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.

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