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For Ryan Gosling, the approval of Neil Armstrong’s sons was a giant leap in bringing ‘First Man’ to the big screen

Neil Armstrong's sons knew that Ryan Gosling was capable of playing their dad. He was an accomplished actor who'd been working since he was a kid and had twice been nominated for Oscars. Sure, they didn't necessarily see the resemblance between Gosling and the late astronaut. But Tom Hanks didn't look like Jim Lovell, and "Apollo 13" worked out just fine.

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Movie review: ‘Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween,’ funny creepfest is a perfectly frightful treat for tweens

Parents need to know that "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" is a sometimes-scary but frequently funny adventure for tweens and up based on R.L. Stine's same-named book series. Definitely more creepy than terrifying (and a little milder than the first movie), the bulk of the movie's frights stem from the idea of the Halloween decorations in stores and lawns coming to life. That means ghosts, witches, monsters, and a house-size spider made of balloons go into motion and terrorize a neighborhood. If that sounds kind of funny, it is; the humor and ridiculousness minimize the fright factor. That said, the villain – a menacing, weathered ventriloquist dummy that just won't die – is genuinely creepy in a way that could linger with younger kids. But most of the rest of the content is very mild: There's no substance use, language tops out at "jerk" and "shut up," and nothing beyond kissing and flirting is shown. Really, a bully getting pantsed and a Jack-o'-lantern spitting seeds like a machine gun is as iffy as it gets. Plus, the movie has a diverse cast and a clear teamwork theme, and it taps into relatable situations for kids: squabbling with siblings, treasure hunting with friends, struggling over school assignments, interacting with friendly but quirky neighbors, and dealing with bullies. It may be a hand-clencher in the theater, but it's the kind that lets kids rest easily as soon as the credits roll.

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Review: ‘The Haunting of Hill House,’ a long, long, strange trip into spookiness

For much of its titanic length, "The Haunting of Hill House," which premiered Friday on Netflix, does interesting things with character and atmosphere and maintains an air of melancholic suspense. But 10 hours is a long time to tell a ghost story, which might easily be delivered in the space of a feature film, short story, folk ballad or slumber party before Mom yells to put away the flashlight and go to sleep.

Captain Marvel official trailer

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.