NOW PLAYING REVIEWS: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Zombieland: Double Tap, Lucy In The Sky

Stats for Friday 10/18/2019 via Box Office Mojo

Predictably, Disney is on track to take home #1 at the box office this weekend, dethroning Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ from three weeks in a row. I’m pulling for Joker, because it’s a more entertaining movie than …

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil ⭐️⭐️½  – I can’t spell or say the main character’s name that Angelina Jolie plays in this largely paint by the Disney numbers sequel fantasy film: cuddly creatures, a good vs. (Disney) conflict. It will ring the cash register, but that doesn’t mean it’s great. Kara liked it, I found it merely tolerable.

If Kara seems uninspired here, blame that on Lucy In The Sky (next), part of the double feature we saw

Neither Kara or I have seen the first Maleficient, so no comparisons to the original can be made. I’m not that interested in seeing the first one based on the sequel, so could be awhile before that gets watched, if ever. This is an OK film and it has some warm, cuddly creatures and CGI, so families will gravitate toward this one.

Zombieland: Double Tap ⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Woody Harrelson shines in this comedy-horror sequel about a group of survivalists on a semi-conflicted adventure through a zombie-infested world. Kara doesn’t recommend, I do.

Zombieland: Double Tap was a lot of fun for Todd, not so much for Kara (but she is not a comedy-horror fan)

Lucy In The Sky ½ – a female astronaut comes back from space and obsesses over going back to space. this is the worst movie we have seen in the theater since August 12, 2019 when we started rating and reviewing films. It makes the other film about space, Ad Astra look like Gone With The Wind.

Just listen to the song that the title references, Lucy In The Sky is really, truly terrible

As you can see, we watched, rated and reviewed the two wide opening films for this weekend below in both text and video. We also caught up with a film released on October 4 that has eluded screenings nearby.

Kara and I are split decision on the new opening movies this weekend. She recommends Maleficient, I don’t and the reverse is true for Zombieland. Neither of us will recommend in this lifetime or the next Lucy in The Sky.

Top 10 NOW PLAYING Movies Reviewed

Here are our reviews of the top 10 now playing movies on Friday (except for Parasite, which we haven’t seen yet), asterisk means both of us watched and reviewed together:

  1. *Maleficent: Mistress of Evil⭐️⭐️½
  2. *Zombieland 2: Double Tap ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. *The Addams Family ⭐️⭐️
  5. *Gemini Man ⭐️⭐️
  6. Downton Abbey⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Abominable ⭐️⭐️
  8. *Hustlers⭐️½
  9. Judy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  10. Parasite — not seen yet

Still need to watch Jojo Rabbit and The Lighthouse that opened this week. Jojo doesn’t have any screenings in our area until October 31, so it will be awhile before we can get to that and The Lighthouse isn’t showing at Regal Cinemas until next Thursday (it is screening at AMC, but we might wait for it to come to Regal, as there are more of those theaters nearby in our area.

Opening 10-17-2019 In Theaters: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Zombieland: Double Tap, Jojo Rabbit, The Lighthouse

Wide opening: Zombieland Doubletap, Maleficent + Limited: Jojo Rabbit, The Lighthouse

Hump Day Wednesday. Also the day before the openings of new films in the theater. Such a great middle week day!

Kara has Thursday, Friday and Saturday off, so I’m hopeful we can see all four of the movies above, but finding some of the release screenings in our area can be challenging (a venting topic for another day).

Am excited to see more Halloween-themed movies this week, albeit they are sequels. Last week had an underwhelming Addam’s Family⭐️⭐️ but it did well at the box office next to Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ .

Maleficient: Mistress of Evil

Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil Official Trailer

Has the look of something that could be very good. An epic fairy tale with some good-looking effects. I’m intrigued.

However, similar to IT: Chapter Two ⭐️⭐️½ I haven’t seen the first one and am worried I might miss context. Do like the subtitle: “Mistress of Evil” but I’m hit or miss on liking the newer Disney films (love many of their classics). That includes the newer Star Wars since they bought them from George Lucas.

This one is 2/10 for anticipation. Don’t know much about it other than what’s in the trailer, but the trailer generated a little interest. Am going in optimistic, looking to be entertained on this one, but it’s not something I’m clamoring to see.

Zombieland: Double Tap

Another sequel to a movie I haven’t seen. Maybe I can catch the double-feature that is showing in some theaters. It’s definitely an odd experience watching the sequel before the original. It’s like reading series books out of order.

Zombieland: Double Tap official trailer

After watching this trailer, I’m definitely more excited about this one than Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Cool look of The White House with weeds overgrowing it. I’ve enjoyed some of Woody Harrelson’s films. Good to see they got the entire cast of the first Zombieland back, so this might be a more pure sequel.

Sacrilege, I know, but I’m not a huge zombie fan. Think they have been overplayed with the whole success of AMC The Walking Dead (which I do like that), but excessive zombie carnage could be fun.

This one gets 5/10 for my anticipation. I’m guessing Kara will want to see Maleficent before this, because she isn’t much of a horror fan. This is more horror-comedy, so maybe it will be more appealing to her. Will soon find out!

Jojo Rabbit

I’ve seen the most rewatch trailers for this film and have concern with Adolf Hitler being funny. Think I’d rather see Hitler handled in a horror film than a comedy. Let’s face it, the guy was just pure evil personified, but it could be ok.

Nobody in the theater was laughing at any of the satirical Hitler jokes, probably because they weren’t funny. Seeing Hitler dance around? It just isn’t working in the trailer for me.

The controversial elements of this film plus the fact that I do enjoy comedies puts this at 3/10 for my anticipation.

The Lighthouse

Have seen one trailer in advance for this one, but not much else is known. Let’s check out the trailer again:

The Lighthouse is a horror movie, we think

Hmm. Kinda corny music. What is this movie about? Not a very good trailer at all. Not seeing much that I want to see here. Luckily there are more trailers and one has a ton of views on YouTube, but reading through the comments I’m sensing others are confused too. I watched, saw a lot of quotes from critics saying it was great.

Went to Wikipedia to read more about what this was about:

The film chronicles the story of two lighthouse keepers as they are faced with solitude, but start to lose their sanity and become threatened by their worst nightmares.

So, it is a horror movie, good. That increases my curiosity. 2/10 for anticipation, but below Maleficent.


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

  1. Zombieland: Double Tap – 5 /10
  2. Jojo Rabbit – 3/10
  3. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – 2/10
  4. The Lighthouse – 2/10

Are there screenings in our area to see these movies?

Zombieland and Maleficent are wide screenings, so they will be easy to be screened at Regal Cinemas (where we have an unlimited pass). The Lighthouse is showing at one Regal theater about 20 miles away. Jojo Rabbit looks like the wildcard, it isn’t showing as of this writing anywhere near us. So, that one may get passed unless it appears somewhere…

Are YOU looking forward to seeing any of these movies? If so, which one(s)?