NOW PLAYING REVIEWS: Black and Blue, The Current War: Director’s Cut, Countdown, Dolemite Is My Name

Want to know what we recommend seeing this 10-25-2019 weekend #43 at the movies? We’ve watched all wide releases and some limited ones, including a film that opened on Netflix starring Eddie Murphy in his exciting return to an adult film role (yay!).

Black and Blue ⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Familiar tale of good cop being chased down by a bunch of bad cops, but with the added technology of body cam as evidence. Entertaining, not amazing, but recommended.

Video Movie Review: Black and Blue by Todd, Joel and Kara of tjsnk

The Current War: Director’s Cut ⭐️⭐️½  – Not really a war, but a business battle over AC and DC current with George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison with a sprinkle of Nikola Tesla thrown in. Held interest, although serious reservations on the historical accuracy with the characterization. Just …. OK. Not recommended.

Video Movie Review: The Current War: Director’s Cut by Todd, Joel and Kara of tjsnk

Countdown ⭐️⭐️½  – Phone app that tells you to the second when you are going to die. Sure, who would download such an app except bored young adults at a party and, eventually, a nurse. Would have worked better as a short story in an anthology show, not a full-length movie. Not recommended.

Video Movie Review: Countdown by Todd and Kara

Dolemite Is My Name ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – My favorite movie this opening weekend is playing at home on Netflix. Eddie Murphy is back in an R-rated vehicle on the making of the movie Dolemite by Rudy Ray Moore. This is film gold, recommended!

Video Movie Review: Dolemite Is My Name starring Eddie Murphy

Recommended: Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix original), Black and Blue

What movies in the theaters have you seen?

Opening 10-24-2019 in Theaters: Black and Blue, Countdown, The Current War: Director’s Cut + More!

Black and Blue and Countdown are both wide releases 10/24/2019

Check that out, the Star Wars promotion has begun at Regal Cinemas … and The Rise of Skywalker isn’t out for another two months. Will have much more to say about this film next month when we join the Disney+ channel. They have a lot of Star Wars content on that service, in addition to classic Disney movies.

Now onto the good stuff …

Here we are on another fine Wednesday, looking forward to what’s coming to the theaters starting tomorrow 10-24-2019. Yes, realize that technically these are released on October 25, but many theaters show films the day before, perhaps taking advantage of the 24-hour timezones(?).

Just makes Thursdays our Movie Theater day. Yay!

Black and Blue

Black and Blue official trailer

A potentially intense “bad cops try to get the lone good cop” movie. From the trailer anyway, it doesn’t look like a very original plot, but might be fun. Seems like a lot of people trying to get to her body cam footage. Run!

Screen Gems will release this in 2,000 screens.

5/10 for anticipation.


On the heels of Jexi a few backs, now we’re getting a horror film with an app on the phone that tells you when you are going to die.

What if an app could tell you how long until you die? Trailer for Countdown

Glad to see a horror film coming, but the whole evil app on the phone thing seems a bit tired. Horror at this time of year is welcomed. STX will be releasing this in 2,600 locations.

4 / 10 for anticipation.

These two films are the primary two that are showing up at our cinemas as wide releases. It gets dicey whether or not we’ll have screenings in our area for what follows. If they are showing close enough at Regal Cinemas, anyway, we’ll see them.

The Current War: Director’s Cut

Edison vs. Tesla in a historic showdown to see who will power the nation

This movie was originally released in 2017 to lukewarm critic and audience reception. Now we’re getting the director’s cut. The trailer has me mildly intrigued. I’m interested in the conflict between Edison and Tesla over who had the better power source. Don’t know if that interest translates into a full-length movie, but will find out.

Anticipation: 3/10

You can see from the list above at the “Coming Soon” from Rotten Tomatoes there are several other movies not mentioned in this post.

Paradise Hills

Paradise Hills official trailer

Trailer leaves me feeling a little curious. A woman named Uma is on this island? I went to Wikipedia to get the scoop on what it was about:

Uma awakens on an island called Paradise which takes young women and teaches them to be proper. Led by the Duchess, the island provides emotional healing for those in need of it. However, behind the fairy tale like exterior, the island hides something sinister that threatens Uma and the other islanders.

I’m finding the movie description more interesting than the trailer.

Anticipation: 2/10

Girl on the Third Floor (horror)

Hmm, seems like a haunted house tale. I don’t see it playing anywhere locally until November 23 at an independent theater in Tacoma, despite it opening on October 25.

Anticipation: 1/10.


How much on scale of 1-10 anticipating the 10-17-2019 movies?

  1. Black and Blue – 5 /10
  2. Countdown – 4/10
  3. The Current War: Director’s Cut – 3/10
  4. Paradise Hills – 2/10
  5. Girl on the Third Floor – 1/10

Are there screenings in our area to see these movies?

Black and Blue and Countdown are wide screenings, so will have plenty of those. Looks also like The Current War: Director’s Cut has a few screenings nearby. Don’t see any screenings this week for the others locally yet.

Which of these movies, if any, are YOU most looking forward to seeing?