. HOW WAS YOUR DAY? GOOD DAY ADELE FANS Just one day after writing a note to fans about a new “make-up album” she has been working on, Adele has confirmed the album’s title and release date: ‘25’ will be released Nov. 20, with the album’s first single, ‘Hello, ’ out today . ‘25’ will be Adele ’ s fir st r elease since her 2011 hit ‘21,’ which won the Grammy for best album. Compiled by Cindy Clark TASSO MARCELO, AFP/GETTY IMAGES ROYALS REPORT PRINCE HARRY COMING TO AMERICA

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